This month we learned about the artist Georges Seurat who created pointillism. Pointillism is a type of painting that is done by using dots of colour instead of brush strokes. These little dots then come together to form pictures. When you are far away from the picture you might not see the dots, but as you get closer you see the dots more clearly. We took inspiration from him to create Christmas trees.
Pointers on Pointillism:
- First take an A4 page, some paint and some cotton buds (in America they call them Q-tips)
- Then, sketch a drawing using a pencil – it should be a simple drawing.
- Next, dip your cotton bud into your paint.
- Then, dot your paint onto your drawing. Build up colour in different areas.
- Finally, your picture will be complete.
Last week in Room 13 we looked at fractions. We had different stations during our maths lessons and at each station we had challenges to complete. Our favourite item to make fractions from were pizza’s!
Over the past weeks, Room 13 have been learning about different traditions and legends associated with Christmas around the world. We’ve looked at how different countries and different faiths celebrate Christmas. One tradition we learned about, which originated in Germany, was Christingle.
Here’s what we learned about what the different parts of Christingle represent:
- The orange is round like the world.
- The candle symbolises the light of God.
- The red ribbon goes all around the ‘world’ and is a symbol of Jesus’ love.
- The four sticks point in all directions and symbolise North, South, East and West – they also represent the four seasons.
- The sweets represent the creatures, animals and creations here on earth.
Room 13 went to Santa’s Grotto today to show off the Christmas Crowns they worked so hard on!
We all had such fun and got to ask Santa some interesting questions! Thank you to the St. Louis PA for organising it.
4th Class in Room 13 had a wonderful time learning about Ireland and Dublin in 1911 with author, Sarah Webb. Sarah quizzed us on what life was like for children in 1911 and then read an extract from her beautiful book “The Little Bee Charmer of Henrietta Street” for us. We really liked how this story is based in Rathmines and around the city. Thank you to Rathmines Library for organising this for us!
Twitter – Sarah Webb @sarahwebbishere@dubcilib Rathmines Library
4th Class in Room 13 eggs-plored the concept of density this week.
We lowered a raw egg into a beaker of water and watched it sink to the bottom. We then used measuring spoons and added salt to make a water and salt solution.
Eggs-traordinarily, the egg floated up from the bottom as if it became lighter!
Care for the eggs-planation? An egg is denser than tap water so will not float. The addition of salt to the water meant that the water became denser than the egg and could float.
Some people in our class also noticed that the salt water stung if we had any cuts or scrapes on our fingers. We discussed how we sometimes use a saline solution to clean cuts or scrapes through a process called osmosis!
This week in Maths we learned about lines and angles. We used our maths eyes to find examples of parallel, oblique and perpendicular lines and acute, obtuse and right angles in our school!
We even did some yoga and found lines and angles in the different poses! Check out our downward dog, tree pose and cow pose! 🤸
Room 13 became Mathemagicians this week as part of Maths Week!
We learned about binary numbers and were taught a cool trick which meant we could ‘mathematically mind read’ and used our quick mental maths to figure out the number that our classmates were thinking of. We had great fun!
We could not believe our eyes when a very old, but very well-preserved copybook was brought into our class by Abigaelle in Room 13. The copybook was from the 1950’s and belongs to Abigaelle’s neighbour who went to St. Louis’ School when she was a young girl! We were very impressed by her neat writing and her carefully completed maths work. We loved looking through the copy and spotting what was similar to our own copybooks and what was different. It was a lovely reminder that history is all around us and you can learn something new from everyone that you meet.
4th class in Room 13 learned all about Pablo Picasso this week. We learned about his life and his progression as an artist, along with exploring different styles of art, including Cubism! Here are some of the spooky Picasso inspired Halloween Monsters we created in Art today!