We had our second visit from Veronika today, and it was great fun! We are going to explore mask making as part of our endangered animals project, and we started our lesson with some dramatic facial expressions! We continued to make masks out of our recycled materials, and discovered how one face can be interpreted a lot of different ways. Click 'Read More' below to see our first masks!
We did a set of drills and stations today in P.E. to practice ball handling skills. We used a set of technique cards from the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, and our football experts in class helped teach us! Our balls were very bouncy so we had to take care with our passing, but it was great fun!
We are very lucky to have been granted a project with the Artists in Schools scheme. Our visiting artist is Veronika Straberger, and today was her visit with our class. We did a lot of games exploring space and balance, and we have been collecting recyclables for the last week, which we finally used. We looked at balancing shape and colour individually and with small groups, and we started our group portfolios.
The four Irish wild animals we will be looking at are: pygmy shrew, red squirrel, pine marten and hen harrier.
We've been studying musculoskeletal system of our body (how our muscles and bones work), and one of the experiments we tried was to balance like a gymnast. Although some of us could balance our whole body on two hands, nobody succeeded in balancing on just one hand! Olympian gymnasts have to train extremely hard to make their bodies work like that!
We have a lovely elder tree growing outside our back door. It is currently full of berries, so we picked a small twig to have a look at. The berries are dark purple, the leaves and green, and the wood is very bendy. We learned that the wood is not very good for building anything because it is so bendy. Long ago, people had a lot of superstitions about the elder tree and the bad luck it could pass on, but some people also like it because it can make a lovely elderberry drink! Birds love it too, so we kept an eye out for any signs of purple poop! This meant those birds had been eating the purple berries.
4th, 5th and 6th classes started the new school year in style in their brand new classroom! This year we are up in the prefab, and it's been styled jut for us! We can't wait to make it our own!
Here is some of the art we have already made - it tells you all about us this year! We also helped put up our new lunch shelves, and they're so handy!
And here we are, all hard at our morning work!
5th Class just finished up their chapter on capacity in their maths book. Even though we were swimming in a huge pool yesterday, we thought we'd explore some smaller water containers today! We did a lot of filling and comparing of sizes, estimating by rounding and multiplying in our heads, and just having lots of fun. Thanks to Ms Dooley for letting us use her sink and containers, and for the nice visit to her room!
A record of our activities in the Resource room!
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Ms McNamara's Class