What a busy year it has been in Room 9 – we have been trying to remember and decide on all our favourite things that we have done since September. Many of the best bits have been happening this month! Let’s hope the fine weather lasts well into our holidays which we are all excited about. Here are a few pictures of what 1st Class have been up to over the last week. Have a great summer !
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!
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.
Last Thursday and Friday, 1st Class learned all about St. Brigid, her cloak, and the way she wove a cross. The children created lovely, colourful cloaks after hearing the story of how Brigid got land from the king so that she could build a church. Afterwards, the children got a chance to make their own St. Brigid’s crosses from rushes. Everyone was delighted to have a cross to bring home that day.
We have had great fun exploring the properties and characteristics of materials over the past few weeks. This work all led up to our school’s annual Science Fair. Last Thursday, during the fair, we got to show off our experiments to the whole school. We also had many parents who came to see our wonderful work.
One experiment was about tracing – we found out that some materials are good for tracing (transparent) but others are not (opaque).
The other experiment was all about absorbency – we devised a fair test to discover what materials would be best to mop up a spill of water on our desks. It turned out that tissue, newspaper, sponge, and cloth were good at soaking up liquids. Tinfoil and plastic, however, were not very useful to us!
Last week, the Art and Craft Club finished up for the summer break. For our last piece of work, we created still life images of fruit bowls. Very carefully, we observed and drew the fruit in front of us. We then used oil pastels to colour. As we all observed from different angles, we could all see the fruit bowl differently. That meant all our art work turned out unique. Recently, we have been learning about how good fruit and vegetables are for our bodies and minds so we now have our lovely pictures at home to remind us. We all felt like ‘Food Dudes’ when we finally framed our finished work.