Children in 4th Class have completed their third set of Scratch coding lessons with Joan McCann from The Code Lab, where they built on their knowledge of Scratch from previous years. They worked in pairs to create a game called “Monkeys Love Banana’s”, and they used logical thinking and problem-solving skills to get this project fully working. They also used the new Video Sensing and Sound Editing features in Scratch.
They were introduced to the BBC Micro:bit, a mini programmable computer. They quickly realised that they could take their coding knowledge from Scratch and use it in a different coding language, Microsoft MakeCode. This was a big eye-opener for the kids, and they were very proud of their achievements in coding the Micro:bit. They worked on a number of projects, where they coded the Micro:bit to create a Rock-Paper-Scissors game, a Digital Dice, a piece of wearable-technology including a name tag that displayed their name in lights, and a heart badge, and even a Harry Potter Sorting Hat Algorithm, that tells you what house you will be in when you arrive in Hogwarts! Check out the photos to see their creations.
Well done to Fourth Class who have just completed their project on The Romans. Each child picked a topic that interested them. They then researched that topic and presented their it in front of the class.
From this week on wards, the children will be given more Irish homework. They will now be asked to write two sentences per night that include their Irish spellings. I understand that some parents may not know any Irish. I will go through the spellings each day with the children and translate any words that they may need for their sentences. If you are having any trouble translating words, a website I find very useful and reliable is www.foclóir.ie. I would also like the children to write out each night’s English and Irish spellings three times. I find that the ‘look, say, cover, write, check’ method of learning spellings works well. I have discussed this with the children before so they are familiar with it.
I have given each child a copy of their tables for the week. It is very important that the children know their tables. I spend a few minutes every day informally asking children their tables. It would be great to have this continued at home. There are so many multiplication and division games online that may make learning tables slightly more fun for your child.
I would also like to thank everyone who has brought in items for our homelessness project. The Dundalk Simon Community will be visiting the class on the 13th December to chat to the children and collect the items so we will continue to collect items until the 12th December. Thank you.
Thank you very much to everyone who came to the parent teacher meetings yesterday. A few parents mentioned that they found it difficult to help their children with their Irish spellings as they didn’t have Irish themselves and didn’t know how to pronounce the words. I have found a website that helps with the pronunciation of Irish words. You just type the word into the white box, and click ‘Déan sintéis’. You can also change the speed of the pronunciation in the ‘Luas’ box. I hope this helps!
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,