Welcome to 1st and 2nd Class 2022/2023 We have been busy!
Stay connected with all the fun activities of our 1st and 2nd classes below.
St.Brigid's Day marks the start of Spring which we are all happy to see! We enjoyed tuning in to a live zoom with an Irish storyteller to tell us more about the story of St.Brigid. We made St.Brigid cloaks using a weaving techinique with loads of bright coloured paper and card. We enjoyed making and decorating heart-shaped tealight holders with clay to give to someone we love for Valentines Day. Our theme in SESE this month was sound and you can see some pictures of us testing out different ways of making sounds and exploring high and low sounds with water and glasses.
Pancake Day with the PTA
Our topic this month in SESE was weather. The children in 1st & 2nd completed various projects testing the temperature at different times of the day and in different areas of the school. We learned about some important scientists in weather and how their inventions are used today. Have a look at some of our art pieces from this month as well as some amazing creations using our Octoplay and cubes in the morning.
What a fun-filled month we had here in our classroom. Some of the children took part in the school staring contest which happened in each class on the run up the Christmas fair. We have some pictures of the contestants in 1st & 2nd class along with the many pairs of eyes looking out for who was going to blink first. The lucky winner won an advent calendar with some chocolates to put inside it. We were working on procedural writing in class this term and decided to write instructions on how we make hot chocolate, we had discussed the various ways people make and enjoy their hot chocolate and wrote down our recipes with pictures for the steps. All of this talk about hot chocolate was worth it when we filled up our class reward chart for December and earned a hot chocolate party!! After our hard work this term, we were so lucky to have a pizza party which was enjoyed by the whole school.
This month in 1st & 2nd class we have been learning about static electricity. We used balloons, rubbed them against our jumpers and investigated whether various objects would be moved or could be stuck to the balloon with the static electricity created by friction. There was great excitement talking about the run up to the Late Late Toy Show, we guessed what the theme might be for the show as well as what designs might feature on Ryan Tubridy's Christmas jumper. We decided to design our own Christmas jumpers and there were some very creative ideas in our class.
Another exciting and busy month here in 1st & 2nd class! We loved using the fallen leaves for two different art lessons at the beginning of the month. You might see them hanging in our classroom in some of the photos as well as us using them to make autumn wreaths.
We were so lucky to have two visitors this month. Melanie from Reptile Haven came in with all of her amazing reptiles and we learned a bit about all of them. We were all so brave and got to feed and hold them! We also had a lovely visit from Una who brought us into a world of Zen with calming stretches, meditation and storytelling.
During Math's week, we engaged in fun learning activities and did lots of teamwork with it! Take a look at the Math's week page for more photos. We did a fun Halloween themed experiment where we made Halloween ghosts! When the vinegar and baking soda mix in the bottle it quickly foams up with carbon dioxide gas which blows up the balloon attached to the top of the bottle. Our classroom was filled with Skeletons, Marvel characters, Clowns and many more spooky costumes for our last day before Mid-term and Halloween. We braved the spooky walk through the church graveyard where 5th & 6th class students gave us a jump and scare. Check out the PTA page for pictures from our spooky walk!
We have had an amazing start to the school year here in 1st and 2nd class! We are really enjoying our classes every week with Stephen from Music Generation learning how to play the Ukulele. We have been celebrating Roald Dahl this month and have loved reading 'George's Marvellous Medicine'. On September 13th we celebrated Roald Dahl day by following a "marvellous" experiment making lava lamps using just a few ingredients. We wrote up our experiment for anyone who would like to make them at home! In class, we have been sharing our favourite things about Autumn and we are all looking forward to watching the leaves change colour and fall off the trees... and Halloween of course!