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Second Class 2 (Ms. Connor)

 

Eochair feasa foghlaim.

Céad Míle Fáilte go dtí suíomh gréasáin Rang a 2. We will be updating our page regularly so keep an eye out for all the wonderful learning that is happening inside and outside the classroom!

Beir bua agus beannacht.

 

World Book Day 

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

— Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”

We had a wonderful day for World Book Day! A big Go Raibh Maith Agaibh to all the parents who helped with the amazing costumes! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Ghaeilge

Bí ag scríobh 🙂

Bhí Rang a 2 ag foghlaim conas abairtí a scríobh! Tá siad go léir ar fheabhas 🙂

 

 

Power Hour 

Is aoibhinn linn Power Hour 🙂 We have the best time in Irish Power Hour with Ms. O’Connor and Ms. Carty. We enjoy reading, writing and learning our phonics! Gaeilge abú! We believe in a positive attitude when learning Irish. We really love to write silly sentences 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ted Harrison

We were looking at the work of Ted Harrison here in Rang a 2. We loved the bright, beautiful colours and bold lines. Here are some of our pastel drawings. You can have a look at Ted Harrison’s work here https://tedharrison.ca/

Arctic Animals

We loved learning about the animals of the Arctic in Rang a 2! Here our a few of our Animal Research Reports. You can read more here on the wonderful National Geographic for kids 🙂 https://www.natgeokids.com/za/discover/geography/general-geography/ten-facts-about-the-arctic/

Arctic animal facts…

  • Several arctic animals, like whales and Walruses, have a very thick layer of blubber beneath their skin which helps keep them warm.
  • The colour of many arctic animals fur changes to white during the winter months which provides them with camouflage in the snow. One example of an animal whose fur changes colour is the Arctic Fox.

 

Zumba

We love to dance in Rang a 2! We had an amazing time dancing with Audrey 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garden

Here we are enjoying a lovely lesson on birds with Patrick. 

 

 

 

Pointillism

Pointillism is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image. Georges Seurat and Paul Signac developed the technique in 1886, branching from Impressionism.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skyscrapers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Nativity

Luke 2:6-7
6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 
7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
Comhghairdeachas le Rang a 2. Rinne siad sár-iarracht agus iad ag léiriú Scéal na Nollag.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Am Poetry

As part of the BOLD GIRLS Programme the children composed and shared a biographical poem using descriptive language, sensory details, personality traits, emotions, and actions. The aim was to develop a positive self-concept about unique traits, recognising and accepting the diversity of peers.

 

 

 

Elvis the Elf

The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.

We have a visitor in Rang a 2! Elvis brought us all a little Christmas gift. He is keeping us entertained on his visit 🙂

 

Maths

A little piece of me loves fractions 🙂

 

 

 

Report Writing

We have been working on our report writing in Term 1. The children were asked to redraft their favourite so far. Here are a few of their choices 🙂

 

 

 

The Rainforest

Destroying a tropical rainforest for profit is like burning all the paintings of the Louvre to cook dinner.

We were learning about the layers of the rainforest and about the animals and plants that live in each of them. The layers of a rainforest, from the highest to the lowest, are:

  • Emergent layer (the tops of the highest trees)
  • Canopy layer (the branches and leaves of most of the rainforest trees; where most of the rainforest’s species are found)
  • Understory layer (small trees and shrubs able to live in low-light conditions)
  • Forest Floor layer (the dark, damp ground layer, where the rainforest’s largest animals are found)

 

Bold Girls

Be bold enough to use your voice,

brave enough to listen to your heart,

and strong enough to live the life you have always imagined.

The lucky ducks in Rang a 2 have been taking part in the BOLD GIRLS Programme. The aim of BOLD GIRLS is to break down societal barriers and instil confidence in girls and young women. This is done by showing children strong female characters in children’s books from pirates to princesses, and strong women throughout history involved in leadership, government or in the arts. I think our firm favourites might just be Frida Kahlo and Rosa Parks.

Do you know any BOLD GIRLS?

A wonderful book to read with your children is Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World.

 

 

You can read more about BOLD GIRLS here  https://childrensbooksireland.ie/wpcontent/uploads/2018/10/BOLDGIRLSreportFINALsmall.pdf

 

Some responses through art, to discussions during BOLD GIRLS sessions.

 

 

 

Starry, Starry Night

Starry, starry night

Paint your palette blue and grey

Here are some of our latest masterpieces! Rang a 2 looked at the Eiffel Tower in Paris with Ms. Mulligan and superimposed their interpretations of the Eiffel Tower on to their version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night background.

 

 

The Colosseum – Il Colosseo

Inspired by the great Andy Warhol.

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Míle buíochas a thuismitheoirí! Thank you for your kindness and generosity with our shoebox appeal. The children made such huge effort and we know that it will make a big difference to some of the world’s most vulnerable children. Maith-sibh go léir!

Here are some of our boxes! How amazing do they look?

 

 

Oíche Shamhna Shona Daoibh

Here are most of us all dressed up for Oíche Shamhna! Thanks Ms. Morris for the impromptu photograph 🙂

 

Something wicked this way comes….

A selection of Picasso inspired witches!

 

Edvard Munch

The Scream is the popular name given to multiple versions of a composition by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. The German title Munch gave these works is Der Schrei der Natur (The Scream of Nature). The works show a figure with an agonised expression against a landscape with a tumultuous orange sky.

Día de los Muertos

The Day of the Dead is celebrated in Mexico and other parts of Latin America. It is known as Día de los Muertos. This festival is celebrated to remember loved ones who have died. Here are a few of our sugar skulls (catrinas). 

 

Maths Week Ireland

Riddle… Crossing the River

A farmer is trying to cross a river. He is taking with him a rabbit, carrots and a fox, and he has a small raft. He can only bring 1 item a time across the river because his raft can only fit either the rabbit, the carrots or the fox. How does he cross the river?

(You can assume that the fox does not eat the rabbit if the man is present, you can also assume that the fox and the rabbit are not trying to escape and run away)

Read more: https://www.mathwarehouse.com/riddles/math-riddles.php#ixzz5U26vhMwN

 

Here we are today on a Maths Trail! It may have been chilly but the sun was shining on us while we worked on our Maths.

 

 

Trees, Trees, Trees

Rang a 2 have been learning about the trees we have here in Ireland. Did you know that it is considered bad luck to cut down a hawthorn tree? Or that oak trees have a lifespan of up to 1000 years? Here we are on a tree walk identifying fallen leaves.

 

Ana Serrano

Born in Los Angeles in 1983, Ana Serrano uses cardboard to create sculptural works of art inspired the cultural contexts in her life (Mexican and American). We loved the vibrant colours that Ana used here in Rang a 2. Here is a video from KCET that we really enjoyed watching. Enjoy 🙂

Take a look at some of our art inspired by La Yarda below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friendship Week

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Fight for you. Respect you. Include you. Encourage you. Need you. Deserve you. Stand by you.

 

 

 

 

Poetry

“You can find poetry in your everyday life, your memory, in what people say on the bus, in the news, or just what’s in your heart.” —Carol Ann Duffy

Well love poetry here in Rang a 2!

Here is a selection of our thoughts about the poem, The ‘Veggy’ Lion.

Here are some poems we wrote after reading The Squirdle by Spike Milligan.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

We are enjoying our novel this term. Here are some of our visualisations based on our favourite chapter so far, The Terrible Tractors!

 

Architecture – Bridges

As part of a whole school theme of Architecture we researched famous bridges around the world and also here at home! Our favourite is the bright red Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco, designed by the architect Joseph B. Strauss. We had a go at designing some bridges ourselves 🙂

Upcoming Events

  1. Assembly

    May 30
  2. IPSA-T

    May 30
  3. June Bank Holiday

    May 31 - June 4
  4. MIST Assessment

    June 6
  5. Sports Day

    June 7