What an amazing achievement! Over the last couple of months 5th class have been taking part in the Marathon Kids programme running laps of the yard every morning, after break and after lunch. Today they ran the final 2km of their 40km marathon journey!
The fitness levels on show this afternoon we amazing and all of the children taking part agreed that their fitness had gone up since starting in September. To finish it off the Gaelscoil kindly let us use their running track! Check out the photos of our flying finish above!
On Thursday 4th November, we celebrated Outdoor Classroom Day!
Outdoor classroom day is a global movement to inspire and celebrate outdoor play and learning, at home and at school.
The willow class visited the geodome and we used our senses to create poems on the theme of nature.
In the rose class, we collected soil samples in the school garden and investigated its contents. We found dead planets, rocks and even some insects.
Children are spending less time outdoors than ever before and this is affecting their health, wellbeing and development. Outdoor learning is a huge part of our efforts to adopt Nurture principles & wellbeing supports for our school community. It is a major contributor to regulating, calming and developing skills for our pupils and a constructive way to integrate the teaching of SESE, SPHE, Literacy, Numeracy & the Arts.
Here is our video showing some activities completed across the school:
Before the midterm, we became engineers, interior designers and builders while creating constructions inspired by Mesopotamian structures . We created Ziggurats and the Gates of Ishtar from recyclables. A Ziggurat was a place of worship where rulers of Mesopotamian cities would live. It was also where agriculture and trade were controlled. The Gates of Ishtar were located in Babylon. It was the main entrance to the city.
We had a busy last day before midterm! Some of us had dressed up for the occasion. In the morning, we baked some borróige (cupcakes) as Gaeilge. We took it in turns to complete the steps of the recipe, weighing, poring, measuring, mixing, cracking eggs and more! We ended up with a very yummy final product! We decorated the cupcakes with some icing and sprinkles too. It was a great end to a great half term! Enjoy your week off everyone
In the Rose class this week in Gaeilge we have been learning about all things Bia (food). We were learning how to write recipes and instructions using verbs in the ordú form. Using our learning we wrote instructions to make a pizza as Gaeilge.
The best way to test our instructions and recipe was to make a pizza dough (taos phíotsa) from scratch!
Have a look at our photos to see our recipes and how our pizzas turned out. Cómh blásta (so delicious!)
In the Willow Class, we have been learning about the ancient civilisation Mesopotamia. For art this week, we studied the Mesopotamia alphabet called Cuneiform. In homemade clay (made from salt, water and cornflour), we etched our names in this ancient alphabet. We left the clay to dry out before painting the slabs. We also practiced using the Cuneiform symbols to write messages to each other.
This month we have been lucky to have Ciarán from Run, Jump, Throw athletics come into use every Wednesday. This programme is funded by Sport Ireland and has been a really fun way to build and develop interest and proficiency in athletic areas like sprinting, triple jump, javelin and shot putt!
As part of geography, history and science this month - we have been studying the industrial revolution and its impacts on farming in Ireland and around the world today. We have also been looking at the impacts of soil fertility and water availability as reasons for settlement, making links between farming in Ireland with the Assyrian and Sumerian people of Mesopotamia and Babylon from 3000BC - 539BC.
As part of our learning we examined dairy farming in Ireland, looking at the process from cow to retail. We even became dairy farmers and food production workers making butter from double cream! We made the butter by shaking the cream in a jar and then separated the butter from the smelly, sour buttermilk. We then enjoyed our butter on cream crackers!! mmmm so yum!
In art we examined the work of Irish artist Ronan Dillon who lives and creates work inspired by his surroundings in the West of Ireland. In this instance we looked at his sheep spray paint mark making and designed our own replicable sheep marks. We also looked at his sileage inspired prints and made sileage prints, with anti bird faces, using complementary colours and printing technique.
Also - have a look at are completed migrant projects, we're sure that you will be impressed!
Have a look at all our hard work in the photos above!
A huge well done to all who ran in this year's elections! A massive congratulations to our new committee members elected democratically!
Active Schools: Mateusz and Eduard
Green Schools: Tahreem and Rohan
Forest School and School Garden: Scott and Liam
Student Council: Sabeeh and Manaal
Also included in the photos above are some images of our class working collaboratively on their Refugee projects. We can't wait to see and hear them presented next week!