Monday, May 23, 2011

Skip Hop

skipping comes back to scoil Chaitríona

Skip hop in Scoil Chaitríona Junior

Skip hop came to our school. We learned lots of new tricks including double dutch, backwards, crossing arms, jumping, skipping with partners, using the long rope and many more. We had a fantastic time!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Videos (animoto) for our Healthy Living project

Our Healthy Living project, very kindly sponsored by Medtronic Foundation
Week 1, Planting our school garden under the advice and help of Kay Synott, April 13th, 2010.Week 2, More planting and watering with Kay. Some of our seeds are coming up. Fantastic presentation from Brendan Smith all about healthy living.
Week 3, Making a human Food PyramidWeek 3, Food Art
Week 4, Tasting fruits and vegetables
Week 4, Printing faces with fruits and vegetablesWeek 5, Gardening and watching our plants grow
Week 6, Gardening
Week 6, Creatures in our class

Week 6, Wishing tree and more food art

Week 7, Mini beast hunt

Week 8 Sheep's heart dissection

Videos (photostory 3) for our Healthy Living project

Videos: Planting our school garden
Thanks to Medtronic Foundation for their generous sponsorship of this project!
Week One, April 13th, 2010

Week Two, April 20th, 2010

Week Three, April 28th, 2010 Human food pyramid

Week Three, April 28th, 2010 Food art

Week Four, May 5th, 2010 Tasting fruit and vegetables, printing with food

Week Five, May 11th, 2010 Gardening & watching our plants grow

Week 6, May 18th, 2010 Gardening

Week 6, May 18th, 2010 Little creatures in our garden

Week 6, May 18th & 19th, 2010 Wishing tree and other food art

Week 7, May 24th, 2010 Mini Beast Hunt

Week 8, May 31st, 2010 Sheep's heart dissection

Planting a school garden, Week 1

Scoil Chaitríona Junior are thrilled to be included in this year's Medtronic Healthy Living project. Thanks to the Medtronic Foundation in Galway, we are being funded, advised on and helped with the building and planting of our own school garden. The work began in earnest today with our first planting session.

Kay Synott has come to be our advisor. She had a meeting with Brendan Smith (who will help us learn about foods that are good for us, and how to keep ourselves and our hearts healthy) and our teacher. They have chosen a good spot for our garden - in the front of the school, in a lovely sunny spot.

When Kay arrived today she had a chat with our class and Mrs. Newell's class about which fruits and vegetables we should plant and why? We decided not to plant bananas or oranges since they don't grow well in Ireland! We can't plant crisps or chips but if we plant potatoes we hope we can make our own crisps and/or chips.

We helped Kay prepare the raised boxes. We did the smoothing of the compost, making seed drills, planting the seeds, writing the labels, fetching water from the water butt, and watering the seeds. All the while we talked about what seeds need to grow (air, warmth and water), what is counted as a weed (any plant that is growing where it shouldn't be) and how to look after the seeds we planted. We know we should eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day. We can't wait to try tasting the ones we planted.

Today we planted potatoes, sunflowers, onions, scallions, carrots and nasturtiums. Next Tuesday we will plant strawberries, spinach and peas. We just love gardening. Thanks Kay and Medtronic!!