As part of the Stay Safe programme, we have been talking about online safety. We watched this video in class - it would be well worth parents at home watching it and discussing it with your children.
Yesterday we had sensation stations as a part of Autism Awareness Week. We enjoyed exploring boxes that are designed to arouse our senses, and discussing our reactions to them!
Today we read the story of The People Who Hugged the Trees, a folk tale from India. It tells the story of a group of villagers who hugged trees in a forest close to their village to prevent them being cut down by the Maharajah.
We all felt very strongly that Amrita and her friends were right to defend the trees, as they were so important to their lives and livelihood.
Later, we looked at a newspaper report about people who decided to protest the felling of trees here in Ireland, only twenty years ago. They didn't want a major road built through the Glen of the Downs, an area of natural beauty.
Finally, we considered an issue that is relevant to our local area right now. The Hellfire Club is a local historical site, on a mountain top in the Dublin Mountains, with views over all of Dublin. Some people feel that the area should be developed so that it can attract more visitors. Others protest that any development will spoil the natural beauty.
The majority of our class felt that it should be kept as it is, so that the habitat of local creatures will not be damaged. Many children felt that it would be good to reach some sort of a compromise - building some kind of visitor's centre without interrupting the environment too much.
Did you know that this week is Healthy Living Week? We have already spent some time talking about the different things we can do to keep a healthy body and a healthy mind.
Some of the things we have considered are eating healthy foods, getting plenty of exercise, keeping our bodies clean and healthy, as well as taking care of our mind by exercising and resting it too!
Today we made a lovely healthy soup using some very simple ingredients. Some of the children were a little bit sceptical at first but almost everybody enjoyed the Broccoli soup - even some of the children who were sure they wouldn't like it! In fact, many of the children couldn't get enough!!
Why not try cooking this recipe at home? - it only takes twenty minutes!
1 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove, chopped
250ml/8¾fl oz chicken or vegetable stock (more if necessary)
200g/7oz broccoli florets
salt and freshly ground black pepper
drizzle cream, to serve
Heat the oil in a saucepan and fry the garlic for 1-2 minutes.Pour the chicken or vegetable stock into the pan and add the broccoli florets.
Bring to the boil and reduce the heat and simmer gently for 10-12 minutes, until the broccoli is tender.
Season with salt and pepper, then transfer to a liquidizer. Blend until smooth.
Ladle the soup into serving bowls and drizzle with cream to serve.
Caitríona came to visit us today, and she brought the Golden Book with her. This was the first time most of us had seen the Golden Book in real life!
We got the wonderful news that Aoife's name is going in the Golden Book today. Children's names go in the Golden Book when somebody notices them doing something caring.
Well done, Aoife!
This week we have been showing very caring behaviour towards our friends in Junior Infants. As they are new to the school, they are learning lots inside the classroom and outside, about how we do things.
The yard is a busy, noisy place and it is important that the Infants know how to walk out there quietly and safely, and know the rules about how to line up at the end.
We've been buddied up with Ross' class this week - holding hands with our partners and walking out to the yard with them. At the end of playtime, we find our partners again and make sure they walk back to their line.
It is great to know how responsible and caring we can be towards our friends!
Today we gave some thought to some rules that would help us all to be happy and safe in the classroom. Everybody contributed something, and then we spent some time trying to condense them into a short list of golden rules. Tomorrow we will sign a classroom contract, agreeing to abide by these rules.