Cats of Cairo

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After weeks and weeks of rehearsals, practicing, song singing, dancing it was finally the night of the concert. The children all performed magnificently; the show really couldn’t have gone better. Well done to Mr Booth for writing and directing the show and a big thank you to all the parents for coming and supporting your children and the school.

 

 

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Pictograms and Block Graphs

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In maths this week we were doing data handling. The children were learning how to design and make pictograms and block graphs, how to place data on them and also how to read and analyse information from these kinds of charts.

The children always enjoy this type of work as it is quite interactive. The also love being able to go around the classroom asking their friends, teacher and assistants what kind of fruit, vegetable and a host of other thing

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Literacy using the work of Julia Donaldson.

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This week we explored some of the work of Julia Donaldson under our theme of ‘Oceans and Seas.’

Donaldson is an amazing and creative children’s story teller; I have yet to read a book of her’s that both myself and the children didn’t thoroughly enjoy. We used her books ‘Tiddler’ and ‘The Snail and the Whale’ to explore her underwater worlds and meet her inventive and imaginative characters.

 

 

 

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Treasure Island Maps

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As part of our ‘Oceans and Seas’ theme the children designed their own Treasure Island maps. They really enjoyed this and each map looked very original and creative.

The children learned about the features of maps, common symbols on maps, directional language and how to use a key to read a map. Afterwards we ripped the maps a little bit and dipped them in tea to make them look old.

Overall a lot of learning and a lot of fun.

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Tree Huggers

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Spring is one of my favourite times of year and it is a great time of year for teaching. The weather is amazing, everyone is in a good mood and the flowers and trees are beginning to bloom. As you can see from previous posts, we have been doing lots of activities inside the classroom to do with Spring, such as sprouting seeds and beans, making a home for our snails and growing watercress and sunflowers.

Today Year One took a walk to the local park to examine the plants, flowers and minibeasts. We also took our snails back to where Year Two had found them as it isn’t fair to keep them in the classroom for too long. I always try and teach the children the following motto:

Take nothing but picturesleave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time. 

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A Home for Our Snails

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On Thursday Year Two went to the park and brought back some lovely snails for us to look at. I decided that I would make a snail habitat with both year one and year two so we could keep the snails in the classroom and observe and examine their behaviour.

I learned how to make this snail habitat during my teacher training by my wonderful science lecturer, Paddy Madden. Paddy is a legend in schools around Ireland for making school gardens, woodland habitats and for teaching children (and teachers) the many amazing things they can learn and do involving nature. You can find more information about Paddy here where he has school projects for every month of the year.

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