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7 May

Senior Infants had so much fun getting involved with all of the amazing activities organised for wellness week. Check out what they got up to below…

cover image of Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

We kicked off the week with some challenges, activities and an obstacle course with Paddy in the hall! All of senior infants felt great after all that exercise! Exercise helps us to be happy too! 😊

At the start of the week, we read ‘Have You Filled a Bucket Today?’
We thought of all the different things that our friends and families to do ‘fill our buckets’. Then we planned all of the kind, helpful things that we could do to ‘fill’ other people’s buckets too!

We learned so much from the brilliant ‘Body Fuel’ exhibition that sixth class put together! We looked at the food pyramid and discussed what food would help our body to stay healthy and strong! 🍍🍒🍇 We also read through the great healthy recipes that Ms.Kane’s class had created. Maybe we can try some over the mid-term break! 🍳🥘

We were very excited when an ice cream van came to school!🍨 Lucky us! 😁

We love music in senior infants and it always makes us smile! We were very happy to get to play the drums for the day! 🥁

And we even got to relax with some hot chocolate and biscuits! What a week 😊

7 May

We loved taking part in Wellness Week. It gave us a great chance to discuss our feelings and what we enjoy doing to keep our minds and bodies healthy. We also shared some tips with each other about looking after our wellbeing in the future!

We started the week with some Monday Meditation and found that this gave us a chance to breathe before beginning a new week. It’s important to take some time each day to do this. We also thought about some things in our lives that we’re grateful for and completed a ‘Gratitude Jar’ activity.

Monday morning meditation!

We also discussed how important exercise is for keeping our minds and bodies healthy. Even a short 10 minute walk each day can clear our head and allows us time to focus on just the here and now. It’s a quick and easy way to look after our wellbeing. We also took the opportunity to play a game of hockey together to test out how we felt after exercise – we noticed we had more energy which was super!

Next on our list of activities to celebrate Wellness Week, we decided to cook a healthy snack for ourselves! Cooking/baking is our favourite time of the week and our quesadilla recipe went down a treat! They were so easy to make – we added cheese, scallions, ham/ chicken to our wrap and they were ready to eat within minutes! They were delicious and we love to learn quick and easy recipes, with simple ingredients that we can recreate at home. Huge thanks to Mrs. Kelly who always has the best recipes!

We also really loved the Body Fuel display we got to attend in the hall that was organised by 6th class! We had great fun learning about healthy alternatives to some of our favourite snacks, looking at their amazing food pyramid for information and taking part in the word scramble! Huge thanks to 6th for creating such informative displays and interactive activities! We learned a lot!

We also felt it was important to share some tips with each other about staying positive and being aware of our own wellness. The amazing positivitree in the school porch gave us a great opportunity to share and read some great positive messages that really lifted our moods! Huge thanks to Michelle and Elaine for the super bright corridors in school too!

Our week ended with some lovely treats we all really enjoyed! Huge thanks so the breakfast club for the delicious pancakes (our favourite!) We also absolutely loved the ice – cream truck that arrived to our school yard as a special surprise for everyone! Part of looking after our wellness is having a nice treat from time to time and this was definitely a great way to end our week!

A great end to Wellness Week!

We really enjoyed taking part in Wellness Week and will definitely practise some of our newly formed habits more regularly now!

3 May

Last week we celebrated wellness week in 1st class. We enjoyed loads of activities that relaxed us and made us feel better, have a look at some of the things we did!

We started off the week by looking at different feelings, we discussed how we could feel better if we were feeling down, anxious or stressed and we tried these activities out during the week. Some of these activities included the following:

  1. Bubble Breathing- Taking deep breathes and acting like your blowing bubbles (or actually blowing them!) is a great way to calm down.

2. Healthy eating- It is important to give your body healthy and nutritious foods to keep it feeling well. We went to a lovely healthy eating exhibition made by 6th class where we went on food hunts, unscrambled words and learnt about the food pyramid!

3. Exercise- this is a great way to make your body feel better. We talked about all the different types of exercise we can do. Lucky for us we have the King of obstacle courses in our school which means we got to make our body feel better by trying out one he made for us- thanks Paddy Mullen! We ended the course with a lie down listening to peaceful music to relax us.

4. Music- Its great to be creative and do things you love to keep well. We were so lucky to get to go to a drumming workshop where we learnt different rhythm’s and melodies.

5. One of our favorite activities was making ooblek water which was a great experiment seeing it change from solid to liquid. Everyone had a smile on their face during this activity!

6. Stressballs- squeezing and making these relieved all our tension and stress and also made for a great reminder of our well being week!

7. TREAT YO SELF- we ended the week with two lovely days of treats- hot chocolate and biscuits AND an ice-cream from the ice-cream van. I mean how can these two things not make you feel good!

30 Apr

This week was fantastic! We explored lots of different ways to take care of our bodies and our mind. We did some fabulous activities too and had lots of fun!

This is our Calm Corner in 2nd Class.

Check-In Zone

Every day we checked in to our feelings ‘Zone’. This was a great way to think about our feelings and emotions.

Music & Mindfulness

We did lots of lovely Mindful Art. We learned that doing simple colouring and drawing is a great way to relax our minds.

We really enjoyed playing the drums with Drum Nature.

Sports Day 🏀

We had such fun with the obstacle course Paddy set up for us.

Fun Friday

Ice-Cream Truck🍦

To end our week we feel so lucky to have had a visit from an Ice-Cream truck to our front yard. We all enjoyed some yummy ice-creams!

20 Apr

Welcome to our final update to our whole school story!

Well done to all those who took part over the last number of weeks, it’s been fantastic to see all your submissions being added together to create our own story, accompanied with lots of superb illustrations!

The final question we needed to answer was: ‘what will our rabbit wish for’?

Check out the brilliant end to our story here!

What a fantastic story! Huge well done to all involved. We hope you enjoy reading!

19 Apr

Rubber Band Racer

We spent some time studying renewable energy and different types of renewable materials. Making this rubber band racer was a STEM activity we did to explore the different ways to create energy and movement.

We had to carefully insert the chassis pieces into the cardboard box to make the rubber band racing car balanced.

Working together in the groups we fitted both wooden pieces before putting on the wheels. It was quite tricky adding in the rubber bands during this step but with a little help we managed to get it in.

The Race!

At the end of the lesson we had a race with all of our rubber band racers and had lots of fun! We talked about how we could make our racers faster, what materials we could use to substitute the ones used and discussed the possibility of creating future cars using this idea.

Plastic Pollution in our Oceans

Keep Our Sea Plastic Free

We spent a lot of time learning about the effects plastic has on our oceans and sea life. We studied how plastic has become such a huge part of our lives and how difficult it is to find effective alternatives. We created some lovely artwork using plastic bottles.

We spent some time collecting plastic materials such as bottles, straws, containers etc. and we used the bottles and straws in our art lesson to make some ‘plastic fish’. We hung them up outside our classroom to remind people about the effect plastic has in our oceans.
12 Apr

Since 3rd class returned to school last month, after 3 months of at home learning, they were eager to get going again and to learn lots of new information.

We started learning about procedural writing in literacy ✏️ As a whole class, we wrote a detailed procedure of how to make a paper aeroplane. Then, we followed the instructions to see if they made sense and if we could make an aeroplane from what we had written and of course tested the planes outside. ✈️

Later in the week, we wrote about how to make chocolate nests 🍫. We wrote our instructions and then followed them to make the nests, just in time for Easter. Our finishing touches were an egg and a little chick on top 🐥.

We created beautiful daffodil drawings, all using the same technique but all looking completely different and unique 💐.

We also created these lovely jars which we sponged paint on to create an Easter print on the outside. We created little Easter signs for and put small Easter eggs in them 🐇🥚.

Finally, we enjoyed a pizza party that we won from spinning the wheel during lock down 🍕.

12 Apr

We had great fun taking part in our recent STEM challenge. We have been learning about climate change, sustainability and also celebrated Engineers Week 2021. To bring all of our recent learning together we decided to make our own eco racers, test how they operate and race them to see what makes them travel fast and in a straight line. We think eco racers might be the future of car design because their friendly to the environment, not using fuel to operate and can be cheap to make!

Before we got building, we planned our design based on the materials we knew we would be working with. It’s important to take time to consider the design of your project and ask questions about what we wanted to find out. Planning also gives us a chance to make adjustments to our designs and ask each other for help and suggestions should we need it.

After we planned the design of our eco racers we took a look at the materials we had to work with. They were simple and we wondered if we’d be able to make our racers move quickly and how we would control the direction they travelled in. We were happy to know that each student was going to work with the exact same materials.

Our Curisosity Box materials we used to build our eco racers!

Then we began to follow the instructions and made some changes if we felt they were needed. For example, some students adjusted the position of the ‘car’/ cardboard box placing it vertically and not horizontally to work with.

Making the eco racers proved more challenging than we originally thought it would be but we persevered as we know that engineers and scientists are faced with lots of challenges when they are designing and creating new objects.

We learned a new word – ‘chassis’ – and some of our class explained that this refers to the base frame of the car. Fixing the front and back axle required lots of concentration, as did making sure the rubber bands were placed correctly. We knew they would ‘power’ our eco racers so were very careful to make sure we could wind them tightly enough to release enough energy to send our eco racers far!

Testing our eco racers proved to be great fun and we predicted how far we could send them in centimetres and recorded our scores on record sheets. Our school hall became the race track for an afternoon…

We soon noticed that elastic bands are all slightly different. Some are thick, some are thin and some have small faults in them. This meant that we got some variation in how far our eco racers could travel. We had to be careful that we didn’t stretch the rubber bands too much or else they snapped! We also soon realised that our eco racers could reverse as well as travelling forward so we needed to make sure we wound our rubber bands in the direction we wanted to travel.

We concluded that the more turns of the rubber bands we gave our eco racers, the further the car travels. This wasn’t true every time as sometimes the cars tried to move too quickly and ended up skidding and not travelling very far at all! This wheelspin is something that we need to investigate further. We want to try to move our eco racers with lots of different types of rubber bands.

We used metre sticks to measure the distances travelled and were impressed with our findings! We definitely think the cars travelled better in the school hall than they would have in our classroom which has a carpet floor. The greatest distance travelled was 125 centimetres!

We think that eco racers could be made by companies in the future to reduce air pollution and to encourage everyone to make more sustainable decisions when it comes to travel.

Our results are on display, along with our reflections and ideas about what we might change the next time we take on this challenge.
25 Mar

Keeping with our theme of Easter we decided to do an experiment using eggs! I laid out the materials we would be using during the experiment to aid discussing throughout (an egg, salt, a bowl of water and a spoon).

First, we discussed and predicted whether an egg would float or sink when put into a bowl of water. We then put this to the test! We all predicted correctly with great ideas behind why this happened- the main one being that the egg was heavy!

The children were then asked ‘how could we get this egg to float in the water?’. The children were encouraged to think of ideas using materials at the top of the room. They decided to add salt to the water. There were many ideas behind this including the following:

  • ‘The salt grains will push the egg to the top of the bowl’
  • ‘Boats can float on the ocean and that has salt in it’
  • ‘The salt will make the water heavier than the egg’.

We began testing the ideas by adding one spoonful of salt to the water at a time and mixing it in.

It took each group approximately 11/12 teaspoons of salt to get their egg to float! We learnt that adding salt to the water makes it more ‘dense’ than the egg which makes it float.

Check out our floating eggs at the end!

22 Mar

Welcome back to another update to our whole school story!

Well done to all taking part each week, it’s fantastic to see your creativity being recorded as a team effort and your writing and illustrations are brilliant!

Here is a special message from Bex this week:

Hi Everybody,

Blimey! This gets harder every week with so many amazing ideas and pictures!! As always I have tried to include as many ideas and artworks as possible but I am afraid this week not everyone has been able to be included as there were just so many. Thank you so much. So as you will read our story continues… I think we might be reaching near the end so please give me your ideas for the last part of the story and I will put them together over the holidays so we can see it read it all the way through at the beginning of next term.I hope you have a wonderful holiday and a very Happy Easter and get lots of chocolate! I am looking forward to seeing you all next term!

All the best, Bex

Have a look at the updated story below…

Lots to read about this week and our question is:

‘What will our rabbit wish for’?

We can’t wait to see your ideas and read the final draft of the story after our Easter break. Remember to submit your ideas by the end of this week!