Update on Butterflies in Senior Infants

The Caterpillars have turned into Chrysalis and we cannot wait until they turn into Butterflies!

Chrysalis in their tent

Chrysalis up close

Fáilte Festival 2018

 

This year, our annual family event will be held on Friday 15th June. Please note the change of day from Sunday to Friday. All children in the school will be able to take part. On that day we welcome parents and families into the school for a very special event from 11AM onwards when we will begin with our sponsored walk. This will be followed by our BBQ and fun activities around the school. 

On the day we will have a presentation of CPR certificates to staff and children who will have completed specialised training with Innisfree Safety. 

We will welcome back our special guest for the day,  Máire Hunt, who recently retired. 

The children are organising a number of surprise events for the day and we look to seeing you there! Watch out for more details over the coming weeks…

School Closure

A reminder that St. Edward’s N.S. will be closed this Friday May 25th as it is being used as a Polling Station for the referendum. 

Hazelwood in May

On Friday morning, May 18th, Senior Infants and 1st Class set off on a big bus to nearby Hazelwood. As we arrived, many of us were amazed by the amount of bluebells all around. We quickly got into groups and were led by Shailagh (otherwise known as Miss Squirrel). She showed us many plants and trees and explained to us why they looked the way they did. We learned lots and even got to taste some wood sorrel which looked like shamrock! It tasted bitter like lemon.

Some trees we came across included: oak, beech, hazel, ash, sycamore, yew, ivy, holly and hawthorn. We finished up with a picnic by the lake and the sun even came out for us! Back at school, Miss Squirrel put us into groups to make posters showing some trees we had discovered in Hazelwood. What a fun day it was!

The Life Cycle of a Butterfly in Senior Infants

Senior Infants have been learning all about “The Life Cycle of a Butterfly”.

1. They have learned that the Butterfly lays eggs onto a milkweed plant leaf.

2. Then the caterpillar growing inside the egg eats its way out of the egg and grows bigger and bigger by eating the leaf.

3. He then sheds his skin and turns into a cocoon or chrysalis.

4. The butterfly starts to form inside the Chrysalis and after two weeks the Butterfly will burst out of the Chrysalis and spread its wings.

We were able to bring caterpillars into our classroom and we have been watching them grow.

We can’t wait to see them turn into  chrysalis!!

The caterpillars are thin and small

They have grown bigger and started to shed her skin.

We have done a a lot of artwork about butterflies. We painted one side of a butterfly and folded it over to show symmetry. We have cut out pictures of the different stages of the life cycle and glued them in the right order and we have also made pasta life cycles.

Our Butterfly Display

Pasta Butterfly Life Cycle

Active School Week

We had great fun last week for Active School Week.

On Thursday, we played gaelic and learned lots of drills including how to pass and solo the ball. We played games which were great fun and helped improve our ball handling skills.

Friday was a very busy day with swimming in the Clayton Hotel, a soccer league in the Sligo IT and the juniors took part in Athletics on the Running Track over in Sligo IT.

Throughout the week we had our Walking Lap Challenge on our School Track. Every time we walked or ran a lap we ticked it on our board. At the end of each day we counted to see how many laps we completed for the day.  On Thursday we completed over 350 laps!!!

Every morning we started the day with our Shake up and Wake up dance. I think our favourite dance had to be the ‘Cha Cha Slide’ which got everyone moving.

Some of the classes took on the 60 minute a day Physical Activity Challenge as part of their Active Homework.

We really enjoyed our Active Week this year.

 

Science in Room 1

Have a look our Wiggle Bot project that we worked on back in term 1!

Spring I Spy

1st Class have been learning lots about spring recently. We have discovered that a lot of flowers grow in this season and that many baby animals are born. Birds are also busy building nests for their young and swallows will soon return from Africa. This week, we have looked at different life cycles – the frog has been really interesting to learn about.

Here are some photos from our walk last week when we searched for signs of spring around the school and at the Clayton Hotel.

 

Active School Week

Active School Week has gotten off to a great start.

Even with a windy start to the week, the children from Junior Infants to Second class visited the Astro Turf in Sligo IT.  They took part in fun relays and running games.

While the senior children from third to sixth class enjoyed soccer training with Darragh Healy from FAI.

On Wednesday, we started the day with Shake up and Wake up, with Ms. Quigley leading us in the Macarena dance.

Gerry Ferguson , Tug-O-War National Coach came in and the seniors learned the best skills on how to compete in Tug-O-War.

The Juniors had great fun climbing and jumping on the Gymnastic frames.

Looking forward to more activities tomorrow.

Making our own playdough

Second  class had great fun making their own play dough for golden time. We used:

  • flour
  • vegetable oil
  • food colouring
  • Cornflour
  • salt
  • water

Here are some pictures of us having fun with what we made .

 

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