Dia dhaoibh! You are very welcome to our Class Blog. We are excited for you to see some of the activities we did and topics we worked on throughout the first two months in First Class. Please scroll down to read our blog and scroll across to view the photographs and videos. Thank you. Enjoy!
We spent the start of the school year making friends. We enjoyed Play Time together while getting to know each other. During the first week of school, we learned a short poem called "The Sky Is The Limit." This poem become our motto for the school year. We created an Art Display of lovely hot air balloons. Ms. Gaire displayed our work outside our classroom. We made our own hot air balloons with our names on them to show that we are soaring to great heights in First Class. We learned a song called "Up, Up, Up" and this suited our theme very well.
We covered many topics under the 3 SESE subjects. A Science topic that we particularly enjoyed working on was "The Five Senses." We played many games to help consolidate our learning. We learned a song, completed a few activity sheets and created our own Mr. & Mrs. Potato Heads with five senses.
We created lovely pieces of Art over the past few weeks. We drew Self Portraits. Ms. Gaire thought we all looked fabulous and unique in our drawings. She displayed our lovely work outside our classroom. We were so pleased with our finished Art pieces.
We worked on the theme of "Autumn." We studied the seasonal changes that occur between Summer and Autumn. Gerry, our caretaker, brought us to the school garden. We harvested the potatoes that we planted when we were in Senior Infants. They potatoes grew so well in our school garden. We all brought home a potato each and some of us enjoyed potato chips/ baked potatoes that weekend. At the Nature Table, we sorted pine cones, leaves, sycamore helicopters, acorns and conkers into groups. We all created a lovely Art piece of a squirrel settling into a nest of leaves to hibernate. We completed activity sheets based on the topic of Autumn. We learned a song called “Orange, Yellow, Red and Brown” and we learned poem called "The Squirrel." Have a look at the photographs and the performance of our poem below.
We took part in European Code Week at school. We were so excited to see the iPad trolley being rolled into the classroom. We each had our own iPad to work on. We used the “Scratch Junior” app to do two Coding Activities. For our first activity, we successfully created a code to enable animal characters to partake in a race. For our second lesson, we created a code to enable a car to drive along a busy street. It was very interesting, insightful and exciting to take part in a Coding Lessons. Have a look at our work below. Our 44 activities were accounted for in Ireland’s score on the European Map. Mr. Molloy heard of our success and gave everyone a sticker for their participation and great work.
We had lots of fun celebrating "Halloween" together. On the lead up to the Mid-Term Break, we completed various tasks and activities based on the theme of "Halloween." We learned about Halloween Traditions in History and created an Art piece called "Ghost At The Window." At the Role Play Station, we created magic potions and invented magic spells. With one little sip of a certain magic potion, students were able to fly with speed around the classroom! On Friday 28th of October, we dressed up in spooooky costumes. We went on a “Witch & Wizard Walk” around the village to show off our impressive costumes. We learned Halloween songs called “The Boogie Woogie Pumpkin Man” and “Winnie the Witch.” We also learned a poem called "Knocking On My Door." Have a look at the photographs and video below.
We had a few exciting events over the past few weeks. In October, we attended our first Cake Sale in school where we bought yummy buns, muffins and treats. We had a visit from a circus performer from Gerbola Circus. He performed many magic tricks and invited Mr. Geaney to help with perform some tricks. It was lots of fun.
Ms. Gaire is so proud of us for being caring, friendly and diligent workers. She is always delighted when we try our best at school and when we look out for others. We earn marbles for our group jars and therefore, we can enjoy Play Time on Friday. Mr. Cassidy decided that our class had the best "line" on one particular week. He rewarded us with a bag of board games. We get a "petal" on our class flowers every time we do or achieve something admirable. We celebrated earning our first 5 petals with a trip to the School Playground. We earned another 5 petals since then, so we will be celebrating our great work with another exciting treat soon.
We will update you on our next ventures in November and December before Christmas. We will be very busy preparing for our Christmas Concert, but we promise to update you all again soon! Slán go fóill!
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