Friday, 29 October 2010

Update on our caterpillars

Well, no news on this front.  Teacher continues to provide delicious cabbage leaves, grass and other assorted leaves, and raindrops for all meals.  The caterpillars are happily snoozing in their cocoons.  The parasitic wasp eggs look much the same as ever, and Inchy the inchworm misses all the kids in our class and can't wait to go back to school on Monday!

Friday, 22 October 2010

Halloween Walk

We really enjoyed today's Halloween Walk.  The teacher was scarey, and had rotten teeth, but our costumes were fantastic.  Don't we look great?

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Hallowe'en Data chart

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Today we had a chat about what are our favourite Hallowe'en things.  Then we each chose a picture of our favourite Hallowe'en thing.  We made a data chart of this and we chatted about how many in each group, which group had the most/least.  We counted each group.  Even teachers who popped into our class got a chance to tell us what they liked.  We are getting very good at the language of Maths, counting, adding, comparing.  Our chart looks great too!

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Hallowe'en prints

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

We are enjoying all our Hallowe'en artwork. Today we used sponges to make some very interesting art prints.

Story telling at Ballybane library

Planting daffodil bulbs

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Teacher's inchworm

Today teacher found her first inchworm.  It looks like a worm with 6 legs in front and 6 legs at the back (2 of those are very thick).  An inchworm is a larva of a moth, so if we bring him into class he will turn into a chrysalis, then a moth.  You should see how he moves, by bending like an elastic band.  He is such an interesting little creature.  See  for yourself, then listen to the song at or  At school we tried letting Inchy the inch worm crawl on our hands.  It was fun.  We have put him in our Butterfly Garden, in the hope that he will change first into a chrysalis, then into a moth.
Look at the great pine cone that was brought in to school for our Nature Table today

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Visit to St. Brigit's garden

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Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Classifying bugs

Visit from Sr. Breda

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
 Sr. Breda came to visit us today.  We sang songs with her, said a prayer, and talked about Autumn.  She was very nice to us, and we thoroughly enjoyed her visits.  Thank you Sr. Breda for visiting us.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Bug Hunting

Nature's finest: Cobwebs

It is close to Hallowe'en and we are talking about witches, bonfires, black cats and spiders.
This morning was very misty and teacher saw some fabulous spiders' webs on her way to school.

The drops of mist collected on the webs, and were glistening.  Spiders' webs are so pretty, but they are extremely strong too, and are in fact traps, for catching a spider's favourite food - flies and other small insects. Yum, Yum!!!!

Monday, 11 October 2010

Maths Trail

Monday, October 11th, 2010
This week is Maths Week in Ireland.  Today we went on a Maths Trail - looking for colours and shapes in our environment.  We drew flowers and berries, counted trees and cars, wrote number plates and colours, and  picked leaves and seeds.  We saw lots of squares, circles, triangles, rectangles, diamonds and even some star shapes.  It was so much fun looking at maths all round us.

Our Solar System

Monday, October 11th, 2010
We are learning all about the 8 planets in our Solar system.  There is a great song about our planets which we are watching on

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