1st Class: Pine Forest Tour

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First Class enjoyed an amazing trip up the Dublin mountains to Pine Forest Art Centre.

The day began with a lovely walk through the mountains where we crossed the county border into Wicklow and on a visit to an enchanted fairy forest!  We also made art creations and produced some fantastic work as the photographs attest!

The Twits

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On Thursday all of 1st, 2nd and 3rd classes went to see a performance of “The Twits” in the Mill Theatre.  We all had a fabulous time!  Here are some photos of the fantastic socks we decorated to participate in the play.  They really illustrate the creativity of all the children!

Down Under

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First Class have thoroughly enjoyed studying all about Australia.  They have learned many new facts about its landscape, Indigenous culture and Art.  They have produced lots of fun fact files on native wildlife and their Art work is truly fantastic!!!

First Class prepare for their visit to the farm….

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They have been very busy finding out about the farm. They have been reading and writing about farms. They have set up and played with their own small world farm, which continues to grow and adapt as they learn new information. They have set up a role play corner Farm Shop, labelling their farm produce and deciding prices for items. They are always looking for customers to buy their wares. Just be sure to check your change!

They have even interviewed Mrs. Carpenter about her farm life so they are well prepared in advance of their school tour.

Children love topics connected with animals and farm animals has provided lots of fun, creative, playful and insighful learning of the full curriculum whilst developing skills such as observing, organising, problem-solving, decision-making, recording, interpreting and predicting.

“…[The] world’s greatest discoveries have been made because people were playing around with an idea. The freedom of thought allowed for by play may unlock the learning potential which more confined approaches to the curriculum leave behind.”  (Taylor and Baulter, 1993)

“We do not stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.”  (George Bernard Shaw)

1st Class Irish Dancing

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Over the last number of weeks we have been given the opportunity to learn Irish dancing.  We have had a very enjoyable time and our skills have improved greatly!  Here are some pictures from our last lesson.

First Class WBD activities

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First Class celebrated World Book Day in style! Many arrived in truly amazing and inventive book related costumes.

 

Then Carmel Uí Cheallaigh arrived, author of children’s Irish-language books: ‘Spidey’, ‘The New Cat’, ‘Leanbh Nua’ and ‘An Tolg Draíchota’. The children loved listening to her read to them both in English and as Gaeilge. They had lots of questions for her and learned lots about being an author. If anyone wishes to learn more about her books they may like to visit Carmel’s website: ‘Carmelsbooks.com.

 

The rest of the day flew by reading and doing fun reading related activities. The children enjoyed experiencing a wide variety of reading genres, different formats and styles. At times they cosied up for a quiet read by themselves. Sometimes they paired up and shared stories and many participated in a book swap with their peers. Another highlight of the day was reading play scripts together in small groups, where the words quite literally lifted right off the page and came to life. Magic!

 

The aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to pick up a book and read. First Class most certainly achieved that 🙂

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