Red class students are enjoying the last days of winter and we look forward to the spring and all that comes with it. We have been working with our visiting art therapist creating winter landscapes using a variety of materials. We have been preparing for Holy communion, experimenting with a variety of musical instruments and working with Sligo Sports and Recreation partnership to ensure that we keep fit and healthy. Its been a busy term!
Pink class Level 1 Junior Cycle students focued on creating sentences in Communication, Language and Literacy this term.
They have been using Colourful Semantics to help structure their sentences. Each student looks at a given photo and chooses
who – doing – what
All students are doing fab work in this are and have progressed well over the past term.
Here are some photos of our progress 🙂
As part of Junior Cycle L2 Communication and Literacy, Pink class L2LP students presented their very own presentations using PowerPoint this term. Each student chose what the subject of their presentation would be. We had presentations about Pizza, Donncha OCallaghan and Basketball.
With help they used the internet to find information and make simple sentences from the information gathered. Students then independently typed the sentences onto PowerPoint slides. They each received help animating their slides – all students loved using the animations!
After practicing giving the presentation and using the clicker for 2 weeks – they were ready to present to purple and yellow class.
All students were fantastic, speaking clearly and making eye contact with their audience. They are already planning what topic to do next!
We have been learning all about food in Green class. We have visited places around Sligo to taste and smell new foods. We have been listening to stories about food, using various food for sensory and messy play and we have been making some fantastic food inspired artwork.
We have been very busy exploring a variety of foods in Orange class. Some of us have been eating, tasting, smelling and feeling some foods we have not tried before. We are participating in food dudes and we are all very surprised at how much we are enjoying the different types of fruits and vegetables.We have been using food in our sensory work and even used it for some art. We have visited some shops and looked and felt some healthy and unhealthy foods and made healthy breakfast foods in cookery!
Lately we have been very adventurous at tasting, touching, licking and smelling new foods. We are participating in the “food dudes” programme and are enjoying exploring all different fruit and vegetables. Some of us are matching the letters or even writing the names. We have been working hard on the concept of hot and cold and enjoyed some COLD ice cream and HOT custard. We were very surprised when the ice cream started to melt. We all celebrated Lauren’s birthday this term and did very well singing and signing HAPPY BIRTHDAY.
Navy class have begun our short course for level 2 of the junior cycle this term. We have adopted a dog called Pixie. We have learnt to care for her, walk her and made healthy treats for when she came to visit us in class. We have also taken her to the park for a walk and taken her to the vet to make sure she is healthy. We had a great time interviewing the vet and learning how to care for Pixie.
St. Cecilia’s School have undertaken a new project based upon an initiative developed by Joyce Epstein. The ATP is a collaboration by the National Parents Council and the IPPN, with the main objective of better outcomes for students, achieved through community working together on agreed activities. We have put together a small committee of teachers, parents and community representatives who have an interest in our school and examined developments and improvements that we can make together.
Our joint parent/staff initiative to produce an audio book for Christmas was a great success, with it getting in excess of 100 views so far on YouTube – we might consider another for World Book Day in March if we get the interest?
Our targets this term include getting our healthy eating programme up and running. We will be starting “Food Dudes” after our mid term break and senior students have designed posters to encourage all to bring a healthy snack on “Fruity Fridays”. The staff and the ATP committee are joining in too.
We have begun to develop our gym to be more functional and are looking for any ideas anyone would like to contribute. Look out for another update next month!
In the run up to Christmas and holidays we have had a wonderful Music Therapy session with William. They all enjoyed some beautiful Christmas songs on the harp and gave it a go themselves.
We went to see the Crib in the Cathedral and lit a family for all our families and friends followed by a Winter walk in the Peace park.
Wishing you all a most joyful Christmas this year.
This term we have been very busy in Orange class. We have been working hard on our primary objectives and one of our pupils is working on a pilot programme for level 1 junior cycle. We have been working hard on listening to a variety of sounds and the locations they are coming from, we have also worked on light and are now working on pushing and pulling in science. We are in full swing working on our Christmas play and even went to see a play (Rudolph) in the Clayton Hotel which we all had a ball at!
It’s that time of year, with the Winter sun promising to break through the clouds, Yellow Class headed off to “Mammy Johnsons” in Strandhill for a well earned ice cream. even in the middle of Winter, a frozen snack was the treat of choice, and I must admit, it was lovely! A treat for a class that have worked very hard all term.
We have had the opportunity to work with the artist Kiera O’Tool again. And what fun we have had making art with oil pastels. We have had the opportunity to work on individual pieces of art aswell as working together to create a large collaborative art piece. Now we just need to find a wall big enough to display our AMAZING work …