Last term our 4th class girls participated in two tournaments. We played in The Respect Cup in Corduff and also The Tyrrelstown schools cup which we hosted in our community hall. Gaelscoil an Chuilinn, St.Lukes, Powerstown ETNS and Tyrrelstown ETNS were all represented on the day.
We reached the final of the tournament only to lose on penalties. Despite the obvious disappointment of missing out on the winners trophy a great day was had by all.
Our senior girls team have been training together on Friday afternoons and are hopeful of having a few more challenge matches against neighbouring schools throughout the year.
Musician in Residence
Our Musician in Residence Sarah is busy teaching 20 of our 3rd and 4th class pupils how to hold their fiddle/violin properly and how to pluck their strings.
Fingal Arts Office (as part of the Fingal County Council) are helping our school to fund this project and it has been up and running since the end of November. Another string to our bow! Aisleen is the co- ordinator of this project.
What exactly is a chromebook?
You may have heard a lot of talk about chromebooks at home over the last while. Just in case you didn’t know:
- Chromebooks are lightweight, durable laptops
- They function best when connected to the internet
- Everything is stored online in a secure Google Drive
- Pupils must sign in with their username and password to access their files
- They are also touch screen and can run a wide variety of apps
To find out more, you can visit google.com/chromebook.
A big thank you to our Parents’ Association who raised over €600. Thanks to them, we have purchased a fancy new microphone which we can use at our assemblies!
In Emma’s Junior Infant Class, we have been learning about how we can re-use some items from our house. We have a junk art station set up so we can get creative.
Hannah’s Junior Infants have been learning lots about the Arctic. We have learned about Arctic animals, habitats, Inuit people, and have been having lots of fun dressing up and playing in our very own classroom igloo! We are also learning GAA skills with Larry which is shaping up to be our favourite part of the week!
Shauna’s junior infants have been learning about the Arctic. In particular, we have been looking at all the animals that live there. We decided that the polar bear was our favourite Arctic animal. We made polar bear masks, read lots of books about polar bears and learned some cool facts about them too. Our favourite fact being polar bears have black tongues!
In Paul’s Senior Infants we have been busy learning about the Polar regions and the Inuit people. We have been learning about the Artic and Antartic animals and their habitats. We listened to Inuit throat singing and even had a go ourselves! We prepared questions for an Inuit person should one ever venture into our class and to our astonishment on Monday we had a visitor!
Labhaoise’s class are exploring the different types of homes in Tyrrelstown and in other parts of the world. We have even set up an Estate Agent’s office in the classroom which includes some very persuading posters selling anything from a bungalow with a hot tub to a mansion worth millions! With that in mind, we have also been thinking about how adverts can sometimes be misleading. Later this week, we plan to visit McPeake auctioneers and have already written some interesting questions to find out what happens in the office and how they sell or rent houses.
Ciara’s senior infants have been learning all about the Artic with a particular focus on polar bears. They have really enjoyed watching videos about Artic animals and taking part in Artic dramas.
Mallorie’s 1st class have been very busy since coming back from the winter holidays. They have been learning all about space, watching rockets take off, creating space art, designing their own planets, learning about the planets and solar system. They even took turned into astronauts themselves flying off to space and interviewed each other about their space journey.
Sharon’s class have been busy learning lots about food the last few weeks. They have been enjoying dining in style at their class restaurant. They also made butter, painted their own Giuseppe Arcimboldo inspired fruit and vegetable portraits and constructed their own restaurants. Fun times!
Elaine’s first class are learning about seeds and plants. They planted cress seeds and are taking really good care of them!
Aisleen’s 2nd class were discussing symmetry and mirror images so the class copied teacher’s image of the house for their art lesson. We even did a short drama lesson in class where we copied each other in pairs.
We have been working really hard since we got back after the winter holidays. Second class have been exploring and learning all about the Antarctica, Tom Crean and the animals found in the Antarctica. We painted our own scenes from the Antarctica. We also learned lots about Picasso the painter and painted our very own unique portraits. This week we won ‘line of the week’ so we hope to keep up the excellent work and we might win again!
Naomi’s class made New Year’s resolutions this month and have been learning all about the continent of Africa and preparing to write a report on some of the amazing animals that can be found there.
Louise’s 3rd class have been learning about the Vikings this month. They have been enjoying their new class novel ‘The Twits’ by Roald Dahl. They have team teaching 4 days a week for maths and swimming every Monday. It’s been a busy month in 3rd class!
Shane’s 3rd class have been learning about Andy Warhol and the Pop Art movement. We studied some of Warhol’s most famous pieces and then made our own Pop Art inspired prints. We cut out a shape and used it to make colourful prints on a colourful background.
We have also been creating digital art. We used the school Chromebooks to create Stop Motion Animation. We brought in some props from home and used them to tell a short story. We set up the props, took a picture, moved the props very slightly and then took another picture. We repeated this process about fifty times in order to create a ten second clip.
Niamh C’s class have been practicing typing skills using the chromebooks. We have been learning about our environment and pollution. We have used the chromebooks to research how we can take better care of our environment. We are enjoying team teaching with Michelle and Meredith and have been working on our problem solving skills in Maths. We made New Year’s resolutions and have thought of goals we want to achieve in 2020!
Seán’s fourth class started coding with the school’s LEGO WeDo 2.0 sets and ChromeBooks this month!
Jodie’s class were lucky enough to get to try out the new Lego Wedo sets that BMS kindly gifted to the school. After working together to construct these lunar rovers and code them the children lined them up for a race. Ready, steady, go!
We have started to read our new class novel,The War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. The novel is an iconic tale of war, friendship and loyalty. The librarians who call to our school from Fingal library recommended it. We really enjoy our experience at the mobile library when it calls to the school every fortnight.
In the run up to the General Election pupils from Denis’s fifth class are organizing their own election. They have organized their own political parties, made up their own election promises and are preparing their own election posters. Classes from across the school will be invited to vote on Thursday February the 6th. The count will then take place on Friday the 7th. Voting will be by Single Transferable Vote. Once the votes are counted, Tim’s new boss will be announced!
Karen’s 5th class got a visit from the three Praying mantis
By Joshua and Jesse
Here are some facts we learned.
- A Praying mantis is a fierce type of insect that is very aggressive towards other insects.
- Some types of praying mantis can take down Reptiles and Amphibians
- Mantises live in hot tropical countries and come in different colours they are mainly brown and green to match their surroundings.
- A mantis uses its modified leg like claws that has sharp spines that they use to grab prey.
- A Praying mantis is the only insect that can turn its head 360 degrees and has very good eyesight and has compound eyes.
- Praying mantises do not eat dead insects they only eat live insects once they catch an insect they eat it alive.
Mary’s 5th Class are taking part in the Incredible Edibles programme. We have just completed Task 1: Learning about food origin. Task 2 involves identifying different fruits and vegetables. In a few weeks we will be taking on Task 3: Planting and growing our own vegetables which we hope to be able to harvest, cook and eat (Task 4). The final task, Task 5 involves us participating in Healthy Eating Week May.
Gerry’s 6th class are currently using the Chromebooks to research a history project on the Great Irish Potato Famine which saw Ireland’s population go from approximately 8 million to 4 million in the 1800s. The theme of Emigration is being explored as many people around the world are forced to move and live in different countries for different reasons.
We are enjoying our last series of swimming lessons as TETNS students and also beginning a series of Physical Literacy lessons every Friday with a coach from the Fingal Sports Office starting next week.