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Stay Safe Programme...
What a fantastic week! Our new topic 'Transport' really took off! A big thank you to all the children and parents who sent in towns for us to play with! It really enhanced the children's play! Keep them coming...
Lots of people were booking holidays in the sun at the ticket office... I don't blame them after the cold week!
We even planned our own meals for the aeroplane!
To finish the week off we made our own aeroplanes... Check back next week to see how they turned out!
Lots of playful maths this week. We were learning '1 More' and '1 less' with the number 1-5. Try asking them to do this at home...
Counting and matching sets...
...and writing our number 3 and matching set of 3.
We can make patterns every where! Even during yard time!
We were so thrilled to have some of the parents visit us today to do some wonderful experiments! The children were so excited!
That you to the parents who took the time to come in and work with us!
Fantastic homework this week. I can see that parents are taking some time to read through the sheet with their child and discuss the various language tasks. This will be such valuable time spent and your child will learn lots! Thank you.
In other news...
We were using the resources below during the week and when we tidied up it seemed some of the pieces were missing. They could possibly have fallen into pockets or bags so please, if you do find any at home cold you return them. They are very valuable to us teachers!! lol :)
We had a reported case of head lice this week. Please check your child's head over the weekend and treat if necessary. Notes will go home on Monday. Thank you.
Stay Safe Programme...
We have started the stay safe programme with the girls and boys in class. It is a very important part of their learning and we would like you to be involved in their awareness and development as your child learns about keeping safe. You will find occasional worksheets going home in their folder. If you could take a little time to talk to your child about what they are learning that would be very helpful. Thank you.
Have a great weekend!
To celebrate Science Week we have been super lucky to have our very our Professor Science Pants (impromptu name) visit us every day! Each day, Professor S for short comes bursting through the door after morning break looking mad as a hatter and ladened down with all sorts of science equipment... strangly Ms Murray is nowhere to been seen for the next hour and a half??? probably enjoying a well earned extended coffee break we think...
So once the children and calmed after overexerting themselves with excitement here what Professor S has been doing with us in our class over the last week...
Professor Puffendorf's Secret Potions
Fizzing Test Tubes! ...
This experiment involved some steady hand and a little messy work... ingredients included corrosive acid and exploding powder with a little drop magic potion...
Growing salt crystals...
Another day's experiment was a group one. The children watched as Professor S add a magic ingredient (table salt) into the steaming solution (very hot water add some green food colouring to make it more potion like)... we have to be extremely careful because one drop too much and we would be blown to smithereens... but too little and the crystals wouldn't form right. So the children watched in suspense as bit by bit we made the correct solution without resulting in explosions.
The next experiment was more hands on for the children... colour dissolving using skittles. I used blotting paper in this one but any paper would work. The fun part here was using lots science equipment like tweezers and magnifying glasses. Everyone felt like a mad scientist!
To start us off I played this... you don't get more inspiring than Wintergatan Marble Music Machine! the children found this fascinating.
Exploring different fillings in our own sound machines... shell maracas (originally invented by our very own scientist Maci) we talked about loud and quiet sounds.
Most of these experiments were suitable to add to their Aistear play... although at the end of aistear all the skittles had disappeared and there were no colours on the paper sheets???... perhaps it was an invisible potion?
Working together to plan our own robots! You can never have enough junk according to Wendell!
How many caretakers does it take to fix a chair? lol!
We are coming to the end of our school topic next week and the children have learnt so much about their school and the people who work in it. I got a super hero cape in this one!
Lots of number work in maths this week.
Well done to these three super stars who designed their own beautiful leaves! And well done to all the girls and boys who did such lovely colouring on their sheets. They also did a beautiful rendition of Little Leaves but unfortunately I ran out of space on my phone to record it! Next week we will be starting wordless readers, I will send a note home about how to read them with your child.
Enjoy the weekend and we look forward to having Ms Costello with us from Monday for four week while she completes her teaching practice.