Welcome to Mr. Glynn’s Fourth Class page.
You are all very welcome to our class page.
Make sure to keep an eye on this page regularly to check out the exciting things that we will be getting up to over the year.
We hope you enjoy 🙂
- Our P.E. days have changed to Wednesdays and Fridays.
World Book Day: We celebrated World Book Day on March 7th. On the day we got to dress up as our favourite book characters. The standard of the costumes were absolutely amazing, clearly so much effort had been put in at home. On the day we got to carry out a number of fun, book related activities which included going on a ‘Quote Hunt’ around the school and we also got to carry out paired reading with Ms. O’Connor’s senior infant class. Here are some photos from the day.
Clay Animals: Tying in with work that was carried out on the Chinese New Year, we made our own animals from clay. We had to play our designs first and then make them. Concentration levels were at an all time high as each child created their own individual masterpiece!
Biodiversity Workshop: As a reward for the best attendance for the month of January, we got to attend a Biodiversity Workshop. Aengus came out from Nature North West and we learned a great deal about biodiversity. We found out lots of information about native plants and animals and we discussed the various threats to biodiversity that exist. Here are some photos from our workshop.
Print Art: During the months of January and February we were very lucky to have a student teacher, Ms. Ní Laighin, working in our classroom for five weeks. Here we are printing art folders with Ms. Ní Laighin using a variety of different materials.
Damhsa Gaelach: During the month of January we carried out Irish Dancing in PE with our dance teacher Benina. We practiced our one, two threes and have explored some traditional Irish dances. These have included ‘Ionsaí na hInse’, ‘Ballaí Luimní’ agus ‘Droichead Átha Luain’. Here are a few photographs of us in action…
‘Music, Music, Music…: Our Christmas Concert took place on Friday, 13th December and we wowed the audience with out vocal skills. We sang ‘An Chéad Nollag’, ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ and the poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’. We also recited two short poems called ‘December’ and ‘Sleigh Bells’. Our performance was spectacular and we got a huge round-of-applause at the end. Here we were practicing for the concert. Unfortunately we don’t have any pictures of the actual performance (as we were so busy singing!). If any parents have any photographs from the concert could they please email them to Mr. Glynn.
Since the Christmas Concert we have been very busy catching up on the Dabbledoo music programme. We got the chance to explore the exciting new percussion instruments that were recently purchased and have been looking at composing our own music. Here are some photographs of us exploring the musical elements of dynamics, (loud and soft) and tempo (fast and slow) in our own compositions.
Ancient Rome: During the month of November, we were learning all about Ancient Rome. We had been researching what life was like at the time, what pastimes they had, what food they ate, what clothes they wore and how they carried out trade with others. We also learned about the Roman army, the emperors, the Gods and the famous landmarks from the time. We were given just over a month to complete projects on Ancient Rome. Mr. Glynn gave us thirteen headings and we had to choose from a minimum of four up to a maximum of six to write about. We were given a WALT and WILF so that knew exactly what was expected of us and this helped us to see exactly how Mr. Glynn will mark the projects. The effort that was put into the projects was amazing! Each child gave an oral report to the class based on their project. Comhghairdeas Rang a Ceathair!
Winter Mittens: We recently carried out some winter art where we worked in pairs to create a pair of mittens. Mr. Glynn gave us a template of a mitten and we had to work with a partner to use this template to create a pair of mittens that were completely symmetrical. We had a discussion about mirror images and we used a variety of art materials such as feathers, jewels, sequins, doilies, coloured card etc. to ensure that our two mittens were exactly the same, but symmetrical. Our masterpieces turned out amazingly and Mr. Glynn was blown away by how creative our mittens turned out. Here are a few photos of work in progress.
Zumba: We are currently working on the Dance strand in P.E. We carried out five weeks of Zumba and then another five weeks of Irish Dancing. Below, find some pictures of us enjoying Zumba with Audrey. We got stuck straight in and put in amazing effort. We have spent many of lunch breaks practicing our dancing as Audrey has allowed us do a girls V’s boys dance at the end of each lesson. Don’t forget to arrive a few minutes early for school on a Friday where Audrey will be getting the whole school dancing in the main yard. Fourth class can always be found right up at the front!
Report Writing: This term the whole school has been focusing on Reports as part of First Steps Writing in English. We have been looking at the key features of reports and have we have identified the various headings. The animal reports that we have been working on have linked closely with work that we have been carrying out in S.E.S.E. The first report we completed was on the Frog. We learned about the frog last year with Ms. Foster and Mr. Glynn also taught us some extra information. Our frog reports were very impressive! Next we explored the Butterfly. We used the iPads to research the butterfly and afterwards we reported back to the class on our findings. Mr. Glynn gave us a fact sheet which we discussed and we then categorised the facts into the different headings as a whole-class activity, before writing our reports. Our next report was on the Badger. This time we carried out our own iPad research again. We used the jig-saw method to research different information and we reported back on our given headings. Again, Mr. Glynn gave us a fact sheet, but this time we didn’t discuss the fact sheet as a whole-class, instead we had to do this on our own. Mr. Glynn was very impressed with the facts that we discovered.
Our most recent report was on the Heron. First we worked in pairs to research the heron using the iPads. This time Mr. Glynn didn’t give us any help or extra information. We had to make sure we spent our time wisely, finding out information on each heading as, without this, we won’t be able to finish all parts of our report! Next we were teamed up with another pair to carry out a think-pair-share where we shared the information that we discovered, before planning our reports. Finally we got the chance to write our own reports on the heron. We all made a really good effort all on our own.
Here we are working in pairs to carry out our research on the heron.
Cooperative Games: Following on from the work that was carried out during Friendship Week on how to be a good friend, we have been looking at the value of Trust as part of SPHE. In PE we tied this in with work that we have been carrying out on Outdoor and Adventure to complete some co-operative group games. Here we are working in groups of 6 to get ourselves into alphabetical order without stepping off the bench. If someones foot touched the ground the whole bench had to start back in their original position. Teamwork was key and we had to make sure that we listened to each other as well as helped each other. It was a lot harder than it looked…
Line Art: In Maths recently we have been looking at different types of lines and angles. We have been learning about different lines that included horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines. We explored lines that are parallel, perpendicular and obtuse to each other. We also looked at obtuse angles, acute angles, right angles and straight angles. We found examples of each in our immediate environment. We used strips of black sugar paper to create as many types of lines and angles as possible and we used blocks of colour to fill in the spaces between each line. Have a look at some of the masterpieces that we created!
Maths Week: October 15th – 19th was Maths Week. Over the course of the week we placed an extra emphasis on Maths and integrated it into various different subject areas. On Tuesday we carried out a Maths Trail in the Junior Yard. We would like to thank Ms. Moriarty for creating the trail for us. We had great fun working on the trail and everyone got stuck right in. Here are some photos of us working hard to figure out the answers to the different questions posed.
On Thursday we teamed up with Ms. Fallon’s Junior Infants. Being the mature and responsible Fourth Class that we are, we assisted the Junior Infants with their Maths Trail and helped them to learn about the different 2D shapes. Here we are working alongside Junior Infants.
Outdoor and Adventure: We have been focusing on the Outdoor and Adventure Strand in PE since September. We have been carrying out various orienteering activities and have been mapping both in our classroom and in the school yard. Have a look at some of the snake walks that we created. Our classmates paid really close attention to our routes and tracked them on their own individual maps.
Dabbledoo Music: We have recently started using a new music resource called Dabbledoo which we are really enjoying. Over the past few weeks we have been learning all about vocal and environmental sounds and we have been experimenting with the different variations which these sounds can take. These have included loud, quiet, long and short sounds. We have been working on making our own sounds and have been creating symbols that would suitably represent these sounds. Here are some photographs of us working in groups to create our own graphic scores. Once created, we assigned a conductor from our group and we performed our masterpieces for our classmates. We had great fun.
Georgian Dublin: Our whole school art focus for term one is on architecture. In history we have been looking at the historical changes in architectural styles and periods in Dublin dating back to the 17th Century. We have been exploring the reasons behind the different changes in styles and the the prominent features of each. Our main focus has been on the Georgian architectural style which was common roughly between the years of 1714 and 1830. The term ‘Georgian Dublin’ is linked to the period of development that Dublin underwent during the 18th and 19th centuries. Georgian Dublin is linked to the men who reigned Britain and Ireland in continuous succession from August 1714 to June 1830. This included George I, George II, George III and George IV. Many Georgian style houses were built and can still be found in St. Stephen’s Green, Merrion Square, Fitzwilliam Square and Henrietta Street. Georgian houses are typically characterised as follows:
- Red bricked terraced house
- Brick chimneys at the ends of the house with many chimney pots
- Three or four stories tall with a basement
- Sash windows with many panes of glass. All windows were placed symmetrically. The first floor windows were generally the largest.
- An elaborate front door frame with a semi-circle, fan window on top. The doors were usually symmetrical with a pillar and rectangular window on either side.
- There were usually steps up to the front door and railings in front of the house.
- There was sometimes a balcony on each of the first floor windows.
In art we have been constructing 3D models of our own Georgian houses. Have a look at how they turned out!
The School Garden: We are incredibly lucky to have our resident gardener, Patrick, work with us here in HCNS. Patrick was out on Friday to share all his gardening knowledge with us and he brought along a variety of sensory plants which we were fortunate enough to plant. We planted some tall grasses which will blow in the wind and make a gentle rustling sound. Patrick explained how the seeds from these grasses will attract little birds such as the goldfinch to our garden.He also brought along some smaller grasses called ‘ponytail grass’. Can you guess why these are so aptly named? We also got to plant some tall verbena which, due to their pretty purple flower, are known to attract different species of butterfly. We were really interested in this are we are currently researching the butterfly as part of our report writing. During this gardening session we learned all about plant placement and the important style of repetition where we plant in 3s, 6s and 9s. We learned about the difference between annual and perennial plants and we were astonished to hear that oak trees can live for 800 – 1000 years! Before we planted our plants, Patrick explained that we needed to dig a hole twice as wide and a little deeper than the plant. Next we needed to make sure the soil level of the plant was level with the hole, then we had to lift the plant, turn it over and squeeze the plastic pot and lift it off. Patrick explained how important it is to ‘tickle’ and tease the roots out as they may have been squashed in the plant pot for some time and we want to give them room to spread in the flower bed.
Here are some photos of us planning where to place our plants and actually planting them.
Before we finished our session Patrick explained that we were going to close off the raised beds that had potato plants growing in earlier in the year. In order to close these beds for the winter, we had to firstly clear them of any weeds and dig out any remaining potatoes the could still be found below the soil. These beds will later be topped with horse manure and covered with tarpaulin. Here we are clearing the beds.