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26 Jan

The junior and senior infants are very excited as we are getting a pom pom dancing club at lunchtime once a week!

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Shake the pom poms down!

 

The four amazing sixth class girls are going to be our teachers!

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We listened really well!

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Bring the pom poms back up!

The sixth class girls have been doing pom pom dancing outside of school and can’t wait to show us what they know! They are so kind and patient with us and we are lucky to have them!

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So much fun!

Check out some of our Vines from our class!

We will have one more go of our pom pom dancing class and then we will be getting our pom poms! We can’t wait!!!

26 Jan

Thanks to Intel Ireland for sending on these photos from Friday – you can read the full post on the Mini-Scientist here.

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26 Jan

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6th Class are constantly thinking of new and innovative ways to improve their Mental Maths. We want to be able to think on our feet and not forget key Maths language, steps and processes.We’ve been working so hard on our Maths language, and we made sheets to help us with key terms and steps. This is all to help us ahead of our Secondary School entrance exams!

Last Friday, we had a little bit of fun. As you know, we love podcasting, and so we decided to challenge each other to the ‘Top 50 Maths questions you must be able to answer before you leave 6th Class’. We recorded it as a podcast and will use it at home as revision.

Would you like to take the test? Step up, step up – are you smarter than a 12 year old?!

25 Jan

garda 3Junior and Senior Infants have been learning about the Gardai during Aistear.

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The Gardai were so kind and let us try on their hats!

We have been learning a lot about the Gardai and the important job that they do.

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looking good!

We learned that if we get lost when we are out we can go to a Garda and ask him or her to help us find our Mum or Dad.

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During the week Garda Tom and Garda Adam came in to visit us.

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We were able to ask them lots of questions.

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We were very good and put our hands up!

Garda Tom and Garda Adam were really nice and told us all about the important job that they do. We knew something about the job that the guards do already as we had been learning all about it in Aistear and we were able to tell them what we had learned.

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We were really interested!

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A big thank you to Garda Tom and Garda Adam for coming in to talk to us! We really enjoyed it and learned a lot!

23 Jan

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We’re very excited to share the highlights of this year’s Mini-Scientist showcase in St Peter’s! Last year was our first year to take part in the Intel Mini-Scientist programme and we really enjoyed it. You can find all of our blog posts related to the Mini-Scientist competition here.

This year, we approached it slightly differently. In September, we formed a Mini Digital Youth Council (you can learn more about the senior version here) and we decided that as part of their work, they could take part in the Mini-Scientist programme and they were encouraged to include a focus on technology as part of their project.

The top three projects were:

Sadbh, Taylor and Davina – how can we build a homemade dance mat using only materials available to us within the school?

Christian, Aaron and Leon – how can we use Minecraft to improve the teaching and learning of history?

  Alana and Alannah focused on how to use technology to teach particular skills to younger classes – e.g. tying shoelaces.

Sadbh, Taylor and Davina travelled to the Intel Ireland campus before Christmas and were thrilled to be chosen as one of the top projects and given the opportunity to go forward to the Grand Final – which took place today!
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This is the story of their dance mat in pictures:

Here’s a selection of some of photos from our adventures today!

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Our scientific selfie with Ms Whyte and Ms Sexton!

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Checking out the view from the Science Gallery!

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We were delighted to see Scientific Sue!

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Taylor was lucky enough to be chosen as a volunteer!

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Páidí held the fort while we were at the Science Show!

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We were delighted to welcome Junior Minister Damien English to our stand.

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And we were absolutely thrilled to win ‘Best Visual Display’!

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Very excited to win an award!

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We then met Harry McCann, founder of the Digital Youth Council, who had organised a tour of Twitter for us!

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How amazing is the view of Dublin from the Twitter building?

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Delighted with our visit to Twitter – and very excited to get home and see our families’ reactions!

Thanks to all the teachers for their help with the project and to the students from Junior Infants, Senior Infants and 2nd class who helped us learn more about dance and coordination! And finally, a huge thanks to the coordinators in Intel Ireland – particularly Sarah, Michelle and Catherine!

22 Jan

A couple of weeks ago, our good friend Summer Buzz sent us a link to a Youtube video of ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ recorded by Michael Rosen, one of the authors. It’s become very popular in second class and our teacher noticed that ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ has been the most in-demand book in 2nd class this week!

We decided to use the book for our reader’s theatre this week. We put in lots of practice so we knew our parts really well and we focused on making sure that everyone said their parts at the right time and on our expression and intonation.

We hope you enjoy listening to it!

And here’s the Youtube version of the story, as performed by Michael Rosen.

This is us having great fun reading along last week…


 

 

22 Jan

Hello bloggers,

St. Peter’s 5th Class were extremely lucky to be one of only 12 schools in all of Ireland to be chosen for the Explorer’s Project this year. The Explorer’s Project is aimed at helping us understand marine and sea life better. As part of the project, 5th class have been given a fish tank containing lots of sea creatures to take care of for 4 weeks and will be given a tour of Sea Life in Bray, with their resident Marine Biologist, Joanna.

To get everyone involved 5th class are running a competition for all classes to come up with the best names for our sea creatures. We have a rockling, 2 shanny fish, 6 muscles, 3 anemones, a limpet and a star fish. Good luck to everyone. We’ll keep you up to date on how our visitors are getting along and introduce you to our new friends very soon!

Fish Class (5th Class)

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19 Jan

We have been busy designing and making our own puppets in Senior Infants to help us understand the forces of pushing and pulling. We used paper cups, tissue paper, felt pieces, lollipop sticks and smiley faces to make our puppets. We use them by pushing and pulling. We experimented with our designs to make sure that they worked properly.  We had lots of fun making our puppets and want to say a big thanks to Liam who made sure that we all got to use some colourful hair to make our puppets look extra special! :)

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19 Jan

Last Friday week (9/1/15) 6th Class took their RDS Primary Science Fair project to the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. We had an amazing day, and tweeted throughout!

Care to catch up on the day that was? Have a read!

We met some of our Twitter friends too!

Working with the Digital Youth Council, we Skyped back to school to share the day with our classmates!

We met the BT CEO!

We met Henry Shefflin!

WHAT a day!

19 Jan
Fantastic work!

Fantastic work!

Well done to this great boy who knows all his 42 jolly phonics sounds. Keep up the good work Junior Infants!