Take a look at Fourth Class all dressed up for our spooky walk! They all put so much effort into their costumes and look very scary!
For Halloween, the children made haunted houses using old cereal boxes, bottles and cartons!
Our artist of the month was Edvard Munch. The children recreated his famous piece of art ‘The Scream.’
Fourth Class have spent the past month doing a project on homelessness. The children came up with the idea of trying to do something nice for the homeless. After some discussion, we decided that we would help make packs for the homeless that includes toiletries and some warm winter items. These items include:
- Roll on deodorant
- Wet wipes
- Toilet roll
- Cotton buds
- Nail files
- Bottle of water
- Sweet treat/cereal bar
- Lip balm
- Hand cream
- Travel size shampoo/conditioner/shower gel
Each child is asked to try bring in some of these items. I understand that in the run up to Christmas it can be an expensive time of year for everyone. Please don’t feel under pressure to buy any products or to bring in everything on the list. Items can be sourced from home and don’t all need to be bought. We will be collecting items for the next few weeks. After we make our packs, a representative from Dundalk Simon Community will come into the class to collect the packs and speak to the class about the work their organisation does and how their packs will help the homeless.
Today is World Mental Health Day! Fourth Class have been learning all about mental health in SPHE. We’ve been learning about how talking makes us stronger! As a class, we have been reading the book ‘Headbomz’ which describes the indescribable; the things that might make children feel like their head is going to burst. The questions, thoughts, worries or feelings that they don’t quite know how to deal with or talk about. By describing these as Headbomz, we can start more conversations about how to get rid of them.
Fourth Class have been busy creating great art pieces! Our artist of the month for September was Romero Britto. We learned all about the Brazilian artist and his work. The children recreated his work by creating very colorful paintings using lots of different patterns!
We also learned about primary colours and how to make secondary colours. We created our colour wheels by mixing different primary colours. We then used our colour wheels to create these cool eyes!
Welcome back to a new school year! As part of the SPHE curriculum, we are planning to teach a personal safety education programme called Stay Safe over the next few weeks. The aim of the Stay Safe programme is to teach children personal safety skills so they can look after themselves in situations which could be upsetting or dangerous. It deals initially with common situations which most children will experience at some stage or other, e.g., getting lost or being bullied. The programme also teaches children the safety skills necessary to protect themselves from physical or sexual abuse and emphasises the importance of telling a trusted adult about any problems they have.
The Stay Safe programme is part of the SPHE curriculum which all primary schools are required to implement. Co-operation between parents and teachers is essential to the success of this programme. It is important that parents are aware of the content of the Stay Safe lessons and are able to discuss the lessons with their children. Your child may bring home worksheets which will inform you on the topics being covered in class and how you can reinforce the message at home.
You can familiarise yourself with the content of the Stay Safe lessons at www.staysafe.ie/teachers/resources.htm. Please contact myself should you wish to discuss the programme further.
Thank you for your co-operation,