Everyone in Ms. Keogh's first class are so excited for the new school year. We cannot wait to do lots of fun activities and try our hardest every day. Check into our blog regularly to see what we get up to!
Term 3 at school has been a busy, successful and fun term for First Class.
During the term we had visitors call to our classroom. The Bombinate Drama Group came to do a fun Drama workshop with us. It was based on the concept of dreams and nightmares. A few weeks later the Drama Group returned to perform a play for us. We really enjoyed it!
Bridgette and John Cummins, students in the school, brought special visitors into our classroom one day- baby chicks! The chicks were gorgeous! We petted them and admired their lovely, soft feathers.
On June 5th we went on our School Tour to Fort Lucan Adventure Land. The wet weather didn’t hold us back from having fun! In fact, we got even more wet by going on the water slides. The wetter, the better!
During Term 3, we continued working on a Water Safety Course and a Road Safety Course. We applied our water safety rules to our swimming lessons in K Leisure. We got water safety wristbands as a reward for completing the course. We were rewarded certificates from the RSA for completing our Road Safety Course.
The mathematical topic that we enjoyed working on this term was “Capacity” We enjoyed filling, emptying, refilling and pouring water into different sized containers. We liked making predictions before carrying out the tasks.
We enjoyed focusing on the Art Subjects this term: Music, Art and Drama.
We learned about Body Percussion during Music lessons and performed various pieces of body percussion. We studied the Percussion Family in the orchestra and learned the names of various percussion instruments. We played many instruments during the lessons. Have a listen to two of our percussion performances!
During Art lessons, we focused on the theme of Summer. We created colourful lollipops and created summer scenes “Under the Sea” We also created beautiful cards for Father’s Day.
On June 24th we celebrated Drama Day in our classroom. We read the story “Starry Eyed Stan” and based our Drama lessons on the story.
Active Week is one of our favourite weeks in the school year. On Monday we “Hit the Block” completing 2.5k. We got a certificate for our efforts. On Tuesday we had our Sports Day. It was a great success! On Wednesday we competed in Novelty Races. On Thursday we played tennis in the local tennis courts. On Friday we danced outside in the sunshine.
Now that we’ve made it to the last week of school our Achievement Tree is full of leaves! To celebrate our first 10 leaves we had a Popcorn Party. To celebrate earning 20 leaves we had a Pancake Party. We earned another 10 leaves over the past few weeks. We now have 30 leaves in total! To celebrate we had an Ice-Pop Party outside!
Happy Summer Holidays from First Class!
Ms. Gaire’s First Class have worked well and progressed excellently throughout Term 2 at school.
In January we got Term 2 off to a good start by taking part in “Mindfulness Week.” Each day for a week, we took time out of the busy school day to relax and centre ourselves and thoughts. We particularly enjoyed Guided Yoga & Mindful Colouring.
We worked on many new Mathematical topics this term. We did station work with Ms. Gaire and Ms. Keogh at the end of some topics- The Hundred Square, Place Value and 3D Shapes.
Term 2 was a very active term for our class. We had Hurling lessons as part of our PE programme. We were lucky to be taught by a GPO from Kildare GAA. These lessons were great fun and we acquired new skills. This week we will attend our first swimming lesson as a class and will continue with more lessons in Term 3. We took park in “The Daily Mile” initiative for 10 weeks. Every day we ran/ jogged/ walked for 15 mins. On rainy days we danced in the classroom to ensure we kept up the physical activity.
We’ve been busy creating lovely Artwork to decorate our classroom and to display on the display boards outside our classroom. We learned about various modes of transport and transport long ago in comparison to transport today. We made some vehicles for our class display: hot air balloons, cars and boats. We focused on the season on Spring. We learned a lot about animals and nature during this season. We made colourful spring flowers. We also made baby chicks and lambs. We created beautiful cards to celebrate our loved ones on Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.
As a class we like to celebrate various occasions. We celebrated Pancake Tuesday by decorating pancakes with toppings of our choice. They were yummy! We celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as our favourite characters from our favourite books. We took part in a Fashion Show in the Hall with the First & Second Classes. On March 21st, we celebrated the amazing children in our school who have Down Syndrome. We listened to a great story and wore odd socks to school to “Rock Our Socks” for World Down Syndrome Day. In March, we celebrated Seachtain na Gaeilge by playing Irish games & saying Irish poems. We danced at the Céilí in the Hall dressed in green to celebrate “Lá Glas.” We wore yellow to school on Daffodil Day and donated money to the Irish Cancer Society.
Our Class Achievement Tree reflects our hard work this term as it has grown so much over the past few months. 10 leaves have been added to acknowledge all of our achievements. We will celebrate having 20 leaves by having a Pancake Party!
Some children in our class took part in the Easter Bonnet Competition. They created their own Easter Bonnets. The Students Council chose Callum Smullen as the winner in our class. Have a look at the creative Easter Bonnets!
Happy Easter from First Class!
The children in Ms. Gaire’s class have been working hard and happily throughout the first term of the school year. For the first fortnight, we spent time getting to know each other and form close friendships. Have a look at our first class photograph and our Class Tree. We created artwork based on the quote: ‘’In the whole wide world with everyone in it, I am one of a kind and the sky is the limit.’’ Our goal for the school year is to try our best and reach our potential.
We like doing Art lessons every Friday. We created many masterpieces throughout the term. Check out our work!
Sometimes after each Maths topic we enjoy doing station work. We particularly enjoyed station work on the topics of Number and 2D Shapes.
In First Class we focus on neat handwriting. Two Handwriting Competitions took place this term. Niall, Aidan, Keeva and Sarah were the winners of the Autumn handwriting competition. Damien, Conor, Leah and Tadhg were the winners of the Winter handwriting competition.
We enjoy dressing up to celebrate various occasions. In October, we dressed up for the Witch & Wizard walk around the village to celebrate Halloween. In November, we dressed up to portray the theme of Easter for the school calendar photoshoot. In December, we dressed up as various characters for our show “Into The Woods.”
When we work hard in school, we are rewarded with stars on our Group Charts. When we have great accomplishments and fantastic achievements, we are rewarded with a leaf on our Class Achievement Tree. When we earned 10 leaves on our Achievement Tree, we had a Popcorn Party to celebrate our success. Ms. Gaire rewards us with Golden Time on Fridays for great behaviour. Here are some photographs of us enjoying free play in the school playground.
Happy Christmas from First Class!
The children had a fun filled term to end the school year. Have a look at what we got up to!
On Friday June 8th, First Class went on a School Tour to Fort Lucan Adventure Centre. The children enjoyed a fantastic day outdoors in the sunshine. They played in the large playground, did rounds of Crazy Golf, went Go-Karting and Trampolining. Some boys and girls were brave enough to go on the Water Slides! The children kept their energy levels up and thirst at bay with delicious ice-creams. The day was enjoyed by all!
The children created brilliant, vibrant Artwork based on the topics of “Spring” and “Under The Sea”. The class celebrated Father’s Day by making special cards for their Dads.
The children did a lot of learning and exploration on many new topics in their final term of First Class. A Maths topic that was particularly enjoyed by all was exploring “Capacity”. The children learned through investigation and play.
Active Week took place on the second last week of school. The children enjoyed a Sports Day on Monday. On Tuesday, they played Dodgeball with Mr. Molloy’s class and Mrs. Dunlea’s Class. The class played tennis on Wednesday on the local tennis courts. On Thursday, the children took part in Novelty Races. The school celebrated the end of Active Week on Friday by “Hitting the Block” in memory of Ms. Casey. First Class happily jogged 2.5km, met Ms. Casey’s husband and family and cheered on the other classes as they completed the 5km run.
This year for our school tour we made the trip to Lucan to Fort Lucan for a great day of fun. We had lots of fun on water slides, climbing frames and using go karts among many other things. Have a look at the pictures below of our great day!
The children in First Class had a successful 2nd Term at school. Take a look at what we got up to!
On February 1st we celebrated St. Bridget’s Day, Grandparent’s Day and a birthday in our classroom. It was a day packed with fun! Our Grandparents came to visit us in our classrooms. We sang a song for our Grandparents and gave them special cards that we made especially for the occasion.
We worked hard during Maths lessons and practised counting and writing the numbers one all the way to one hundred! We played many Maths games during Station Work to consolidate our learning.
Our class “Reward Chart” and “Achievement Tree” reflected our fantastic work, so we were rewarded with playtime in the playground in the sunshine.
We celebrated Pancake Tuesday in our classroom by enjoying some pancakes. We had a choice of yummy toppings- lemon juice, raspberry jam and honey. The pancakes were delicious!
In February we made lovely Valentine cards to give to our loved ones.
World Book Day was a very exciting day in our classroom. We dressed up as a character from our favourite book. We had football players, princesses, a chicken, a surgeon and many more characters in our classroom. We completed a little book report on our favourite book and presented our book/ character to the class. We took part in the school fashion show.
Seachtain Na Gaeilge brought lots of excitement to our classroom. We learned new Irish songs, poems and Irish dances. Dressed in green, we took part in a Céilí in the Hall. We had so much fun.
On the last day of the Term we dressed in yellow in aid of Daffodil Day. Bunches of lovely daffodils decorated our classroom. We each gave a donation to the Irish Cancer Society. We brought home the Spring flowers we made during an Art lesson to celebrate the day. We ended Term 2 with a well deserved Popcorn Party!
Ms. Gaire's First Class has worked happily and hard throughout this school term.
Over the past few months, we had many interesting visitors come to speak to our class:
🔻In October, we had a visit from Aoife, a Dental Nurse. She gave us tips on how best to care for our teeth.
🔻 A member of the Road Safety Authority came to speak to us about being safe on the roads. We revised the important Safe Cross Code.
🔻 A staff member from Zoo Mania came to visit us and spoke about caring for pets. We were lucky enough to pet a beautiful, fluffy rabbit.
🔻Kevin, an astronomer paid us a visit during Science Week in November. He told us many interesting facts about Space. We saw videos showing the inside of a space rocket!
We enjoy celebrating festivals in First Class. To celebrate Halloween, we dressed up in fantastic costumes and created amazing pieces of Art work.
We have been very busy learning about new topics in many subject areas. Here are a few photographs of us learning about “Shapes."
November and December brought great excitement to our classroom as we began preparing for Christmas. We produced festive Art work and learned new songs, dance moves and lines for the play "Born in a Barn." Here are some photographs of our lead up to Christmas.
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