lsoWe have had a very busy first half term in Primrose class. We enjoyed music therapy, Relax Kids, P.E., breakfast club and doing some Halloween activities. The class have started working on clay projects with Sarah the team teacher. We will display all the amazing work at the end of our sessions. We had two birthdays in class in September and October. Primrose class also went on a few trips out. We went on an autumn walk in the woods at Rossmore Park and to McDonald's as a treat. The class were very luck
Junior 5 had lots of activities over the last few months. We have been awarded a silver award for the 'EcoRangers' for investigating and exploring our local environment from Bord na Mona. Road and bike safety were also high on our agenda lately during our nature investigations and also during our P.E. lessons. 'Something Fishy' came into the school to show us some fish and other creatures that can be found in our locality.
We enjoyed going on a number hunt around the classroom as well as learning to develop our money skills at our tuck shop.
Our topic in April was 'Down on the farm'. We did lots of activities, such as play and drama,to develop our knowledge and vocabulary around this topic. We also created popcorn sheep and pancake pigs as part of our visual arts subject.
In February we grew some vegetables etc. from seeds. As part of our self help/ independence skills we made some sandwiches using some of the lettuce we grew. We really enjoyed eating the sandwiches using our homegrown produce.
February was a fun packed month in Junior 5. To celebrate Chinese new year we make lots of Chinese crafts such as lanterns and writing our names in Mandarin. We also enjoyed tasting various delicious Chinese foods.
To celebrate Valentine's day we had a great time boogieing at the valentine's disco in St. Michael's Hall. We tried some different toppings on our pancakes for Pancake Tuesday and had a great trip to the 'Cavan Centre' adventure centre in Ballyjamesduff.
As part of our Spring topic we created some lovely pieces of art such as blow paint cherry blossom trees, butterflies made from tissue paper and wipes, as well as, finger print rainbows. Another part of our Spring topic is growing and changing. We planted some salad vegetables like cherry tomatoes, baby gem lettuce and cucumber. We are hoping to use them later in the year as part of our healthy eating program.
To help develop our money skills we had our first tuck shop. Everyone enjoyed the yummy treats.
Finally, as part of developing our independence/ self help skills, we made ham and cheese sandwiches following visual instructions. We all did very well and are looking forward to continuing developing these skills in the future.
Junior 5 had our dancing shoes on this month during Zumba classes in the main hall as part of our P.E. programme. We have been working very hard on our fine motor skills and have enjoyed discovering new animals and learning about the jungle as part of our Aistear. It also snowed at school this month so we just had to play in the snow outside as well as do some experiments with snow in the classroom.
Junior 5 had another very busy month in December. They enjoyed learning about objects melting especially marshmallows in hot chocolate. Transition year students from Baileborough Community School invited us for two great days of fun filled activities. As you can see from the photos we had a brilliant time. We also had a ball going to the pantomime in the Iontas Theatre in Castleblaney. Santa Claus also can to school to see us and he gave us lots of fabulous presents.
Junior 5 have had a very busy few months. We have been taking part in soccer coaching in St. Michael's hall and going to the Library. In school we have been working on the topic of construction for Aistear, having fun in music therapy and ICT. We also had great fun doing our Winter art activities. As part of Science week we really enjoyed doing lots of exciting experiments such as making a 'lava lamp' and a skittles rainbow.
Junior 5 have had a very busy first month back at school. John from Ulster rugby came into school to show us how to play 'Tag Rugby'. We enjoyed learning about our autumn and 'All about me' topics. On Friday 22nd of September we all went to Monaghan County Museum to see demonstrations of Japanese dance, Kaik
We are developing Communications Skills, Social and Life Skills.
We have enjoyed a visit from the Armagh Planetarium as part of our science curriculum.
Aistear language Programme takes place three times a week focusing on creative skills, role play and sand and water play.
In Mathematics we are using Numicon - A multi-sensory Maths programme. Numicon’s visual, auditory and kinaesthetic approach appeals to different learning styles. Pupils learn through both seeing and feeling how Numicon patterns connect with each other. By physically manipulating Numicon to build constructions, make arrangements and patterns and play games using the feely bag, pupils will experience with both their hands and their eyes how numbers fit together.
In Literacy, we are using See and Learn and making great progress.
Junior 5 had an excellent time at Sports Day and everyone tried their best at all the activity stations as you can see. We would like to thank Laura (P.E. teacher) and all the volunteers from Senior 4 and 6 for setting up such an action-packed morning of activities. We had lots of fun! When we returned to school we were presented with our Sports Day certificates. We also got some ice-cream as a well deserved treat for all our hard work :)