We are very excited be celebrating Autism Awareness Week in PETNS with some exciting activities! All week we will be learning a little bit more about Autism, and to help have organised a few activities.
On Tuesday, the Rose and Willow class visited the Holly and Hawthorn class area and had a silent disco. We all received a set of headphones and danced along to different songs. We had a lot of fun.
Children are invited to design their own Autism Awareness poster using what we have learned in school. Template attached or design your own. Entries can be dropped to class teachers or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Dress up day
On Friday 29th we will have a "Special Interest" Dress Up Day. Children and staff are encouraged to dress up as something that they particularly love. It can be anything from a favourite character, animal or even your favourite cereal (good luck parents)
A great couple of weeks in the Rose class! We had so much fun taking part in different Seachtain na Gaeilge activities. We practiced really hard in preparation for our performance and were really proud with how it turned out on stage. We can't get the song and cup rhythm out of our heads! We also went outside and hosted our own Poc Fáda (long hit) competition using a camán (hurl) and sliotar (ball). It was lots of people's first time hitting a ball with a hurl and some of the hits were really impressive!
Making the most of the good weather we took our art and science learning outside. We collected different natural items that had lots of texture. We found autumn leaves, budding twigs, dandelions, crocus flowers, ivy and bark. We then made spring printing boards by glueing the various items found to cardboard. Even the boards looked beatutiful! We then waited until they dried and then painted them to create spring prints. Every piece was unique and the collection on the wall looks amazing!
Multilingual Shared Reading Day:
Parents are kindly invited into our school during the morning of Thursday March 24th from 09:00 am - 10:00am to read a book to their child's class. Home languages are greatly encouraged! Parents will also be invited to read to small groups of children in our school hall.
Nothing like a good céilí to kick of the Seachtain na Gaeilge fun! Bhí an chraic agus an spraoi againn sa hall. Rinneamar na damhsaí 'Ballaí Luimní (Walls of Limerick), Hop a haon, dó (1, 2 hop) agus An Dreoilín(The Wren). We had so much fun doing 3 different dances! Táimid tnuth leis an tseo ar súil amarach ar an stáitse, an chéad seo beo ar feadh dhá mbliaina! (we're really looking forward to the show on the stage, the first live show in 2 years!
Have a look at all the fun we had above!
This week, we have been learning about germination. Using chromebooks, we researched the life cycle of a plant. In English, we wrote an explanation piece explaining the process. We wrote about the dormant seed, germination and finally about sprouting. We drew diagrams to improve our explanation. In Science, we planted some seeds. We planted courgette, tomato, radish and basil seeds and we can't wait for them to grow! Although as we have completed our research, we know we won't see any sprouting anytime soon. Over the next few weeks, we will be taking good care of our seeds, watering them and keeping them close to sunlight. Then hopefully in the summer, we will have some tasty vegetables, fruits and leaves to taste!
This month we marked internet safety day by having a visit from Ciara of Zeeko. She came in and gave an information filled presentation on how to keep ourselves safe and how to use all of our devices responsibly. One of our biggest resolutions is to put our phones down an hour before bed or to at least turn on the blue light filter to help us get deeper sleep.
We also attended a zoom video presention hosted by Birdwatch Ireland. We learned all about the garden birds of Ireland! Did you know that birds don't sleep in nests, they only use them to raise their young!
Also, for the last few weeks as part of Art we have been weaving tea pot doilies! We have some great weavers in the Rose class, check out our work above!
Over the last 2 weeks we have had so much fun playing Gaeilge games in our group. It's things like this that we really missed over the last couple of years! Language is learned socially and through play so we are so grateful to be able to play games together again. We were playing Cé mise (Guess who?), Biongó (Bingo), and a verb tense changing game. Féach ar na bpictiúir os cionn! (Check out the photos above)