We had a visit from a puppet show on Monday 16th of December. The Junior Infants to Second Class had their own junior show. There was lots of festive cheer and we just loved when some of our audience members got to take part. There was even a little snow shower at the end!
The Junior Infants to Second Class children performed their nativity show on Thursday 12th December. The First Class children had the task of narrating the performance with the Second Class. They also had to sing and dance along to all the catchy tunes and what a wonderful job they did. There was lots of practice put in by the children; reading with expression, using a clear voice and even looking at the audience! We have lots of future performers on our hands. It was a fantastic day filled with lots of festive cheer!
First class designed and made their own Christmas candle holders using clay. They moulded the clay into the shape they wanted. We also used some utensils such as mini forks to create some patterns. We had to wait a few days for the clay to dry before the painting and decorating could begin!
After we painted the candle holders, making sure a few coats were used, we put in a little tea-light, wrapped it up with shiny paper and ribbon and had our little present ready to give to someone special for Christmas!
For the month of December First Class have been learning about the conventions of procedural writing. We read lots of different examples such as; following the steps of a recipe, reading instructions to play games and following a science experiment. We decided to write a procedure explaining how to build a snowman. Every child also made a little snowman using a toilet paper holder and an old sock to go with their writing piece. We had lots of fun creating our own little snowmen characters!
The 6th Class children put on a wonderful science expo for all the children in the school with lots of assistance from Bernie O'Bric and very helpful parents. First Class really enjoyed learning about climate action from the older boys and girls in the school. We realise that climate change is happening and the impact this will have for our world. We need to start making more positive changes in order to help our planet. Thank you 6th class for such an important lesson!
First Class put on their scientist's hats this week for science week and we tried out lots of really fun experiments. We made some predictions about what we thought might happen, we observed what happened and then we discussed and recorded the results.
We tried out lots of different experiments;
We made some raisins dance
We made an egg float
We made a lava lamp
We made fireworks in a jar
We pierced holes in a ziplock bag full with water without spilling a drop!
We changed the colours of some white flowers
We loved getting involved in science week and cant wait to try out some more experiments!
In our class we are always mindful of showing kindness to one another. We share kind thoughts and try to do kind things both in the classroom and on the yard. We set up an advent kindness calendar in our classroom for the month of December. We also displayed a kindness quilt in the school front hall. We wanted to share some really simple ideas to continue to promote the kind atmosphere in our school such as; asking someone to join in a game, taking turns, saying 'please' and 'thank you', asking someone if they are feeling ok.
'No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted' - Aesop
First Class created self-portraits of themselves. We studied how to create the right face and head shape and what positions to draw all the facial features. We firstly used just a pencil to draw the shape and features. Our creative side was let loose then and we added in lots of extra features and little things that make us who we are!
We love how unique each one is. We looked and responded to everyone's portrait. They are hanging proudly in our hallway.