What a busy year it’s been so far! We’ve been working really hard at all our class work and have made fantastic progress. We’ve had lots of activities going on outside the classroom too. We’ll start back at the beginning.
In early September we started our Safe Cycling lessons with Donal and Ollie. We learned so much about how to stay safe while cycling and some girls even learned how to cycle for the first time. We had some touch rugby lessons in September also. We began our ‘Run A Mile’ aiming to do it twice a week and as a result we now have well over half the class able to run a full mile with no walking stops. Well done girls!
We’ve been enjoying social skills lessons with the School Completion Programme (Gemma and Emer) on Tuesday mornings. The second half of the class have just completedthe programme.
In October we were lucky enough to be invited to the spectacular musical ‘Sister Act’ in St. Paul’s Secondary School. In November we made a trip to W.I.T. for Science Week. We enjoyed a show called ‘Science of the Circus’ which taught us about the force of gravity. We started our eight week block of swimming lessons in Waterford Crystal. Paul, from Oceanics Surf School in Tramore, delivered a salt water aquarium to our classroom. We had to take care of our anemones, blennies, sea scorpion, bearded rockling and prawns for three weeks. Most of them survived! We did projects in groups find out more about these fish.
In December we enjoyed a lovely trip to town to take in the Christmas atmosphere. We began with a trip to Waterford City Library where we attended a workshop called ‘Journey of the Christmas Jumper’. We found out that a lot of these jumpers are thrown out after one or two wears and then go to landfill. They take many years to decompose. Next we headed to the Giving Tree in George’s Court to hang our decorations. We finished off with some hot chocolate in Costa Coffee- Yum! Before the Christmas holidays we celebrated the gift of giving and carried out ‘Secret Santa’. There was great excitement opening up our small gifts.
Swimming continued up until the end of January. We had a visit from the Red Kettle Theatre Company. Their play was called ‘What a Calamity’ and our girls volunteered at every opportunity!
We’ve had a really enjoyable trip to the Book Centre for a workshop with children’s author Helena Duggan.
In the coming weeks, we look forward to computer lessons, basketball and gymnastics. It’s all action in 5th Class!