Sunday, December 27, 2009

Meet Our Class Pet - Brodie

Hi my name is Brodie,
I am your class pet and I love going home to all your houses.
I have been to some of the children's houses.
I love meeting all your families and seeing your homes.
I feel so lucky to be your class pet.
I was a very lonely dog before I came to your class.
I used to get into fights.
Now I use brains instead of brawn.
All the clever boys and girls know what that means...
Problems can only be solved by talking them through and NEVER by using my paws (or your fists!)
But I bet you already know that!
Remember to treat me nicely when I come to your house and don't forget I love being the centre of attention!
See you soon,
Lots of love,

Colouring Pages

Many of you amy remember when we looked at this site for colouring pages. (in America they spell it "coloring") There are a great selection of pictures that you can colour, click here to go directly to Christmas coloring pages. Here's one I made of Santa's workshop earlier! Enjoy!

Let it Snow!

Happy Christmas to all the children in Our Lady of Mercy. I hope you all enjoyed the snow and that Santa Brought everything you wished for. Get a penguin to write something (maybe your name?) in the snow... click here.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Nativity Story

Click on the link to go onto website to read the Nativity Story...
To view the story click here...

Whiteboard Competition Finalists!

Many congrats to the children in our class who were announced as finalists in the Whiteboard Project in conjunction with The Sligo Weekender and Sligo Supply Centre.

**Best of luck Shane, Carlos, Luke and Dylan with the draw next Tuesday night!**

Christmas Slideshow

Check out this SlideShare Presentation:

BBC Schools Games

Lots of children are asking for more games...
Here are some games from the Oxford Reading Tree...
To try them out click here...
Maths Games click here...
English Games click here...
National Geographic Kids for videos, games and more click here...

John Joe from the Late Late Toy Show

Everybody remembers this part of the Toy Show. What a clever little boy!

Christmas slideshow

Here is a slideshow of Christmas pictures.


Check out this SlideShare Presentation on Winter

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Class Portraits Visual Arts

Here are some of our class portraits. Can you see your one in this?
Click here to view our pictures on the school website!

Mapping Geography

I just came across a great website for mapping. Lots of you are already using google earth. Here is another website that you can use google maps and... scribble on them... really it means you can mark out your journey or a place of interest on them and then send it on to a friend or even put it up on our class blog. Maybe some of you could send me on your own scribble map? Enjoy!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Our Class Advent Wreath

To do your own online Advent Calendar click here!


Long ago, before Jesus was born, during the dark days of December, the people of Eastern Europe gathered wreaths of evergreen branches and lit fires as a sign of hope and a reminder that spring was on its way. This tradition was adopted by the Christians and by the 1600s the Advent Wreath was used throughout Germany to mark the time spent waiting for the birth of the Christ child at Christmas. From Germany this tradition spread to the rest of the world.


Usually the Advent Wreath is made of four candles, three purple and one pink. They are lit in the following order; week 1 and 2 purple, week 3, pink and week 4 purple.

The candles remind us that Jesus is the light of the world. The colour purple is used because long ago purple dye was very expensive and purple became a colour that was associated with royalty. Advent is the season of the coming of the King. The pink one is lit on the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday. Long ago Advent was a time of fasting like Lent. On the Third Sunday there was a break from this fast and the priests wore rose or pink coloured vestments. So that tradition became a part of the Advent Wreath. As we light the candles each week we are made aware of our journey through this season. Placing the candles in a circle is symbolic of God’s love for us, a love that has no beginning or end. The use of the evergreen leaves around the candles reminds us that God’s love is everlasting.

Show Me Five!

We can focus on our work by keeping our:
  1. Eyes open
  2. Mouth closed
  3. Eyes on teacher
  4. Arms folded
  5. Feet on the floor

To view our Code of Behaviour click here.

Pictures from around the classroom

Here are some pictures of our class. Do you recognise any of the posters?
  • The first picture is our full yard sticker chart. We have a movie afternoon when we are good in the yard.
  • The second photo is a picture of the door into our class. We put up the names for all those who have died and on the last Friday of the month of November these names were brought up to the altar of the church.