This week we have been inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy, a nature artist. Here are some photos of our work.
Happy Hallowe’en from First Class!
We are a class of creators – we love to invent and make things.
We love activity and keeping fit in First Class. Thanks to 4th Class for designing some fantastic obstacle courses for us on Fitness Day!
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!
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!
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!!!
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)