This week we all came together for our first assembly to celebrate the beginning of a new school year. Each class performed a song or a poem they had learned in Irish. Some of the fifth and sixth class read out letters that they had also written in Irish to their penpals. We look forward to more assemblies throughout the year.
Today we used our new tablets & headphones for the first time. Junior Infants listened to their new Jolly Phonics sounds and songs while Senior Infants did some reading. We are really looking forward to using our tablets across all curriculum areas this year.
Congratulations to our 6th class pupils who won the RDYSL- Roscommon District Youth Schoolboys and Girls League on 29/08/23.
FRIENDSHIP TREE: We really enjoyed Thankful Tuesday. We are so grateful to have such a wonderful school community! Fly the flag with pride!
On Thankful Tuesday we read the story "Have you Filled a Bucket Today?" and then filled each others buckets. We coloured in a worksheet showing all the "I can.." things we can do. We all Walked A Mile with a Smile together this morning! We also took part in geography team games!
CHESS FOR SOCIAL SKILLS: 5th and 6th class hosted a friendly chess tournament for 1st-4th class today! Part of Friendship Friday!!
We are developing friendships and interactions between our pupils in Garrafrauns N.S. We have been working on our concentration, forward planning, reasoning and problem solving. We have seen a huge improvement in chess this year and look forward to competing in the Lá Ficheall tournament next year!
History/Art: The 1st and 2nd class have been researching the Titanic. Look at the creative artwork inspired by what they learned. We displayed our work proudly for others to appreciate!
CREATIVITY: ART: We are working on our paper maché projects this month in the senior classes. Looking forward to seeing the unique, completed works of art soon!
MOTIVATION AND CHOICE: The 5th and 6th class pick their own reading book each night. They have a selection of fiction and non-fiction to choose from which demonstrate a variety of writing genres.
The fifth & sixth class students joined junior & senior infants today to work on the learning outcome of retelling and elaboration. The older chidren retold a story they had read & the younger children asked them questions. We then swapped & the younger children told the seniors a piece of news & the seniors helped them to elaborate on it.
We have been working on report writing in English. We have written reports on spring flowers, the lion and other things. As part of this genre the children each brought in something special from home and gave an oral report to the class about their object.
We have been learning about the lifecycle of the butterfly in science. We read and discussed the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar for English and then we sequenced the story for history. We then created our own caterpillars and colourful butterflies for art.
Infants: Chess and Table Tennis : listening and engagement skills, giving instructions, information giving;
We have been learning a lot from the fifth and sixth class pupils. They have kindly visited our classroom and taught us some chess and some table tennis.
Wellness in the sunshine: We had a lovely afternoon playing table tennis and chess outdoors this week! 5th and 6th class
CRITICAL LITERACY: BOOK TALK: We have been reading novels in our reading groups this month. We take turns reading and then reflect on what we have read so far. We write summaries of the chapters we have covered.
REFLECT ON WHAT YOU HAVE READ:
WRITING SAMPLES: We are very proud of our writing samples in 1st and 2nd class. We have displayed them on our Writing Board for others to read and enjoy. We made a huge effort with our handwriting and presentation. We enjoyed reading our completed pieces
We edited our writing and used our rubrics to ensure we had a capital letter at the start of each sentence and a full stop at the end. We look forward to comparing our writing from the beginning of the year with our end of year writing samples!
STEM: We are delighted to announce that we were awarded the SFI Curious Minds Gold Award today for our STEM work throughout the year in the areas of science, technology, engineering, maths and project work!
FEEDBACK ON OUR STEM LOG OF EVIDENCE:
Congratulations to everyone at Garrafrauns Central N.S. on achieving the SFI Curious Minds Gold Award 2023. Your submission clearly shows the amazing work you have done throughout this year in STEM. It was great to see your learners in different classes engaged in a wide range of exciting activities and projects. We really enjoyed seeing the amazing STEM projects completed by your learners: particularly designing and building bridges from recycled materials, and the incredible solar system projects by 5th and 6th class. Your work on maths during the year was really impressive. Its was read on your school blog about your learners having fun with maths challenges, and seeing the excellent robots built during Maths Week. Well done to all the learners and teachers on achieving your Gold Award!
SESE: Country Fact File: We researched a country of our choice and wrote a report including population, currency, traditions, industry, culture and food. We are very proud of our fact files!
STEM: Science: Aerodynamics: We designed paper planes and tested their flight distance. We estimated the distance, measured and recorded our findings. 5th and 6th class
STEM SHOWCASE: The 5th and 6th class pupils showcased their Musical Instrument projects to the other classes. They read their procedures to explain the steps followed.