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!