Lego Club ~ ASD Class

Over the last few weeks we worked together at building this Lego set and today we completed it! Each of us played an important role as Engineer, Supplier and Builder. We look forward to building a new Lego set very soon. Below are the following phrases we practiced using during Lego Club:

We need the…

How many do we need?

Good job _______!

Thank you _______.

Do you need some help?

That goes there.

We did it!

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Spooktakular OT – ASD Class

As Halloween approaches, this week we decided to add a haunted feel to our daily OT course. First we had to balance an eerie eyeball on a magic spoon! Next we blew scary spiders off the table into hot lava using a straw or just our mouth! Then we threw a ball at a tower of ghoulish ghosts, trying to knock as many of them down as possible! We all had lots of fun while practicing some important skills.

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Packaging Free Supermarket

This summer, I went to Berlin in Germany. Since we had learned about plastic and waste in the ocean, I decided to go to the packaging free supermarket – Berlin Unverpackt. It was quite small but you could still have a normal shop.

Cereal, fruit, bread, sweets, rice, pasta and drinks were all available to buy as well as jars for the food, wooden toothbrushes and hair brushes. You could bring along your own jar and fill it up with whatever you wanted. There were lots of bikes parked outside the shop and we saw a lot of people doing their shopping there.

It was really great to see so many people not buying so much packaging in their shop. Here is a photo of me outside the shop and a couple from inside as well.

By Isabel Kelly, 5th Class.

 

Harold’s Cross Nature Walk

Our fourth classes were delighted to get a chance to go on a nature walk last week in Harold’s Cross Park. We were invited to go on a walk by Dublin City Council and were guided around the park by a biologist called Éanna Ní Lamhna. She showed us some of the different trees in the park and the wildlife and insects that live amongst them. We saw lime trees, copper beeches, lodgepole pines, plum trees, 5 needle pines, holly trees and a handkerchief tree. We also learned some bird calls and heard a wren calling in the trees. It was great fun.

 

Plastic Islands Presentation

In Fourth class, we have been busy doing a project on marine litter. On Tuesday, Aisling,Luke,Tom and myself went to present our project on plastic islands in Maynooth. There were 7 schools there in total from all around Leinster.

When we arrived we played a quiz where we had to find information in the shortest possible time and we were first back to with the correct answers so we won a box of chocolates! After that, we did our presentation, we went first! A few more groups presented their projects after us and then we had a break. After, our break some more groups presented, we thought they were all really good.

Then we had lunch, it was soup and sandwiches. It was a great day. Today, we were told we won! The judges were really impressed with our presentation, our research and our project. So, we have been picked along with just one other school to present our project at the National Marine Environment Conference at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire in December. We were told there would be over five hundred people there! We were really excited and nervous but happy we won.  Have a look below at some pictures we took on the day!

 

By Isabel

Green Schools Workshop

Last week, we were delighted to welcome Joanne Scott from Green Schools Ireland to our class. We took part in a class workshop about marine litter and plastic islands. It was lots of fun. She told us about the work that many people around the world are doing to recycle plastics and reduce the plastic that they are using.

She brought in some plastic that she had collected with her family at the beach at the weekend. We were amazed to see how much she had collected in just two minutes at the beach. She brought in aluminium cans and crisp packets that were over 30 years old!

We also made our own version of a plastic island by mixing up lots of bits of discarded plastic and wrappers in a container and adding water and dye to represent the pollution that comes from the plastic. It was really disgusting to imagine that these islands of plastic are polluting our seas and are harming the marine creatures and fish that swim in our seas.