St Hilda's Special School Athlone




Welcome back to the Lily class for our summer term update.

We are all working hard on our Junior Cert Level 1 in the Lily class. We are exploring topics in Communication and Language, Mathematics, Being part of the community, Physical Education, Personal care and wellbeing and the Arts.

We have been very busy in class. We have explored the themes of food, animals and plants, and are currently exploring the theme of summer. In Personal Care and Wellbeing, we have explored the elements of personal hygiene, emotional wellbeing, and physical wellbeing.

As part of our Junior Cycle subject ‘Being part of the community’ we enjoyed outings to Savory Fare for breakfast, cafes for ice cream and visits to the shops also. We had a wonderful day on our school tour at Turroe pet farm in Loughrea. The RNLI volunteers treated us to a fabulous boat trip on the Shannon and we thoroughly enjoyed this outing. Our school celebrated wellbeing week and we had a brilliant week. Our favourite activities included the sound baths, drumming and a visit from the ice cream van. We also had a magical bubble demonstration from Ray and we experimented with making giant bubbles. We had great fun chasing the giant bubbles. We celebrated Kyannah and Tadhg’s birthdays this term and had a fantastic party in class.

We are a very active class and love PE in the hall. We have a new basketball net in the school hall and we love playing basketball. We go out to play in the yard every day at break or lunch which is fun for everyone. Damien from Westmeath sports partnership shows us new physical movement skills every Wednesday. We thoroughly enjoy this time. We love to go for a walk to the regional sports centre every morning.

We have been very busy in Art. We painted eggshells to create beautiful mosaic vases . We created individual masterpieces using watercolour for the front of our Art scrapbooks. We enjoyed experimenting with mixing colours to make new colours. We made beautiful blossoms for a 3D ‘Summer Tree’ using covid masks painted pink and cut into small pieces.

Music makes us all very happy in class and we love listening to music, dancing, and playing percussion instruments. We enjoy baking with Bernie every Wednesday morning and thoroughly enjoy mixing the ingredients. We made banoffee, biscuit cake, apple sponge, cream and jam sponge cakes, raspberry muffins and lemon drizzle buns.

We love a sensory diet in our classroom and enjoy making and playing with slime, snow, play dough, coloured rice, water play. We love sensory stories every day in class also.

We would like to wish everyone a wonderful summer and we look forward to plenty more fun in September.

Grace Park Road, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.
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