For our school tour this year we visit K-bowl in Naas. We had great fun here and there was great competition between the classes. We then went onto Kildare Maze. We all had a super day! Have a look at some of the stand out moment in the pictures below:
With the good weather starting to make an appearance, we decided to do some planting. And, what better to plant than something we can eat. So, we planted garden peas and learns lots about compost, pots and gardening in general.
For the month of September, the children of second class have been super busy, particularly during our maths time. We have really enjoyed participating in maths stations which is a fun way of learning all about addition and subtraction. As part of our stations, we got the opportunity to take part in 'doubles hopscotch.' It was a great hit among all the children.
Our author study for January and February was Michael Morpurgo. None of us had never heard of him before but we grew to love his books. He had been a soldier and a farmer when he was younger and this is reflected in his books. He wrote lots of stories about farms and war that we loved reading.
Second Class learned about volcanoes. We made clay models in art. We made them erupt using bread soda, vinegar and red food colouring. The result was really cool!
Bhí rang a dó ag foghlaim faoi bheith ag déanamh brioscaí. D'foghlamar faoi na cómhábhair, scríobhamar amach an modh and chanamar an t-amhrán. Ansin, chuamar go dtí an chistin agus rinneamar brioscaí blasta. Éist Linn anseo agus féach ar na bpictiúrí thíos.
We learned about St. Brigid and celebrated her feast day on February 1st. Ms. Casey read St. Brigid's Cloak to us and we sang We Sing a Song to Brigid. We used this as inspiration for our artwork and stuck it on our classroom door.
Tuesday February 17th was Shrove or Pancake Tuesday. We learned what ingredients are used to make the batter and helped to weigh, measure, mix, pour, flip and decorate with yummy toppings. They were delicious!
Congratulations to Second Class who recently made their First Confession. They did themselves, their parents and Teachers proud on the night. Our beautiful artwork The Lost Sheep was on display in the church on the night. Special thanks to Fr. Joe and the visiting priests.
Our author study for December was Enid Blyton. In lots of her books the children go on adventures and others have big, colourful illustrations. Her novels are imaginative and she's a brilliant story teller.
We participated in the global initiative Hour of Code where we learned how to write code using an Angry Birds programme. This further built upon the IT skills we've already learned this year but some of us enjoyed this so much we're thinking of becoming computer programmers when we grow up! Who knows, one of us might create a popular app in the future! A big thank you to Mr. Molly for coming to our classroom for this lesson.
We made a special Christmas lunch to get us in a festive mood. We used cookie cutters to transform normal sandwiches into Christmas shaped sandwiches. Using a banana, strawberry and marshmallows we created a Santa on a skewer. We decorated a cheese string to look like a snowman. All in all, it was a delicious lunch that we really enjoyed making ourselves.
Ms. Casey read the classic Christmas tale A Night Before Christmas written by Clement C. Moore. We used this as inspiration for our artwork and stuck it on our classroom door.
On the last day of school we all wore something red or green, a Christmas hat or jumper. Nollaig Shona Dhaoibh go léir! See you all next year!
Rang a dó delighted the school with their performance of Bualadh Bos at assembly on the last day of school. We sang loudly and did our actions. We received a big bualadh bos afterwards and did ourselves proud. Merry Christmas to all!
We LOVE reading. We read for 10 minutes every day during DEAR time (drop everything and read). We made our own bookmarks earlier in the year and we're getting great use out of them. Our bright, comfy owl-themed library encourages us to relax and lose ourselves in a great book.
Our author study for November was Roald Dahl. We liked reading his books because they were funny, quirky and different. Some of us are even hoping to get some for Christmas!
We participated in the Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal. The Communion and Confirmation classes partnered up to wrap and fill a shoebox with presents, activities and essentials for a little boy or girl from a underdeveloped country. We learned the names of the countries, located them on the map. We really enjoyed this as it made us feel really good to help a child the same age as ourselves, especially when we saw the video of the children receiving their presents last year. We know it means a lot to them.
To conclude our week on learning about data, we did an alternative maths lesson. We stood at the railing opposite the church and surveyed the traffic that passed. In pairs, we collected the data on mini whiteboards. Then back in the classroom, we represented the data in our copies and books, and we learned how to make a bar graph in excel on the laptops.
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