The Parents Association are organising a Halloween fancy dress disco between 2-4pm Saturday the 31st October. Entrance fee is €4, under 2 years of age and adults are free. The disco is open to children 12 and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Teas/coffees and baked goods will also be available to purchase. There will be prizes for most original disco dancing and for funniest/original costume in both children and adult categories.
Looking forward to seeing you all there for a fun afternoon supporting the school, disco dancing and socialising with the school community.
We really enjoyed typing up our Halloween Poems using Microsoft Word 2013 and after typing and selecting cool fonts we inserted pictures from the internet into our completed poems. Then we uploaded them on to Google Drive. Here are some examples, Enjoy!!!
We are very proud of our finished PowerPoints. After completion we uploaded them onto our 5th and 6th class Google Drive where we share all of our completed ICT work . We can then log in from school or home to look at our work and show our parents! Here are a few examples of our finished work! Enjoy!
Jolly Phonics is a fun and child-centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics in our school. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children.
In Our Ladys we use the whole digital software range to teach jolly phonics lessons.The Interactive whiteboards in each classroom add new dimensions to instructor-led classroom delivery of Jolly Phonics lessons and using technology in every day teaching has really impacted the children’s learning in a very positive way.
Letter Sound Order
The sounds are taught in a specific order (not alphabetically). This enables children to begin building words as early as possible.
How does Jolly Phonics work?
Using a synthetic phonics approach, Jolly Phonics teaches children the five key skills for reading and writing:
1. Learning the letter sounds
Children are taught the 42 main letter sounds.
2. Learning letter formation
Using different multi-sensory methods, children learn how to form and write the letters.
Children are taught how to blend the sounds together to read and write new words.
4. Identifying the sounds in words (Segmenting)
Listening for the sounds in words gives children the best start for improving spelling.
5. Tricky words
Tricky words have irregular spellings and children learn these separately.
This term we have been using ICT to learn about nouns. We are using songs, poems, and other mediums in order to remember key information such as terms. We are using the internet to research the terminology and look up examples of different types of nouns! BBC Bitesize has a fun ‘Nouns and Adjectives’ game where we can put what we have learned into practise!!!
Here is an example of Sara’s fascinating and information rich Power point Presentation! She is really exhibiting her great interest in History which she has been able to integrate with her ICT skills to create such an enjoyable presentation. We hope you enjoy it!!!
Power Hour is a literacy based hour which is currently being used to teach literacy this term in Miss Lynch’s 1st and 2nd class. It gives the pupils lots of opportunities to read books at their own level of competency. This is done through station teaching. We have 4 stations – 1 reading station, 1 writing station,1 oral language station and 1 station which deals with word work i.e. spellings, phonics, grammar etc.
There are many positive benefits to this type of approach to literacy. The children are given more opportunities to express themselves orally. Quieter children find their voices in a small group setting and children learning English gain confidence. The teachers have a chance to assess individual needs and to get to know the children better. Small group supervision of writing and phonics/spellings encourages the children to focus and to take more care with their written work.
Our class had great fun this week in Maths using a range of activities to explore the properties of 2D shapes. Our favourite activity was selecting different 2D shapes to make rockets! Here are some examples of our 2D creations!
Ciarán’s Shark Attack stop motion animation. Made with Stop Motion Studio on an iPhone 5 using Lego.
The above simple animation was created by Ciarán in 2nd class using the iPhone app Stop Motion Studio (which is easy to use and can give instant results), a few pieces of Lego™ and a reading light. Stop Motion Studio is just one of many apps and programs that are available to allow children to make their own movies.
There are numerous educational benefits to using animation as a learning tool, not least the development of planning skills and problem solving skills. Children can also use these projects to develop communication skills through storytelling, build bridges and empathy through group collaboration, use their imagination to increase their self-expression whilst all the time growing their technical and presentation skills.
From all this they will develop pride in their work and show an increase in self-confidence in their abilities to engage with complex tasks.
Miss O’ Loughlin’s Class have been busy this week using the internet to research countries that are in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. We are compiling our findings on Power Point , inserting bright images and text ready to present to the class when completed!
We are delighted to announce that this year’s ICT committee will consist of Ella and Chloe from 5th Class and Sara and Katie from 6th Class. They have commenced their fortnightly ICT meetings to discuss ICT progression in Our Ladys and what future ICT plans they have. Look out for their ICT blog on the website!!!
This year Miss Leacy’s 2nd Class and Miss Lynch’s 1st/2nd Class introduced ‘Class Dojo’. We are pleased to report that this excellent technology has gotten an excellent reception from both children and parents in Our Ladys. The teachers display it throughout the day using the interactive whiteboards and the parents can log in at home to follow the class story. ClassDojo replaces classroom management tools and behavior trackers like gold-star charts, with positive feedback and parent communication.
Here is a presentation created using PowerPoint by a 6th class student. She used various ICT techniques to insert images, change the font and type up her beautiful work. She thoroughly enjoyed creating this colourful and interesting presentation. Here is a link to the presentation:
This coming Tuesday, 13th October at 7.30pm the Parents Association will hold its AGM. This is a great chance for parents/guardians to become involved in their child’s education. The PA works closely with the school staff and Board of Management to assist them in reaching their goals for the whole school community through fundraising and volunteerism.
The PA also acts as a forum to inform and consult parents regarding school policy, plans and activities and to communicate parents’ views (where appropriate) to the school.
Some of the activities organised by the PA include:
Pupil Insuranceand much more
The PA is a member of the National Parents Council and has its own insurance. You can follow us on Facebook (Our Lady’s Clonskeagh Parish NS Parent Association) but why not go one better and become fully involved. It is a rewarding experience for you, your child(ren) and the whole school.
Explanation of PA
AGM finance report
Intro of people to run for committee (Officer roles: Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Communications, Volunteer Co-ordinator)
Voting if necessary
Upcoming events for school year and requesting help for any and all activities
Info available to parents on schools, secondary open days, home school liaison, parental reps on board, etc
Share current activities within school community: Irish dancing, Karate, Zumba, Football clubs, after school activities: DRAFTS, Stretch n Grow, …
Art classes are off to a great start with lots of new faces joining Brendan and the group from last year. The classes are very informal and take place on Thursday mornings in the upstairs kitchen. New members are always welcome!
Maths 4 Fun started in Ms. O’Neill’s class this week and will continue for another three weeks. All the children and parents really enjoyed playing the new games and sharing a learning experience. Thank you to all the parents who have volunteered to take part and for those who are unable to make it please let Ms. O’Neill know if you would like to borrow any of the games to play at home.