Friday, 26 October 2012

Happy Halloween

What a wonderful end to a fantastic day!
Well done to all.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Flower words

Learning about reflectors

We learned all about reflectors today.
We also talked about using reflectors to keep us safe on the roads in the dark.
We know all about cats' eyes on the roads too.
We also talked about mirrors and about how they reflect light so well.
After watching a fun play doh movie about mirrors we tried pretending that we were mirrors.  Some of us are very good at this.
By the way, if you are free on Saturday 27th of October next (1-3pm) come to Oranmore pitch and be counted wearing a high vis vest. (Reflector vest).  If lots of people come and join in this, this will become a new record in the Guinness Book of Records!  BE SAFE, BE SEEN!

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Halloween PE games

 We played a great game of "What Time is it Mrs. Witch/Mr.Wizard".
It is like "What Time is it Mr. Wolf?" but it feels more like a Halloween game.
When the time is called we have to jump the right number of jumps, and when the witch/wizard calls "dinner time" we have to run back to the start before we are caught.
  We also played mines.  When Katie called a colour we all had to gather at that colour before she counted to 5.  When Katie called "pumpkin" we all had to gather at a cone before Katie counted to 5.  Anyone not at a colour or a pumpkin before the number 5 was out for one go.  We really like these Halloween games.

Junior Achievement

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

2D Shapes

Dancing Raisins

Taking care of our teeth experiments

We want to check how good or bad certain drinks are for our teeth.
We put a small amount of eggshell (because it is made like a tooth) into each container and added orange juice, vinegar, blackcurrent juice, water,7up or lemon.  We will leave these for a few days and see what happens to the eggshells.  We think that water will be the best for our teeth, and that 7up or vinegar will be the worst because we know these are acids.  We kept this test fair by using the same size eggshell in each cup, and the same amount of liquid in each cup.  All we have to do now is to wait and see!
Next we tried another experiment.  We want to see what exactly toothpaste does.  Teacher half filled 2 small bottles with vinegar and put a stick of chalk in each. Into one container she also put a squirt of toothpaste.  Then she stretched a balloon over each bottle.  We had hoped to see the orange balloon fill with gas because the vinegar reacts with the chalk to give off a gas (Carbon Dioxide).  We thought the green balloon would not blow up because the toothpaste stops the vinegar reacting so well with the chalk.  In actual fact neither balloon blew up, but we will leave this experiment another day or two to see does the reaction happen slowly.

Halloween prints and patterns

Monday, 22 October 2012

Our Fishtank

Frizbee flying


Our can moved!

We had lots of turns trying to get our can to move using static electricity.
It worked really well for most of us, but teacher found it hard to capture this on video!

Halloween mimes

Friday, 19 October 2012

Human number line and shapes loop games

Growing shadows

Room on a Broom

We love the story "Room on a Broom".
Today we used our voices and instruments to add sound effects to the story.
This was a lot of fun!
 After adding all the sound effects we went for a ride on our own broomsticks, and we had a chat about what the witch could do if she had no friends to help her out.
 You should have heard all the wonderful suggestions.
We would all have made splendid witches ourselves!

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Maths Week

Here are some of the activities we did for maths week this week:

A data chart of our favourite Halloween things.
We loved being able to choose our favourites.
We had a great chat about which group had more/less  most/least.
How many more/less in one group than in another.
We enjoyed playing some number activity games.

We had a jumping game that involved guessing and predicting.

Static electricity

Doodle 4 Google pictures


Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Monday, 15 October 2012


How germs are spread

We also tried another experiment to show how germs spread when you sneeze.
Teacher filled a balloon with flour.  The balloon was like teacher's mouth and the flour was like her germs when she has a cold.
When teacher burst the balloon, it was like teacher sneezing.  The balloon popped and the flour spread out everywhere.  Some of us got flour on our clothes and skin.
If we sneeze without covering our mouths we are spreading germs in the same way.
We have learned lots now about preventing the spread of disease.
Hopefully we will be a very healthy class this year!

Friday, 12 October 2012

Fantastic readers

 Look where Dino went after school today!
He went to a special award ceremony in Ballybane library for children who completed a summer reading programme.
 Well done to the three students from Room 5 who were awarded a certificate and medal for reading six library books during the summer holidays.  Teacher is so proud of you!