Houses and Homes

We’ve been learning all about houses and homes this month. We read the story of The Three Little Pigs. We made their houses in art using a lot of different materials. We also read ‘The True Story of The Three Little Pigs’. It was a funny story told by the Big Bad Wolf, except he wasn’t big or bad. He reckons he just had the sniffles and accidentally blew down the pigs houses. So now we don’t quite know who to believe!

We made a variety of houses with Lego.

We explored different materials and sorted items into different groups made from plastic, glass, wood, textiles, metal and stone.

We enjoyed role-playing in the house. We had fun ironing, setting the table, washing up, cooking dinner and doing some gardening.

Spook-tacular October

We’ve had a busy month in October. We had Anti- Bullying Week at the start of the month where we spoke about being bucket fillers. We found there are a lot of ways we can fill people’s buckets and our own. We had our own class bucket to fill throughout the day.

We enjoyed a lot of Maths game for Maths week.

We experimented with some paint and made some cool prints!

We learned all about Autumn this month too. We made hedgehogs out of play dough…

Created some leaf rubbings…

Gave some squirrels very bushy tails…

We made some Autumn trees…

In Irish we were learning about the púca. We made some púcas during our station activities…

We also investigated what’s inside a pumpkin. We learned the different parts of a pumpkin. We decided we didn’t like the smell of the inside of a pumpkin, but we liked the squishy soft inside.

We had fun making Halloween cookies and creatures from play dough…

And enjoyed role-playing in the potions lab!

The best part was dressing up on Friday for charity. Look at our cool costumes! 😊

Morning Activities

We like to do a variety of games and activities in the morning when we come into school each day. Here are some of them.

We play with Lego, Mobilo, Stiklebrix, Marble Run as well as a lot of other fun games!

We use stencils to create wonderful, creative pictures.

We like to make jigsaws and play with blocks!

We love using Playdough and our imagination to make creations and patterns.

Science Week!

We had fun being scientists this week. Have a look at some of our experiments!

Making Static Electricity!

Crawling Colours!

We used the three primary colours blue, red and yellow to make new colours. We watched the paper towels soak up the water and mix with another colour to make purple, orange and green.

Making Ice-Cream in a Bag!

Exploring Shadows!

Egg-y Experiments!

Testing the density of water
How strong are egg shells?
The egg drop challenge

Separating Iron from Cornflakes

Experimenting with Sounds

Planting in the garden

Luca grew his own beans in a bag at home. They grew very well. He planted them outside in a pot in his garden.

You can see we were very busy during Science Week!

Daily Reading Books

The website Oxford Owl has a free ebook library that contains some of the same readers that I had been sending home for reading homework each night. It does require a log in – email and password- but it may be of some use to continue with reading. I’ve attached the link below.

Once logged in, you can browse the ebook library- found under the ‘books’ tab. You can select a book by levels or series but I would suggest selecting the age 4-5 this way you will get to view all of the books available starting from wordless books that we would have started with in September up to Stage 3.

Pupils could read one book per night or half of the book depending on the length and individual ability. When they have finished a book, the children can play two activities based on the story.

There is also an option to play the audio recording while the pupils reading. This could help them if they are stuck on a word and to build fluency and expression when reading.

I hope this is of some help!

The Farm

We’ve been learning about the farm in school. We read the story Rosie’s Walk and mapped out her journey around the farm. She walked across the yard, around the pond, over the haycock, past the mill, through the fence, under the beehives and got back in time for dinner. Little did she know there was a sneaky fox hot on her tail feathers! Can you find these places in our drawings?