In history we have been learning about the Bronze Age. We learnt how they smelted copper and tin and discovered a new stronger metal called bronze. We also learned that they made clay pots called Beakers. We made our own Beaker Pots with clay, we decorated them in a bronze age style, painted them and glossed them. Check out our pictures below.
We visited the Citywest Hotel last week. We spent time at the golf club practicing putting indoors and outdoors on the putting green. We also got the chance to drive the golf ball through hoops. We learned about the golf course from Johnathan and we watched golfers play the 18th hole. After golf we visited one of the hotels restaurants where we enjoyed juice and a treat. It was a lovely afternoon. We really enjoyed our visit and we are invited back from more golf in June!
In science and geography we have been learning about bridges. We researched different types of bridges and looked at famous bridges from around the world. As part of our home learning we designed our own suspension bridges.
We then co-operated in groups to build bridges based on our designs. See pictures below of us working together and the finished products. We were are all very proud that every bridge we made was able to hold weight!
Co-operating together to build our bridges.
Over the last couple of weeks we have been discussing the importance of friendship in our class. We did a really fun activity with all to show how we are all connected in different ways, through our shared interests, our shared cultures, our neighbourhoods and our shared talents.
In PE we have been practicing relays. We learned to pass the baton to our partner while the two runners are moving. We have worked hard to improve our running skills and Aisling is delighted with the improvements.
Throughout November we have been engaged in the writing process. This is along process that involves planning, editing, drafting and publishing our stories. With help from Stephen and Ruth we have finished our creative writing stories. They are in a folder in our library so we can share them with our classmates. We began typing the stories during our laptop time.
See pictures below.
We had great fun programming Beebots around the Beebot maps. We worked in teams to write write the programme and programme the Beebots to go where we wanted them to go.
We are always learning new words and adding them to our 'Word Wall'. We play a fun game called 'Vobaculary' to help us remember the meanings of all our new words
The last week of this half term has been very busy in fourth class. We finally got to put all our debate preparation in to practice. We divided the class in two four teams and two debates were held. One was supervised by Stephen and one was supervised by Aisling. The theme of the debate was, Technology and Robots. We heard some very interesting arguments in favour of and against humans developing robots.
In science we have been learning that heat is a source of energy and we have been learning about insulators and conductors. We carried out two experiments. One experiment tested materials to see if they conducted or insulated heat. In the other experiment we investigated what happens to air when it is heated.
In history we have been learning about the Celtic festival of Halloween. We learned that lots of Halloween customs today can be traced back to Ireland. We really enjoyed playing traditional Halloween games. See slide show below.
We are very happy to have our PE hall up and running again. This month in PE we are learning how to play badminton . We really enjoyed working in pairs to develop our hand eye co-ordination and our striking skills. We learned that in badminton, foot skills are really important also so we spent sometime practicing side stepping on our toes. Have a look at us play below:
We had great fun learning about Dublin through maps last week. We worked in pairs to locate different attractions throughout Dublin city. We explored the North and South of the River Liffey. Each one of us then chose a special attraction to research and we made posters using persuasive language and pictures. The purpose of our posters is to encourage everyone to explore Dublin and all the city has to offer.
We are settling well in to fourth class. We were very happy to move in to our brand new classroom last Thursday. It is bright clean and spacious. We have been taking advantage of the dry September weather and we are getting outside as much as possible. See pictures below of us outside practicing our basketball skills and decorating the yard with chalk art.
3rd and 4th class had lots of fun competing in the different races.
We are working on the Athletics Strand in PE this month and hope to improve for our next outings in March and April