Tag Archives: English

Debate Meet

The children in Ms Mullen’s fourth class spent weeks learning about persuasive writing in March. They practiced their skills in oral and written debates in class. The highlight was a debate meet with Balrothery N.S, which took place on the afternoon of Wed. 21st March.

The standard from both schools was very high and the audience was treated to two fantastic and lively debates. Here is a picture of all members of the debate teams from both schools. Well done everyone!

Plastic Straws

We have been learning about the Global Goals for Sustainable Develpment. These are a set of 17 goals agreed by the United Nations (UN).

These goals aim to to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change. We are taking part in the Our World Irish Aid Awards. This competiton aims to raise awareness of the goals. 

We took part in a Skype lesson to learn more about the global goals. We learned about a town in Scotland where they successfully banned the use of plastic straws.

We  also took part in a Skype lesson about the damage that is being done to the Coral Reefs by pollution.

Inspired by these lessons, we have decided to try and end the use of plastic straws. We have written to over 30 businesses in Balbriggan to ask them to stop selling or serving plastic straws.

We also wrote to Fingal County Council and Balbriggan Tidy Towns.

You can support us by not using single use plastic straws! You can see some pictures by clicking here.

Visit from Peter Gunning- Author of Reaching the Heights

Last Wednesday, Peter Gunning visited the school to speak to the 6th class students. Peter is the author of the novel Reaching the Heights, a novel which all of the 6th classes have enjoyed reading this year. Peter Gunning spoke to the children about the writing process, the inspiration for his characters and his thoughts about Reaching the Heights and the other novels he has written (including Stanley!).

Peter also read an extract from the book and used a wonderful Cork accent to add to his dramatic reading! The children asked some very insightful questions and really enjoyed the visit. Thanks to Ms. Murphy for contact Peter to organise the talk.

 

New Books

Santa has arrived early to Fourth Classes. Following our very successful Book Fair before Halloween, we received lots of new shiny books this week. Each 4th class has added this selection to their existing class libraries. Happy Reading!
Thanks to all parents who supported the book fair and our school libraries. Ms Hegarty

Puffin Live – The Illustrators Take Over

On Friday, we joined a Puffin Virtually Live presentation.  We were able to draw along with Adam Hargreaves – son of Roger Hargreaves, who continues his father’s popular Mr. Men and Little Miss series of children’s books, and this year has illustrated the Dr Men Series.

We created comic book characters with Jeff Kinney, author and illustrator of Diary of Wimpy Kid.

We were inspired to create our own superhero by Ali-A, who’s been inspired by his new graphic novel Game On1!, illustrated by Alek Sotirovski.

We heard the author of Wonder,  R. J. Palacio, talking about using technology to create illustrations.

One of the best sections was looking at the wonderful illustrations in Malala’s inspiring new picture book, Malala’s Magic Pencil illustrated by Kerascoët. We have read this book in class and we love it. 

Skype Call with Night Zookeeper

We had a great story telling Skype call today with Olivia from the Night Zoo. 

She got us to use our imagination, she told us it was our super power! We imagined lots of new animals for the Night Zoo. 

Olivia then read us a story….but we have to find out what happens by reading the rest of the story on Night Zookeeper.com

We really enjoyed the call and Olivia answered lots of questions for us, and listened to lots of our stories!

Spooky Stories

This week’s story has to contain these words …as the door slammed I knew…You can read all of our stories on our class blog.

by Ben F

One Halloween I was out trick or treating with my friends. I was dressed up as a ghost, Haylie was dressed up as a ‘cereal’ killer and my other friend Dylan was dressed up as a zombie. We where having lots of fun calling from house to house, until we took a short cut down the dark alley way to the spooky house. We went into the garden and walked up to the door. The door was left slightly open so we pushed the door gently and called out ‘trick or treat’. There was no answer, so we quietly crept inside to have a look around. As the door slammed I knew we were in danger. Next we heard a loud laugh, we turned around and standing there were our parents, they had tricked us!

By Sophie

When the door slammed I knew it wasn’t just my imagination! I’d felt something creepy around my bedroom for some time now. Nicol had come for a play-date, we were colouring pictures when suddenly my crayon started moving on its own on the page. Eeek! we both froze and coldness came upon us.
Omg what was that, we looked at each other with scared faces then ran downstairs to tell my Mam. Mam said ‘don’t be silly girls, ghosts are not real’. We had dinner feeling reassured. Then we went back upstairs to find the whole room was covered in Halloween pictures!! Spoooky !!

100 Word Challenge

This week’s prompt is to include these words in our stories;

…so, what lies ahead of…

You can read our stories on our class blog by clicking on the link: https://msbrennocksclass.100wc.net/

This is Sophie’s story

Once upon a time there were four kids who went on a trip to the jungle. There was a hunter there too, he was mean and wanted to kill the animals!
The children were on a mission to stop him. One night whilst the hunter was sleeping in the forest they tied him to a tree with a long rope.
When he woke he was shocked and surrounded by the animals he had been trying to kill.
He begged for forgiveness so the animals nibbled the ropes & set him free. The hunter was afraid, so what lies ahead of him. The children had won.

 

Team teaching in English

We have been busy working with our teacher and Ms O’Brien in our English groups. We have completed lots of activities to help us with our phonics, handwriting and vocabulary. We have read lots of examples of narrative writing and written our own stories. We are able to predict, visualise and make connections when we are reading. We played some phonics games today to help us revise what we have learned so far.