September 2019 in Claire’s Fourth Class.

It has been an exciting month in Claire's Fourth Class, getting back into the swing of things after the Summer Holidays and getting to know a new teacher! We have had lots of fun and have lots of interesting activities planned this year.

Maths: In Maths we revised topics that were covered in Third Class and looked at Place Value. Following that, we started Addition and Subtraction of big numbers up to 9999 using regrouping and renaming. As a class we like to start off most Maths lessons with a game and we have had lots of fun using hands on / concrete materials.

English: Fourth Class love English and we have covered so much! We start off every Monday with a Reading Comprehension and we are learning different techniques on how to attack a piece of English Comprehension. We play lots of grammar games and in particular we have focused on proper / common nouns and phonics.

Our writing genre this month was 'Persuasive Writing' and I was delighted with how talented the class were. I think we have future judges and barristers in the making as our class debate was really special.

Every Friday, five children present their Show and Tell. This helps us with our Oral Language and questioning skills. Keep it up 4A!

Gaeilge: Our theme this month was "mé féin" and "bia". We learned lots of new vocabulary and we are really focusing on using as much Gaeilge in the classroom as we can. We made some lovely 'Mise' bunting to display in the classroom. Cluichí teanga every Thursday is our favourite!

In History, Geography and Science we studied The Children of Lir, Tuatha Dé Danann, our Bodies and Transport. We are using Dabbledoo for the teaching of Music twice a week and in P.E. we have focused on games and turn-taking.

Thank you to all of the children who brought in LEGO but a special thank you to Max's Grandparents who bought brand new LEGO for the class. We are using it at Golden Time and have challenge cards to complete. LEGO is one of our favourite concrete materials to create critical and creative thinking. We are using it across all Curricular Areas but especially in STEM.

Our Kindness Jar is up and running and is nearly full! We hope to have it full by the Mid - Term and if it is indeed full, the class will get a special treat. It is lovely to see the children line up after break and lunch with positive stories. Super work boys and girls!

Míle buíochas, Claire 🙂

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