Fáilte go Rang a Dó (1)
Welcome to our class page!!
Please check in regularly to see what we get up to during the year. Note: Change in PE days to Wednesday and Friday. On these days please ensure that school tracksuits and runners are worn.
In Geography this month we worked together in small groups to complete a project on China. Everyone had an individual topic to research and we were very proud to watch our projects coming together. We learned lots and then presented our work to the class. 🇨🇳
Fun in the Sun ☀️
Hope you like our collaborative ‘Under the Sea’ artwork.
Maths: Time ⏰
This month in Maths it was all about ‘Time’. We read the time in hours, half hours and quarter hours on a twelve hour analog clock. To help with this concept we enjoyed creating our own analog clocks using play dough.
Check out our ‘Water Lilies’ inspired by French artist Claude Monet! 🖼 🖍🖌
Science Week 👩🏼🔬👨🔬 🧪
We celebrated Science Week this month in Second Class (1). The children carried out a variety of experiments in class and attended Science workshops.
We investigated the effects of hot and cold water when poured over skittle sweets. When you pour water over the skittles the coloured coating dissolves spreading through the water. The colour and sugar dissolve into the water and diffuse through the water making the colour of the skittle. Have a look at all the colours of the rainbow we made!
We examined how plants absorb water from their roots using celery, food colouring and water. Our predictions were correct and the children were really excited to see the celery leaves turning red!
The class explored the concept of osmosis using gummy bears, salt water, plain water and vinegar. We eagerly await the results of this one!
Everyone took part in a variety of Science workshops which included being taught how to perform CPR. The children were very attentive, worked very hard during the worskshop and were complimented on their understanding and skill by the instructor.
STEM-Paper Tower Challenge
The class were delighted to have Chris Reina come to work with us this month. The children were presented with a challenge of constructing a tower using sheets of A4 paper. No other materials were allowed. They worked together in groups and discussed various strategies before constructing their tower. Here is what they came up with!
We were really excited to prepare a little surprise for our Mum’s for Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day and thank you to all our Mum’s from all in Second Class (1).
World Book Day
Rang a Dó (1) really enjoyed World Book Day. We had a book ‘Show &Tell’ where we reviewed our favourite books and gave them a rating out of ten. We had so much fun guessing which of our teachers were hiding behind their favourite book! To conclude the day, we designed some bookmarks and were delighted when Ms. Murray’s Rang a Sé came to read with us.📚
We got to dress up as our favourite book character. Can you guess who we are?
English: Procedural Writing
Second Class (1) have been working very hard on procedural writing. We discussed the steps involved in writing a procedure using connectives and imperative verbs. We wrote the procedure on making pancakes and were delighted to have a little pancake treat to celebrate Pancake Tuesday🥞
In Science we have been learning about sounds as part of the strand Energy and Forces. We identified a variety of sounds in our environment and looked at how to produce different sounds using everyday items. Take a look at our homemade instruments!
In Maths we have been exploring, identifying and recording place value.
Happy New Year from all in Second Class (1)
In History this month we learned all about the Titanic. We all completed our own projects and presented them to the class.
To celebrate Well-being week the class took part in lots of relaxation and fun activities. We started with meditation on ‘Mindfulness Monday’ and on ‘Thankful Tuesday’ we created a gratitude tree and reflected on the things we are grateful for in our lives.
On ‘Well-being Wednesday’ we discussed positive affirmations and constructed our chain of strengths.
We were delighted to have a homework pass on Thursday and to conclude the week we played lots of different board games and had a magician entertain us in the hall.
Festive Fun in Second Class 1
Second Class 1 had great fun this month preparing and performing our Christmas Play ‘Ralph the Reindeer’. All the boys and girls learned their lines really well and we hope you enjoyed our performance. We also had a big surprise when Santa came to visit and we did some lovely Christmas artwork. We welcomed our new classmate Marcel and we hope he will be very happy in our school. We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and we will see you all again in 2023.
Power Hour Gaeilge
In Maths this month we have been working on comparing equivalent and non-equivalent sets 0-20 using the symbols <, >, =. We are also learning about ‘Money’ recognising, exchanging and using coins up to the value of 50 cent.
Oíche Shamhna Shona Daoibh ó Rang a Dó (1)🎃👻
Spooktacular Fun in Second Class 1 🎃
We have worked really hard on our spellings/litriú this month. Every week we complete lots of enjoyable spelling activities. Our favourite spelling challenge is called “Word Wipe Out!” Ms. Lowe has been very impressed with our hard work and spelling test results.
Rang a Dó (1) had ‘SUM’ fun as they enjoyed lots of activities for Maths Week 2022. The boys and girls went on a Maths trail around the school grounds and solved lots of Maths problems. We also played a variety of Maths games in class such as “Guess my Number”, Place Value Challenge and Mangahigh.
The children worked together using a map and key to create a ‘Funny Face’. We discussed the various symbols on the map and how to use the key. This activity helped develop our spatial awareness. Here we are busy at work!
Second Class (1) really enjoyed celebrating Friendship Week. Each morning we discussed a friendship quotation. We read a story called “How Full is your Bucket?” by Carol Mc Cloud and discussed it together. We brainstormed the qualities of a good friend. The “Secret Friend” activity was so much fun. Each member of the class was given a piece of paper and the name of a classmate who was to be their secret friend. They then wrote something complimentary about that person. To complete the activity, the children really enjoyed guessing who was their secret friend. Well done to Anna and Michael for receiving ‘Friendship Week’ awards.
PE- Tennis/Outdoor and Adventure
Rang a Dó are really enjoying their PE session every Friday with tennis coach Stephen. They have been working on their forehand, backhand skills and their ball handling. On Thursdays the class have been enjoying the Outdoor and Adventure Strand where they have been following directions and using control cards.
Here they are in action!
Since returning in September we have been working on addition and subtraction. We have been partitioning sets using objects and finding addition combinations to make up a given number. We are also working on developing understanding of subtraction as deduction or difference.
The children had lots of fun playing a Maths game called 101 using a dice and their hundred square.