Category: Year 2017/18

Autism Awareness Day

On the 5th of April Good Shepherd National School celebrated Autism Awareness Day by ‘lighting it up blue’. I think blue is our colour in Senior Infants! We have learned that everyone thinks differently and that we are all special.

We had great fun with Junior Infants and Ms Younge’s ASD class in the hall. We sang songs, danced together and made new friends. Thanks to everyone for getting involved and donating to our school fundraiser.

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Senior Infants had great fun celebrating Seachtain na Gaeilge and getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day.  During Aistear time we made leprechaun traps to see if we could catch a leprechaun and secure his pot of gold. By the end of the week he had managed to evade capture but left a treat behind for us all.

We made a big effort to speak as Gaeilge throughout the day and played lots of fun games through Irish e.g. bingo. The highlight of the week was Lá Glas and the céilí mór. We all enjoyed learning traditional Irish dances such as the Walls of Limerick. Senior Infants look great in green – maith sibh!

 

St Patrick’s Day!
St Patrick’s Day!

We have had lots of fun listening to songs about St. Patrick’s day such as I’m a Little Leprechaun, the Leprechaun dance and Green for St Patrick’s Day. We made lots of lovely crafts like a colourful rainbow coming out of a pot of gold, pasted green crepe paper to decorate our shamrocks and painted Leprechaun faces and hats with orange squares for his beard. We hope everyone has a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Spring Time Crafts
Spring Time Crafts

Spring is finally in the air and we have had lots of fun listening to Spring time songs about the flowers in bloom, baby animals and the colours that are all around us. We painted paper plate ladybirds, decorated colourful butterflies with crepe paper and decorated crepe paper flowers in our lolly stick flower boxes. Spring is here!

New Year 2019

A big welcome back from all the class.We drew some of our favourite characters in art .We hope you enjoy them!

Happy Valentine’s Day!
Happy Valentine’s Day!

We had a lovely day making our Valentine’s cards for our Mummys and Daddys. We pasted colourful squares into the love hearts on the front which read ” I love you to pieces” and on the inside we put a cut out of our handprint and footprint which we all made using purple paint. Around this we wrote ” I love you form the tips of my fingers to the tips of my toes”. We hope you like them! 🙂

Wibbly Wobbly Jellyfish
Wibbly Wobbly Jellyfish

When we were learning about the letter J, we painted multi-coloured jellyfish on paper plates with colourful crepe paper tentacles. We also tied in learning about lots of sea animals by playing with jigsaws making octopus, seals, crabs, fish and jellyfish. We also made rainbow fish by pasting lots of colourful squares to decorate him. Come take a look 🙂

Happy Birthday!

Birthdays are a very special time and what better way than to celebrate with a big yummy cake and party with your classmates! Everyone enjoyed watching the candles being blown out and eating chocolate treats, cake and crisps. Party songs are also essential to dance along to! It was a very fun 4th birthday for one of our lovely students 🙂

The Three Little Pigs
The Three Little Pigs

For Story-time we listened to an animated musical version of the Three Little Pigs. Music and animation holds our attention much better than listening to a narrated story so we really enjoyed this musical version! We then decorated  our own three little houses where we pasted lolly sticks on one house for the stick house, scrunched up and pasted yellow crepe paper to paste on the straw house and pasted red squares onto the brick house. We then stuck on our three little pigs beside their houses with the big bad wolf in the corner. We had lots of fun making these….come check them out! 🙂

BT Young Scientist

Congratulations to 4th Class who represented the Good Shepherd NS at the BT Young Scientist today.

4th Class carried out a project to see what colour light filter was the best for growing plants. They learnt about how we see, how white light is made up of the colours; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, which all have different rates of energy and how we see colours, by a single colour reflected and the other 6 being reflected. They also learnt about why plants need light and the process of photosynthesis.

4th Class then carried out an investigation where they grew plants under different coloured filters; red, yellow, blue, green, clear and black. We made our predictions and our results were varied! As expected the clear filter had the strongest growth as it had the most energy, blue also had very strong growth as it is one of colours on the spectrum of light with the most amount of energy. Our plants under the red, green and black filters all died, this is because plants cannot absorb green light as they are green, black did not work as the plants need sunlight, however we were surprised that red did not work as our research said it would but we think that it did not work because red has the lowest energy.

4th Class did a fantastic job at representing the school. They spoke to judges, the media, the public, children and teachers from other schools all about their project. They even got the opportunity to speak to Emma O’Kelly the RTE Education Correspondent and be filmed by RTE, we’ll all be watching the news tonight! 4th Class were also able to go around and ask primary and secondary students about their projects as well as participating in shows and workshops with scientists.

4th Class had a fantastic day, all of their teachers are very proud of them. Well Done!