Following up on our information morning I wanted to give a list of suitable titles and authors for fourth class. Reading is very important!
Even in fourth class the girls should be reading aloud to an adult and also should be read to by an adult. A great way to do this is sharing the reading.
Discuss the book with your daughter by making predictions, inferring what will happen next or analysing characters.
Roald Dahl J.K. Rowling Michael Murpurgo David Walliams
Marita Conlon-McKenna Enid Blyton
(Jacqueline Wilson has some fantastic books for this age group, but do be aware that she also writes for teens and some of her books are inappropriate for primary school).
Here are some excellent books that 4th class girls have recommended;
Be aware of your own daughter’s ability when helping her choose books. Read the blurb together and discuss the choice.
Summer stars have some great tips on how to choose a book with your child, engaging reluctant readers, reading development etc.
When children come across new words in different contexts they develop a stronger understanding and a more detailed vocabulary. Try using new vocabulary from the reading in daily conversations.
Every day we will uncover a new word. Our ‘Word of the Day’ will be given as homework where the girls will use it in their own sentence. Over time we will develop our word bank together.
This month as part of Science we will be using keys to identify Irish trees. Last week we went out and about to explore! Why use the textbook when we can be active and learn at the same time? 🙂
In the school grounds alone we were able to identify birch, hawthorn and beech trees. Along our walk around the block we identified many other trees by observing their leaves and fruits. The tallest tree we identified was the horse chestnut tree.
We will be doing a focus study and group project on some Irish trees next week!
It seems a lot of people were busy over the long weekend. As a result we only received a handful forms back in today. We are extending the deadline for round three forms to be returned and the final parkrun to be completed.
Final day will be Monday, 11th of June.
Hopefully, we will see lots of you at the parkrun at the weekend 🙂
Active Week is off to a great start with the camogie team winning their final in Croke Park and both tennis teams winning their games. Also well done to all the girls that represented Belgrove in Santry. Maith sibh girls! 🙂
We are all looking forward to Sports Day on Thursday. We have lots of fun stations planned. Be sure your daughter has sun cream on and plenty of water to stay hydrated!
On Friday we will be having student/teacher races. The 6th class students will take on the teachers in the potato and spoon, sack and three legged races.
At the end of yard we will be turning up the music and dancing the Macarena together as a school 🙂
The Active Committee would like to encourage everyone to make the most of this beautiful weather. Walk, cycle or scoot to school!
Today in yard Mrs. McCarthy made an exciting announcement. She told us that due to all the fantastic sports achievements in the school we would have no homework this week!!! Instead she has asked us to do something active- go for a family walk, play a ball game, go for a cycle etc.
Well done to those that successfully completed round one of Belgrove’s Fittest Family. If you forgot your checklist today, don’t worry. The Active Committee will be collecting remaining checklists on Tuesday 22nd of May.
This is your second step towards VICTORY –well done you! However, this round is more intense. Good Luck and try your best. Tick off this checklist and don’t forget to REGISTER and bring your barcode to the parkrun. The adult 5km parkrun takes place on Saturday at 9:30am. The junior 2km parkrun takes place on Sunday at 9:30am.
See their website for more information. http://www.parkrun.ie/stannes-juniors/
We are learning about different types of energy in class this month. We have identified renewable and non- renewable energy sources.
We have also been discussing climate change and the greenhouse effect.
The girls are very passionate about helping the environment. They have made posters to encourage people to reduce their use of plastic.
We also made information posters in class. The posters explain what climate change is and include suggestions on what we can do in school and at home to help.
On Friday we learned a bit about the artist Henri Matisse. He was a French artist who was known for his use of colour. His later works use cut outs, paper collage or decoupage. He would cut sheets of paper into various sizes and shapes. He would then arrange them to form lively compositions.
Here are some of our Matisse inspired pictures. Our focus was colour and shape.
Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí!