Blasket have been really enjoying attending Karate classes every Thursday with Sensei Mary Marcus. We walk down to the Redeemer resource centre and put on our karate suits.
We have been learning how to make a fist correctly and listen to instructions. Students take turns to hold the pad while their classmate practices their punch / Tzuki techniques.
One of our favourite activities is ‘chasing the light’ – which develops reflexes, turn taking and speed.
Sensei Mary holds special classes each Tuesday evening at the Redeemer centre if students would like to continue with Karate after our six week trial.
Last week, we made up a shopping list and walked to Dunnes to buy pancake mix and other ingredients. We checked our list and ticked off ingredients as we found them in the shop. We went to the checkout, talked/signed to the checkout person, exchanged money and packed our bag.
At first we practiced making pancakes with the ready made mix then made them from scratch.
To begin we located all the equipment we would need to make pancakes.
We sieved flour, measured and poured milk, cracked eggs, and mixed together.
Under careful supervision we poured the mix onto a frying pan, watched the mix bubble up and then flipped them over.
The best bit was spreading the chocolate spread onto the pancakes, rolling them up and eating them.
Everyone took a pancake home.
Blasket have been looking after /encouraging wild birds in our schools Biodiversity garden. We regularly check and then refill the seed nets hanging from a tree.
We take turns, measure and pour bird seed and peanuts.
If you look really carefully at the last few photos you will see some of the lovely little birds we have attracted to our garden.
In preparation for St Brigid’s day, Blasket worked with rushes to make a St Brigid's cross.
Teacher brought in rushes from home and told us stories about St. Brigid and how she helped spread the word of Jesus to the people of Ireland. Teacher demonstrated how to make a cross and then helped students to work together to make a cross.
We also visited St. Brigid’s shrine at Faughart. We took note of all the different symbols and stones we saw – checking them off our lists.
We also noticed a beautiful ‘sign of spring’ – a bunch of snowdrops.
Today we had a great trip bowling. A group of students from Blasket, Rathlin and Inisbofin all travelled to Mullingar. We met up with lots of other schools – St. Ita’s, St. Ultan’s and St. Brigid’s Mullingar, we were made feel very welcome.
All the students interacted well and sat with students from different schools. We practiced introducing ourselves, saying hello and shaking hands. We were all so well behaved and waited our turn to bowl.
A big thank you to Errol, our bus man, for driving us.
This week we have been talking about the birds we see in our gardens at home and also in our school biodiversity garden. We watched videos of birds searching for food. We decided to help the birds in our school garden – we found the empty feed nets outside. Back in the warm classroom we refilled the nets with peanuts and hung them back outside.
For Home Economics and to practice our ‘life skills’, we made mini quiches.
We made a shopping list and walked to Dunnes – practicing crossing the road safely. We followed shop signs and used our shopping lists to find the ingredients we needed – ham, cheese and eggs. We waited our turn at the till, exchanged money for our ingredients, waited for the receipt and change.
At Home economics we found the equipment we needed – grater, bowl, muffin tray, whisk and jug. Students all helped with making the mini quiches.
Students prepared the ingredients – cracking eggs into a jug and beating then grating the cheese into a bowl.
Students lined the muffin tray with slices of ham (counting as we worked). Carefully students poured in small amounts of the egg mix and sprinkled with cheese. Once cooked in the oven and cooled a bit students tasted the quiches and took some home to their families.
Last week we headed to Slieve Gullion to walk in the winter woods.
It was a bit muddy but we had a lovely time and enjoyed all the different activities.
We had great fun making little people out of the Gords that were grown in Horticulture.
We stood them in pots and painted them bright colours. We used recycled socks to make hats and scarves. We added on eyes and noses, we think they look very cute.
In woodwork we have been busy making spice racks as Christmas presents for home.
Firstly we sanded down the rough edges, then we carefully painted each section.
The hardest bit was assembling all the pieces together - we think we did a great job.
We went to the shop and bought some spice to put in each rack.