Senior Infants & First Class

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Teacher: Mrs. Gleeson & Mrs. Conway

Senior Infants and First Class October Midterm Update

Welcome back to Seniors and First Class! We have had a wonderful two months getting settled back. We are delighted to have two teachers this year – we think we are getting twice as many rewards!

In Seniors, we started a new Phonemic Awareness programme, which helps us with our reading. We had lots of new actions to learn, but we love it! We have also started our first reader of the year, ‘Ella Goes to the Airport’, and love talking about our characters and the adventures they get up to. We love writing in our copies and our books. Our writing is getting better every day.

In first class we had to get used to staying in school until 3pm. It was hard at first, but our teachers gave us lots of incentives and made it easier. It is a lovely part of our day now.

We are enjoying reading our new readers and having time for DEAR (Drop Everything And Read)time. We share our bean bags and cushions and get comfortable with a book from the library. Our writing has become much more mature and we enjoy taking care when we are writing. We have really impressed Mrs. Gleeson and Mrs. Conway with our neat writing!

We love ‘Show and Tell’ on a Friday. We are allowed bring in something special from home, that we can show to our friends.

We really enjoyed ‘Maths Week’ in October. We did lots of different and creative maths activities during the week. We were each awarded with a certificate for taking part in Maths Week. We have been playing lots of maths games – Buzz, higher and lower, Blastoff – which feel like too much fun to be learning! We love using concrete materials in our maths lessons. Our favourite, most recently, was the ‘Story of 6’ told through the Magic Muddy Puddle.

We also celebrated Climate Action Week in October. We tried our best to have a ‘No Waste Lunch’ one day and we had a ‘No Power Hour’ on another morning. We always recycle everyday in school and try our best to recycle at home too.

In September we went on a nature walk around the school. We saw lots of amazing things like a horse chestnut tree with conkers, blackberries growing on the bushes, some snails and even a dragonfly! When we got back to our classroom we drew some beautiful pictures of everything we saw. We have enjoyed learning about trees (we celebrated National Tree Day by planting a Hazel tree in the front of the school) and taking notice of how the nature around us is changing with the arrival of Autumn. We love saying the poem “Falling Leaves” using actions. We learned about the hedgehog – he is nocturnal and needs to hibernate during the winter.

We printed and painted beautiful ducklings, made beautiful rockets and Autumn trees. We also made a creatlach and a púca to decorate our room. We made a 3D hedgehog using wool to make a pom pom for his spikes. We then added a nose and eyes to the pompom. We made a habitat for our hedgehog and filled it with autumn coloured leaves. We use paint palettes with sixteen different paint blocks on them. It took some practice to get used to using the paint blocks, but they give us lots of different colours and are easy to mix. We love drawing too. We all got a chance to draw Arnie the Doughnut and we did a stunning job!

We have been relishing Music Generation. Aoife and Nora (a past-pupil) come into our room every Wednesday and teach us songs and games. Nora brought her harp one day and played music for us. It was really special.

The build up to Halloween has been great fun! As part of a science experiment using magnets, we made paper ghosts which could hover in the air. We have been reading “Spookley,the Square Pumpkin” and “Room on the Broom”. In pairs we did a cut and paste sequencing activity for each story. We used the finished product to help us to retell the story aloud. We have been learning about the spider and we created beautiful drawings of Halloween spiders. They were spooky!

 

School Tour Juniors to First Class

Juniors to First Class enjoyed a super School Tour on Tuesday 30th May to Stonehall Visitor Farm and Wildlife Park. Our neighbours warmly welcomed us to their beautiful farm and gave the pupils a fun and very educational tour of the farm and wildlife park. The pupils loved learning all about the animals such as ostriches, emus, rheas and owls. They also had lots of fun in the play area with the bouncing castle, co operative games and many bikes, scooters and trikes. As the weather was so beautiful, we called into Curragh Chase on the way home and had fun in the playground with a picnic. A great day was had by all! Check out the gallery for more photos of the day.

Christmas Show 2022

After two years of a hiatus, we were delighted to be able to bring back Kilcornan National School's annual Christmas show. Pupils from Junior Infants to Second Class put on a nativity based musical called 'Whoops A Daisy Angel', while pupils from Third to Sixth Class performed a selection of Christmas songs and songs from their upcoming Peace Proms performance. We are incredibly proud of all the pupils!

Thank you to the staff for their hard work in ensuring the pupils were extremely well prepared for the shows. Thank you to the Parents' Council for organising the raffle and providing refreshments for both shows. We are very grateful to the community centre for the use of the hall and to Mike O'Connell for all his work preparing the stage and providing lighting and sound. Thank you to everyone who supported the show, prepared the pupils and helped with staging and costumes.

Please find below a beautiful selection of photographs by Mary O'Shaughnessy. DVD's will be available in the new year from Fergal Nash.

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a healthy and happy new year. We look forward to welcoming pupils back to Kilcornan on Thursday 5th January!

Christmas Show Photographs

Senior Infants & First Class Christmas Update

What a wonderful term we have had in the Senior Infants and 1st class classroom!

We were lucky enough to be able to put on our Christmas show ‘Whoops-A-Daisy Angel’. We had great fun learning our songs and helping to make up the dances to go with them. There was great excitement when we first got to practise on the stage! We also painted some props and learned our lines. When the day of the show finally arrived, our nerves and excitement were all mixed together, but we all had great fun performing for an audience. It was a fantastic experience and lots of our family members came to see us!

We were also so delighted to attend the panto ‘Peter Pan’ in UL. It was the first time for most of us to see a panto and we loved it – especially shouting at the actors ‘He’s behind you!’ and ‘Oh no you’re not!’

We celebrated Science Week by completing different science experiments: we made butter using double cream and then tasted it on toast; we compared the reactions of coke and mentos and bread soda and vinegar; we filled a balloon with the gas from the mixture of bread soda and vinegar; and we painted our names using an invisible mixture of bread soda and water, then when that had dried we painted over the whole page, using a mixture of turmeric and sanitiser, to reveal the hidden name.

 

In Literacy, we are learning to write more elaborate information, especially using words and phrases that we know and we know where to find them to help us spell. The 1st class worked in pairs to write acrostic poems – they were great fun to read aloud! It is great to be able to use our skills independently. We love reading time, both shared and DEAR time (Drop Everything And Read). We start every morning with oral language, where we enhance our skills of speaking and listening. It is great fun so we don’t realise we are learning!

Is maith linn Gaeilge! We love learning songs and rhymes in Irish. We play games to help us practise our vocabulary – Deir Ó Grádaigh and Bíongó are our current favourites!

In Maths, we learned to compare items – tall, taller, tallest, wide, wider, widest etc. We have investigated up to the number 8 in Seniors and spent lots of time with concrete materials. We also created patterns using different resources. In 1stclass, we spent time learning about money – it can be tricky to count! Luckily we had lots of coins and real-life scenarios to help.4

In SESE, we have been learning about winter and the weather. We use a lot of observation and comparing. It is important to take notice of the world around us. In History, we examined old and new toys. We watched some clips of the old Late, Late Toy Show with Gay Byrne presenting it. We took notice of the different types of toys and the different clothes that were in fashion. We also noticed some toys that are still the same or similar to our toys today.

In Visual Art, we developed more drawing and painting skills. We drew amazing ‘Barry, the Fish with Fingers’. We also created patterns and mixed our own colours; we made a three-toed sloth; we created a hedgehog using match sticks and autumn leaves. We also made Christmas tree decorations, woolly hats and elf door hangers.

We have been so busy! We are very excited for Christmas and spending time with our family and friends!

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