Mrs. Thompson and Mrs. Naughton
Hi everyone! We are P4B at Holy Child Primary School.
Welcome to our class page. We have had a very busy start to the year and are greatly enjoying our theme, Time to Move. We will be visiting Castle Espie on November 9th where we will be learning about migration. Did you know that Brent geese fly from Canada to Strangford Lough every Autumn? Keep an eye out for photos of our trip! We have been learning, too, about how our bodies move and how to stay clean and healthy. We recommend reading Dirty Bertie. He is a funny, scruffy little boy who likes nothing better than playing with worms or digging in trash. We gave him a makeover and even made our own shampoo! This week we will be making our own toothpaste, so watch this space to see how that turns out!
We examined foods from home to see which ones contained the most sugar. We discovered that the best drink of all was water and the worst foods were chocolate spreads and honey.
We found out that vinegar, coke and chocolate spread caused the most decay to our eggshells. They changed colour, became softer and even started to dissolve. It just shows you that you must look after your teeth. After all you don' t want to end up with false ones, do you?
Check out our home-made toothpaste!
Check out our Halloween fun day!
What a busy start to Term Two! We are so busy finding out about The Animal Kingdom right now. Our research skills and powers of observation are being put to the test. Take a look at the activity below. We had to sort our animal toys according to things that they had in common e.g. what they looked like, where they were from, what they liked to eat, that sort of thing. (This is called classifying.) Then our classmates had to guess the category we had put them in. Check out our pictures below.
What do you think? Would you have grouped the animals the same way? Maybe you could think of some categories of your own!
Next week a lady from Belfast Zoo will be coming in to show us some creatures up close. So keep an eye on our class page for news of that.
Pinto is an African Pygmy hedgehog. She lives in a desert habitat. She is nocturnal. Her diet is mainly worms and insects. At the zoo they give her cat food too. She, like all hedgehogs, is lactose intolerant and should never be given milk. Foxes and badgers prey on her.
Freddy, the White tree frog, was named after Dr. White who discovered the species. It is actually brown in colour and its skin is moist. It has suction pads on its legs and toes so that it can grip well. It lives on huge leaves in the canopy of a rainforest and never needs to go near water because when it rains the leaves hold the water like a puddle. This frog can change colour to green to camouflage and protect itself.
Samantha the snake is a Royal African python. She is 20 years old. She has no ears so she can't hear and her eyesight is very poor. She uses her tongue to find food. At the zoo she is fed one white mouse every Friday. Her skin is dry, scaly and patterned so that she can camouflage herself. When she lays her eggs she buries them underground to protect them from predators. Once every 6 months she sheds her skin.
Rosie the tarantula is an invertebrate which means that she has no backbone. She is not an insect because insects have 6 legs. She is an arachnid. She has 8 legs. She has tiny hairs all over her body to warn off predators. We were surprised to know that her main predators are wasps and people. In Venezuela spiders are eaten covered in chocolate or caramel! Although Rosie produces silk she does not weave a web. She is not poisonous.
Sticky the stick insect is another invertebrate. He can change from green to brown so that he can hide on leaves and branches. Spiders and birds prey on him. He has red markings on his front legs and so when he is in danger he tucks them in under his body. He sort of dances as he moves, like a leaf in the breeze.
Speedy is a Giant African Land Snail. He eats constantly! Cucumber, apple, carrot, lettuce and tomatoes are some of his favourite foods. His eyes are on tentacles. He is called Speedy, not because of the way he moves, but because if you touch him between the eyes he curls up his tentacles.
We have begun our new topic which is called Myths and Transformations. It takes us back to Ancient Greece and a time when gods and goddesses ruled the Earth using their powers to punish and reward humans. Our first story, Theseus and the Minotaur, tells the tale of a brave prince who killed a beast at the heart of a labyrinth and set his people free from its terror. But unfortunately he did not treat a young princess very fairly and he ended up paying a heavy price. Today we decided to recreate the labyrinth at the centre of the story so we went outside into the sunshine. and had some construction fun. Take a look below.
Today we travelled back in time to 1945. We were World War II evacuees, sent from Belfast to Springhill, a safe place in the countryside. What an adventure we had! We met land girls, made identity cards, hid from air raids, learned about rationing, how to make do and mend and we even got to hunt for a double agent! Is it any wonder that Mrs. Thompson dozed off on the bus on the way home! Our thanks to Springhill for such a fabulous, fun day. Check out our pictures below.
During World War II thousands of gas masks were given out to keep people safe. You had to take them everywhere and at school your teacher would have taught you how to put them on and take them off. To encourage young children to wear them there was a Mickey Mouse gas mask. It was red in colour. Babies had a special protective helmet that covered their entire body and adult masks were black and made of rubber. Thankfully they were never needed.
With the help of Mrs. Naughton we had a go at making our own. I wonder if you can tell who we are.