1st and 2nd Class

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Ms. Moloney

1st & 2nd Class Mid Term Update

Welcome to First and Second class. We are delighted to be in school and back together again. It is great to be able to see our friends everyday. School life is a bit different this year. There are many new safety rules but we are brilliant at remembering them all. We have spent time practising proper hand washing and sanitising to stay safe. We make sure to stay in our pods in the classroom and stay in our bubble on the yard.

For Literacy, we read the story ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark’. We chatted about the book and created a storyboard of the main events. We learned all about the barn owl and created beautiful artwork inspired by the book. We have been working on recount writing this month and have done fantastic work. Both our reading and writing are really improving with the help of Mrs. Wixted who works with us in the classroom every day.

We have worked very hard on Maths this term. We are learning addition tables and can recall them very quickly. Last week, we learned about 2D shapes.  We found the shapes in the classroom, made shape pictures out of lollipop sticks and went on a shape hunt outside. It was lots of fun!

In History, we talked about games played by our grandparents.Card games were very popular in the past. We practised playing card games we already knew and also learned how to play ‘twenty-five’. For PE, we really enjoyed playing yard games from the past like ‘duck, duck goose’. We also practised athletics and perfected our running, sprinting and jumping skills. We had great fun taking part in different kinds of races.

In Science, we investigated what plants need to grow by growing cress seeds. We made sure the cress seeds had water, light, air and warmth. We also left one of the plants in a dark cupboard, didn’t put any water in another and watched what happened. We learned about the changes that occur in nature in autumn and the names of some common Irish trees. We went on an autumn trail to see if we could spot any of these trees around the school.

In Geography, we learned about planet Earth in space. We discovered that night and day occur because the Earth rotates as it orbits the sun. We made spinning globes from paper plates and included all the continents of the world.

We have worked really hard this term and are looking forward to a well-deserved rest over the midterm break. We hope everyone is staying safe and well.

Slán from First and Second class!

First Class December Update

Welcome back to 1st class!

We have had a very busy and exciting first term.

First Class have just moved into our brand new classroom. We really enjoyed helping Ms. Moloney to organise the classroom and creating artwork to decorate our new room.

We are practising the Persuasive writing genre this month and learning lots of different reading comprehension strategies through the Building Bridges programme. Piper by Emma Chichester Clark is our favourite book we’ve read so far.

First Class love Science and we had a lot of fun during Science week. We investigated air and water with many cool experiments. We also made paper spinners and pinwheels.

In Geography, we investigated the weather and climate change. We talked about how we can help stop climate change. We recorded the weather everyday for a week, learned new words for different types of weather, talked about extreme weather conditions like hurricanes and each prepared a weather forecast to present to the class.

In History, we discovered how people long ago predicted the weather before the daily weather forecasts on TV.

Kilcornan NS took part in Anti Bullying week in November. We talked all about bullying and how to be a good friend. We recently had a visit from Dogs Trust which was very interesting. We learned how to behave around dogs so we can stay safe and also the hard work that goes into caring for a dog.

We have been working very hard on our Christmas show with the help of Kate Upton. This year Kilcornan NS are putting on a performance of ‘Cinderella’. First Class are singing and dancing in the show and have been practising a lot. We are really excited for the show and can’t wait for everyone to see us perform on the night.

First Class September Update

Welcome to First Class! We have all enjoyed the summer holidays and are well rested and ready for a new school year. We have all settled back to school and have been working very hard this term.

We have started graded reading again this year and really enjoy reading and chatting about our books at home every night. We have also started Literacy Stations this month. We love moving from station to station working on different reading, phonics, oral language and writing activities in our groups. We have been working on recount writing as part of First Steps writing programme and are busy creating great pieces of work.

In Science, First Class have been examining forces. We investigated the forces of pushing and pulling. We carried out a ‘Dancing Raisins’ experiment to find out what happens when raisins are dropped into fizzy 7up. Soon we will explore friction and investigate the distance a toy car travels on different surfaces.

In Geography, we talked about different methods of  transport. We carried out a traffic survey to investigate the most popular vehicle on the road and revised the ‘Safe Cross Code’ to make sure everyone knows how to be safe when crossing busy roads like the one outside our school.We also listened to the story ‘Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus’ by Mo Willems. It was very funny.

For History, we found out about ourselves as babies and discussed how we have grown and changed. We gathered information on first word,first steps, likes / dislikes etc. and made our own personal timelines with the information we’d collected.

First Class are very excited to be learning to play the tin whistle this year.  We know all the notes on the scale and have started to learn ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’. We are delighted with how much we have improved already.

Check back in with us soon for more First Class news!

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