Public Speaking Competition
The annual Senior Public Speaking Competition Final will be held on the 7th April. Every child in the class must write and prepare a speech on one of the following topics. The speeches are to be written and practiced at home.
The children have approx. two weeks to prepare their speeches. Planning is key. Below you will find the suggested steps to follow in preparing a speech.
Step 1: Choose a topic of interest to you and decide whether you will be opposing or proposing the motion.
Step 2: Brainstorm ideas using a spider graph
Step 3: Conduct your research. Not just internet, newspapers, magazines, library, family friends etc.
Step 4: Plan out the structure of your speech- the beginning, the middle and the end.
Step 5: Write your speech.
Beginning: Brief, capture the attention of the audience and establish the subject and purpose of the speech.
Don’t just restate the topic. Add your personality and make it unique, many others may be talking on the same topic.
Middle: Sets out your ideas, shares your research, includes examples to support your topic.
For your time limit work out how many points / paragraphs you can include. Work on having a powerful statement to lead into each new point / paragraph.
End: Short statement relating back to the topic and sums up the subject and purpose of the speech.
Make it brief, but memorable. Try including a memorable line that the audience can take away with them.
Memorise your conclusion, so your last couple of sentences can be delivered with confidence and with full eye contact with the audience.
Step 6:Practice by yourself first in front of a mirror. Time it and edit your content so it first with the time restraints.
Step 7: Make cue cards for key points only. Keep cards to a minimum and number them.
Step 8: Dress rehearsal in front of family and friends.
The Egg Drop Challenge 2017
Engineers Week 2017
What is an engineer?
Engineers bring dreams to life! Engineers are from diverse backgrounds and they take ideas and turn them into reality, using science, maths and imagination. Engineers are masters of problem-solving and creative design. For an overview of what engineers do, check out the engineering discipline posters below. Visit steps.ie for more information about engineering.
Today we were lucky enough to have Ciara Judge visit 4th class to speak to us as part of our Science and Engineering week in school. Ciara is a young scientist from Kinsale who won the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in 2013. She also won a First place Award in the European Union Contest for Young Scientists 2013. In 2014, she jointly with her 2 friends won the grand prize in Google Science Fair. Ciara was also listed as one of the 25 most influential teens in Time for the year 2014 as a result of her innovation. The class were absolutely enthralled during her inspiring talk as you can see from their faces in the video. Thanks to Cormac for capturing it all on camera.
World Book Day
How to use your book token
Thanks to National Book Tokens and lots of lovely book publishers and booksellers, World Book Day, in partnership with schools all over the country, will be distributing more than 15 million World Book Day book tokens to children (that’s almost one for every child/young person under 18 in the UK and Ireland).
When you get your book token, all you need to do is to take it to your local bookseller (there’s lots of them out there – find your local participating bookshop here and swap it for one of the TEN (exclusive, new and completely free) World Book Day books!
Or, if you’d prefer, you can use your book token to get €1.50 off any full price book instead! And if you’d rather get an audio book, that’s fine too! It’s your choice, just as long as the book or audio book costs at least €3.99.
Then all YOU have to do is take your book home and enjoy it.
The World Book Day book tokens are valid from Monday 27 February–Sunday 26 March 2017.
Here's a little sneak preview of the Aladdin programme. The show will be on the 15th and 16th of February. Make sure you pick up your tickets soon as they are selling fast!
Design a castle
History Project Specification
The brief: homework project to design a medieval castle. This can either be in a poster format or if you prefer you can create a model of a medieval castle. You must consider the following:
Ideas for Castle Construction:
If you are choosing to build a model, try not to make your model too large as we have limited space to display them. The model can be quite simple using cardboard cereal boxes, toilet rolls etc. Here are some links to help you with the construction of a model castle.
Build a Medieval Castle
How to Build Castles for School Projects
How to Build Model Castles
Wiki-How: How to Build a Model Castle
Make a Paper and Cardboard Medieval Castle