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First Class 2 (Ms. Brannigan)

Rang a hAon (2)  

Welcome to our class page! Please take a look at what we have been up to in 1st class 2…


World Book Day 2019

To celebrate World Book Day the children dressed up as their favourite book character. As part of our oral language lesson, the children described their character and explained why they chose him/her. We loved hearing about each character, book and of course how the costume was made. A big thank you to all the parents for helping the children create such original and creative costumes! Take a look at some of our activities below, including our buddy-reading with 6th Class. Each 1st class child was paired with a student from Mr Carty’s 6th class. They listened to the child reading aloud, clarified unknown words and asked them a variety of questions based on our novel, The Care of Henry.

Identifying place value in maths:

The children used arrow cards to explore, identify and partition 2-digit numbers. We then identified the value of each digit in pairs. In our table groups, we used diens blocks to construct our numbers.


February 2019- Construction in 1st Class 2!

This month in Art we focused on construction. Our aim was to create a robot using recycled materials. The children sketched out their robot plan and labelled each part. As a class, we then wrote the procedure, ‘How to construct a cardboard robot’. Once our materials were gathered, we began work on our robots by carefully following each step. Take a look at all our hard work below:

February 2019 

Our science topic this month is magnetism. We looked at a variety of magnets and identified their north and south poles. We also discussed our new science vocabularly including words like ‘repel’ and ‘attract’.

Then we compeleted a magnetism investigation in our classroom, experimenting with a variety of materials. Lastly, we recorded our results and discussed our findings.



Enjoying GAA and learning new skills in PE

Take a look at our clay candle holders. First we worked on pinching, pulling and rolling the clay in pairs. Then we  planned our design on paper, experimenting with different shapes and patterns. Finally we created our own cray creations and brought them home.


Printing stations in Art 



January 2019

Happy New Year from 1st Class 2!

We have had a very busy start to 2019. We began the month by investigating different materials in our science lessons. We felt different materials like foil, paper, sponge and plastic. We described these different materials and created a bank of adjectives. Finally, we worked in groups to complete the ‘Tinfoil Tower Challenge’. Each group were given some tinfoil and a set of directions to follow. They needed to work together to create a free-standing  tower using only tinfoil! As an extra challenge for early-finishers, each group needed to place other items on their tower to test its strength. At times it proved challenging but we kept on trying! Take a look at our planning and construction below.


                         Working hard in Power Hour

The children have been working hard to improve their reading fluency and comprehension in Ms Kehoe’s reading group. Ms Everlien has been showing the children examples of procedural writing and teaching them how to create their own procedural texts. In Ms Brannigan’s group, we have been working on split vowel diagraphs in our phonics lessons. We have also learned about alphabetical order and how to use a dictionary.

December 2018

One afternoon, while working on the iPads, we were surprised by a special visitor…

Irish Dancing (December 2018)

We really enjoyed getting active and learning new Irish dancing steps!


A trip to the garden (November 2018)

We were very lucky to have a special visitor in our class this month. Patrick the gardener came to teach us about native Irish animals. He brought us on a nature walk and showed us how to search for different habitats. Back in our classroom, we were even able to tell him some facts about the fox and the oak tree!




Maths Week 2018

During maths week the children completed an exciting maths trail. They worked in groups to solve a variety of maths problems. Each group needed to read the map correctly and run to the correct clue. They then worked out the problem and recorded their answers. Congratulations to our winners, Lyosha and Kate!



Learning about measures in Power Hour (September/October 2018)

We have been learning about different measures in our Power Hour groups. First we looked at ordinal numbers and how they help us to order items. The children completed a range of challenges, matching letters of the alphabet/birthday candles to the correct ordinal number. They then began learning about the days of the week & months of the year. They used their sequencing skills to order them correctly.



We learned about length and how to measure using cubes.

The children then used the cubes to compare different lengths. They used whiteboards to record their results.



We learned about money and opened our class shop. The children were very excited to be given real coins! They needed to read the price tags, decide what they could afford and give the shopkeeper the correct amount.




Caint agus Comhrá i rang a hAon (Méan Fómhair 2018)

Táimid ag úsáid cúpla frasaí gach lá mar shampla; ‘Is mise _________’, ‘Cé túsa?, ‘Conas atá tú?’, ‘Tá mé go maith/níl mé go maith’, ‘Chonaic mé ______ inné’ srl.


Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam!                         

Oral Language (September 2018)

Learning about opposites. The children tested each other and played a variety of guessing games to improve their oral language skills.We had some very enthusiastic winners by the end of the lesson!

























1st Class 2 enjoying their skipping workshop and learning some new skills! (September2018)



Back to school… 

1st Class 2 enjoying some back to school activities!

We spoke about our summer holidays and played some getting to know you board games.