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They may not have been at school but Senior Infants were certainly very busy during lockdown! Sophie got a lovely new puppy, Emma was on TV, lots of families got involved with our virtual sports day and Maisie even received a letter from An Taoiseach! There's been lots of lovely baking, trips to the bog, long walks, cycles, fishing, birthdays, art, learning new skills at home, science experiments, fun in the sunshine and some school work thrown in too!
We may have had a shorter year together than any of us expected but we still managed to pack a lot into those few months! We were fascinated by the giant vegetables from Grandad McWalter's garden in September. We had lots of fun outside in the sunshine. We worked really well together in our groups for Ready, Set, Go Maths and Literacy Lift Off. The highlight for December was of course our Christmas play and not forgetting our trip to Gurrane to see Santa and all the animals. In January we began gymnastics lessons and learned lots of new skills. We had great fun during Aistear this year too and really enjoyed playing and working together in our groups!
On Easter Monday, four of our butterflies were released from the net. The oldest was about 5 days old by then and it was important to release them before they began to lay eggs. I had heard that the butterflies often land on little hands and faces before they fly away so I asked my niece to help me to see if this was true.
The butterflies all landed on her hand before flying away so this story does seem to be true! The last butterfly didn't seem ready to go just yet, he was having a little trouble trying to fly away so we kept him for an extra day and released him on Tuesday. Interestingly, when he was taken out of the net, he flew off in the same direction as the ones released yesterday.
Our Painted Lady butterflies can be found on every continent except for Australia and Antarctica. They are very clever and can live in a variety of different environments. After being released, they can often be seen in the area for a few days afterwards so I'll keep an eye out for them. It's a pity we didn't get to finish this as a class but hopefully you all enjoy the photos!
Our caterpillars have finally emerged from their chrysalides. We have 5 lovely Painted Lady butterflies. The first one broke out of its chrysalis on Thursday and by Saturday afternoon all five were fluttering around the net. They need to be fed everyday. They eat nectar like bees so they like wild flowers and the juice from some fruits. I've given them apples and oranges but they seem to prefer the oranges. In a few days when their wings are good and strong, they will be released from the net to go and lay eggs and start the life cycle all over again.
Our caterpillars have been getting bigger by the day! They have eaten plenty and they have become very active. They are very big now and have eaten most of their food. They are furry and now have some white markings. If you look at the last picture you can see one has made his way up to the lid of the jar so we should have a chrysalis soon!
CeLebrating cathOlic schools week
To celebrate Catholic Schools Week, we had a prayer service today. The theme for Catholics Schools Week was 'Living in Harmony with the Earth'. All the children in the school were involved, bringing up candles and pictures and singing lovely hymns. A big thank you to Fr. Fergal for coming into school to lead our prayer service. The children made St. Brigid’s crosses this week and Fr. Fergal blessed them during the service. Well done to all the children and teachers involved in planning our service.
As part of our Active Flag initiative we are participating in another calendar event called 'The 12 Days of Fitness'.
Click on the link below to watch a video demonstrating the activity. Keep an eye on the Active School tab on the website for some photos!
This year Dunmore Nation School has committed to take part in the Active School Initiative. This is a Department of Education and Skills initiative supported by Healthy Ireland which aims to get more schools, more active, more often. It it awarded to schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physical active school community.
Keep an eye on the Active School tab on the website to keep up to date on the events we are participating in.
Senior Infants had great fun and learned all about Space during Space Week. We made rockets at our Junk Art station during Aistear. We had lots of astronauts blasting off to space in our role play area. We learned about famous astronauts Neil Armstrong and Chris Hadfield and discovered what it's like to live on the International Space Station. We also made our own rockets and predicted how far they would travel.