The children in the Junior Room had a lovely morning foraging and identifying flowers ready for pressing with Stephanie from Heritage in Schools.
Flower pressing is an age old tradition with many varations. Stephanie from Heritage in Schools visited Togher N.S. to explain some of the many ways that flowers can be pressed and presented to create beautiful displays and artworks. The children in the Senior Room were soon busy foraging and identifing the local flora for their flower pressing projects.
The children in Togher N.S. have been developing their cycling skills with Cycle Sense this week. Cycle Sense will be working with the children one day a week over six weeks. Cycle Sense aim to
- Deliver best-practice cycle training.
- Provide participants with the skills needed to move as cyclists in complex, changing, road environments.
- Train participants to apply dynamic thinking, assessing conditions and the environment on the road as they go through their journey
The children are learning to :
At Togher N.S. we appreciate the diversity of nature and for this reason the children in the Junior Room have created a bug hotel to create a space where the bugs can thrive.
A bug hotel is part garden art and part winter habitat for insects. Our bug hotel will provide a home for a diversity of insects. Our insects will have all sorts of different nesting needs so the children provided a variety of plant material to encourage all sorts of our creepy crawly friends to lodge.
Our Bug Hotel will give a helping hand to local wildlife and are a great way to repay our insect friends for all their help in the garden throughout the year. Often known as “gardener’s friends,” these beneficial insects can be very useful by offering a form of natural pest control and flower pollination.
The children in the Junior Room have been selected to participate in the new Picker Pals programme launched by the environmental charity VOICE Ireland. Picker Pals inspires and motivates primary school children and their families to become the next generation of environmentalists through litter picking in their local areas. Each child will be given the opportunity to take home the Picker Pal kit for a weekend. The family can then go on a litter picking adventure in their local area with each child reporting back to their classmates.
We always enjoy the Sherkin Island Marine Station Art Competition. Find out more about the Sherkin Island Marine Station here sherkinmarine.ie Our talented young artists were delighted with the prizes they received today.
The children in our First and Second Classes have been busy exploring our local habitats. As well as looking beautiful, berries, fruits, nuts and cones contain the seeds of a plant and are therefore crucial for the cycle of life. Seed dispersal was discussed and samples were collected. These samples were displayed by the children in their lovely autumn nature booklets.