Poetry: ‘A Christmas Kenning’ by Alex aged 11

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Christmas, Poetry | Posted on December 17, 2014

Christmas Lighted Wreath
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A kenning is type of poem.

It is a description that is economic in its use of words.

Two nouns metaphors are used to describe a person, place or thing.

You can read more about kennings here

on the Young Writers.co.uk website.

This is Alex’s kenning:

 

Present deliverer,

Cookie muncher,

Reindeer rider,

Chimney climber,

Joy maker,

Carrot feeder,

Roof lander,

Suit wearer,

Sack bearer,

Milk slurper,

Stocking filler,

Once a yearer,

Happy morning bringer…

 

Guess who?

Why … it’s Santa!

Dates for your Christmas Diary

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Christmas | Posted on December 8, 2014

Nativity with Star Background Sept10
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Below you will find:

- the timetable for the Christmas Plays; Junior Infants to First.

- details of the 2nd Class Concert

- and the Christmas Pageant featuring 3rd Class to 6th.

Christmas Play Timetable

Christmas Pageant

December…

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Language Development - Oral, Poetry, The Seasons, Writing Prompt | Posted on December 1, 2014

Chill December brings the sleet,

Blazing fire, and Christmas treat. 

Home Fire 5
Photo Credit: anoldent via Compfight

from ‘The Garden Year’ by Sarah Coleridge

The Wonder of #Symbaloo – Part Two – English: 1st – 4th approximately

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Literacy, Symbaloo | Posted on November 28, 2014

The Wonder of #Symbaloo – Part One – A Webmix of Mostly Maths – 1st Class to 6th

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Maths websites, Symbaloo | Posted on November 28, 2014

Symbaloo is a great time saving curating tool.

I heard about it first from @MariaMernagh who sang its praises.

 

Currently I teach mostly maths to children aged 6 - 12.

Instead of setting up the links to maths websites on tabs

each day before school now all I have to do is open a  webmix

that I have prepared of the online maths activities

I use most frequently in class. Scroll to the right to see more.

Symbaloo is a great discovery.

Thank you @MariaMernagh for some great advice!

UPDATE: Click here for a Symbaloo of useful websites for teaching English 1st Class – 4th approximately.

For Parents: Some Online Games that Teach Comprehension Strategies for 1st/2nd Class approximately

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Comprehension Strategies, Comprehension: Determining Importance, Comprehension: Inference, Comprehension: Making Connections, Comprehension: Monitoring, Comprehension: Prediction, Comprehension: Questioning, Comprehension: Visualization | Posted on November 26, 2014

In our school there is a Whole School Approach to

learning comprehension using the strategies from

Martin Gleeson’s ‘Building Bridges of Understanding’. 

 

E =  We Expose , T= We Teach, M = We Maintain.

 
    J.I.   S.I.  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th 
 Think Aloud  E  T  M  M  M  M  M  M M
 Prediction  E  T  M  M  M  M  M  M M
 Visualisation  E  T  M  M  M  M  M  M M
 Making  Connections  E  T  M  M  M  M  M  M M
 Questioning    E  T   M  M  M  M M M
 Monitoring  Comprehension:  Clarifying                E  T  M  M  M M M
 Monitoring  Comprehension:  Declunking        E T  M  M M M
 Determining  Importance          E  T  M   M
 Inference          E  T  M  M
 Synthesis              E  T
 Application of  Strategies  E  E  E T  E  T  M  M  M  M

 

The following games will give you an idea

of what many of these strategies involve 

and will give your child a little practice.

 

Though some of these strategies are not

taught formally until the middle and senior

classes, it is good to give your child practice.

 

You might like to concentrate on

one or two strategies a week

from the list of those being covered

in First and Second Class

and gradually build up your child’s skills.

 

1. Prediction: 

Prediction game from Phil Tulga.com

 

2. Visualisation: 

Visualizing activity from Blue Ribbon Readers

 

3. Making Connections: 

Making Connections from Blue Ribbon Games

 

4. Questioning: 

The Questioning Cube from Blue Ribbon Games

 

5. Monitoring Comprehension by clarifying and ‘declunking’

(‘Declunking’ is the process of breaking up a word into syllables

in order to pronounce it correctly and understand its meaning.)

The Fridge Game from Blue Ribbon Readers requires students

to identify confusing words (by monitoring)

and replace them with words

that make sense of the sentence (clarifying)

 

6. Determining Importance:  

Blue Ribbon Readers – The Hamburger Game

 

7. Inferring: 

Inferring using riddles from Phil Tulga.com

and The Detective Game from Blue Ribbon Readers

 

8. Synthesis is a complex process

and is taught in Senior Classes

but here is a simple game that

introduces it from Blue Ribbon Readers

 

You can read more about comprehension strategies here.

#HourOfCode – Class Discovery: Code Combat

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Coding, Coding: Python | Posted on November 25, 2014

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Ok so we liked Code.org a LOT

and we were sad when we finished Level Three.

Then along came the coding activities

based on the Disney film ‘Frozen’. 

and we were very taken with that.

Well the girls were really.

 

Then today Teacher showed us Code Combat.

Now we feel there is something for everybody.

Suitable for students between the ages of nine

and thirteen, we are using it to learn Python.

 

As we play a game, going on missions

being successful and having fun, we are learning.

We think there was probably never a better

or more interesting time to be in school!

 

We find the work we have already done with Code.org

really helps us understand what we are doing.

We are looking forward to doing more!

 

#HourOfCode: Fans of Disney’s ‘Frozen’ ? Then read on!

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Coding | Posted on November 24, 2014

 

The largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code,

is happening during Computer Science Education Week

(December 8th – 14th 2014).

Last year, 15 million students tried coding in this one week.

This year, the aim is to reach 100 million students worldwide!

 

We live in a world surrounded by technology.

In such a world computer science is important

and coding and programming are becoming life skills.

Websites such as Code.org demystify coding

and make it easily accessible and enjoyable.

 

The clever people at Code.org are working

to get more girls involved in computer science

and have devised a lovely series of exercises

to create snowflakes, using the ‘Frozen’ theme.

You can find it here: Code.org’s ‘Frozen’

It is suitable for beginners, from 1st/2nd class up!

 

And for those who aren’t big fans of ‘Frozen’,

Code.org’s ‘Frozen’ is a warmer alternative.

 

Try it. We did and it was fun!

Simple Advent or Christmas Prayer Service (Junior Infants – 2nd Class)

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Prayer Service, Religion | Posted on November 23, 2014

Good morning & welcome to the hall today

for our Christmas Prayer Service.

A row of tea candles
Photo Credit: Markus Grossalber via Compfight

Advent is the special time in the Church’s year

when we get ready to celebrate

the birthday of a very special baby.

What was his name? (Jesus).

 

Does any one here know when is Jesus’s birthday?

Yes that’s right we celebrate Jesus’s birthday

on Christmas Day.

How many more sleeps is that? (  )

 

Sign of the Cross

 

Candle Prayer;

‘Chase away the darkness.

Fill the world with light,

be a little candle flame

and shine out bright’.

 

We can be like ‘candles’ who share

the light and warmth of God’s love

with everyone we meet.

 

Why do we light a candle?

To remind us that God our Father in Heaven is always with us.

 

On the night Jesus was born,

there was a light in the sky over the place where He was.

Does anyone know what was that light in the sky?

It was the Christmas star shining out bright.

 

So now we are going pretend that we are going on a journey

like Mary and Joseph and the donkey

and the Shepherds and the Kings

And to find our way we have to follow God’s shining star.

 

But first let us get ready for our journey

by making the best possible start when we say

Good Morning to God; this is the best way to start each day;

 

Father in Heaven, you love me

You are with me night and day

I want to love you always

In all I do and say

I’ll try to please you Father

Please bless me during the day

Amen.

 

Yes, Christmas is Jesus’s birthday.

 

Hands up who is doing a Christmas play ?

What job do you have in the Christmas play?

Hands up who is an angel?

Who is a shepherd?

Who is a wise man or a wise king?

Is any one a Whoops a Daisy angel?

I am sure that after all your hard work your play will go well.

 

Who knows who told Mary that she was going to have a baby?

It was an angel who came to visit Mary

to tell her the Good News,

that she was going have a baby,

that was going to be the Mother of God. 

So stand up and spread your wings you are an angel

and we will sing ‘Mary Will You Take This Baby Boy’

 

Where did Mary live?

Mary lived in a place called Nazareth.

Who was Mary’s husband?

Mary was married to a carpenter called Joseph.

 

Mary and Joseph had to go on a journey.

Where were they going?

They were going to a place called Bethlehem.

 

Why were they going to Bethlehem?

They were going to be counted!

The reason they had to go to Bethlehem 

is that that was where Joseph’s family were from.

 

As well as getting ready for a new baby

Mary and Joseph had gone on a journey

from Nazareth to Bethlehem.

This journey is a long long journey

and there were no cars…

or buses…

or trains…

So how did Mary get there? Mary travelled on a donkey

And how did Joseph get there? He walked

The roads were rough and rocky.

The journey would have taken about a week,

so it would be like if you started walking today – Sunday

and you kept walking ….

on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

…until next Sunday.

 

And what happened when they did get to Bethlehem?

Well Bethlehem was full of people.

Mary and Joseph went looking but there was no place to stay.

Mary and Joseph went knocking on all the doors

 

Poor Mary and Joseph had no place to stay

So now it is time for us to say sorry for times

when we closed the doors to our minds and our hearts.

And if we are truly sorry in our hearts,

then God our Father in Heaven will always forgive us.

 

So let’s say our Sorry Prayer

O my God I thank you for loving me.

I am sorry for all my sins,

for not loving others and not loving you.

Help me to live like Jesus and not sin again. Amen

 

Is any one the innkeeper in their Christmas play?

What does the kind innkeeper say?

Yes, luckily one kind innkeeper said,

‘Would you like to stay in my stable?’

 

So let us open our doors and our hearts and our minds

like the kind innkeeper who let Mary and Joseph stay in his stable did.

That night Baby Jesus was born,

and Mary loved her baby so much

just like your parents love you

Silent Night

 

Shepherds were minding their sheep.

Who came to tell them that Baby Jesus was born?

Yes angels came to tell them that Baby Jesus was born.

 

And how did the Three Wise men find Jesus?

The Three Kings or the Three Wise Men in the East saw the star,

they followed the star and found the Baby Jesus.

‘We Three Kings’

 

The Three Wise Men brought presents.

What presents did the Three Wise Men bring?

gold,

frankincense

and myrrh,

I am sure Mary and Joseph would have said thank you.

 

And now it is time for us to say Thank You to God

God our Father I come to say, thank you for your love today.

Thank you for my family and all the friends you give to me.

Guard me in the dark of night

and in the morning, please send your light.

Amen.

‘Away in a Manger’

Thank you, dear Jesus, thank you

for coming down from Heaven to save us.

Thank you for Christmas time.

Help us to get ready for

Your coming this year.

Amen

 

So as we get ready for Christmas.

Let’s remember that

it is a special baby’s birthday

and celebrate as we go

 Jingle Bells.

 

A Winter Walk

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in The World Around Us | Posted on November 8, 2014

We went on a Winter walk.

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This is a slideshow of what we saw:

If you have difficulty seeing the slideshow, 

click on this link instead :)

Maths: We are learning about symmetry

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Maths: Symmetry | Posted on November 8, 2014

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We are learning about symmetry.

First we made designs with unifix cubes.

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Then we finished symmetrical designs on paper.

If you can’t see the slideshow above,

click on this link instead.

 

Making name aliens is another interesting way

to learn about symmetry.

You can see how here. 

It is fun.

Writing Prompt: ‘I have a little shadow’ by Robert Louis Stevenson.

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Poetry, Writing Prompt | Posted on November 8, 2014

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‘I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,

And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.

He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;

And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

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The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow

Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;

For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball,

And he sometimes gets so little that there’s none of him at all.

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He hasn’t got a notion of how children ought to play,

And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.

He stays so close beside me, he’s a coward you can see;

I’d think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!

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One morning, very early, before the sun was up,

I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;

But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,

Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.’

 

If this slideshow won’t play,

click on this link instead.

Day 3 Free play: A new student using Code.org

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Coding: Scratch | Posted on November 6, 2014

Today was Senan’s third day using Code.org.

During free play this is what he created.

He admired some work that older students had done

yesterday and replicated the code today.

He changed the width of the line to make it different.

Bruno is learning about how World War 2 began.

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in SESE, WW2 | Posted on November 5, 2014

Bruno created two Voki avatars to explain

how World War 2 started

and how people prepared for the war.

This is what happened in Ireland:

Alex is learning about what life was like for children from London during World War 2

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in SESE, WW2 | Posted on November 5, 2014

Alex is learning about World War 2.

He created some Voki avatars

to tell the story of what it was like

to be a child during World War 2.

 

First he describes what life was like

for a boy living in London.

The war meant big changes in this boy’s life.

November…

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Language Development - Oral, Poetry, The Seasons, Writing Prompt | Posted on November 3, 2014

Dull November brings the blast,

Then the leaves are whirling fast.


Photo Credit: Micky** via Compfight

from ‘The Garden Year’ by Sarah Coleridge

EAL; Halloween Fun: ‘We made masks out of brown paper bags’.

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Halloween | Posted on October 22, 2014

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Today Teacher had some very unusual students.

They might look a little scary, but luckily they were very friendly.

Animoto has a great Halloween template for making slideshows.

They have a selection of Halloween songs too.

We hope you like this one!

We learned a lot of songs and poems about Halloween.

Click here to see them. They are A LOT OF FUN :D

Online Games to practise: The Order of the Letters of the Alphabet

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Alphabet | Posted on October 19, 2014

Dorothy Whidden alphabet illustration
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Learning Planet’s ‘ABC Order’.

‘Alphabet Games’ from Play Kids Games.com

#codeweekEU Making Progress with Code.org

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Coding, Coding: Scratch | Posted on October 16, 2014

In the past few weeks we have been working our way through

Code.org ‘s Courses for Elementary Students. 

We are doing Course Two.

As we build on our skills the things

we can do get more and more interesting.

We can find activities that suit our interests.

Bruno enjoys art and Alex prefers creating games.

Click on the screens to see the games and artwork in action.

Then click ‘run’.

And in this game, after ‘run’, click the screen again! 

 

UPDATE: A Local Hero, Simon Fitzmaurice

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in A Local Hero, Our Town | Posted on October 15, 2014

My Name is Emily

Simon is a Dad in our school.

He wrote a wonderful script

for our Christmas pageant.

 

Five years ago Simon started

to write a movie.

It is called ‘My Name is Emily’.

 

He began writing it with a pen

or typing on a keyboard.

 

Because he has motor neuron disease

he finished it using

a special “eye gaze” computer

that allows him to type

by looking at letters on a screen.

 

In November 2013

we wrote about how he was

fundraising to make a movie.

You can read more

of his inspiring story here.

 

Since then Simon has written

a book called:

‘It’s Not Yet Dark’.

He has been on TV and on

the radio and in the newspapers.

 

He began making his movie

‘My Name is Emily’

in early September, 2014.

He is now more than half way

through shooting it.

 

We are excited because Evanna Lynch, the

wonderful actress, who played Luna Lovegood in the

‘Harry Potter’ movies is playing the part of Emily.

Here in Greystones Simon Fitzmaurice is our Local Hero.

This is the last week of shooting the movie.

We think Simon’s work shows

us that you can do anything

you set your mind to.

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#mathsweek – Useful online Maths Activities: 2nd to Seniors approximately.

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Maths | Posted on October 15, 2014

Scroll down this link to see the Maths Websites we use in class

to supplement our learning.

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Photo Credit: marcello via Compfight

Prayer Service : All Souls

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Prayer Service | Posted on October 14, 2014

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Good morning & welcome to the school hall on this special day

when we remember the people we love who have gone home to God.

 

Sign of the Cross x3

(God came down…In the name of the Father… As Gaeilge)

 

Candle Prayer; ‘Chase away the darkness.

Fill the world with light,

be a little candle flame and shine out bright’.

First song: This little light of mine.

 

Why do we light a candle?

To remind us that God our Father in Heaven is always with us.

Song; If I go climbing/rowing/swimming/ driving/ flying/ sleeping

 

Now it is time to say GOOD MORNING

to God our Father in Heaven

and to remember how much he loves us.

 

Father in Heaven, you love me…

I’ll try to please you Father. That is not always easy.

But if we do make mistakes and are sorry in our hearts,

then God our Father in Heaven will always forgive us.

 

So let’s say SORRY to God

O my God I thank you for loving me.

I am sorry for all my sins,

for not loving others and not loving you.

Help me to live like Jesus and not sin again. Amen

 

And now it is time to say THANKS to God

God our Father I come to say,

thank you for your love today.

Thank you for my family and all the friends you give to me.

Guard me in the dark of night and in the morning,

please send your light. Amen.

 

What day is it? Month?

Next month: November is the month of the holy souls

and we believe that just as Jesus died and rose again

to share new life with God Our Father in Heaven;

so too are all our loved ones happily living their new life with God

 

Good News! The Bible tells us there will be no more tears in heaven.

Those who have gone to heaven will never be hungry or thirsty

because God is there and he minds them.

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Jesus tells us not to worry.

He says if God looks after the flowers in the fields

and the birds in the trees so well,

surely he will look after us even better.

He says the flowers in the fields don’t worry

so why should we.

Song; The Flowers in the Fields

 

Even though we cannot see the people we love

who are in Heaven,

we remember them.

We have photos to help us remember,

and memorial cards, we light candles.

When my Granny died I planted lots and lots of bulbs

and every spring when they flower I think of her.

Now I need some helpers to help me plant some bulbs.

 

Here is a prayer to say:

God through your goodness

we have these little bulbs to plant.

God we ask you to care for these daffodil bulbs

and help them to grow.

God with the work of our hands

we have planted these bulbs.

Keep these bulbs safe.

Watch over them through the dark of winter,

until the light of Spring shines again Amen

 

Now try this one;

The little bulbs are now fast asleep

safe in the earth they lie

The children have covered them over

and said little brown bulbs goodbye

The bulbs are asleep,

but the sunshine and rain will help them

wake up to new life in spring.

 

Even though we cannot see the people

we love who are in Heaven,

we remember them.

We know they are with us always.

They never go far away.

They are our friends in heaven, there to help us.

We can be happy, remembering that

and remembering them.

So let’s finish with a happy song.

 

Final song: Jesus is my friend

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#MathsWeek: Engaging with a Maths Rich Environment: Angles & Scooter Stunts

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Maths, Real Life Maths | Posted on October 14, 2014

Timing, and a whole lot of Luck
Creative Commons License Photo Credit: Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen via Compfight

5th Class are learning about angles.

We were using protractors

and learning that a right angle is

ninety degrees.

 

Teacher thought there would be

a lot of work to do learning about angles.

But it turned out many of the students

knew a great deal about angles already.

This is because of stunts they can do

on their scooters and skateboards.

 

Cian knows about scooter stunts.

Here is what he said.

‘The ‘ollie’ is important to learn.

 

It needs a lot of practice.

 

1. Place your feet firmly on the deck of the scooter.

 

2. Pull the handle bars up.

 

3. Follow with your feet.

 

4. Bring your feet up to your chest.

 

5. Land smoothly.

 

Try not to put your foot down. It looks cooler that way.

 

The ’180′ or half spin is a  way of turning
without really moving the handle bars.
First you will need to ‘ollie’ high
and then swing your body round 180 degrees,
bringing the scooter round. 

 

The ’360 ‘is a full spin or rotation. It needs a lot of practice.  
It is important to get speed and height when doing this move.’

 

And there’s more. We learned: 

 

‘The 270-degree spin is three quarters of a full rotation.

 

The 540-degree spin is one and a half full rotations.

 

The 720-degree spin is two spins or rotations.

 

The 900-degree spin is two and a half full rotations.

 

The 1080-degree spin is three full rotation.

 

‘All these stunts are just about possible. It’s all about practice.

Try these stunts over and over again.

Balance and skill will come over time so just keep practising.

It will take a while to master each stunt

but keep setting yourself targets and eventually

you will get there.’

 

You can see some simple scooter tricks here.

 

Most importantly Cian says:

‘Be safe. Always wear your helmet, elbow and knee pads’.

#Mathsweek: A Bedtime Story? What about some Bedtime Maths?

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Maths | Posted on October 13, 2014

Bedtime Story
Photo Credit: futurestreet via Compfight

An article about Bedtime Maths

Bedtime Maths – The Website

Food for thought!

It might be worth trying.

#Mathsweek Treat: A Party for Smarties

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Maths, Maths: Computation, Maths: Data, Maths: Estimation, Maths: Fractions, Maths: Shape | Posted on October 10, 2014

A Party for ‘Smarties’

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Smarties by Quimby on Flickr

These parties are great fun,

but students have to work for their reward!

I plan to have mine on Friday at the end of Maths Week

 

You will need a small box of mini ‘smarties’ 

(66kcal per box) for each child in the class. 

I usually buy two multipacks containing 20 boxes approximately.

I time this lesson for just after the children’s own lunchtime.

 

It is important to check if any child is allergic to chocolate.

They can have jellies instead perhaps.

 

Before the children can eat the sweets

they have to do some work.

 

Here are some suggestions:

You might want to use just SOME of them!

The activities chosen will depend on the age of the children.

 

General Observation

Look at the box

Can you find the list of ingredients?

How many ingredients are there?

What are they?

Are you surprised by any of the ingredients?

What do you think red cabbage is used for?

What other ingredients give the colours do you think?

What do you think the beeswax does?

Did you know spirulina is a seaweed?

It gives a blue colour.

There is information on the back of the bag

about other natural colouring used.

 

What percentage of these sweets is milk chocolate?

What percentage is the rest of the ingredients?

Who is the manufacturer of these sweets?

 

Shape

What shape is it? (cuboid)

How many faces has it? (6)

How many edges? (12)

How many corners? (8)

 

Open up the box.

What shapes can you find?

How many rectangles are there?

 

Number

Pour out the contents.

Are the colours of the contents similar to the colours on the box?

How does the size compare?

 

Estimate the number of sweets in your box.

Now count them.

How close was your estimate?

How many sweets does each child have?

Are there the same number in each box?

Why do you think this happens?

 

Who had the most sweets in their box?

Who had the least?

 

Can you work out the average number of sweets in each box?

 

There are approximately 20 boxes of sweets in each minipack.

Can you estimate how many sweets are in a full minipack?

 

With a younger class you can practise

adding and taking away using the sweets.

 

There is also potential for talking about

- tens and units

- and sharing/division.

 

Data

Count the different colours.

How many colours are there?

How many yellow sweets have you in your box.

How many red? pink? orange? green? purple etc.

Lay them out like a pictogram.

Smarties Graph #3
Smarties Graph #3 by Sneeu on Flickr

Which is the most common colour in each child’s box?

Which is the most common colour in all the boxes?

 

The children can create patterns

and pictures with the contents of their box.

 

And that’s not all!

Probability

A Lesson on Probability from ehow.com

 

Fractions

Fractions on primaryresources.co

 

Language

If your class can resist eating the sweets

for this length of time you can talk about

- the five senses:

sight,

taste,

touch,

sound (of the sweets rattling in the box)

and smell (there isn’t one.. initially at any rate!)

 

- Words to describe the

sensation of the sweets dissolving

or crunching in the mouth.

texture

taste

 

Sometimes too there are jokes or riddles

on the back of the box.

 

Music Potential for work on ‘composition’

using voice and sweets in their box

as a percussion instrument.

 

Science

You could also talk about

the journey the sweets will make

through the digestive system.

and the job saliva does in the digestion process

How long can you make a sweet last in your mouth?

 

Mindful of healthy eating concerns

I restrict giving out sweets to twice in the year:

 

Maths Week when the class earn a ‘Party for ‘Smarties”

as ‘Golden Time’ for hard work and good behaviour.

 

We will also have a pirate themed treasure hunt

in the Summer term where the ‘treasure’ will be edible.

‘All you need is love,

but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt’.

Charles M. Schulz

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