Sports For Fun Day!
School Tour to Causey Farm
All About Plants!
Learning about seashells
Learning about seagulls
Sports For Fun Day!
May and June have been super busy months! We made the most of the good weather while it lasted and got outside as much as possible. We enjoyed our annual Sports For Fun Day. A big thank you to the parents who helped out on the day. You support really helps the day run smoothing and the children had a great time. Check out our little video below which captures just a little of what we got up to on the day.
School Tour to Causey Farm
We also had a great day out to Causey Farm for our school tour. The sun was shining and it was lovely to explor the peace and quiet of the countryside!
All About Plants!
Our theme for the month was plants and we really enjoyed planting lots of seeds and over the month it has been so nice watching them grow and caring for them.
Learning about seashells
During June our theme was seashore and the children expressed an interest in learning about shells and seagulls! It was very interesting all together!
Learning about seagulls
Love them or hate them... seagulls make interesting birds to study!
A random selection of our seagull reports.
Here are a few other moments I captured on camera over the month. Click on them to see the full photo!
So, that's a wrap for this year folks!! Thanks again for all the support. I wish everyone a super summer full of family time! Thank you for being such a wonderful group of people to work with, both the children and the grown-us!
Our main theme this month is learning all about plants. What they need to grow and how we can take care of them. We will be doing lots of planting and hopefully by the holidays our classroom will have become a wonderful plant house! We got off to a great start by celebrating our annual Sunflower Planting Day. Please take care of your sunflower seed and do share a photo of how tall they grow!
Sharing our creative projects with our class!
Learning about plants through play
Making Paper Flowers in Art for the Market Garden.
Creative Learning in our Loose Parts Play!
It will be a busy week this week with our tour on Tuesday and Sports Day on Wednesday. Please make sure your child wears sun cream and has plenty of water to drink. Two small treat are allowed for the school tour.
We Are Architects!
For the past two weeks we were learning all about homes and building design. We explored how architects build and design houses, especially Eco-friendly houses that support a sustainable earth for your child's future. Through playful learning we have had great fun using our imagination and working in teams to design and build homes of the future!
The Design Process!
My Eco-Friendly House!
Click on your child's report to see how they designed an Eco-friendly house!
Reviewing Our Play!
Drop Everything and Read Time!
The children in Rm 6 have without question a particular love for literature! They love to read and allowing the children time to sit with each other and read daily has helped to nourish this enjoyment that will stay with them forever. During DEAR time the children get to pair up with a buddy if they wish and read together. Learning is best when it's with their friends!
What a fantastic effort the children are putting into their homework! They are just super and thank you to the grown-ups who are clearing supporting them every step of the way. Well done!
Easter Egg Hunt!
Have a great Easter break everyone!
It’s been a really busy month in rm6! We were so lucky to have had Ms Boyne for three wonderful weeks. During her stay we learnt loads about the farm! Here are a few photos of what we learnt.
Learning to Measure!
More Farm animals...
For our final week learning about animals we focused on all thing tiny... MINIBEASTS!
Making Bath Bombs!
I hope you all enjoyed your homemade bath bombs! The children were really excited to have such a lovely gift to present you on Mother's Day. I hope they managed to keep it a secret until Sunday!
We never miss an opportunity to write about our learning experiences!
Have a lovely Weekend! Hope all the moms have been spoilt!
For our last week of learning about transport we travelled into space for the week! Here is a little of what we got up to...
Lots of space shuttles and rockets!
We practiced our report writing by learning about space shuttles.
Logan took me on an adventure as he explore all the planets in his universe!
In other work...
Practicing the different ways of making the 'long e' sound! ee, ea, e_e and y (at the end of a word).
DEAR time is one of our favourite times of the day! We love exploring and reading together or on our own.
In maths we have been exploring Money.
Loose parts play...
Offering the children plenty of loose parts for their play encourages open-ended play and imagination.
Mark making in our play!
I hope you all enjoyed your weekend! We look forward to welcoming Ms Boyne to our class next week. She will be working with us for the next three weeks and we are really excited to work with her!
February meant the start of our new theme of Transport. The children remembered this one well from last year and found it really easy to bring into their play! They were quick to create many different role-play areas where they could explore their theme through make believe situations.
Last month we learnt about the Irish author Oliver Jeffers. He uses water colours for a lot of his illustrations. Ms Fallon organised a lesson for us to explore how water colours work.
Celebrating our Achievements!
The children have made such great progress in their handwriting and language since we started school last year. They have grown to be such independent and creative children, not afraid to take risk with their learning and proving to be enthusiastic about challenging themselves. To celebrate our wonderful achievements and hard work we had a party! While we sat together and enjoyed our treats we watched all the videos and blogs from our first days of school. I suggest you have a look at them yourself and admire how your little ones have grown. Well done girl and boys.
As part of our creative writing we do Helicopter Stories. It is an opportunity for the children to express their own thoughts and ideas. Sometimes I scribe for them and sometimes they write their own. It is ALWAYS their words, and they get to act out their stories. Enjoy the video below where some of the children have their stories acted out.
A massive WELL DONE to all the children for their great efforts with their writing task. I honestly couldn't choose individual winners because the effort displayed by everyone was equally evident. So everyone was rewarded with a party to celebrate.
Below the children were set the task to write their own story. As a prompt they were able to choose a sticker to build their story around. The rest of the work is completely the work of their own imagination. Credit to every child for displaying such good spelling and handwriting. Click on the pictures below to see the full page.
What a crazy week of illness there just before we broke up for the mid term break. I don't think there was anyone who wasn't struck down with something, myself included. I hope everyone has managed to enjoy, rest and recover over the break. I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday.
Thank you to everyone who brought in all the lovely fabrics for our learning theme. We had a great few weeks exploring textiles. We even learnt to sew! Here's are a few snaps of what we got up to.
We learnt the name of some fabrics and some amazing adjectives to describe them!
We wanted to find out what was the most popular fabric so we wrote about our favourite fabric and why.
Following this activity we gathered our findings into a bar chart.
We are going to make our own fabric teddies but first we have to learn how to sew. Step one, we have to learn how to thread a needle.
Next we practiced a basic stitch on card.
Finally we got to put all these new skills to work making our own fabric teddies! We'll finish them off next week and you can come in to see them!
Bringing fabric into our play...
We love being creative in our extra homework tasks!
Next week we move onto the topic of transport. Any old toy car, planes or boats etc. welcome! Have a great weekend,
A big thank you to the parents who came in to play maths games with the children. They had a great time!
Lost & Found By Oliver Jeffers
This week we have been reading lots and lots of books written and illustrated by the wonderfully talented Oliver Jeffers. We should call Ms Fallon the book lady because she comes to our class every day bearing new books and occasionally stays to read them for us!
We learnt to draw our own penguins!
Our phonics focus last week was learning about double letter sounds. When we see two consonants together they only make one sound becuase if there wasn't double letters it would change the sound rule of the word. They are great at spotting these double letter words in their books.
Materials and 3D Shapes
We continue to learn about 3D shapes and after assessing the children on Friday I am happy that most of the children are able to identify and name the following shapes: sphere, cone, cylinder, cube, cuboid, pyramid. Why not ask them to name objects around the house and if you see they are not confident identifying any of these shapes to could focus a little extra practice this coming week. In the activity below we are extending our learning to identifying various materials that make our toys.
I am encouraging the children to join their letters together and practice their cursive writing. They are excellent writers and have been working very hard in class.
Ms Fallon's Challenge!
Ms Fallon is always trying to set us a little maths challenge to extend our learning... we say BRING IT ON!
Can you make a Numicon animal?
Can you make me a 3D Shape?
Next week's leaning topic: We will be learning all about clothes and fabric over the next two week. We will be making a clothes shop and would love to add to our store collection, so if you had a few spare items of CLOTHING for our shop please bring them in. We would love a mix of dresses, trousers, jumpers, boots, shoes etc of different materials. Also if anyone had any nice FABRIC they could donate to our learning we would be thrilled to recieve it!
I look forward to seeing everyone for the PTM's on Monday.
Have a great weekend,
A week of 3D shapes
We had great fun this week learning about our 3D shapes. The focus shapes were a cube, cuboid, sphere and cylinder but we also extended are learning to pyramid and cone. I hope your child was able to find some shapes around the house and when they were out and about.
Looking for 3D Shapes everywhere!
More maths fun in Rm 6
Followed by some more.... FUN!
And just a sprinkle of hard work!
I hope everyone got a chance to read the note home about homework this week. I have spoken to a few parents and the feedback is very positive. It seem the extra time to complete homework works well. I will collect the homework on Monday copies on Monday but the folders will remain in their bag. I will return the homework copies to their folders on Tuesday so you can continue with the next set of homework tasks (see dates on sheet/copy). The children are really enjoying their readers and moving through them at a good pace. Some children are even finding the time to complete some extra homework tasks. Well done.
* Next week we will continue to learn about 3D shapes and I'm looking for some fabric 3D shapes (such as a baby's fabric cube etc.) if anyone have one I could borrow. Also we will be learning all about Oliver Jeffer who is a very well known Irish illustrator & author. If you have any of his books we would love for you to bring them in to share with us or if you have the time you could visit the library to try and find some of his books. One of his books might even inspire your child for this week's homework task! Thanks you.
Enjoy your weekend,
Christmas Concert 2018
What an amazing performance from the girls and boys in this years Christmas show "Join The Circus". A BIG thank you to the parents for your help with costumes and endless practising of songs and lines! I think you'll agree it was very much worth all the effort. Enjoy the video below and makes sure you download a copy for their memories collection!
The Circus Themed Learning Continues...
Thank you Maci for the lovely gingerbread men! The children were delighted with their lovely Christmas treat!
Have a great weekend.