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1st Class/2nd Class
As part of Active Week, our class participated in a training session delivered by the Irish Tug of War Association. We learned how to conduct a contest, how to stand and hold the rope, and that the most important part of the body to use in a tug of war competition is your legs (not your arms!). We'd like to say thanks to Cathy for teaching us and for giving us a tug of war rope for the school, and to Ms McArdle for organising the visit.
To kick off Active Week, we paired up with the senior end of the school to go on a walk around Rathgar. It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed being out in the fresh air!
We recently learned about the concept of perspective in pictures, and especially how it affects the size of the objects we draw and paint. With this in mind we created a mixed-media artwork using oil pastels, pencils, paint and glitter. Pictures of birds on telegraph wires at sunset were used as our inspiration. We're very pleased with how they turned out!
This week in science we explored magnets. We learned which materials are magnetic and which are not, and talked about how magnets come in all shapes and sizes and serve many purposes. We also learned that each magnet has a north pole and a south pole, and that opposite poles 'attract' each other while identical poles 'repel' each other. We conducted experiments to test this, and to see if magnets worked through different materials. To finish off, we created a maze with pencils on our desks and had a magnet race!
In art, we have spent the past few weeks exploring the construction strand of the curriculum by making medieval castles out of old boxes and containers. We worked in groups to come up with a plan and then spent a lot of time working together to create the castle. Each one had to have at least five medieval features - we included ramparts, portcullises, drawbridges, arrow slits, dungeons, towers, dining halls, keeps, and much more! It took teamwork and effort and we had great fun. There are a lot of budding architects and engineers in our room!