Touch typing is an important skill in today’s technical world and it takes time to develop both speed and accuracy. We have set up accounts for the children in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th classes on Typing.com. The children will have a chance to practise touch typing during their weekly computer class. We would greatly encourage additional practice at home if possible. The children each have an individual login and password that can be used at home as well as at school, this means they can continue from where they left off every time they log in. Some children may enjoy keeping up with their typing over the summer holidays!
Some tips for typing practice:
- Sit comfortably with your feet on the floor. You may need to adjust the height of your seat or table and adjust the screen so you can see it comfortably.
- Your keyboard should be at a height that allows your elbows to be bent about 90 degrees and close to your sides.
- Try not to look at the keyboard while you type -you can cover your fingers with a piece of kitchen paper if you can’t resist that temptation.
- Don’t rush -you will get faster with time as you become accustomed to where the keys are and which finger needs to reach for them. A little practice done often goes a long way!
- As always, be careful when working online: be safe and report anything that you are uncomfortable with to a teacher or to your parent / guardian.
It was quite a journey to Crag Caves in County Kerry on a hot day -but it was well worth the trip! We had a busy day that started off with a guided tour down the cave – we saw stalagmites and stalactites! This was followed by Falconry flying display. We really enjoyed crazy cave and the playdium. Lunch is always more exciting in a new setting! All in all a great but exhausting day – many of us snoozed on the bus journey home.
Oysterhaven is always a very active and exciting place for a school tour! We hope you enjoy our pictures almost as much as we enjoyed the day!
Lots of fun here in school on dry, sunny days! We had a little Teddy Bear’s picnic today, followed by creative drawings on our school yard with mega chalks!
It looks like the 6th class girls had a fantastic time on their final school tour with Scoil Mhuire! Did we keep the best until last? Was Ballyhass Lakes the school tour of all school tours?
Second class enjoyed a variety of activities on our “Cork Adventure Day”. Cork City Gaol and the lifetime lab were both very interesting. We had lunch at McDonalds and we got to do some bowling as well!
Next week it will be Active School Week here at Scoil Mhuire. We aim to include a variety of fun activities that everyone can enjoy. The girls will need to wear their track suit all week. We have a lot of activities planned, including:
- Dance at 10;
- Dance Fit;
- Jigsaw Relays;
- Teddy Bears Picnic (Infant classes);
- School Circuit;
- Table Tennis (rang 3);
- Run 1k in a day;
- “Sports for All Day” is planned for Tuesday!
Let’s keep our fingers crossed for some fine weather. Check back on the school blog for reviews of the activities and some pictures of the children in action!
This school year saw Scoil Mhuire introduce an after school science club for the first time. It was offered for a block of 6 weeks, for an hour after school on Wednesdays, to girls in 5th and 6th classes and was entirely optional. The uptake was fantastic as the girls are generally very interested in science and curious about the world around them. In total the club ran three times in the year allowing 36 children this wonderful opportunity to work scientifically in a small group. It was a pleasure for Bean Uí Shúilleabháin (and Iníon Uí Chéilleachair, some weeks) to work with each group as they all displayed such enthusiasm and interest in all things scientific.
In science club the girls were encouraged to bring their own ideas or materials to explore. Teachers also provided interesting ideas and materials for both demonstration and hands on investigation. The girls got a chance to made bouncy balls and slime, to explore friction and electrical circuits amongst other things! Ask the girls how a lemon and some wires might be used to light a bulb, what shapes are best used in the construction of cup-towers or ask them about how oxygen gas can be made and demonstrated to be present – they will have a lot to tell you! We won’t say anything about the dent in the library ceiling or how it might have happened….all in the name of science! It’s nice to know science is leaving it’s mark on the school.