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!