Fáilte romhat go Rang a hAon!!!
First class had a busy start to our first term. 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! Our Belonging Tree and Hot Air Balloon art activities made us all feel ready to launch into our new school year.
We have spent time enjoying the brand-new areas within our school since we returned, reading books in the comfy surroundings of our school library, learning together in our outdoor classroom and visiting our fantastic new playground. We were so lucky to win a raffle ticket to be the first class to visit the playground on the day that it opened. Now that was a special treat!
First and second class also have a new yard to play in this year and have lots of fun there every day, being kind to our friends, looking out for each other and making sure to include everyone in our games!
In our own classroom, some of the lessons we have really enjoyed so far have been our senses science experiment, our maths dice games and lots of art and craft activities. We drew our self-portraits; created some amazing colour-wheel magic eyes, each with its own super-power; designed dingle-dangle scarecrows; and, finger-painted Autumn trees too.
Most recently, we started guided reading sessions in our class. We welcome Ms. McGovern to our class to help us with our reading each week. We also took an Autumn nature walk and noticed all the Autumnal change taking place along the Nun’s walk.
It has been a very busy term in 1st class, learning lots of new things, being creative, celebrating special occasions, starting tennis lessons, continuing our guided reading sessions, working on the Stay Safe programme and having endless fun at the same time!
Back in January, we explored weather in S.E.S.E. and learned about two famous scientists Anders Celsius, who created the Celsius scale to measure temperature and Sir Francis Beaufort, who invented the Beaufort scale to measure wind speed. We listened to pieces of music depicting the wind in various forms and then designed colourful windsocks to measure wind direction. We were very proud of our creative efforts!
In February, we learned all about St. Valentine, made love-bugs for St. Valentine’s Day and explored the country of China in S.E.S.E. We also celebrated Safer Internet Day and took part in the school poster competition. Congratulations to Oliver Allen who was awarded the prize in Ms. Cunningham’s class!
March was jam-packed with exciting and interesting activities! We marked Pancake Tuesday by creating our own perfect pancake faces in class, using a variety of yummy toppings. Not only did our culinary creations look really adorable, they were absolutely delicious too!
We learned about the religious season of Lent, learned some new special prayers for Lent and celebrated Ash Wednesday by making a Lenten Promises Box and writing our own Lenten promises. Fingers crossed we can keep those promises until Easter Sunday!
We were treated to a visit by the local fire service in early March also. We heard all about the work of firefighters, learned about the equipment that they use, how they protect themselves and the new state-of-the-art fire station Ballyjamesduff will boast in the near future. We delightedly accepted an invitation to visit the new station when it is completed. We even got to try out their very powerful fire-hoses and were rather drenched afterwards!! Huge thanks to the local fire crew who gave their time to teach us all about the incredible work of the fire service. We now may have a few budding fire-fighters in our class!