The children finally got their chance to embark on their school tour on Friday, the 21st of June. The children eagerly anticipated the tour to KartWorld in Watergrasshill, with activities on the agenda that made them excited to go. After a short bus journey, the children were randomly split into 4 groups. All activities were done by each group, at different times. They did archery, sumo wrestling, basketball, gladiator jousting, and sumo suit wrestling. The children immensely enjoyed these competitive and novel games. however, the highlight of tour for most was the main attraction, which was the karting. The girls loved the thrill of driving a vehicle not that they don’t have to peddle or push. They were excited to see their results, their position, their average speed, and quickest lap, all nicely presented on a sheet for them to keep. It also was a subtle use of integration to maths. The girls got filling hot food, finished off the last of their activities, and got the bus back. It certainly was a day to remember, and a great way to finish the year.
Art: House Construction
The class spent 3 weeks worth of Art lessons designing and building their own houses out of various different types of cardboard. The only limit for this task was their own imaginations, as children were put into groups to brainstorm ideas, and work together on how to build this house. The children had to decide what type of house they would do, what rooms they would have in it, what types of cardboard would they use, and how they would physically build it. They also had to design furniture and other relevant objects for the house. Colour choices and patterns would also have to be discussed. Finally, materials would also have to be chosen, for carpets, curtains and the like.
The children loved engaging in the artistic process, and the freedom this project allowed them. The limitless options of their design allowed for each group to construct completely unique houses, that were fitted to each group’s personal taste. The children also had to practice communication skills and work in a team, giving them practical life skills.
The class was delighted as we assembled all the completed houses together, each group complementing other group efforts, showing appreciation and understanding of the work they put in.
Science Experiment: Ramps
In school today, children engaged in a thought provoking task. They were asked to find out what influences objects going down ramps.
First, children were shown a video of a water slide to engage them. They were asked what makes a good water slide, and what makes a bad one. They all were bursting with ideas, listing several factors, including:
-the height of the slide/ramp
-the slope of the slide/ramp
-what material the slide/ramp is made from
-if there was liquids on the slide/ramp (e.g. water)
-the size of the person going down the slide/ramp
After discussing each area, the children investigated two factors. One, the material of the ramp, and two, the slope of the ramp. They tested using wooden ramps, and toy cars. The material of the ramp was changed using strips of carpet, and the slope of the ramp changed using copy books. They recorded their results as the went, measuring the distances the toy cars traveled after each of the slides. Each child had a role in the investigation in some capacity.
When we all discussed our results, it was found (correctly) that a higher the slope gives a faster slide/ramp, and that wood is a better material to use than carpet if you want to go faster and further. The children enjoyed the investigation thoroughly.
Length in the Classroom
On Monday, the girls started learning about length. To start off the subject, the girls were divided into groups of 4 or 5, and took turns measuring each others heights. To do this, they used a metre stick, a marker, and the whiteboard. They first marked the heights, then measured from the ground up to the mark. The children were shown how to use a metre stick, and how to correctly mark the whiteboard (pen perpendicular to their body). Once the children had collected all the heights, they went back to their desks and made a table in their copies, showing the children’s names and heights form their group. Once we finished all that, we made a line from the smallest to tallest and got a picture (above).
The children got great satisfaction from seeing the practical use of maths in their everyday life, and how applicable it was to them. They were hugely invested in finding out their exact height, and how they compared to their peers.
Fourth Class have had a fun term which was full of trips and activities. We enjoyed a trip to the Graffiti Theatre Company at the start of the term where we participated in a creative writing workshop. The girls worked together to brainstorm ideas for characters, setting and the plot. The story created was titled ‘Small dog, big dreams’, a humorous story about a Chihuahua called Chico who’s biggest dream was to own a Lamborghini. The girls started the story as a group but finished it individually so there were some very interesting conclusions to the story.
For the past few weeks we have had a buddy system going on with Senior Infants. The 4th class girls have both read to the younger girls and they also completed a beach scene art project with them. Both classes really enjoyed working together.