Múinteoir Connor’s Rang a 2
Fáilte romhaibh go léir chuig ár leathanach. Is breá linn a bheith ag foghlaim agus ag spraoi.
Tá súil againn go mbainfidh sibh taitneamh as!
“The artist makes things concrete and gives them individuality.” Paul Cezanne
We have been looking at the artist Paul Cezanne in Term 3 to assist us with our learning about still life artwork. We looked at the artwork, ‘Still Life Fruit and Jug’ and used oil pastels and chalk to create our beautiful recreations of the artwork.
Mummification of a tomato…
We love the Ancient Egyptians! We find them fascinating. We have been learning about the Ancient Egyptians in April. As our Science lesson, we carried out an experiment to mummify a tomato. We will be observing our tomatoes over the coming weeks.
The methods of embalming, or treating the dead body, that the ancient Egyptians used is called mummification. Using special processes, the Egyptians removed all moisture from the body, leaving only a dried form that would not easily decay.
Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.
We were very lucky to have fantastic weather for our garden slot. Is breá linn an gairdín agus ag obair sa ghairdín. We took care of the garden and made sure to remove all rubbish. We enjoyed planting herbs, spreading bark and finding worms in the compost! Aren’t the tulips beautiful?
If you don’t take care of your body, where will you live?
We love to keep fit! We have been taking part in Athletics and Gaelic in Term 3. We also make sure to fit in time for squats, planks and laps around the Astro pitch!
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. ― Marie Curie
Ms. Harkin organised a fantastic Science Week for us! We had the most amazing time at a huge variety of workshops, such as Dave of the Jungle, The Zoo and Birds of Prey. It was all very exciting!
Here we are being very brave with owls, tarantulas and snakes!
Artist, designer and illustrator, living and working in Nottingham, UK.
Bhí Rang a 2 ag foghlaim faoin artist Elouise Renouf. They were painting, printing, practising their cutting skills, collaging and more. We think the final work looks fantastic!
The ship of dreams…
Rang a 2 had a great time ag foghlaim about the Titanic.
We discussed the building of the Titanic by Harland and Wolff in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Titanic sadly sank after hitting an iceberg on April 15th, 1912 on her very first voyage ever. Approximately 1500 lost their lives in the disaster. When the Titanic sank, the total number of survivors was 706. Of these 492 were passengers most of them from First Class, and 214 crew members. All 25 Engineering Officers died whilst trying to keep the ship afloat. Two dogs survived and the band played music till the ship went under. Unfortunately none of the band members survived. The Titanic didn’t carry enough lifeboats for all of the passengers. The wreck of the Titanic was discovered in 1985. The ship has split in two and is resting on the seabed at a depth of over 3700 metres.
Here is our Titanic, which we built using papier-mâché. We do love a large scale project! We are so lucky to have Ms. O’Meara, Ms. Morris and Marcus to help with all of our ambitious projects! They are so amazing 🙂
Lá Fhéile Pádraig/Seachtain na Gaeilge
Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig Oraibh!
We had a fantastic week celebrating Seachtain na Gaeilge. Bhí céilí agus tráth na gceist ar siúl. We learned the poem An Dochtúir and performed at the ceolchoirm.
Beatha teanga í a labhairt.
Rang a 2 are always making a huge effort with their Gaeilge. We wrote An Nuacht under our Éadaí theme and we are so impressed with our efforts as well as how far we have come with our cursive handwriting. Have a look at some of the examples of our work.
World Book Day
“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked chin and stick out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. “
The Twits – Roald Dahl
Rang a 2 had a wonderful time on World Book Day! They are a super creative bunch and the costumes that they created were incredible.
The Chinese New Year
The year of the dog
We enjoyed learning about the Chinese New Year. We watched a lovely illustrated story called, ‘Fortune Tales’ and we learned that Chinese New Year is a time of celebration, family feasts, fireworks and gift giving. These traditions have been passed down through the years. The Chinese calendar follows a twelve year pattern with each year named after an animal. We read the legend of the Emperor Jade who held a great race. The first twelve animals to reach his palace would have a year named after them. We loved the antics of the animals in this great race! The rat was a little sneaky! Here we are making our Chinese New Year dragon.
Fun Fact! Polar bears have black skin and although their fur appears white, it is actually transparent!
“People also leave presence in a place even when they are no longer there.“ – Andy Goldsworthy
Andy Goldsworthy is an innovative British artist and sculptor who creates huge pieces of land art in the environment, using all natural objects such as pebbles, twigs, branches, pine cones, mud, leaves and petals. We had a great time researching his artworks, and we learned that he creates temporary installations. We found the idea of temporary art fascinating, and the realisation that art would not last forever was a new concept for us!
Here we are, braving the elements in our local environment to create our own temporary art! We made sure we took some photographs, for the memories!
Ötzi The Iceman
We had a special presentation about a fantastic project that some of our students had been working on with Ms. A. O’Meara. The boys were very brave to stand up and present their work to the class. They spoke to us about how Ötzi has been preserved and they took great pride in their work which is amazing to see! We are all very excited to see their next project! Maith-sibh!
Gaeilgeoir na Seachtaine!
Gaeilge agus Fáilte!
We are truly trying so very hard with our Irish in Rang a 2 and hard work deserves praise! We will post our Gaeilgeoir na Seachtaine regularly. If you have Irish, please use Irish with us! Grá don Ghaeilge!
Fantastic Finished Fish
“The rainbow fish shared his scales left and right.
And the more he gave away, the more delighted he became.”
Bhí muid ag péinteáil arís! Is breá linn ag péinteáil. Nach ndearna muid go maith?
Ted Harrison Oil Pastels
“Life is a rainbow road, multicoloured with the most brilliant hues and contrasting with the darkest tones.”
We had a busy first week back at school. We enjoyed learning about English-Canadian artist, Ted Harrison. We loved the bright colours and clean lines in his work. Harrison was best known for his distinctive paintings of Yukon. You can look at his work here www.tedharrison.ca
Our Nativity has made it to the Independent website! Maith sibh!
Check out the following link. https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/banter/cute/watch-we-were-amazing-dublin-schoolchildren-invite-us-to-watch-their-nativity-36413566.html
Comhghairdeachas libh go léir! Bhí sibh ar fheabhas! Tá bród mór ar Ms. Connor agus Mr. Glynn.
Is réaltaí sibh!
Ceolchoirm na Nollag
Rang a 2 (1) and Rang a 2 (2) joined together to perform the annual HCNS Nativity Play. We performed at the Senior Concert on 15th December and again at the Junior Concert on the 20th. A video journalist from the Independent came out to video the play on the 15th and he interviewed some of our talented performers.
Míle buíochas le Ms. A O’Meara and Beat who helped with our superb props and costumes. Míle buíochas freisin le Múinteoir Moriarty who took some pictures at the dress rehearsal on the 14th which can be seen here. http://www.haroldscrossns.ie/school-events/christmas-concert-2017/
Bhí cuairteoir againn i Rang a 2!
We were very lucky to have a special friend with us for the month of December. Elvis the Elf kept us very entertained with his antics in the classroom. Ná bí dána, Elvis! We will miss him very much when he returns to the North Pole! Slán leis!
We also had a visit from Daidí na Nollag!
Santa told us that we had lovely manners and that we had to continue with our good behaviour in the new year! He was also wondering what Elvis had been up to!
Rainbow Fish Clay
We very much enjoyed experimenting with clay recently! We were inspired by the story of The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. The Rainbow Fish is an award-winning book about a beautiful fish who finds friendship and happiness when he learns to share.
We used this Self Portrait by Frida Kahlo as a stimulus in a recentart lesson. We 💛 Frida!
Frida Kahlo was born in Coyoacán, Mexico (just south of MexicoCity) on July 6, 1907. She grew up with her parents and six sisters, during the Mexican revolution, which started in 1910. She loved to draw when she was a child, preferring to be alone than playing with her sisters. During her life, she had many, many medical problems and injuries that caused her a lot of physical pain; this is important to note because her pain and isolation isreflected in her paintings. 🎨
Frida was a strong voice for women, at a time when women did not have as many rights as they do now. She was an advocate for indigenous rights, and spoke against commercialisation and imperialism, sometimes between industrialised US and pre-industrial Mexico. Frida Kahlo died July 14, 1954. #girlpower
Is breá linn a bheith ag damhsa! As part of the Dance strand in PE we are really lucky to have Audrey come out on Fridays to do Zumba with us. We have some very impressive dance moves!
Is breá linn ceol! As part of the Music curriculum we are really lucky to have Catherine come out on Mondays to do music with us. We watched and listened to performances by Stomp! and then made our own percussion pieces.
Here is the link to Stomp! on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=US7c9ASVfNc
Click the links labelled Ceol a-f to see us perform!
Click the link to see a short recording from the amazing Graffiti Classics. It was such a treat to hear such beautiful instruments. We loved having them in with us!