1st and 2nd Class

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Ms. Moloney

1st & 2nd Class Easter Update

Welcome back to 1st and 2nd class!

This school term has been very different to what we had expected as we began the new year with distance learning on Seesaw. Despite not being together in the classroom, 1st and 2nd class continued to work very hard at home. We chatted and played games on our weekly Zoom calls but were so excited to return to school on March 1st and see each other in person.

We have had a busy 4 weeks but we have made sure to take time to chat, play and re connect again having been apart for so long.

We were delighted to welcome our French student Raphaelle to our class. We love having her in the classroom and we have even learned some French words and phrases.

It has been a very special time for 2nd class who celebrated the sacrament of First Confession on the 24th March. We worked very hard practising our prayers and responses and were fantastic on the day. We can’t wait to celebrate the sacrament of First Holy Communion on May 8th.

1st and 2nd class have been continuing their hard work on reading since returning to school. We have begun CAPER(Children and Parents Enjoying Reading) and love to read our new books at home each night. We also enjoy DEAR time in the classroom where we take time to relax and read each day. We are great writers and have been working on explanatory writing this month. We learned about the life cycle of the butterfly as well as some interesting facts about them. We then wrote about the 4 stages of their development.  We have been learning about narrative writing and listen to wonderful stories every day on Storyline Online.

We really enjoyed taking part in Seachtain na Gaeilge. We tried our best to use Gaeilge both in class and on the yard and were awarded with ‘Gaeilgeoir an Lae’ certificates for our super efforts. We enjoyed playing Biongó and Feicim le mo Shúilín. We listened to traditional Irish music, learned all about the fascinating life of St. Patrick and dressed all in green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

In Maths, we have spent some time revising addition tables and practising skip counting. We have been working on problem solving, fractions and data. To link in with our oral language theme of transport we completed a traffic survey. We gathered our data outside, represented the data on a block graph and discussed the results.

We have created some lovely artwork too. Beautiful flower bouquets for Mother’s Day, St. Patricks’ Day rainbow twirlers and fabulous Easter bunnies. We have also loved getting back to our fun movement breaks with GoNoodle and playing games in the astro turf that develop our fundamental movement skills.

A very special thank you to Mrs. Wixted, Sharon and Marian who help us in the classroom every day.

We hope you all had a lovely Easter. Check back in with us soon!

Slán from Rang a hAon agus a Dó!

1st & 2nd Class December Update

Welcome back to 1st and 2nd class! The first term has just flown by!

We had lots of fun during Science week when we learned all about teeth. We investigated how some foods can cause tooth decay. We used eggs for teeth and placed the eggs in coke, water, milk, apple juice and vinegar. The results were very interesting. We also made a model of teeth using plasticine.

In Geography, we have been watching the weather,measuring the daily rainfall using a rain gauge and learning about the watercycle.

In Maths, we practised counting money and calculating change at the shop. We also learned about symmetry and created beautiful symmetrical butterflies. We examined 3D shapes and made our own out of paper nets and match sticks.

Although the lead up to Christmas has been a little different this year, we have still really enjoyed it. We had a special visitor this month. Allie the Elf has been moving around the classroom and watching everyone very closely to report back to Santa. We love finding her new hiding place every morning.

We have looked forward to checking what treats are behind our advent calendar each day. There has been hot chocolate, fluffy socks day, a talent show and lots more. We loved working together to write Christmas acrostic poems and created lots of fabulous, festive artwork.

We are looking forward to our Christmas holidays afterall our hard work this term.

Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year from 1st and 2nd class!

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.

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