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First Class 2 (Ms. Brannigan)

Welcome to 1st Class 2 


Our PE days for November and December will be  Wednesday and Friday. Children should wear their tracksuits on these days.


Please take a look at what we have been up to so far this year…

Halloween fun!

To promote allergy awareness in HCNS, our class joined with Ms Stone’s 5th class to participate in the ‘Teal Pumpkin Campaign’. We thought about different allergies and what to do if we see someone having an allergic reaction. We welcomed Cara’s mum into our classroom and she showed us how an epipen works. Take a look at our pumpkin painting below.


Our trip to St Patrick’s Cathedral

As part of our music lessons this term, we went on a trip to St Patrick’s Cathedral. Here we learned about how the cathedral’s organ works. We used a variety of pumps to play a song, each child taking on a different role. Then, we completed choral verse exercises and learned a dance to go with them! A big thanks to the parent volunteers who accompanied us, we had a great day!


Friendship week

This week in HCNS we celebrated Friendship week. In SPHE, we spoke about what makes a good friend and created a “Key to Friendship” art display. Each child was given a “secret friend” and they were encouraged to make a special effort with that person on yard. We also completed circle-time activities and the children played games, while sharing their likes and dislikes. We realised that we all have a lot in common! We gave each other compliments and spoke about the importance of speaking kindly. On Friday, we were lucky enough to welcome Evelyn’s mum into our classroom to share a social story and complete a fun activity with string! All in all, we had a very busy and enjoyable week!


Power Hour Maths

This fortnight, we are learning to recognise and use coins up to €2. We opened our class shop and the children bought items using their coins. Some pupils even calculated the amount of change they were owed! Next week, we will solve word problems involving money and develop our skip counting skills.


In Geography we have been learning about people who work in our school. The children worked in teams to brainstorm all the HCNS staff and their important roles. Each group leader then shared their team’s work with the class. Next week, we will interview some members of staff and find out more about what they do!


We spent our first few days getting to know each other. We began by playing some oral language games and shared our likes and dislikes. We then used our picture prompt cards to help us share our holiday news.



Physical Education

Our first tennis session. This week, we have been developing our ball-handling, catching and striking skills.

 Show and Tell

Our Show & Tell participants for the month. Lots of interesting information was shared and many questions were answered. We are developing our speaking and listening skills.

Golden Time

The children work hard in order to earn golden time each week. Our golden time stations include; art, construction, board games and toys.


Upcoming Events

  1. Protected: Christmas Holidays

    December 20, 2019 @ 11:40 pm - January 6, 2020 @ 8:30 am
  2. Midterm Break

    February 19, 2020 @ 2:10 pm - February 24, 2020 @ 8:30 am
  3. St Patrick’s Weekend

    March 12, 2020 @ 2:10 pm - March 18, 2020 @ 8:30 am
  4. Easter Break

    April 3, 2020 @ 11:40 am - April 20, 2020 @ 8:30 am
  5. May Weekend

    May 1, 2020 @ 2:10 pm - May 7, 2020 @ 8:30 am