We had such a fantastic World Book Day this year. We just loved dressing up as some of our favourite characters. Have a look through our slideshow and see can you guess what characters we are from some of our best loved books?
In First Class we really wanted to celebrate what a special week this is. We put a lot of focus on reading and took extra Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) time in class everyday to read some of our favourite books. We so enjoyed being able to just get lost in a book. We did lots of extra reading and literacy activities throughout the week. On World Book Day we also set up a book club with the Junior Infants. We listened to each other read and asked questions to get our minds thinking about what we were reading too. We also did a book swapping event. One of our favourite things to do was our drama based on famous books. We all had to act out scenes from some of the best known fairytales and guess what story it was. We have some amazing actors and actresses in our class. Each child could also present their book report to the class. It was very interesting to learn what books we thought were good and why. We love to read in First Class!
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” Dr. Seuss
In our English reader we had been reading about the lifecycle of the butterfly. It was so interesting so we decided to do some more research on the topic.
There are a lot of changes that happen for a butterfly to develop.
These changes are called 'metamorphosis'.
There are 4 stages:
1) A butterfly lays her eggs on a leaf
2) The eggs hatch and a caterpillar is formed
3) The caterpilllar eats and eats and forms into a 'pupa'
4) After some weeks the pupa opens up and a butterfly makes its way into the world
We also learned about the lifecycle of a frog. Come and visit our classroom and see some of the information we have put together!
Pancake Tuesday took place this year on the 25th of February. We celebrate Pancake Tuesday every year just before the season of lent begins. We are so lucky every year as the Moyles family provide every child in the school with a delicious pancake and choices of toppings. The 6th Class also came around to every class to help distribute the pancakes and toppings. Thank you so much! We had such a lovely day and an extra big lunch! Yum!
We have become teeth experts in First Class.
We have learned the names of our teeth: incisors, canines, premolars and molars.
We made a KWL chart; writing down what we know about teeth, what we want to know and what we learned about teeth after our research and discussions.
We also discussed how we should brush our teeth. We know how important our teeth are and why we should look after them.
You should brush your teeth at least twice a day
Try not to eat too much sugary food/snacks/drinks
Drinking water and milk are both good for your teeth
Gently and thoroughly brush each side of every tooth and the gums. It should take about 3 minutes to do them all.
We also made our own teeth structures using plasticine! They look so real! Come and have a look.
We also had a visit from the school Dental Team on the 5th of February and they were very impressed with all our knowledge. They talked to us, allowed us to ask any questions and gave every child a little dental pack to bring home. We really enjoyed their visit.
In Religion and SESE this week we learned all about Saint Brigid. We celebrate Saint Brigid every year on the 1st of February. We now know how important she was in spreading the word of God. She really wanted to build a Church for people to come and pray and learn about God. We were fascinated to read how Saint Brigid put her cloak down on the ground and how it spread for acres and acres. The King at the time knew she was blessed by God and gave her all the land she needed.
We decided in Art using fabric and fibre to make our own Saint Brigid's cloak and to see how far it might spread! Come and take a look in the front hall when you visit the school.
We had such a super Grandparents celebration. Thank you to all the amazing Grandparents that came to visit us in our classroom and gave up their time for us. We just loved learning about the past and what school and life was like back then. We so looked forward to these visits everyday. The mass this year was really special too. We loved celebrating the importance of the Grandparents in our lives. We know how lucky we are to have you guide us and teach us. We hope you enjoyed it too!
We are so excited to celebrate our wonderful Grandparents next week at the school mass. We decided to do some Art pieces to prepare for Grandparents Day. Everyone drew a portrait of their Grandparent. Using fabric and fibre we designed a special outfit for each Grandparent too. Everyone wrote a little piece about their Grandparent too and we created this collage of Grandparents pictures. They hang proudly in the front hall, along with the family trees we put together. Come and see!
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!