Welcome to Fourth Class (2)
You are all very welcome to the Fourth Class (2) page of our school website. Make sure to check out our page regularly to keep up-to-date with the various day-to-day activities of our class.
Important Items to Note:
- We will be building an ‘Insect Hotel’ over the coming weeks using pallets and various waste materials. (Google pallet insect hotel) If you have any materials at home that you think would be useful please bring them in
- Our class will be performing at this months Assembly on January 31st. We will be singing a song called ‘Sáimhín Só’. It can be found on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pX12ulRkqYI if you want to practice it to get it word perfect.
- Our new PE days for Term 2 are Monday and Friday. Please make sure the school tracksuit and runners are worn on these days. Zumba will take place in the yard before school on Fridays.
- A break-down of the results of our Ancient Rome projects was sent home over the past week.
- Our new Accelerated Reading targets for Term 2 have been set… Can you beat your target for last term?
Term one was a busy one! Below you will see a snapshot of some of the activities that we have been getting up to since we started back to school in September.
Multiplication: In maths we have been looking at multiplication. We have been recalling our multiplication facts and have been practicing multiplying two and three-digit numbers by a one-digit number. We have been looking at a variety of strategies that we can use to double-check our answers and we have been solving problems involving multiplication of whole numbers.
Ancient Rome: Our Ancient Rome projects were due on November 29th. Throughout the month of December each child will get to present their project to the class. Mr. Glynn was blown away by the standard of the projects and indeed the information that the children had found. Well done to everyone!
The Skeleton: In science this month we were learning all about the skeleton. We found out the names of a variety of different bones such as the clavicle and the sternum. We mainly focused on the different bones in our arms and hands and our legs and feet. We explored the purpose of the ribcage, the spine and the pelvis and we investigated the different types of sockets and joints. Have a look at our science wordwall below to see some of the new words we discussed. When we finished learning about the skeleton we used the iPads to explore an app called D.Bones to assess what we could remember.
Cubism: The whole-school art focus for this term is Cubism. We explored the works of Pablo Picasso. Here we are creating monochromatic artwork inspired by Picasso’s blue period. We each choose a musical instrument and experimented with blue, black and white paint to create our monochromatic paintings.
Science Workshop: On November 14th we had a science workshop with John from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). We learned all about global warming and the impact of Climate Change.
Irish Dancing: A new half-term and a new strand in PE! This term we will be covering the dance strand as part of PE. We will be completing a block of Irish Dancing lessons which will be followed by a block of Zumba. Here we are learning some new Irish Dancing steps.
Georgian Dublin: In History this month we explored Georgian Dublin. We looked at what it would have been like to live in a typical Georgian townhouse during the Georgian Period. We discussed the key architectural features of this style of house and we went on a virtual tour of Olivia Beatty’s Gerorgian townhouse. Check out http://www.numbertwentynine.ie/ for more information. We wet on to make our own Georgian houses using empty cereal boxes. How impressive is our Georgian Streetscape!
Coding: In October we started our weekly coding sessions with Trevor and Ailbhe. These sessions will continue into November. We have been learning all about programming using Scratch and have been fortunate enough to use the new Chromebooks that were purchased during the summer months.
Maths Week: October 21st – 25th was Maths Week. We completed a number of maths related activities throughout the week and incorporated our learning in maths into as many different subject areas as possible. Below are some photographs of us taking part in a maths trail in the junior playground and of us completing some artwork on lines and angles.
Croke Park: A huge congratulations to the HCNS GAA team who got through to the Cumann na mBunscoil finals and won in Croke Park on October 22nd. We were very fortunate to have four members of our class play on the team. We couldn’t have been prouder of the boys on the day! Maith sibh!
Rathmines Library: On the 24th of October the children from fourth class 1 and 2 went to Rathmines Library where we got to meet well known author, Oisín McGann. Oisín talked to us about his work as author and illustrator and spoke about his new book ‘Race the Atlantic Wind’ which we had been reading in class. A number of children became new members on the day and we got to take a selection of books home with us.
March Against Climate Change: We took to the streets on Friday, 20th September to campaign against climate change. The day before the march we made posters and had a discussion about the harmful effects that climate change is having on our planet. Have a look at a sample of our posters.
PE – Outdoor and Adventure: In PE for the months of September and October we will be covering the Outdoor and Adventure strand. Here are some pictures of us carrying out some orienteering activities in our classroom. We had to work in pairs marking symbols on a control card to figure out a hidden message. In our following lesson we had to create our own plans of the junior playground. It was very difficult to get the hang of creating a map from a birds-eye view but we think we did pretty well.
PE – GAA: We are extremely lucky to have our very own GAA coach, Jonathan working with us for a block of GAA sessions. Jonathan has been teaching us all the skills to become great GAA players and we have also been exploring the importance of good sportsmanship. On the pitch we make sure we play as a team and don’t leave anyone out. At the end of every session we shake hands with the opposing side and all have fun regardless of the result. Here are a few photos of us in action.