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!
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
Designing their own Robot
Max the Robot in action
Gerry showing the children how the arm works as a motor.
Gerry the Engineer showing off his Robot.
Answering questions about the Robot and his work as an engineer.
The children listen carefully to hear all about how Max works.
As part of Engineer’s Week 2018, Senior Infants were very lucky to get a visit from Gerry the Engineer. The children interviewed Gerry about what it was like to be an Engineer and what was his favourite thing about being an engineer.
Gerry very kindly answered all the children’s questions. They learned a lot of interesting things about the work of an engineer, designing, making and improving his inventions.
Gerry brought his Robot Max with him to show the children and explained how Max was powered by a battery and circuits. Max’s eyes were actually two sensors and his arm was ran by a motor. The children had great fun with Max and Gerry.
The children got up and out of their seats to do the Robot dance.
The children then planned and designed their very own Robot.
St. Brigid’s Day is celebrated on the 1st of February and marks the beginning of Spring.
Today the children made St. Brigid’s Day Crosses.
The children and their crosses
Amelia and the cross she made by herself
Ashley counting out her rushes
Hughie helping to make his cross.
Miss Quigley and Jack
The children learned how to make two different types of crosses. The traditional cross and the Sligo Cross.
Sligo St Brigid’s Day Cross
Earlier in the week the children listened to the story of St. Brigid’s Cloak and made collages of St. Brigid and her cloak. During Aistear the children made crosses using pipe cleaners and paper.
St. Brigid’s Cloak and Cross
If you would like to make a cross at home please click on the link below to see the video:
As part of Catholic school’s week 2018 the children in Junior and Senior Infants invited their Grandparents in to ask them some questions about when they were in school and to have a look around our classrooms. The children sang a song to welcome their Grandparents and presented them with a lovely hand print to remember them when they were only 5/6 years old.
Thank you to all the Grandparent’s who came in on such a wet day! We hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did! We look forward to seeing you again next year!!
Well done to all the boys and girls who attempted our second maths problem of Maths week. The following children earn themselves 3 stamps/dojo points for getting the questions correct & being the first to Room 4 with their answers:
6th Class: Hermann
5th Class: Sebastian
4th Class: Matthew
1st Class: Hubert
Bonus question – earns 1 stamp/dojo point:
6th Class: Nigel
5th Class: Mikey
Here’s the final question of the week:
Granny gave Tom 15c and on the way home he lost 5c.
How much does he have now?
Directions: Find the words that fit.
Example: 29 = D in F in a L Y
What do the letters stand for?
Answer: 29 = Days in February in a Leap Year
26 = L of the A
7 = D of the W
101 = D
52 = C in a D
88 = P K
13 = S on the A F
365 = D in a Y
18 = H on a G C
90 = D in a R A
3 = B M (S H T R)
24 = H in a D
4 = W on a C
60 = S in a M
28 = D in F
64 = S on a C B