Today the 3rd classes enjoyed a visit from Tom (with his dog Gatsby) and Andy (wiht his dog Nico). Both Tom and Andy are blind. Their lovely dogs are guide dogs.
Tom and Andy told us about how they manage everyday tasks like cooking, getting around and telling the time.
Tom showed us a book in Braille and an old Braille watch. He uses a talking watch or an app on his phonenow. He also showed us Braille playing cards.
Tom and Andy explained how guide dogs are trained from the time that they are just puppies.
Tom explained that it is very important not to disturb a working guide dog – they are working if they have their harness on.
He said it was very important never to block footpaths and said it’s a good idea to offer help to a blind person at pedestrian crossings.
We got the chance to ask them both loads of questions and we learned a lot from them. Tom has been to Goodison park to watch a football match and has travelled a lot. Both Tom and Andy agree that their dogs are very important to them.
Andy surprised us all with a song when their presentation was over. He sang the Beatles song, Blackbird. He is a finalist in Balbriggan’s Got Talent on Sunday night! We wish him all the very best!
This week we were very lucky to receive a visit from Nicola Pierce author of Spirit of the Titanic.
Nicole showed us lots of pictures of the Titanic and told us different stories about passengers who were on the Titanic. The Titanic hit an ice berg and sank on her maiden voyage. Nicola inspired us to draw our own pictures of the amazing ship.
This morning we listened to “First you make your fingers click”. In the music you only use your hands and feet to make the music. We then worked in groups and made our own compositions. We are now composers. Click and have a listen !
On Wednesday we started learning about bridges. On Thursday we got a chance to design and make our own bridges. Bridges let you cross from one place to another. Bridges cross over water , busy roads, rivers , steams , train tracks and valleys. There are lots of different types of bridges including
An arch bridge
A rope bridge
A beam bridge
A cable bridge
Some famous bridges from around the world are London Bridge, Sydney Harbour bridge, The Golden Gate Bridge , The Mary McAleese Bridge and the Ha’Penny Bridge.
We have been working very hard preparing for our summer tests. Today we took a small break and made some Horrid Henry jigsaws! Aaron and Dylan have there’s finished! Ethan , Erinn , Adam and Tori are still working away. Their jigsaws have 250 pieces!
This morning we played a game called BananaGrams. If you are wondering what BananaGrams is , its a game where you make words out of tiles. The First team to use up all their words are the winners and they shout BANANAS! .
We worked in groups and made words using vowel digraphs.
Our Opinion it is a fun game to play however when you run out of vowels it gets very tricky!!!
Our class is taking part in the Sow and Grow project. All our materials arrived before our Easter Holidays. We planted our cress seeds yesterday. We put them on a windowsill hopefully they will get lots of sunlight. Today we are going to fill in our grow diaries. Next week we will plant courgette seeds and then pumpkin seeds. We can’t wait to plant the pumpkin seeds. We also have tomato plants growing in our classroom.
This morning Ronan brought teacher in some fresh eggs that his chickens laid! Ronan has four chickens he calls them greeny , yellowey, orangey and reddy – He got on them on the 14th of january. Ronans dad made them a little house but they are allowed run around the garden during the day. They lay a couple of eggs a day. Fresh eggs are lovely!