I have had queries asking what exactly I do at the camps, so for those of you hoping to set one up this summer, I will briefly outline what we did at the Easter Camp in Ballyconneely today. First of all I would like to thank all the parents for their support as ever.
10:10-10:40- We began the day with Art to get it out of the way, as the children were looking forward to the experiment and baking the most. We made dream catchers. I cut out one big circle and two small circles, joined them together with string, and the children decorated them.
10:40-11:30- Baking- We made Rocky Road and Easter eggs!
11:45- 12:00- Straw Challenge. I divided the children into groups. Each group were given 20 or so straws, sellotape and a tennis ball. The challenge was to make a structure sturdy enough to hold the tennis ball. Only one team managed to hold the tennis ball, so it’s quite tricky! ( Science) While the older children were doing this, the younger children worked on making houses out of lollipop sticks.
12:00-12:15- Co-operative games- We lined up in two lines. I put a line of material down the middle which they couldn’t step over. The children stood facing each other in the two lines. The aim of the game was to try touch the person standing opposite you, without stepping over the line, while the person opposite you dodges and tries to poke you back.
12:15-12:45- Science investigation- tornadoes in bottles!
NEW PRIMARY MATHS CURRICULUM - MY RESERVATIONS & CONCERNS
Just over two weeks ago, I published a post entitled My Reservations about the New Primary Mathematics Curriculum. That post generated such publicity and discussion that I decided to follow it up with a second post, both to clarify some of the points in the first post, and to add some new information that has come to my attention.
I must say, I have been amazed by the responses that I have received from teachers, all of whom have very supportive of my position and my views. Míle buíochas as bhur dtacaíocht!
Most interesting of all, were the private messages that I was sent from some teachers whose schools are involved in the piloting/consultation phase of the new curriculum. These were unwilling to be quoted as they feared there might be repercussions. Suffice to say that they agreed with the points expressed and they felt that their concerns were also not being taken on board.
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