Welcome to Fourth Class (2)
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Below you will see a snapshot of some of the activities that we have been getting up to since we started Fourth Class in September.
School Closure: This month was one like no other! In order to prevent the spread of the Corona Virus (Covid 19), all schools were instructed to close from March 13th and to reopen on March 30th.
Seachtain na Gaeilge: We celebrated Seachtain na Gaeilge from the 9th – 12th of March. On Monday we discussed the origins of the Irish language and we talked about the areas where Irish is spoken as a first language. That afternoon we took part in a Trath na gCeist with the pupils from rang a 4 go rang a 6. On the Tuesday we had a Céilí Mór in the halla followed by a visit from a Banna Ceoil Tradaisiúnta. On Wednesday we competed against Mr. Manning’s fourth class to find our Gurú na Gaeilge using our Liosta Dolch and on Thursday we celebrated a Lá Glas. Bainimid an-taitneamh as!
Junior Achievement: On March 6th we started the Junior Achievement Programme with Louise, a volunteer from Microsoft. The theme for this year is ‘Our Nation’. In the first lesson we explored how businesses work and identified the differences between sole traders, partnerships and companies. In the second lesson we looked at the idea of unit production and compared this to mass production. Unfortunately due to the school closures we have had to postpone our further sessions but we hope to reschedule them for later in the school year. Below find some photos from sessions 1 and 2.
World Book Day: This year World Book Day took place on March 5th. We had out annual ‘Dress up as your Favourite Book Character’ and he standard of the costumes throughout the school were amazing! In the morning we took part in a ‘Buddy Reading’ session with the children from Ms. O’Connor’s Senior Infant class and in the afternoon we had a World Book Day quiz with some children from first, third and fifth class. Check out some of our photos from the day.
Student Council: Congratulations to Lauren and Jaydan who were voted as our class nominees on the new Student Council. We were blown away by their manifestos.
Tennis: This month we started tennis as a part of the games strand in PE. Our tennis coach has really helped us to develop our ball handling and striking skills. Who knows we could make it to Wimbledon yet!
Nelson Mandela: Throughout the month of February, in History we were working on the life of Nelson Mandela. The class was divided into six different groups and each member of each group worked together to complete a project on Nelson Mandela. We had time in class to use the Chromebooks and each child also carried out a great deal of research at home. Sophie found out that her granddad had actually met Nelson Mandela! Here are some photos of our work.
Length: This month we carried out work on length as part of the measures strand in maths. We explored the centimeter, the meter and the kilometer. We looked at converting various measurements to decimal fractions and we explored how to multiply and divide involving length. Below are some photographs of us estimating, measuring and recording the length of a variety of classroom objects.
Animal Art: The whole-school art focus for term 2 is on the theme of ‘Animals’. This month we have been exploring the work of the famous French artist, Henri Rousseau. We have been looking at and responding to his famous rainforest paintings and have been exploring the techniques that he used in his artwork . We have been examining the technique of ‘overlapping’ that he used often and the concept of creating a ‘focal point’. He we are creating our ‘toucan’ masterpieces.
Zumba: We recently completed the dance strand as part of PE with a six-week block of Zumba. Audrey our Zumba teacher taught us lots of new dances which included the Reggaeton, the Soca, the Mambo Salsa, the Chiki Party and the China dance. On the final week we broke into four groups and came up with our own dances using the Zumba moves that we had practiced.
Beauty and the Beast: Our whole school got to attend the Beauty and the Beast pantomime in January. We had a fantastic time.
Internet Safety: On January 31st, Fourth Class 1 and 2 attended an internet safety talk with Ger Brick. This tied in really well with work that we covered recently on cyberbullying as part of the Stay Safe programme. We found out lots of information about how to stay safe online. The workshop was a huge success.
Drumming Workshop: As a reward for the best attendance earlier in the term, Ms. Kehoe organised a Drumming Workshop for us. This workshop took place on 18th December. We found out lots of information about drumming and got to learn about different types of African music.
IZAK9: This month we trialed a new maths resource called IZAK9 to help develop our problem solving, reasoning and fluency skills. We worked in three separate groups to solve a series of questions that were posed to us. Team work and resilience was key. Here we are working on our challenges.
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 got 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.