February –Houses and Homes, Old and Modern We brought in February, honouring Saint Brigid, by making St Brigid crosses. This month was very exciting learning about old buildings. We visited Castle Roche. We explored the walls of the castle, by taking stone rubbings. We had fun making a costume and dressing up as a medieval Knight. We had great craic, re-enacting a battle with water balloons. We experienced what a medieval feast is like and everyone enjoyed it. We visited Navan Fort in Armagh, to experience life in a Celtic roundhouse. We explored and experienced old artefacts, such as pots, swords and jewellery. We loved the experience of what life is like in a roundhouse. We met a Celtic man who explained to us what life was like long ago. We learned that there was no electricity back then. We enjoyed making Celtic Shields with our lovely guide Paul. We visited Newgrange Passage Tomb in County Meath. We were all mesmerised inside the chamber, watching the sun enter into the darkness. We enjoyed tracing and touching all the Celtic designs on the stones. We visited the site of the old school. There were lots of surprised faces to see that site has been demolished. We learned about how buildings are constructed and that builders help us do this. We enjoyed making our own recycled bricks from shredded paper.
This month our theme was on Cows. We had great fun in our sensory drama. Dave our SNA dressed up a farmer. We experienced textures, smells and sounds of the farm, such as hay, silage, calf nuts and mucky wellies. Some of us were daring enough to explore mud foot prints, which brought a lot of laughter. Mickey was very brave in exploring abstract mark making by throwing mud at sheets. We all enjoyed watching this. We also made wellington foot prints.
We learned a lot about the farm. We compared and contrasted old and modern farming methods. We watched how cows use to be hand milked. We made our own cow in art. We used a disposal glove to make an udder. We all experience milking our class cow. Again, lots of laughs with this.
We explored using our senses and participated in making lots of diary related food. We made toasted cheese sandwiches, which were delicious. Nevin and Tiernan, were excellent shopping for ingredients in Supervalu. We made cheese, apple and grape skewers. Joan showed us how to make ice-cream, using cream and eggs. This was the best ice-cream ever tasted.
We had a wonderful day out to Mattie Quigley’s farm in Newbliss. We saw the cows eating silage. We saw where the cows are milked. Mattie was very kind showing us around his farm. We loved seeing the little calves. We got to taste cow’s milk. We watched the milk lorry, collect the milk for the creamery. We had planned a visit to the Creamery, though unfortunately the school bus was in the garage ( hopefully next time). Mickey brought in his white milk churn. Mattie and Mary were so kind to us, showing us farmhouse hospitality. We enjoyed a big cup to tea and cake. This was welcome and warmed us up. Thank you Mary and Mattie , for all your kindness and support. We had a wonderful farm visit.
Our theme this month was stars. We all participated and enjoyed our sensory story based on the book, How to Catch a Star. We experienced light projections. In drama we re-enacted our sensory story, by attempting to catch a star. We made stars from clay. We loved making marshmallow snowmen. We experienced making a starry sky scene, by using pippets, watercolour paint and salt to create a night sky.
We had a wonderful day at Armagh Planetarium. Everyone was brilliant and engaged with the whole experience. We loved making and launching our own rockets. Some of us dressed up as astronauts.
We had lots of fun making Christmas crafts. We gathered nature items in the forest and made floral decorations. We were very busy. We made marshmallow snowmen for old Bridge Craft. We boogied and had great fun at the Christmas disco. We all were happy with our presents from Santa.
We wish you all a Merry Christmas from ASD6.
ASD were really enjoying Music Therapy using the 'sea' drum to prepare us for the school trip to the seaside, also for six weeks we were learning to play Samba Drums and bells. Everybody had a Great,Noisy!! time.
We were enjoying the weather so we had PE down at Haltons and then had an Orienteering competition. The Weather was Beautiful!!
With the weather being so good we took the class lessons out to the lake at the forest to see all the animals and insects that live in and around the water before going to Running on the Football Pitch and a relaxing visit to the fairy forest to wind down.
Everyone was excited to be going on our School trip to Blackrock Beach near Dundalk. We all prepared in the classroom by getting used to the feel of sand and water and also the sounds of the seaside. The big day arrived and all had a great time on the Beach going for a walk to the old boathouse,playing in the sea and sand and then enjoying a lovely lunch along the Promenade. A busy day left some of us exhausted and asleep on the way home!!
We also had Fisheries Ireland in to show us all the insect wildlife that live in the rivers and lakes around Cavan/Monaghan
Our theme this month was Transport. We had a lot of fun, exploring this theme. We found out about people in our community who help us. We visited the Garda station. Garda Adrian showed us the flashing lights on his car. We listened to the sirens also. We visited the fire station. We learned how fire fighters help us. We visited a local mechanic named Pat. Pat was very kind and showed us his garage. He showed us all the tools he uses to fix cars. In art we enjoyed making transport prints. We cut out different vehicle shapes and projected their shadow onto a wall. We all loved this. In science we learned about push and pull forces. We made a ramp and observed push and pull in action using toys cars. We enjoyed a lovely spring hunt in the forest. We found plants associated with spring. We went to the Garage Theater to see 'The Wonderful Tune'. We were all very excited and fully enjoyed this trip out. We all watched it with great curiosity and wonder. Everyone worked really hard this month. Well done to all the boys in ASD6.
Our theme for February and March was House/Homes. We read the Three little Pigs and learned about different building materials. We had great fun in drama, acting out the story of the big bad wolf and little pigs. In art we completed drawings of houses. We had a special dog called Bonny come visit us. We all enjoyed Bonny being in the classroom. We looked after Bonny, gave her food and water, groomed her and took her for a walk in the forest.
Our theme this month was 'The Jungle'. We watched lots of different programmes on YouTube about animals that live in the Jungle. In drama and music we made the sounds and copied the movement of these animals. We read the Selfish Crocodile, and had great
We had lots of fun this month in ASD6 preparing for Christmas. In science we learned about the Reindeer. We visited Supervalu and saw how big antlers are. We also had a magic crystal Christmas tree. We observed before and after and were surprised to see that it had grown. It was Conor's birthday. We went to Dinkin's for a treat and enjoyed some delicious cake. Happy birthday Conor. We had great fun with our turn taking wheel, to see who was going to get the daily advent calendar sweet. Everyone was great in learning that only one person can get the sweet per day. Today is our last day of Boxercise. We enjoyed learning boxing skills with Chris. We got into the spirit of the silly season and played with funny Christmas faces, which made us laugh a lot. We all enjoyed our trip to the pantomime to see Beauty and the Beast. We all loved the singing. in geography, we learned how to follow a simple map. Our map was a Christmas treasure hunt map. We followed the map in the back yard, and we were excited to find Santa sweet treasures. Great fun! Happy Christmas and a Happy Healthy New year from all in ASD6.