Over the last two weeks, we have been developing our own games in PE. Each game has to include throwing and catching. We have large and small balls, cones and bibs to choose from. Each group created one game, and now we're teaching other groups how to play. We've discovered that sometimes we need to make up new rules so the game will work. Check out the photos below to see us in action.
Wow - we were so lucky today. Second Class got to visit the Dublin Mosque on South Circular Road. There we met Mudafar, who taught us about different things that Muslims do and showed us around the mosque, the restaurant and the shop.
We learned that we had to take our shoes off to enter the mosque.
There were special shelves outside the door where we could leave our shoes. Once we got inside, we sat in a big circle and Mudafar told us about the Five Pillars of Islam and about his holy book the Qur'an. He showed it to us in English and Arabic.
We learned about the different times of day when Muslims pray, and we were very lucky that some people in our class were able to show us how they do it. Then Mudafar answered lots of questions that we had about Islam, including about whether some mosques have statues and pictures, why men and women pray in different sections, how they know what direction to pray and what time of the day to pray. Mudafar was able to answer all these questions for us.
We were able to tell him that we had learned about geometric tiles which are used to decorate mosques around the world instead of using pictures. Here we are in front of our geometric tiles. Come see them outside Nicola's office sometime!
Thanks so much to Aoife for organising the trip and for Mais's mum Eman and Celine for coming with us. It was a great trip and we learnt a lot.
As part of our Learn Together programme this year, we are looking at Islam. Aoife, our Learn Together coordinator, has kindly organised a trip to visit the Mosque and the Islamic Foundation of Ireland on South Circular Road next Wednesday 20th January.
The children have put in lots of work on this topic and are really looking forward to the visit. However, we need parent volunteers to accompany us.
Please let us know whether you can spare a few hours next Wednesday morning here or tell Ciara after school.
You can find out more information about the Islamic Foundation of Ireland on their website.