The Birch class loved their trip to the Botanic gardens for their Plants theme. They were all very engaged and listened closely to the tour guide!
Birch class had an amazing time at the silent disco with the Holly and Hawthorn classes to show their support for Autism Awareness week!
We did a lot of planting both last month for our plants theme and again this month while replanting them into the geodome!
On the 3rd of May we baked brownies for Christopher's birthday!
6th class presented their findings to us for their science blast project. The Birch class did an awesome job listening to them and asking follow up questions.
Keelan did a marvellous job representing our school in the running competition in Porterstown earlier this month!
We are very excited be celebrating Autism Awareness Week in PETNS with some exciting activities! All week we will be learning a little bit more about Autism, and to help have oraganised a few activities.
Children are invited to design their own Autism Awareness poster using what we have learned in school. Template attached or design your own. Entries can be dropped to class teachers or emailed to email@example.com
Dress up day
On Friday 29th we will have a "Special Interest" Dress Up Day. Children and staff are encouraged to dress up as something that they particularly love. It can be anything from a favourite character, animal or even your favourite cereal (good luck parents)
Silent Disco (including an open invitation to parents!)
Each class will get to experience a silent disco with specialised equipment in school on Monday or Tuesday. To make sure parents don't feel left out, we will have an adult silent disco on Wednesday morning in the hall at 8.40am (poster attached). Bring your dancing shoes!
Coffee Morning For Parents of Children with Autism and Special Needs
Parents of Children with Autism and Special Needs are invited to a coffee morning in PETNS on Friday 29th April at 8.40am, hosted by Nikki Eagers, parent of a child in Hawthorn Class. More details to follow!
Because both classes responded so well to our shared reading during Book Week, we have now made shared reading with the Junior Infants weekly. The Birch class love reading to the younger children and helping them with their comprehension strategies.
During the fine weather, the Birch class were learning about Andy Goldsworthy. He was an artist who created temporary outdoor piece of art using natural materials.
We did a lot of reading during book week, and we discovered that we can read almost anywhere!
During book week, the children got the chance to visit Junior Infants to read to them. They really enjoyed themselves and loved helping the younger children!
The children had a blast this morning in our Céilí with 5th and 6th class!
To tune into our Light and sound topic, we did a lot of investigations about how light and sound move and change. They children came up with some great questions to direct what we will learn about in this topic!
The children researched a pancake recipe and made the batter all by themselves. They made regular pancakes and banana pancakes, and their favourite part was eating them!
The children had an amazing trip to the Hill of Tara, the river Boyne and Newgrange. They learned loads and they each told their own myth which were great! It was a lovely way to end our Celts and myths topics.
The children worked incredibly hard during the last week before the holidays to create their final Celts projects. They planned, researched, took notes, created a layout, first draft and then created their final presentation. We were very proud of them all!
One of the children's main highlights of our Celts topic was learning about how they made clothes through weaving.
The children were very lucky to have a visitor from the Heritage Council who came and told them about Irish myths and legends! They loved using the props and hearing the magical tales!
We had a very interesting Zoom call with Birdwatch Ireland. The children learned all about different birds that they see every day!
The children loved their trip to the museum in January. They were really interesting in seeing real artefacts from the Celtic times!
The children used clay to create Celtic necklaces and ringforts. They found Ogham writing very interesting!
To begin our Celts theme, we learned how to research and take notes. The children used these skills to create mini presentations about a Celtic God of their choice.
The children loved making gingerbread houses in December. They turned out really nice and tasty!
If any of you have green fingers and would like to help out in our gardening club, you are more than welcome to join in on Thursdays from half past 9 to 12 noon.
This week the Birch class worked very hard to research ideas, decide on a theme and create our winter door! Don't you agree that it looks amazing!!
Here is the full winter performance for our school, keep an eye out for our class in the jokes also!
The Birch class worked very hard on their Winter Performance this year. They chose their song, created their props, choreographed the song and performed as a class unit . You should all be very proud of how clearly they sang and of how hard they worked!
The children have worked very hard over the past week to plan and research their chosen planets from our solar system. Watch 5th and 6th class presenting theirs in this video. I will upload 4th class presentations next week when they are complete. You should all be very proud of your children for working so hard on their projects!
Today the children ran 1,600m (or a mile) to finish their Marathon Kids programme which they have been doing for 8 weeks now. In total, they ran 42 kilometres, which is a great achievement! Well done Birch class!
This week the children used some new skills to research (using books and the internet), organise their information and create a slide show with it. They then presented their finished work to the rest of the class. They learned load about telescopes, rockets, the international space station and robots that are exploring space.
This week we started our Space theme. The children started tuning into the different space topics and thought about what they wanted to learn this month. We then worked together to plan our month. If any parents could contribute in any way (even just ideas) to any of the topics outlined, please get in touch with Daniel :)
The Birch Class collaborated to create an amazing piece of art, using all of the techniques they learned in October. They did this on the day we were supposed to be going to Barnaslingan as a treat on a sad day.
Happy DLD Day!!!
We had a great time celebrating in school. The children presented their DLD video during the morning assembly and we enjoyed watching everybody parade their purple and yellow balloons. They also enjoyed some lovely treats!
Here are some forest tips if you would like to visit any forests with your children in the future. They all really enjoyed it so I would recommend a trip.
Additionally to these tips, remember to check any items you wish to take home with you. Ask yourself will an animal or insect need this. You should also check your child's skin for ticks after a forest visit.
We had a great trip to Phoenix Park this week. We enjoyed the visitor centre, playground, our lovely walk to the forest and investigating the microhabitats of the forest. We were also lucky enough to be able to observe the deer and squirrels in the park.
We had a great time in Tyrrelstown House last week. The children enjoyed using their cards and iPads to identify the different trees and observed the different plants on a woodland floor.