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|Citywest ETNS Fourth Class|
We have been so busy in our classroom over the last few weeks! We are having fun with our learning and getting better at working cooperatively in pairs and teams.
We have been learning about Dublin city during our Geography lessons and we combined our learning with some fun drama. We pretended to be tour guides on a Dublin tour bus giving lots of fun facts and information about the city.
We have been practising our different football skills during our P.E. lessons including dribbling, shooting, defending and tackling.
During our Maths lessons, we learned about the different types of lines including horizontal, vertical and parralel lines. We decided to do some line art after learning so much about lines. We made these cool optical illusions. We used straight lines to create a curve. It was so much fun.
In our classroom, sometimes we work independently and other times we work in pairs and in groups as part of a cooperative team. We have been practising some strategies to help with our teamwork. We use Rally Coaching when working in pairs. One person speaks about their learning and the other person coaches and checks that they are doing each step correctly and then they praise the person who is learning. After that, we swap so that everyone gets a chance to be the coach and the student. We used this strategy with our Buddy Reading and with our Maths. Check out our pictures.
In Science, we learned all about how the lungs work in the body. We found out facts and wrote some information in our copies. We also brought in plastic bottles and Martha gave us balloons so that we could make a model of the lung. The top balloon acts as the mouth and lungs and the bottom balloon is like the diaphragm. When we pulled the bottom balloon down (the diaphragm) it allows the top balloon (the lung) to fill with air.
This week we have been doing lots of painting. We looked at the abstract paintings of Wassily Kandisnky and were inspired. Last year we painting concentric circles like Kandinsky's famous painting. This time, we used the same idea but innovated it. First, we painted other 2D shapes using the same techniques and in our second try we did it with the first initial of our names.