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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Junk Model Castles

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The children have really been getting better and better at junk modelling. They are coming up with more creative and imaginative ideas each time.

This time I put the children in groups of 4 or five. I told them that the most important thing they had to remember was to work as a team. This would ensure that they made a really terrific castle.

I gave each group a foam board on which to make their castle. The children then spent half an hour each day this week designing, making and painting their castles.

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Book Week

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The children in Year One, and the whole school have been working extremely hard over the past few weeks writing their books for Young Authors’ Day. Year One wrote and illustrated their own books using totally original ideas from their wonderful imaginations.

Please take a look at how the children designed, wrote and illustrated their books.

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