Feabhra - February
Click on the following link to learn more about St. Brigid
Join Charlie Bird in the Arctic to find our more about life there
In Science we are investigating sound - Click on the link below to read interesting facts on sound and try out some of the simple experiments
We are looking at the History of Transport at the moment and the website below shows the development of transport in Leixlip, co. Kildare. Click on the link to view the website.
Eanáir - January
Counties and Towns of Ireland
To help your skill and accuracy in locating counties of Ireland use the following links
All about Spiders
Check out this website to learn all sorts of interesting facts about spiders
In History we are learning about famous Antarctic Expeditions
Click on the following websites to find out more about some of these fearless explorers
Click on Tom Crean to read his story
Nollaig - December
This is such a special time of year at Scoil Mochua. Each year our Parents' Association transform the school foyer into a magical Christmas scene and this year was no exception. The theme chosen this year was Santa's workshop and it was full of delights and surprises. A big thank you to the Parents' Association for their amazing efforts.
P.E. brought some new challenges for us in December. We finished our swimming lessons and immediately began hurling with our hurling coach Daniel. We had great fun with the tyre relays and we were certainly put through our paces. We learned many new skills such as the grip, catching, blocking and of course striking the ball with the hurl. The goalie was kept busy during our short games! Sometimes it was really hard to see the ball with all the players trying to make contact with the sliotar.
The Christmas Evening of Song was fast approaching and we were busy perfecting our lines and preparing for that special performance. The evening of the 11th finally arrived and we were extremely happy with our efforts on the night. Our parents were extremely proud of us and we thoroughly enjoyed performing. Thanks to Ms. Corr for all those important cues to keep us on track. It was a really special and amazing night.
Next up was the 3rd and 4th class Funday which was a huge success. We began with a table quiz which was hotly contested but great fun also. Next came the finals of the talent show. The finalists provided us with some wonderful entertainment and and very enjoyable acts. The overall winners in Room 17 was Adam and Eoin. The day finished with an Art competition where each child individually designed their own Chritstmas card complete with verse and greetings. A day to remember!
Room 17 finalists
Our last week before the holidays always features the Carol Service. This is a very moving and prayerful ceremony where we become more aware of the true meaning of Christmas through prayer, story and song. We light the advent wreath which siginfies the love, peace, joy and hope that is Christmas and we remember that very important event that took place in Bethlehem many years ago when the Baby Jesus was born. Many children dressed up in traditional costume which really added to the atmosphere of the ceremony.
On the day of the holidays we were all in good spirits and looking forward to a wonderful Christmas. We played games together in the classroom and danced to the moves of 'Just Dance'. It was the perfect end to a wonderful term and we look forward to the many events to follow in the New Year.
Our Christmas Art Display
Nollaig Shona daoibh go léir ó gach duine i seomra 17
Samhain - November
Back after Halloween and a busy month awaits us. However we still manage to get time out to do some fun art activities. We made some lovely art displays and are proud of the finished products.
This year we did our project of the year on 'Myths and Legends'. We each picked a myth or legend of our choice and we reseached it and presented it to the class in booklet format. It was a lot of hard work but it was really enjoyable too. On completion we each had to present our own project and answer any questions from the audience - our classmates!
We had lots of revision to do in November as we had our November tests in the 3rd week. With the tests behind us now we can now begin to focus more on our christmas concert and other fun events!
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Le Imagine Dragons
An rud a bhí á rá a'd
Engineers Week, 9-15th February 2014
We used recyclable materials from home to construct ships. Some of us worked in pairs and others worked alone. We used glue and tape to hold the constructions together and then we painted them. It was challenging but the end results are great!
We made our very own lava lamps using water, oil, food colouring, glitter and salt.
The secret behind the lamp’s “lava” is science. Oil is lighter, or less dense, than water, so it rises to the surface. Salt is heavier, or more dense, than water, and sinks to the bottom. When you add the salt, blobs of oil attach to the grains and sink. Then the salt dissolves, and the oil returns to the top. The result? A liquid show for the eyes.
Four children from our class were part of the Peace Proms Choir who performed with the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland in a wonderful concert in City West Hotel. When they returned to school they put on a small show for us which we all enjoyed! We couldn't help ourselved - we just had to join in!
Here we are working on our group projects on Tom Crean. We learned so much during our research! We then presented our projects to the children and techers from rooms 17 and 18. Mr Ryan and Ms Murphy were guests of honour and all thoroughly enjoyed our presentations.
This month we are doing dance in PE. We have been creating, practising and performing our own dances in pairs and in groups!
Dance is a fantastic form of exercise and it's FUN!
Try putting on some music at home instead of turning on the television!
It doesn't matter HOW you move but HOW MUCH you move!
Have some fun with all the family!
We had lots of fun with magnets today!
Some people even created their own magnets!
Ms. Mahon is teaching us for the next three weeks! We are very excited as she has loads of wonderful ideas and activities planned for us. Today we were learning about 3D shapes and we constructed our own cubes using straws and playdough!
We also started learning about another Antarctic explorer called Tom Crean.
Here are some websites so you can read more at home!
We have begun our 4th class novel too. We are reading 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' by C.S. Lewis.
We are reading this in groups and we each have a specific role in our reading groups. We have a reader, a predictor, a clarifier, a summariser and a questioner.
We have been learning all about Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton this month. Here are some links to websites for more information.
We have also been learning the counties of Ireland and their principal towns! Try out these games at home to test your knowledge
We had so much fun during the month of December. We were extrememly busy.
We really enjoyed getting to visit the other classes to watch their plays. Everyone put so much work in and they were very enjoyable.
Our Christmas Fun Day was a very enjoyable day. We had a very entertaining morning at the talent show and then we tested our general knowledge at the table quizz! Huge thanks to the Parents' Association for helping out!
We also had a very successful night at our 'Evening of Song'. Thank you all so much for coming out in such huge numbers to support us.
We raised 500 Euro for 'Care for the Aged'. Approximately 40 elderly members of the Celbridge Community received fuel and food deliveries over the Christmas period.
Last week was Friendship Week in Scoil Mochua. We used this opportunity to develop new friendships, include others in our games and become more aware of our role as a friend.
We designed posters, played games and wrote poems about what friendship means to us. Tomorrow we will share some of our poems at assembly and afterwards we will put some up here for you to read. We think you will be inspired!
Project of the Year
This year 4th class will be doing their project on 'Myths and Legends'.
Work will begin on Monday and projects should be handed in on Monday 21st October.
The project will replace written English homework for the week and should not take longer than you would normally spend on your homework each evening.
Useful websites for your project
If you are looking for some fun and educational games to play at home on your laptop or tablet we have a range of excellent, enjoyable and safe websites listed on the 'USEFUL LINKS' section of this website. Check it out!
TG Lurgan ar VIMEO
We all really enjoyed Jim McConagle's presentation and exhibits from Dublin Zoo last week!
We have created an area in our classroom for swapping books.
When you finish reading a really good book why not allow someone else to enjoy it too!
Bring it in (with your name clearly inside the cover) and add it to our recommended reading table.
If you take a book home, please ensure that you look after it and return it in perfect condition!
So, time to start digging up those old books and share them with your friends.
Don't forgot to keep trying your best with the Mangahigh challenges.
I've set a new challenge for you all based on your times tables.
Let's see who can reach the target!
Creating our Halloween Wall Frieze!
Exercise your brain with some SoDoku puzzles!
Try the medium level to start and then move on to hard and very hard as you get better!
CHRSITMAS GAMES ON SCOILNET.IE
We have been working really hard on our tables this month!
Follow the link below to play some fun, interactive games that will help you!
Here is a link to the NEWS2DAY website so that you can keep up to date on what's going on in the world!
Here are links to the interactive games from Bun go Barr that we play in class.
Have a go at home!
In an effort to raise the profile of reading in the school and to encourage all children to read more we are embarking on various initiatives throughout the school.
In room 16 we have silent reading or 'DEAR TIME' 3/4 times each week.
During this time we just Drop Everything And Read!
The children in 3rd and 4th classes have also been issued with a 'Recommended Reading List'. This list was drawn up in conjunction with Celbridge Library. It includes many books that are suggested for children of this age and it includes a wide variety of authors and genres.
All books are available in Celbridge Library and all children are encouraged to make use of this fantastic FREE service!
Here is the list (just in case you've misplaced it!)
Pet Finders club series by Ben Baglio
Curse of Kings by Alex Barclya
Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Any book by Enid Blyton
Marshmallow Sky by Cathy Cassidy
All about Alice by Judi Curtin
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Lucy Daniels Series
Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony di Terlizzi
Cat Among the Pigeons by Julia Golding
The Black Book of Secrets by FE Higgins
The Switch by Anthony Horowitz
Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
My Big Strange Happy Family by Karen Mc Combie
Ann of Green Gables by LM Montgonery
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
The My Diary/My Story Series
No Peace for Amelia by Siobhan Parkinson
Cosmo and the Secret Spell by Gwyneth Rees
The Last of the Sky Pirates by Chris Riddell
Dork Diaries by Rachel Renne Russel
The Shapeshifter Series by Ali Sparkes
Heidi by Johanna Spiri
Any book by Noel Streatfield
Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Inglis Wilder
Mr Stink by David Walliams
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
The Sheep Pig by Dick King Smith
Any book by Jacqueline Wilson
Any book by Michael Murpurgo
Diary of a Killer Cat by Anne Fine
Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
Cracker: The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cunthia Kadchata
The Magician's Elephant by Kate Dicamillo
My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Edward's Eyes by Patricia Mac Lachlan
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This blog will be designed to give parents more information about what we are doing in class during the week and to give some fun hints and tips to help with our learning.
Budding architects displaying their talents during a day in 4th class!
In room 14 we are doing a special readathon competition. It is a reading in unusal places competition. Children need to ahve a photo taken of them reading in an unusal place. It would be great to get the photographs. If students can't bring in a hard copy of the photo please email the photo to CiaranScoilMochua@hotmail.com
We have started up our challenges again for mangahigh. Follow this link to log into your profile and complete some Maths challenges:
Check out the link below for IXL maths a great revision tool
Here are some games which will help us to practise some work we did in Maths:
Bain triail as na cluichí Gaeilge:
Check back every week, there will be lots more games and activities added during the year.
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Welcome to the Blog page for Room 11!
You will be aware of much of our work in English, Gaeilge and Maths from your child's homework. However, we have been doing a lot of other work too, which you might like to read about:
September 24th 2013
Welcome to the blog page for Room 11 2013-2014. We are looking forward to an exciting year. Here is a brief overview of what we have been doing so far:
Geography: Since it is Autumn, we got Geography off to a good start by mapping the route the swallow takes from Ireland to South Africa. We developed our mapping skills further by creating our own Treasure Maps. We made the pages look old by painting them with coffee. They look great in our Geography display, but the room still smells of coffee!
History: We reflected on how we have grown and changed since we were babies. Some children brought in baby photographs, baby clothes and baby toys. We took a photograph of the class on the first day back to school and compared it with our picture in the school calendar when we were in Junior infants with Ms. Corr. We have changed a lot!
Science: This month we looked at living things- plants and animals. As you can see from our homepage, we looked at the chestnut tree at the front of the school, and we will monitor its progress over the course of the year. We observed the seasonal changes associated with autumn. We learned about birds that migrate in autumn and animals that hibernate. We looked at fruits and berries that can be found on the trees and in the hedgerows in autumn. We used some of these to make an Apple and Blackberry Crumble in class.
Art: We began our artistic year by examining hessian fabric. We pulled pieces from it and decorated it with oil pastels. Here are some of our pieces:
We listened to the story "The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me" by Roald Dahl. We painted scenes from the story:
English: In addition to the work we have been doing from our textbooks, we have done some creative writing. We worked on recount writing by describing our summer holidays and our news, we practised imaginative / narrative writing by writing a story called "Little Fish in the Scary Sea" and we tried instructional writing by recording the recipe and method for our apple and blackberry crumble! We have written an acrostic poem on the theme of autumn, and we learned a poem by Lewis Carroll called "How Does the Little Crocodile"
Music: We have learned some new songs and have begun to sing in rounds.
P.E. : We have started a series of five lessons at ExCel Gymnastics, Celbridge.
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We have now finished our little books.
We are revising all the words we have learned so far.
It is important to spend a few minutes every night revising words.
Here are some ideas to help with revision at home:
Here are some flashcards to print off and use for games:
BIG BOX ADVENTURES
To download the parent's guide click on the link below.
We have also been practising blending sounds to make words.
Blending is the process of saying the sounds in a word and then running them
together to make the word, for example ‘c – a – t’ is cat.
It is a technique your child will need to learn as they begin to read
and it needs plenty of practice. Some children take longer to do this than others.
To start with, you should sound out the word and see if your child can hear it.
The sounds must be said quickly to hear the word.
It is easier if the first sound is said slightly louder, e.g. b – u – s.
Your child should put their finger under each sound as they say it.
To give your child practice at blending, she/he will bring home lists
of words for blending in their homework folder as well as six letter flashcards.
Please help your child to make these words using their letter flashcards
and then listen to your child blending the sounds to read the word.
For more information and some useful videos on blending click the link below.
Below is also a link to some picture cards that you can use to help your
child to build words using the sounds. There are also some blending activity
cards and sound cards which you can print off and use at home for extra practice.
We have started learning the first group of our Jolly Phonics sounds - s a t i p n.
Here is a video of all the jolly phonics songs.
This can be used to help children practise the sounds, songs and actions at home.
You can also click on this link to the jolly phonics website to
hear the sounds individually.
There are also some sound cards which you can
print off and use at home for extra practice if you wish.
The Starfall website is also excellent - just click the link below.
It has some great phonics games too!
Some other good websites are listed below.
Just click on them to follow the link.
Here are some games based on the topics we will be covering in Irish this year.
Just click the links below to play some games.
At the moment we are strengthening up our hands and working on the correct pencil grip.
It is very important to have the correct grip from the beginning to avoid bad habits.
Here are two very useful documents for you to download with advice on encouraging
the correct pencil grip with your child and preparing them for writing.
We are learning our numbers.
Click on the video below and sing the 'How Many?' song.
You can also download and a play number bingo game by clicking on the link below.
Click the link below to play Cookie Monster's number game.
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Here are our spelling lists for the first 14 weeks just in case the sheet goes astray!
Welcome to first class We are working hard at the moment learning our spellings and doing our homework every night.
Spellings: We learn our spellings and write them out.
Writing: We put two of our spellings into sentences.
Reading: We read two pages of Finn's Dream every night.
Tables: We write out our tables every night and learn them. This week we are doing our + 1 tables.
We are revising odd and even numbers and learning number rhymes.
0, 2, 4, 6, 8 even numbers they are great.
1, 3, 5, 7, 9 I love odd numbers all the time.
Read the story of Mr Odd and Mrs Even.
Do you know your odd and even numbers?
Try the game below by clicking the picture!
Click on the ghosts that are odd numbers.
Click as many times as you can, you get multiple points on each ghost.
So far we have learned our doubles and our near doubles tables. It is really important that you learn them off by heart. This week we have moved on to our +1's.
11 + 12 = 23
12 + 13 = 25
We have been working with maps in class leading Litte Red Riding Hood to her Granny's house and leading the pirate to his gold. We were revising our right and our left hand side! Practise your right and left at home by playing blind man's buff!
We've been very busy learning lots of Gaeilge since we came back!
Ask us some questions!
Cé túsa? Is mise Laura.
Cad is ainm duit? Abigail is ainm dom.
Cá bhfuil tú i do chonaí? Tá mé i mo chonaí i gCill Droichead.
Conas atá tú? Tá mé go hiontach. Tá mé tinn.
Click on the picture below and you can play a game.
Have a listen to Lacha Bheag!
These are our spellings for the next 14 weeks!
We are learning "Falling Asleep in Class" for our assembly this week!
I fell asleep in class today,
I woke to find a piece of paper
My clothes were badly rumpled,
I slept through class, and probably
Last week we were learned about the five human senses. Click on the image below for a fun game!
Have a look at some of our art work so far! We sketched self portraits of ourselves, painted autumn trees and designed healthy lunch boxes!
We started Halloween art today! Look at us busy constructing our devils, pumpkins and bats!
These are the finished results! Don't they look scary!
In Science we are learning about temperature.Temperature is a measure of how hot something is. Everyday this week we are recording the temperature in the class and outside. So far it is has always been hotter inside. We know that temperature is measured in degrees celcius! On Monday it was 23 degrees celcius in the classroom and 14 degrees celcius outside! For some weather games and amazing facts click on the link below!
When heated, some solids change. They melt and become liquids. We experimented with this by making some Halloween Chocolate Apples!
Give them a go at home! Here's the recipe!