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Fáilte  romhat go Rang a hAon!!!


First class has had a busy start to our new school year. We were delighted to be back at school, having fun with our friends and learning lot of new things. We stay at school for an extra hour each day now and have time to learn even more than we did as infants! We welcomed a new pupil to our class too. His name is Mantas. Our Hot Air Balloon art activities made us all feel ready to launch into our new school year. We designed other cool art and crafts creations this term also, such as magic colour-wheel eyes with special super-powers, dingle-dangle scarecrows and finger-print Autumn Trees. 



We have been really lucky in St. Clare’s N.S. to see the delivery of hot lunches to all classrooms this year. So far, they are a great success and we have enjoyed some very tasty lunches since returning to school.




We have had lots of fun stretching our maths brains this term. We are trying hard to improve our mental maths skills and have been playing dice and card games to help us become marvellous mathematicians. Sometimes we play maths games in pairs or in groups but sometimes we play on our own too.




We have also been working on 2-D shapes recently. We used our school tablets to find examples of different 2-D shapes in our classroom. We then presented our photos to the rest of the class. It was fun!



As part of our history lessons, we explored how we have grown and changed since birth. We brought in baby photos and tried to work out who was who! Now that was tricky as we have all changed A LOT!  We worked in groups to create growth timelines and displayed them in our classroom alongside our baby photos. 





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We found so many different leaves that, when we returned to our classroom, we designed Autumn Leaf Prints. That was a very enjoyable activity and our prints looked fantastic when we were finished!



Literacy group work fun

We have settled in very well to first class and we are working very hard on practicing our literacy skills. We have been busy doing group work, practicing our reading and writing skills and putting our new learning into action. Here we are completing writing stations, practicing our tricky words and magic ‘e’ words. Look how neat our writing is!






Autumn Fun in First Class!

We have been learning all about Autumn in First Class. We went on a lovely nature walk around the Nun’s walk to look out for signs of Autumn that we had been learning about. 

Learning about Autumn has been interesting. Nature is always changing and we identified all of the changes that accompany Autumn. Step outside and the beautiful colours of Autumn are everywhere! We noticed the changes happening all around us and collected lots of Autumn leaves, fruits and berries for our nature table in class.

We also made great use out of the Autumn leaves by using them for one of our Art lessons. We learned  all about printing and used beautiful Autumn colours to create leaf printings.





We have been working hard every day, listening to our teacher, being kind and helpful towards each other and trying our very best both with our classwork and homework. All of that hard work sometimes earns us golden time and our favourite golden time activity so far this term has been a visit to our wonderful school playground. We really enjoyed that!




It has been a VERY busy half-term for us first class pupils!