IPC Entry Points
A key strength of our school is the innovative and skills-based curriculum, one that places equal importance on the ability of students to apply skills and understanding in a variety of situations as well provided them with a solid base of factual knowledge. Many of our Primary classes have started their new IPC topics over the last week. Each topic starts with Entry Point activity or event to capture student interest and enthusiasm.
- Year 3 were introduced to our IPC topic ‘Footprints from the Past’ (Dinosaurs) by sculpting and creating clay fossils and dinosaurs. We explored fossils made by footprints, bones and outlines of dinosaur bodies and used clay to create our own. Year 3 parents joined us to make clay dinosaurs on a fantastic School in Action morning! During these activities, the children showed resilience, cooperation and good communication.
- For Year 1’s Entry Point for the ‘Hooray, let’s go on holiday.’ the topic the children were role-playing being either a travel agent or they were in small groups as customers. Some of the vocabulary students discussed included: late deals; value for money; departure and arrival flights; bed and breakfast and all inclusive. The travel agents tried hard to listen and advise and not tell the customer where they should go on holiday.
- For Year 5's IPC Entry Point, Mr. Porter kindly came to the classes to deliver scientific demonstrations involving changing states, chemical reactions and the making of new materials. Sparks were literally flying, and children are really looking forward to the new and exciting IPC topic, 'Making New Materials'.
- Year 4 started the unit IPC unit “Different People, Similar Lives,” with an international food tasting afternoon. Students came dressed in clothes from their home countries and also brought in a plate of food to share. The classes loved the opportunity to dress up and sample a wide variety of food from around the globe.
- The Year 6 Entry Point for the topic AD900 hundred involved the students visiting a museum (in the Year 6 classrooms). Unfortunately, all the labels had blown away and there was no indication where artefacts came from or from what period in history. The students looked at all the exhibits, touched them (wearing white gloves of course) and tried to work out where and when they came from. The discussions throughout the process were incredibly insightful and the students demonstrated their collaborative and deduction skills to great effect.
- As part of the IPC topic ‘Let’s Celebrate’ the Year 1 students have been talking and writing about how they celebrate their birthdays. The students also spent time in class researching how birthdays are celebrated around the world and compared them to how we celebrate. This week they have been discussing National days and weddings. We learnt about the history of Ireland’s national day and how it is celebrated not only in Ireland but around the world. The Children have also spent time talking about weddings and comparing weddings from different cultures.
Morning Drop Off
Now that the weather has finally cooled down a little, we are allowing students outside at the start of the school day. Classes now line up for 7:15 am and are collected from the playground by the class teacher and brought into the school building. I would like to request that you do not accompany the students to the classroom and bid them farewell from the playground. The reason for this is that we developing independence and self-organisation for all of our primary students, this includes taking responsibility for their belongings and placing items into their lockers.
Have a great week,
Jimmy Frawley, Head of Primary