5th and 6th class organised and hosted their first chess tournament for 1st and 2nd class. What a success! We are looking forward to the next one!
SPHE: Chess for Social Skills: 5th and 6th class introduced "The Rook" to 1st and 2nd class this week. Thursday Chess Club is loads of fun!
CHESS FOR SOCIAL SKILLS: This week we focused on Chess Sportmanship. 5th and 6th modelled the desired chess etiquette for 1st and 2nd class.
We are developing our social skills this term. So far we have been working on respect, decision making, forward planning and accepting defeat graciously.
SCHOOL COMMITTEES: We have been having committee meetings to select a chairperson and secretary. We have assigned duties to each person on the committee.
Sports Committee: catalogue all sports equipment; lead the Fyffee's Fit Squad initiative in all classes;
Poly-tunnel Supervisors: make a list of what is needed for poly-tunnel; allocate planting beds to each class; catalogue the seeds we have; research planting in autumn;
ICT Committee: catalogue tablets and headphones available; sign in and find required passwords; number tablets and pair each with a charger; prepare 7 tablets for station teaching in 1st and 2nd class;
Chess Committee: count boards and pieces; separate chess pieces into bags and label black/ white; organise chess boards for 1st and 2nd class chess lesson on Thursdays;
COMPREHENSION AND PRESENTATION SKILLS: We are working on determining importance, summarising, using intonation/ expression in our voices and maintaining eye-contact with our audience.
We read newspaper articles in pairs and highlighted the important points. We then prepared and delivered an oral summary of the newspaper article of our choice. We are working on our presentation skills in preparation for debating in the classroom. We worked on our stance, projecting our voice and working as a team.
Art Presentation: Some of the 1st and 2nd class pupils gave an oral presentation to other classes. Very creative!
SCHOOL COMMITTEES: We have set up a sport committee, ICT committee, poly-tunnel supervisors and a chess committee.
Ireland's Fittest School 2023: We have started our daily exercises as part of the Fyffes Fit Squad. Our 5th and 6th Sport Committee are leading this initiative. Well done everyone!
Painting: Experimenting with the primary colours to create secondary colours. Creating our own colour wheels!
HISTORY: RTE Radio 1: We listened to a short story by one of the pillars of our school community today! He read his story about a plane crash-landing in Dunmore. It was thrilling!!
ORAL PRESENTATION: CODING: One of our senior pupils gave an interesting presentation about Scratch animation games he had created. We loved our introduction to coding!
Our Anti-Bullying Acrostic Poems: We have been discussing our anti-bullying policy and learning how we can combat bullying in our school and community! Have a look at some of our acrostic poems based on respect.
CREATIVE WRITING: One of our pupils gave a dramatic reading of her short story for the rest of the class this morning! She completed the CTY online course in "Horrible Histories and Creative Writing" during the summer.
PROBLEM SOLVING AND CRITICAL THINKING: We challenged ourselves with jigsaw puzzles in the senior classes!
S.T.E.M Awards 2023: We have applied for the 2023 STEM award. We had loads of fun reflecting and revisiting our old Logs of Evidence from previous years. Looking forward to a great year of learning!
We have started a social and cognitive skills programme in 5th and 6th class which focuses on respect, accepting defeat, forward planning, conversation, teamwork, decision making, patience, resilience and practice. We have started by introducing the pawn this week. We focused on showing respect for our opposition, holding eye-contact and positioning our pawns to support each other.
We have set up "Our Goal Board" in 5th and 6th class to encourage the pupils to reflect on their learning and set a meaningful, personal goal for September. We can't wait to discuss our progress at the end of the month!
Wacky Wednesday is all about celebrating our individuality. Everybody was encouraged to wear bright clothes and to show their uniqueness. The infants listened to the story "Wacky Wednesday" by Dr. Seuss. It was very funny and they had a great time looking for all the wacky things in the pictures. The whole school took part in a catwalk show to show off our fabulous outfits and then we had dancing and some races. It was a fantastic day!
Today, we talked about all the things we are thankful for. Each pupil chose some of the things they were most thankful for and wrote or drew them on their flower. They then hung their colourful flowers on Our Gratitude Tree which is displayed in the hall.
Our Wellness Week got off to a great start today with Movement Monday! We had races, dancing and lots of movement activities.
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The children had a great time today playing with their new Mud Kitchen. This kitchen was made by the Transition Year Students in Dunmore Community School and kindly donated to Garrafrauns N.S. by our past pupils.