December has been a really busy month in Mrs Dunning’s class. We have been getting ready for Christmas. One of our favourite things has been our Christmas art. We were asked to make a display for the big hall. We made a silhouette of the Nativity scene and Jesus in his manger. We used different shades of blue and white paint for the background and we let that dry. Then we got a print of the nativity scene and we painted it black. We cut this out and stuck it onto the blue background. We thought it looked really good and we were proud of ourselves. Every time we pass the display, we are reminded of the true meaning of Christmas – The birth of Jesus Christ.
Last week was very busy for 4th class. The carol singers had been practising for weeks with Mrs. Galvin and Mr Nea. On Tuesday we all walked down to Dunnes Stores for our first performance. It was so fun. We sang a lot of songs including Jingle Bells, Snowflakes and Silent Night. We wore Santa hats and Christmas jumpers. Loads of people came to watch us and we raised a lot of money for St. Vincent De Paul. On Thursday we went to Tesco and sang the same lovely songs. It was very nice to raise money for charity by singing our favourite Christmas carols. We are already looking forward to next year.
It’s almost Christmas and Mr Kelly’s class are preparing for the Nativity play in the church. The play is as Gaeilge with some English songs in there too. It has been a great way to practise our Irish. The whole school will be there to watch it on Friday the 22nd of December, and parents are invited to watch it too. We have been practising the play since November and luckily everybody in the class has a speaking part. We are also very lucky to have microphones so that we can be heard. Our teacher Mr Kelly worked very hard to find and make props for the play and we also have lovely costumes. The play tells the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. We are acting the parts of Mary, Joseph, the Three Wise men, the Innkeepers and we even have a sheep! It is important to remember the meaning of Christmas and how it all began. Merry Christmas to everyone from Mr. Kelly’s class and enjoy the holidays.
Last week Scott Zaglinski came to our classroom to do some science experiments with us. We made some circuits with a battery, some wire and sellotape. We learned that electricity moved along the wire to move the piece of tape. It was amazing! Then we had to find things around the classroom that would work like the wire did. We found out that the metal on the chair, the zip on our pencil cases and the sink bowl all worked. These were called conductors of electricity. We learned that wood, copy books, clothes and paper did not work. These are called insulators of electricity.
At the end we had a competition in groups at the top of the classroom. We had to build a fan using a battery pack and a motor. We had to race each other to move a paper ball along the table. The first group whose ball reached the end of the table were the winners. It was great fun and we learned a lot.
Today is the 8th of December and it is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. We all went to the church to celebrate mass on this special day for Mary. There were members of the local community present as well as the students and teachers from our school.
On Wednesday the Annual Sale of Work took place in the Big Hall. It was completely packed with toys, books and buns. There were fun games too which we played and there were raffles as well. Mrs Dunning’s mothers Christmas cake looked lovely and loads of tickets were sold to try and win it. It was so much fun and we cannot wait for it again next year. A total of €2,725 was raised for local charities.
Over the last few weeks we have been doing some lovely winter Art in Room 8. We made a winter scene which had a tree surrounded by some heavy snow on a blue background. They look great. We also made some reindeer paintings where Rudolf’s red nose really stands out. We love doing art.
On Monday Nuala Madigan returned and taught us about how we can save energy. We played a giant board game. Ms Hickey’s class came in to do it with us. It was very enjoyable and we learned a lot.
Our class has been learning to play the tin whistle. We started a few weeks ago and we have learned many tunes. This week we learned the popular song called Despositio.
On Wednesdays we go swimming to Tracy’s swimming pool. We have been going there for the last few weeks and next Wednesday is our last session. Most children have improved and can swim with one or no armbands. It is loads of fun.
The annual Christmas Sale of Work is on next week and our class have been bringing in some toys and books for this. The hall is full of donations and we cannot wait for the big day to arrive.
On Tuesday Nuala from Lullymore Heritage Centre visited our class. She spoke to us about the importance of trees and our environment. We also got to identify different leaves which we found around the school. It was great fun.
On Wednesday we went to see the musical ‘Grease’ in Newbridge College. We had to get the bus because it was raining so heavily. There was loads of singing and dancing in it and everyone really enjoyed it. It was a brilliant show.
This week we continued our history topic ‘The Stone Age’. We designed and made clay pots in Art. We are going to paint them different colours and we look forward to being able to bring them home.
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