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As part of the Active School Flag programme St. Mochulla's will be holding an Active School Week.  We would love to hear all your suggestions for this week.  A box has been placed between the staff room and the office for any of your suggestions.  

 

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Spellings and sight words are important in every class in St. Mochulla's and we all have to put a lot of effort into learning them.  As part of the Active Flag initiative our teachers came up with a great way to help learn our spellings and sight words...Active Spellings!  Instead of just saying our spellings, we now get off our seats and put actions with them.  Not only is this great fun, but the experts also tell us that we learn something more effectively when we asssociate a physical action with it.  Here are a list of the actions we put with our spellings if you would like to try them at home when learning your spellings:

 

BLAST OFF

·        Start crouched at floor

·        As you say each letter, get a little higher

·        Jump into the air at the end as you say the word

PUMPING IRON

                          

·        Pretend to be lifting weights

·        One rep. For each letter

CHEER IT

·        Like a cheerleader

·        Give me an ---

SNAP AND CLAP

·        Snap for the vowels

·        Clap for the consonants

EXPLOSION

·        Start at a whisper

·        Get louder with each letter

·        Explode when you say the word at the end            

                  

HAND JIVE

·        Children in pairs

·        Clap hands together for consonants and lap clap for vowels

·        Put hands in the air at the end

DRIBBLE AND SHOOT

·        Pretend to be a basketball player

·        Dribble the letters and shoot the word

BACK TRACER

·        Arrange the children in a circle

·        Trace the letter on the back of the person in front of you

DISCO

·        Pretend to be John Travolta!

·        Hand starts at stomach for each letter

·        Hands up for consonants

·        Hands down for vowels

BOX IT

·        Pretend to be a boxer

·        One punch for each letter

LUMBERJACK

·        Pretend to swing an axe for each letter

·        Pretend the tree is falling down at the end and say the word the way a lumberjack would say TIM - BER

    

 

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Here at St. Mochulla's we know that both regular exercise and reading lots of books are very important in the lives of children.  We came up with a great way to combine both.  Every fortnight each class from 1st-6th walk to the local library to borrow books.  We read these books at school and at home and return them on our next trip to the library so we can get out new books.  We are keeping active and helping our reading to develop at the same time!

 

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