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I was lucky enough to be in a school this year both when they started and finished their local sea-life projects.

The children took care of a saltwater aquarium with native species (run by the Marine Institute and Atlantaquaria - see more here) for a number of weeks. On the first visit, they got to see a variety of preserved sea creatures - seahorses, starfish, crabs, lobster claws and a really heavy dolphin neck bone. On the second visit (pictured with this post) the visiting scientist dissected a squid with us!

We discovered that the squid was a boy; we identified his tentacles, eyes and beak; we got to hold the ‘pen’ that is like his skeleton; and - grossest of all - we took out his ink sack and scribbled with it! We learned that the ink is called ‘sepia’ and that it was used long ago to develop photographs. That is why filters on our modern cameras call the old-fashioned filter ‘sepia’.

Junior Infants - 3rd Class

Science/Geography/History

Easter Window Display

I forgot to take indoor pictures of these! They were painted and had coloured eggs on both sides, so they looked just as bright indoors as they did outdoors.

Junior Infants

Visual Arts/Religion/SESE: Science

Interactive Display (not quite the finished product!) for “Whatever Next!” by Jill Murphy. We also played with our own rocket boxes, before painting and decorating them!

ASD Class

Literacy/Visual Art/Gross-Fine Motor Skills/Communication

Senior Infants

Snowdrops

Religion/SESE/Visual Arts

Junior Infants - 2nd class (4 classes, rural two teacher school)
Cozy Penguins
SESE/Visual Arts/English

Junior Infants - 2nd class (4 classes, rural two teacher school)

Cozy Penguins

SESE/Visual Arts/English

3rd and 4th classes

Old Irish Money

History/Maths/English

5th and 6th Classes
Drama - WWII Freeze Frames and Thought Tracking
Drama/History/English

5th and 6th Classes

Drama - WWII Freeze Frames and Thought Tracking

Drama/History/English

5th and 6th classes

Maths - 3D Shapes; Exploring sides, vertices and stability.

Maths/Visual Arts/Science

"鸟 Bird
日 Sun
火 Fire
山 Mountain
鱼 Fish
月 Moon
木 Wood
马 Horse
人 Person"

4th, 5th and 6th classes

Chinese - A sample of our first lesson. Reading characters is easier than it looks!

Chinese/English/Visual Arts

3rd and 4th classes
Shopping Through the Ages Display - Based on a theme examining historical bartering and trading through synthesis and drama; looking at old coins and types of trades and specialities; and investigating modern methods of shopping from department stores, shopping centres and online mega-malls.
History/English/SPHE/Drama/Visual Arts

3rd and 4th classes

Shopping Through the Ages Display - Based on a theme examining historical bartering and trading through synthesis and drama; looking at old coins and types of trades and specialities; and investigating modern methods of shopping from department stores, shopping centres and online mega-malls.

History/English/SPHE/Drama/Visual Arts

Junior Infants

Tadpole Theme - We got permission to watch tadpoles grow in our classroom from tiny dots of frogspawn, to fat, wiggly tadpoles, to real live little frogs!

Geography/History/Science

5th and 6th classes

Native American/First Nations clothes and design

Visual Arts/History/Geography

3rd and 4th classes
Karate - Part of our Asian Culture theme
PE/Geography/SPHE

3rd and 4th classes

Karate - Part of our Asian Culture theme

PE/Geography/SPHE

Junior and Senior Infants

Pumpkin Scary Faces - Hallowe’en is great fun!

Visual Arts/SPHE/History

A Hallowe’en song with Junior and Senior Infants.

Groups used the following instruments: Maracas, Triangles, Guiros, Drumsticks, Claves, Shakers, Cabasas and Two-Tone Wood Blocks.

The children all sang, and one group performed a creative dance. All the pupils knew which verse they were playing for, as well as what their beat was.

Music/Maths/English