We have been very busy over the past few months here in room 25. Since the Halloween break the children have been working hard in all areas of school life. It is no surprise that the children have done themselves proud with their hard efforts in creating a very funny and talented production of our Christmas play ‘The Fairytale of St. Declan’s’ last week for their proud parents and family watching on! They say you reap what you sow and how very true this is! Every single child had a role to play in making it a very special Christmas in St. Declan’s. From prop artists, to talented singers, to actors and actresses, and also to Mr. McKeown on guitar- it truly was a real team effort and of course some everlasting memories made.
As part of our S.E.S.E the children were learning all about King Henry the 8th and his six wives!! With the help of Ms. McCormack over the past couple of months, the children have really enjoyed Building Bridges – a literacy programme designed to develop the children’s understanding of reading stories. We completed ten weeks of different strategies and the children created colourful jigsaws synthesising the pieces (the strategies we learned about) together. In maths, our team teaching helped us learn all about fractions and decimals and how they can arise in our environment at home, or out shopping (our everyday lives)- from shopping bills to paying for items to measurements when cooking! We really can never switch our maths eyes shut!
In our Gaeilge, we are learning all about the aimsir chaite and the aimsir fháistineach (past and future tenses of verbs) and the children have been writing out the rules every day plus recognising these verbs during reading time too. It’s true what they say- cleactadh a dhéanann máistreacht! (Practice makes perfect!) As part of our Nollaig theme this month we have been focusing on all things Christmas by learning our Nollaig phrases and words and the children have had lots of fun playing bingo – who knew learning and fun could be in the same sentence???
We had a special visit by Mr. Reidy during the week who came in to read a story that was based in Manhatten. It was so lovely to see our recently retired principal come in to see us all especially before Christmas. Thank you Mr. Reidy. We also had another very important visit by Mr. Santa Claus himself. He must have known all about the hard work we have been putting in since September because we all got to enjoy the treats he left with us! Thanks Santa!
Please have a look through our gallery of pictures below. You can see some of the lovely pieces of work the children completed over the last number of weeks, everything from our team teaching in maths and literacy to our art work and more! Nollaig Shona Daoibh & Athbhliain Faoi Mhaise Daoibh (Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year) from all in room 25.
Ms. McHugh’s 5th class
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