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๐Ÿค— Welcome to Year Four's class page! Our teacher is Mrs McAlary and our assistants are Mrs Kirk and Mrs Dallat. Our class page will keep you updated on all the exciting things we get up to during the year. ๐Ÿค— 

Article 28 of the UNCRC states 'All children have the right to good quality education'.

๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ›๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ Outdoor Play ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ›๐ŸŒณ

Year 4 have been making the most of some September Sunshine โ˜€๏ธ They have been exploring the Outdoor Learning Area. What a wonderful space in the great outdoors in which we can extend and develop our learning through the World Around Us ๐ŸŒ #learningthroughplay #outdoorlearning 

Article 31 of the UNCRC states that 'All children have the right to play and rest' 

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช European Day of Languages ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ

Year 4 celebrated European Day of Languages learning some new words in Irish and Polish.

Article 30 states 'Children have the right to learn and use the language of their families'. 

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ“ฑ Code Week 2019 ๐Ÿ“ฑ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ

Year 4 celebrated Code Week EU in School. They used the 'Scratch Jr' App on the iPads to create their own Animations. They were able to use their coding skills to select a character and programme it to move in different ways #coding #codeweek #scratchjr #iPads #UsingICT 

๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ—ฃ World Mental Health Day ๐Ÿ—ฃ๐ŸŒ

Year 4 incorporated some new Mindful exercises into their PE lesson to celebrate World Mental Health Day on Thursday 10th October. We discussed in class the importance of maintaining a healthy mind, as well as a healthy body. The class recognised the different ways we can keep our minds healthy and happy -  strategies we use in school daily! 

#movingourbodyhelpingourmind #mindfulness #mentalhealthawareness #worldmentalhealthday2019

Article 24 of the UNCRC states 'Every child has the right to the best possible health'. 


๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐ŸŒŸ Maths Week Ireland 2019 ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

To mark the occasion of Maths Week Ireland 2019 we completed a Selection of Problem Solving activities in Year 4. We used a range of practical materials and different methods of working out to solve the different problems. The children worked independently and with their peers throughout a morning of great fun!! #mathsweekireland2019 #problemsolvingmaths 

Maths Week 2019

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Article 29 of the UNCRC states 'Education should help you to use and develop your talents and abilities.' 


Year 4 came to school in disguise...wicked witches, spooky skeletons, wonderful wizards, and many more. Well done to all pupils for their efforts! Don't they look scary...


Our whole-school completed the 'Spookathon', our Mile-a-Day in costume part of the PTA Fundraiser for this half-term. It was a great initiative to help raise money for our school, whilst improving our fitness levels too. Thanks to all who kindly donated and to the children for their active participation. #spookathon #mileaday #stcolumbasfitfamily  


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๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒŸAnti-Bullying Week 2019๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿค—

The theme for Anti-Bullying Week this year was 'Change Starts With Us' . Year 4 pupils made personal pledges in school. They thought of small things that they could do to make a difference and prevent bullying. #antibullyingschool #changestartswithus 

๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿค— Anti-Bullying Week 2019 ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒŸ

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๐ŸŽจ Anti-Bullying Artwork ๐ŸŽจ

Article 19 of the UNCRC states 'Children have the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated, in body or mind.' 

๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ‘ซ World Children's Day 2019 ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐ŸŒ

Year 4 celebrated 'World Children's Day' on the 20th November, by completing tasks relating to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). 2019 is the 30th Anniversary of the introduction of the UNCRC and as a Right's Respecting School, we are fully committed to promoting Children's rights in all that we do. 

Article 2 of the UNCRC states 'All children have rights.'

๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿป๐ŸŒŸ Merry Christmas from Year 4! ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿป๐ŸŽ„

๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’• Grandparents' Day ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿผ

We celebrated Morning Mass with our Grandparents in St. Anne's Oratory, during Catholic Schools Week. A selection of pupils from our class took part in the readings and offertory of the Mass. Miss Coyle and the choir provided beautiful music to accompany the liturgy. #grandparentsday #catholicschoolsweek2020 

Article 14 of the UNCRC states 'Every child has the right to practise their religion.'


๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ“ Investigating Rights in Year 4 ๐Ÿ“๐ŸŒŸ

Year 4 have been learning all about Anne Frank in their ‘Blast from the Past’ topic. Anne Frank and her family were persecuted by the Nazis during WW2 because they were Jews. Jewish people and children at that time didn’t have access to their rights. 


The 27th January 2020 was ‘World Holocaust Day’. Using NewsDesk, Year 4 engaged in group discussion about the mistreating of Jewish people, especially children during WW2. They talked about the Articles of the UNCRC and which of these rights were not provided in the Concentration Camps during the War.

Article 1 of the UNCRC states 'Everyone under the age of 18 has all the rights in the Convention.'

โ˜‘๏ธ๐Ÿ’ป Safer Internet Day ๐Ÿ’ปโ˜‘๏ธ

We read the picture book 'Troll Stinks' on Safer Internet Day in Year 4. The class participated in group discussion about using the Internet responsibly and shared their thoughts and opinions with their peers. Pupils then created their own set of 'Golden Rules for Online Safety' to spread the word of how to keep themselves and others safe when using the Internet. 

Article 32 of the UNCRC states 'All children have the rights to protection from work that is bad for your education'. 

โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’• Valentine's Day ๐Ÿ’•โค๏ธ

Year 4 made beautiful Valentine's Day cards in school for their family. 

๐ŸŒ Fairtrade Fortnight ๐ŸŒ

Year 4 were learning all about Fairtrade Farming in school. We watched the video 'Guardians of the Rainforest' to learn how Fairtrade, sustainable farming can help to protect the rainforest and ensures farmers get the best price for their products. We were able to see how cocoa beans are grown and used to make the chocolate we eat. Pupils then designed posters to advertise 'Fairtrade Chocolate'! ๐Ÿซ

๐Ÿ“š World Book Day 2020 ๐Ÿ“š

Year 4 celebrated World Book Day by being 'Active Readers' in the outdoors. They came to school dressed in their sports gear and spent time reading in the sunshine in our school garden. #activereaders #worldbookday2020 

The children in Year 4 are eager readers and enjoyed taking part in all of planned activities for World Book Day. They created their favourite book characters out of their wooden spoons. What fabulous creations too!!

โ˜˜๏ธโ˜˜๏ธโ˜˜๏ธ Happy St. Patrick's Day from Year 4 โ˜˜๏ธโ˜˜๏ธโ˜˜๏ธ

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โ˜˜๏ธโ˜˜๏ธโ˜˜๏ธ Green Day โ˜˜๏ธโ˜˜๏ธโ˜˜๏ธ
We celebrated St. Patrick's Day in 'Forty Shades of Green' today and we all looked fab! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Article 30 of the UNCRC states 'All children have the right to practise your own culture, language and religion.'

 ๐Ÿก ๐Ÿ“ Home Learning ๐Ÿ“ ๐Ÿก

Year 4 have been extremely busy working at home, completing activities across all curriculum areas. They are a very hardworking bunch of pupils, who try their best everyday! Have a look at what they've been up to and the fabulous work they have created...

Article 28 of the UNCRC states 'Every child has the right to an education.'

๐ŸŒ Article of the Week ๐ŸŒ

St. Columba's is a Rights Respecting School and Year 4 continue to learn about the UNCRC from home. Each week we have been taking a closer look at one of the Articles to find out more about them. Have a look at the work excellent work they have been completing too! #unicef #UNCRC #rightsrespectingschool 

Article 7 of the UNCRC states 'Every child has the right to be registered at birth, to have a name and nationality, and, as far as possible, to know and be cared for by their parents.'

Article 14 of the UNCRC states ‘Every child has the right to think and believe what they choose and also to practise their religion’. 

Article 28 of the UNCRC states ‘Every Child has the right to an education.’

Article 42 of the UNCRC states ‘All children should know about the convention. They have a right to learn about your rights and adults should learn about them too.’

Article 2 of the UNCRC states ‘All Children have the right to protection against discrimination.This means that nobody can treat you badly because of your colour, sex or religion, if you speak another language, have a disability, or are rich or poor.’

โš ๏ธ Senitus STEM Challenges โš ๏ธ

Pupils have been putting their STEM skills to the test. They have been taking part in the weekly Sentinus challenges to explore, investigate and experiment with everyday objects. Who thought Learning could be so much fun!!!! #stem #stemlearning #sentinusni #homelearning 


Article 29 of the UNCRC states 'Education must develop every child's personality, talents and abilities to the full.'

๐ŸŒผ๐ŸฃEaster Celebrations๐Ÿฃ๐ŸŒผ

Year 4 have been preparing for the season of Easter in their Religion lessons. They have been busy learning all about Holy Week and Easter. They created beautiful Easter gardens using items from nature, wrote about the Easter Story, drew fabulous illustrations and displayed their fab ICT skills by completing online tasks too! Have a look at some of the excellent work they produced. #holyweek #Easter #Religionathome 

Article 14 of the UNCRC states 'Every child has the right to practise their religion.'

๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ™ May is the Month of Mary ๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒธ

Year 4 remembered Our Lady during the month of May. They created beautiful May Altars in their homes, drew portraits of Mary and designed Homemade Rosaries. Each day we prayed a Hail Mary for our families.

๐ŸŒˆโ˜บ๏ธMental Health Awareness Week 2020โ˜บ๏ธ๐ŸŒˆ

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week (18th-24th May) Year 4 watched a video ‘Lucy’s Blue Day’ about a girl who’s hair turned blue when she was sad. They then thought of different ways to can change their mood if they feel sad. In our class, we are encouraged to reach out and tell someone if we are unhappy. As we are no longer in school, it was heartening to see the different ways Year 4 deal with their difficult emotions. 

Article 13 of the UNCRC states ‘Children have the right to share freely with others what they learn, think and feel, by talking, drawing, writing or in any other way unless it harms other people.’

๐Ÿฆ‹ Super Symmetry ๐Ÿฆ‹

Year 4 have been revising Line Symmetry at home. They created beautiful Symmetrical Butterflies to demonstrate their understanding of symmetrical shapes and patterns. They completed the task digitally, showing their developing ICT skills too! #homelearning #mathsathome #symmetry 

Article 29 of the UNCRC states ‘Children’s education should help them fully develop their personalities, talents and abilities.’


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Father Cargan celebrated Mass in St. Anne's for the Year 4 children and our entire school community.

๐Ÿ•ŠFeast of St. Columba๐Ÿ•Š

We celebrated the Feast of St. Columba on Tuesday 9th June. St. Columba is one of the Patron Saints of Ireland and our School is named after him. We listened to the story of St. Columba and then created our own St. Columba crests. St. Columba Pray for us ๐Ÿ™