In Seomra Dearg we have been reading the story Handa’s Hen this week and really enjoyed learning about Africa. From the different animals that live there, to the clothes they wear, to the food that they eat.
Handa and her friend Akeyo lost their hen, Mondi, and on their journey to find her, come across lots of different animals. We sequenced these animals into the right order on our time-line.
From butterflies to bullfrogs, starlings to spoonbills, we have learned lots of new animals. We drew maps of Handa and Akeyo’s journey to find Mondi.
We also learned all about animals that live on the plains of Africa that you might meet on safari. We all argued over what our favourite animal was but agreed that we would all LOVE to go on Safari to see them.
We talked about the different types of homes that we had in Ireland, with lots of detached, semi-detached, apartments, bungalows and caravans to be seen. We then discussed different types of house around the world including igloos, tepees, wooden chalets and mud houses (with some that even use cow dung to cover the outside……but not many of us wanted to live in one of those houses!)
In Art we looked at the different types of clothes that you might find in Africa. They love to wear bright and colourful clothes with lots of prints and tribal designs. We then got a chance to design our own colourful African clothes ourselves.
In Science, we got to use magnets. We explored around our classroom and discovered what magnets are attracted to and what they are not attracted to. They stuck to all the metal things in our room, except the sink for some reason?! We learned that magnets have a North pole and a South pole. Opposite poles attract and identical poles repel.
In PE we are becoming very skilful with a football. We have been practising kicking, passing, dribbling and catching a football. We have practised hand-passing to each other, but this was a bit tricky. We even had a penalty competition to score a goal on Mr. Murray…….let’s just say Stephen Cluxton shouldn’t be too worried about his place!!!