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Book Character Costume Parade ~ ASD Class

Everyone in Room 11 is looking and feeling fantastic today for the book character costume parade. We have Captain Underpants, Dennis the Menace, a Storm Trooper, a Very Hungry Caterpillar and a knight from King Arthur! What an exciting way to end our first term back at school!

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Tropical Autumn ~ ASD Class

Room 11 went totally tropical last week. In order to prepare for making pineapple pine cones on Friday, we took an in depth look at the interesting fruit. On Monday, we discussed the pineapple using pictures. We touched on how they grow, what they look like inside and more. On Tuesday, we held a pineapple and observed how spiky and heavy it felt. Some of us ate/licked/held some chunks after it was cut up. While we were eating it, Ciarán made an excellent suggestion about making pineapple juice! Subsequently, on Wednesday, we made pineapple juice and ALL of us drank our cup of juice! On Thursday, we drew and labelled a picture of a pineapple in our drawing copies. By Friday, we were more than ready to transform our pine cones into pineapples by painting them yellow and gluing strips of green paper on top.

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Let’s Go St. Clare’s! ~ ASD Class

We spent this afternoon making eye-catching banners for the camogie and hurling finals taking place in Croke Park next week. We practiced chanting, “Let’s Go St. Clare’s, Let’s Go!” while keeping a tapping, clapping beat, and are now really good at it.  At home time, we proudly chanted while holding up our banners as those with scooters and bikes passed by our room. We enjoyed this moment a lot and so did the other students passing by. Everyone in Room 18 wishes both teams the very best of luck on Tuesday!

Starry Night ~ ASD Class

Today we enjoyed a process art lesson inspired by Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ painting. First, we looked at the beautiful image for inspiration. We discussed the different shades of blue and the swirling, whirling clouds and moon. Next, we set up our foil canvasses by covering 6 pieces of cardboard in tinfoil. Then, we squirted blue, white and yellow paint onto our foil canvasses and began painting! Some of us used our fingers and some of used paintbrushes. We all loved painting on the slippery, reflective surface, as well as the crunchy sound it made.

Spring has Sprung! ~ ASD Class

Today we were lucky to observe, not one, but three Giant African Land Snails! We discussed their size, their shells and what they like to eat. Afterwards, we made our way to the Outdoor Classroom to have a look at the hundreds of tadpoles in the pond. There, we discussed the lifecycle of the frog and took some time to bask in the sunshine on the benches.

Baking ~ ASD Class

We had lots of fun today baking cupcakes. Each of us had a special job to do. Michael read aloud the instructions. Lorchán organised the baking equipment and ingredients throughout. Siluan carefully cracked the eggs and measured the flour using a weighing scales. Seán and Thomas mixed all of the ingredients together. Lastly, Ciarán spooned the mixture into the individual cupcake cases. Together we put the cupcakes in the oven and eagerly monitored the time on the classroom countdown timer. Once cooled down, we ate one delicious cupcake each and brought another home. We were happy boys and are excited to bake again soon.

Easter Bonnet Parade ~ ASD Class

Siluan, Lorchán, Thomas, Ciarán, Michael and Seán had so much fun today taking part in the Easter Bonnet Parade. They loved wearing their beautiful bonnets and parading together on the stage. Well done boys! You were excellent as always.

Bee-Bots ~ASD Class

Siluan, Lorchán and Thomas spent Friday afternoon playing with Bee-Bots. They each had a Bee-Bot and a different activity mat. Siluan used the busy street map, Lorchán used the 2D shapes mat and Thomas used the letters mat. They are learning how to programme a Bee-Bot to move from one location to another using the directional arrows. They had lots of fun and are looking forward to using them again.