May in Katie’s Third Class
May was a very busy month in Katie’s third class. We have spent a lot of time preparing for our end of year performance – learning poems, songs and creating a drama.
We learned about Andy Warhol during art lessons and created our own pop art using bright colours and popular icons from the modern world.
Our history lessons took us back to the time of Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. We discovered the improvements these women made to the lives of patients in their care and how they cared for soldiers on the front line during the Crimean War. Each pupil created a fact file based on one of these women.
April in Katie’s Third Class
Even though April was a short school month, it was still a very productive few weeks in Katie’s third class. To understand the purpose of weight in maths, we made some Rocky Road! Everyone in the class had the opportunity to take part. Some children weighed ingredients, while others mixed the ingredients together. Afterwards we all got to eat the delicious Rocky Road!
Capacity was another area of maths we explored this month. We learned about litres and millilitres. To demonstrate one everyday use of capacity, the children made up their very own drinks! The children all measured various amounts of different juices (cranberry juice, pineapple juice, orange juice, apple juice and pomegranate juice) to create tasty beverages.
The children created graphic scores in music lessons. Each group created a graphic score based on the theme “weather”. They composed their piece of music using various types of music notation and symbol representations. Many different instruments were used – percussion instruments, piano, tin-whistle, guitar and their voices. The class composed some very atmospheric music that reflected their chosen titles brilliantly. The pieces of music were entitled: “Thunder Clouds”, “Blizzard”, “Snow Storm”, “Hurricane” and “The Windy Woods.”
March in Katie’s Third Class
This month was a very busy month in Katie’s third class. The class completed project work based on the theme “My Favourite Author”. Every child chose their favourite author and researched the author using the school iPads. They created beautifully illustrated posters which demonstrated what they had learnt about their favourite author.
The class worked extremely hard on their projects and put a huge amount of effort into the presentation of their work. Seven children created exceptional projects and were awarded prizes for creativity, originality, effort and presentation.
“My Favourite Author” Project
Clay was explored in Visual Arts this month and each child moulded a piece of clay based on their project work. Some children created characters from a book written by their favourite author (for example, the Roly Poly Bird from The Twits) while others created significant objects from the book (for example, a cauldron from Harry Potter!).
St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated by many of the children in third class on the 17th of March. We learned about St. Patrick, who he was and the work he did in Ireland. The children created green, white and orange photo-booth props to celebrate the day.
Book and Drama Club
All of the enthusiastic bookworms and aspiring young actors were sad to see the end of book and drama club this month. Katie K and Róisín organised the book and drama after school club this term. It was an exciting eight weeks filled with novels, book talk, drama and treats! Each week we discussed books and favourite authors. Róisín read ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ by Roald Dahl with first and second class. Whereas third to sixth class read ‘Mr. Nobody’s Eyes’ by Michael Morpurgo with Katie.
Drama was based on the chosen books. The children were enthusiastic and eager to engage in the drama. They created still images and improvisation scenes, depicting excerpts from the books. They developed the role of various characters and re-enacted their favourite parts of the stories.
Book Club Choices
The feedback from book and drama club members was very positive…
“I really enjoyed book and drama club. My favourite part was reading the book and eating the treats!” (fifth class pupil)
“I really loved the drama! And all of the yummy treats!” (third class pupil)
Katie and Róisín would like to thank all of the members of the book and drama club for all of their hard work and enthusiasm over the term. They hope to see you all next year!
February in Katie’s Third Class
February was a busy month in Katie’s third class. We learned about continents and completed a case study on Africa in geography lessons. We learned about the countries, languages, natural features and animals in Africa. We also discovered the significance of masks in the African culture. The African theme was further developed in our art lessons, where the children created colourful African masks.
Katie’s class are huge fans of Roald Dahl and were delighted to hear that they would be reading the novel The Twits in February. The boys and girls were very enthusiastic and had many laughs while reading the story. The children read the novel with great expression. They were inspired by Roald Dahl’s illustrator Quentin Blake to draw the horrible Mr and Mrs Twit and their garden where they kept Muggle-Wump and his family captive!
The children were once again given the opportunity to develop their sewing skills in Visual Arts. They created pictures using hessian, thread and buttons. The class revised their sewing skills from Term 1 and learned a new sewing technique – cross-stitching. The boys and girls made huge improvements with their sewing skills since last term.