Congratulations to the children in 3rd to 5th classes who were presented with their reading certificates at assembly today. We are proud of you!
In Room 12 we made Christmas tree decorations for the tree in our classroom. We used the following salt dough recipe:
1 cup of plain flour
1/2 cup of salt
1/2 cup of water
We baked the decorations in the oven for 1 hour on a low heat. When they were cool used acrylic paints to decorate them.
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Johnny our caretaker has been very busy putting up the Christmas trees, lights and crib in the school. Lots of classes have Christmas themed displays and art work. On Friday we had our first Advent assembly. The theme was Hope and a pupil called Hope, who is in Second class lit the first purple candle on our Advent wreath. 3rd class read out some of their hopes for this Christmas season.
We had great fun today learning about coding. Coding is telling the computer what to do and it is how computer games and apps are created.
Junior Infants love computers and wanted to learn about coding. Pupils from 5th and 6th class offered to come and help us. We played a game called Candy Quest.
We got to choose our characters and we had to tell the computer what to do to so our character could move through the different levels. We learned a lot about computers and really enjoyed it.
We were lucky in 4th class to welcome Abbvie into our class this week for some science discovery.
First we talked about ‘who is a scientist?’. Then some children had a chance to dress up as scientists. We spoke about why a scientist needs a coat and glasses – to protect themselves.
After that each group was given a mystery box. We weren’t allowed to touch it at first, we had to take a guess of what is was, what was inside of it and the materials it was made from.
Then we compared another box, of the same size, but with various materials inside it to try and identify what was in the mystery box. We compared the weight, sound and whether or not the contents inside could be magnetised. From that, we identified what was in our mystery box.
On Thursday we met in the hall where children received their Reading Certificates. The children from 3rd to 6th classes have been reading loads of books from our library and completing quizzes using our Accelerated Reader program. This program checks comprehension and vocabulary and children are awarded points based on the book level and their score in the quiz. Over the course of their years in the senior classes, children can work their way through all levels from Ready Reader to Honours Reader.
Children from each class presented an oral book review to the assembly and made recommendations based of their favourite reads. Then Mrs. McGowan asked each class teacher to present the latest certificates achieved in each room. We are very proud of our fantastic readers in St. Edward’s !
On Tuesdays, we go over to the IT and the students there do some P.E. activities with us.
My class walked over to the IT. When we got over to the IT there were coaches. We went to our section and the coaches told us their names.
Afterwards we all got split up into teams. I was with all my friends. I was really happy!
Me and my friend Kelsey were on a team together and the game was to get all the beanbags into your hoop. Whenever all the beanbags were gone from the middle, we had to steal each others.
Later we swapped sides and played Simon Says and I was so good at it! Afterwards we played handball and my team won. We were Team Green.
When we had to go we all said bye and thank you. I had the best time ever!
Mia. Room 1
In Room 12 we have been experimenting with different types of slime recipes. Slime is a very interesting substance. Here is the science behind the slime!
Polymer: ‘’poly’’ means many parts.
A polymer is a long chain of molecules that gives the substance the ability to stretch and be very flexible.
Our Recipe: Glue is a liquid polymer. The tiny molecules in the glue are in strands like a chain. When the Airwick and washing powder are added the strands in the polymer glue hold together, giving it its slimy feel. The Airwick and the washing powder link all the polymer strands together.
Solids, liquids and Gasses:
We normally describe something as a solid, liquid or gas. Slime is unusual because it behaves as a solid and a liquid. It can be thrown from hand to hand as a solid and when put into a container it will fill the four corners like a liquid. This is called oobleck slime.
The recipe below was our most successful recipe.