Starting a new year together here in Tobar an Léinn. We got down to business and played some ice breaker games. A particular favourite was "Hickety, Pickety Bumble Bee, can you say your name for me? This brought a lot of laughter to the room. We moved along and saw the way we are all connected to each other in some way using a simple ball of wool. We reinforced our classroom rules with a gaeilge motto 'Táimid an mhór le chéile sa scoil seo'.
What do I see when I look through my window? Everyone worked on what they'd like to see. Responses varied from rainbows, castles, unicorns to volcanoes and much more.
Working together in Seomra Teacht le Chéile
The object of the first game was to move from one end of the hall to the other using bean bags and hula hoops. The first team to do so were the winners. Cooperation and communication were key to this game mixed with a small workout (engaging core muscles and upper body strength). The 2nd game involved concentration and quick reactions. Every child had their own goals to mind and a racket. The ball was moved swiftly within their circle. Everyone on the move!
Roald Dahl Day
We had some very enthusiastic Roald Dahl fans in Seomra Aoibhnis an t-Solais. They brought in their favourite books and dressed up to match their favourite character. The children shared a little account about their book.
We were taking a closer look at our village of Raheen. We were interested in looking at buildings around the area, who works where and how we depend on each other in a community. After our walk and in groups the children got down to do some map work.
We have been learning about our family trees in history so we integrated history with an art lesson to create our own autumnal family trees.
The sun, moon and the Earth
Looking up at the sky always intrigues us. We took a look at the story bots and began learning about the sun, planets, moon and the earth through song. After talk and discussion the children got into groups and to show their understanding of what was learned they created some concept maps. They used key words when organising their thoughts down on paper.
What could a black dot be?
During art, everyone was given a small circular piece of black paper. The 'dot' could be stuck anywhere on the page and super ideas evolved from this. The dot became flowers, sliotars, lizards eyes and aliens to name but a few...