Our Space Projects are Out of This World

For the last few weeks 3rd and 4th class have been exploring space, learning all they could about the other planets, the moon, the sun and some of the greatest astronauts like Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. As part of their work they completed their first projects of the year and their work was outstanding!

Take a look at some of the projects below!

Planetarium by Rory

Planetarium by Rory

The Sun by Aishling

The Sun by Aishling

Space by Luke

Space by Luke

The Sun by Jack R

The Sun by Jack R

Pluto by Caitlin

Pluto by Caitlin

The Solar System by Martin

The Solar System by Martin

To see more of the classes’ outstanding work, please click here.

 

Body Percussion and Folk Dancing in 3rd and 4th!

Third and fourth class have been very busy lately learning all about beat and rhythm in school with Miss Byrne. She has been working with the class over the last month and this is just a taste of the great work they explored during that time.

Beat and rhythm in music and body percussion through a German folk dance in PE allowed the class to explore music making with their bodies. They had great fun as you can see from some of the videos below!

Thanks again to Miss Byrne for the wonderful work she did with us while teaching in Raheen N.S.

 

Field Trip: National Heritage Park

Third and Fourth Class took a fantastic trip to the National Heritage Park in County Wexford on the 14th of September. We spent the morning learning about the early settlers in Ireland, the first farmers, The Stone Age, The Bronze Age, Celtic Ireland, Early Christian Ireland and the Vikings. We investigated replicas of ancient structures, exploring how our ancient ancestors lived and worked.

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We were very lucky with the weather, the sun shining for the entire trip. It was a great day out of the classroom and a great way to finish off learning about The Stone Age and Bronze Age in Ireland.

For more pictures from the day, click here!

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Senior School Tour

On June 9th, the senior classes went on their school tour to Co. Kilkenny.

We visited Castlecomer Discovery Park and Dunmore Caves for a very exciting, sometimes scary, and tiring day. The weather was wonderful, if not too humid. We arrived at the centre at twenty to ten and were immediately met by the wonderful guides at the park. 3rd and 4th class began their day with the Tree Top Walk, which proved to be a real challenge for some of us, but everybody put on a brave face and made it through the obstacle course in the trees.

20160609_103047 20160609_105100 Next we went to the boating lake where we were given the choice of exploring the water in pedal boats or canoes. Most tried both. Some groups took to the water like ducks, others managed to run into the reeds more often than not. We had a picnic lunch by the lake before a wild orienteering race through the forest. It was very tricky and the map was hard to read at times, but everybody found their way eventually.

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Following a quick stop in the shops in the Discovery Park we got back on the bus and travelled to Dunmore Caves. It was only ten minutes away. We watched a video all about how the caves were formed, the legends and myths about the caves, its strange and scary history and the important finds made in the cave. Then we descended the huge steps into the caves with our guide who brought us to all the cool areas and caverns inside, including the fairy floor and the cathedral. We saw loads of Stalagmites and Stalactites. Sometimes they looked like different things. One looked like a buffalo. When we were in the back of the cave the lights were turned off for about twenty seconds and it went absolutely dark. There was no light at all. Some of us found that very scary.

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We climbed over 700 steps walking throughout the cave, and even though it was lovely and cool inside the cave, only 9 degrees, the heat hit us when we got out. We were all exhausted by the time we climbed back on the bus, but everybody had a great day!

For the rest of the pictures of 3rd and 4th class on their school tour, check out the gallery on Ms Browne’s page!

3rd and 4th Class Bookworms!

3rd and 4th Class have spent this year reading a huge selection of novels! From Diary of a Wimpy Kid, to Percy Jackson, and even to Enid Blyton, they have read so many wonderful stories this year and it has become one of their favourite parts of the day!

This week we took our reading groups outside to enjoy the sunshine!

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We are also running a reading project called ‘Don’t Judge a Book By it’s Cover’! Wrapped, unknown books were handed out and read in out Drop Everything and Read time!

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Preparations for the 1916 Centenary Celebrations

3rd and 4th Class have been working very hard preparing for the centenary celebrations of the 1916 Rising. They have learnt all about Ireland’s history and the days of the rising, as well as the executions that followed.

They completed amazingly detailed ‘newspaper’ reports of the events of the rising and made the most beautiful portraits of the seven signatories of the proclamation. Check out some of these portraits in the gallery here!

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Go Noodle Champion Certificate!

Congratulations to 3rd and 4th Class, who have reached level 5 with their GoNoodle Champion¬†Bart Reynolds! They had a great time dancing their way to fitness and waking up their minds with GoNoodle’s fun activities over the last few months!

Tomorrow we will chose a new champion and continue to have great fun with our GoNoodle class activities! Well done boys and girls!

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