March started off with pancakes and dressing up for World Book Day! In maths we had lots of fun exploring 2D and 3D shapes as well as estimating and weighing various items when we studied weight. We enjoyed Seachtain na Gaeilge with some fun activities, including a little céilí and dressing in green for St Patrick’s Day. In English we finished our novel Kensuke’s Kingdom which we really enjoyed and we worked on explanation writing – we drew amazing diagrams of the digestive system and explained how it worked and also explained the butterfly life cycle. In science we finished our Science Blast project on bottle flipping. It’s on display in the hall and looks wonderful! In history we learned all about the Normans and we are in the process of making motte and bailey castle models which is a lot of fun. We have enjoyed having our new music teacher in for our music classes and are rehearsing for Peace Proms in a few short weeks! We also enjoyed an Easter art workshop and weekly cycling sessions which were great fun. In RE we have been learning all about the Easter story. It’s been a busy and fun month!
It was great to see everyone back at school after the Christmas holidays. We chatted about our hopes and plans for the year, learned all about Greece in History and Geography, we enjoyed outdoor time in the garden, we tried some different types of printing in art and we had a science workshop all about acids and bases which was great fun!
November and December were action packed! We enjoyed a bodhran workshop, a visit from a petting zoo, a musical performance in the RDA Hall, an art workshop, a drumming workshop, a foraging workshop and a visit from RTE fro Science Week. We rehearsed and then performed a Christmas nativity play which was recorded and shared with parents. We had an outdoor whole school assembly, a visit from Santa and got to toast marshmallows over a fire while drinking hot chocolate. We took part in two cross country events in Avondale, learned about the artist Piet Mondrian, investigated which materials are the best insulators in science and learned about the Stone and Bronze Ages in history. We are busy rehearsing for Peace Proms in the spring too!
October was a busy month! We explored the respiratory system and the skeletal system. We went on a trip to Glendalough and we had a spooky art workshop. We had fun doing some Hallowe’en activities including making some yummy Hallowe’en treats, we had a fun maths week doing various maths activities, including a maths trail around the school grounds and we finished the month with a PJ day and a crazy hair day!
It was great being back at school in September. We had lots of fun in the garden. In English and Irish we wrote reports, in SESE we did projects on our personal history and learned about Rathdrum in Geography. We enjoyed going swimming in Arklow each week and playing rugby and GAA in school each week too. We did drama outside and body percussion in music. It was a busy and fun month!
In October we tried to make the best of the weather with plenty of outdoor PE and garden time. We also created some Autumn and Hallowe’en inspired art and wrote sentences about Autumn as Gaeilge. In science we looked at the story of milk so we made our own butter and ice-cream! We looked at Procedural Writing in English and also learned about the history of Hallowe’en. We had Student Council and Green School Elections. We tried out some activities for Maths week including a Kahoot quiz, learning how to do Sudokus, a problem solving relay race and a maths trail. We also visited St Saviour’s Church for a church trail. We did an outdoor art workshop and tried the tower STEM challenge too. To finish off a fun filled month we had a fun dress up day!
September in 3rd and 4th class was busy. We focused on lots of wellbeing activities in the first couple of weeks as well as using the outdoor classroom and grass areas for drama, PE and RE. We looked at the genre of report writing and wrote reports in English and in Irish. We enjoyed a trip to Avondale for a bike workshop during Bike Week – thank you to Hugh and his assistant for giving up their time! The children created wonderful pictures of bikes in art as well. Noelie returned for rugby on Mondays and the children created wonderful bridges as part of their work on bridges in Science. We are looking foward to a fun filled October!
Here are some highlights from the 20129/2020 school year from 3rd and 4th classes.
We exhibited at Science Blast in the RDS. Our project was “How Best to Fly a Kite?”. We had a super day and received great feedback from the judges.
What a great day of learning and fun we also had at the Green School’s Action Day. We made sock puppets, learned about recycling and heard about reducing plastic in our homes.
We welcomed the Glendalough Park Rangers to our classroom and learned lots about nature all around us.
4th class took part in Peace Proms in the RDS. What an amazing experience.
Our Christmas Play this year was “Stable Manners”. We loved being part of the play.
The School Christmas Party was a wonderful evening of magic and festivities. It is one of the highlights of the year.
We took part in the Cross Country Races in Avondale. It is so nice to be out in the fresh air and representing our school.
The student council hosted a coffee morning which we will got involved in. It was a lovely morning and we raised some money for a local charity.
We are delighted to be back at tennis, rugby & GAA training. It is also lovely to see Mr Dunne and orchestra starts back for orchestra members.