The girls had an internet safety talk this week from Zeeko Academy. During the talk the girls learned about the importance of having usernames, passwords and private accounts when playing games via the internet. We discussed why it is important to not reveal any information about yourself to players of other games online. They also learned to STOP, BLOCK and TELL their chat buddi if they ever receive any nasty messages online. Thanks very much to Karl for coming in to speak to the class. It is important to constantly revisit this topic as a class.
Congratulations to the girls who celebrated their First Holy Communion in Star of the Sea Church on Saturday the 12th of May. All of their hard work and preparation really paid off. The children sang, read and performed their duties at mass to the best of their abilities. Thanks to all the family and friends who contributed greatly towards their very special day.
The children had lots of fun in school on Monday giving fashion shows to the girls in other classes. The style was amazing... She children should have been on the cover of Vogue Magazine
The countdown is on for the children's First Holy Communion. We are doing lots of preparation for the upcoming ceremony in class- learning prayers, practising mass responses, preparing church artwork, rehearsing readings and singing songs. It is so important for the children to take time each night and say their prayers and learn their mass responses.
Active Week was a success! The children experienced lots of outdoor and active activities with an introduction to swimming, tennis, history walks, wake up shake ups, class challenges, chaircercises and in-class dances. Their 'active homework' also went down well.... I have received lots of positive feedback from parents about the 10 minutes of hoovering! I will definitely keep this in mind for again... Here is a picture of the girls mid-dance! Some looks of concentration and happy faces to be seen.
Recently the children have been learning about different units of measurement- How to measure length (in centimetres and metres), capacity (in millilitres and litres) and also area (in square units). We have constantly been reminding ourselves to think about 'How many millilitres in a litre? 1000ml. In half a litre? 500 ml. In a quarter litre? 250 ml. How many centimetres in a metre? 100cm. In half a metre? 50cm. In a quarter of a metre? 25 cm. '
During active week, one of our maths lessons was to draw out an animal/ object according to specifications regarding length, width and/or height. The children were using metre sticks, measuring tapes, and trundle wheels to do this on the yard! They soon realised that measuring is more difficult than they had imagined.
Recently the girls of second class have been learning about the history of the national school system in Ireland- from the first hedge schools to the schools we have today. As part of their lessons, the children were comparing new and old school buildings and classrooms, interviewing relatives about their experiences of school, and discussing similarities and differences between schools in the past and schools today by looking at photographs. We had guest speakers visit the class also, to tell the girls about what life was like in the 'Old Donacarney School' which is now known as the 'red brick' building and currently being used as a Montessori. Mrs O Reilly and Liz told us a lot about their experiences of school-about their long walks home from school, the terrifying sewing inspections and also the old roll book! After the guest speakers, the children walked up to the old Donacarney school building to analyse its features from the outside and have a look at the structure of the building from the inside. They managed to learn a lot about the old school!
Over the past three weeks the children have been learning about plants and conducting experiments to identify the needs of plants. We put this knowledge to good use this week when we planted some seeds of our own in the classroom. The girls each planted a sunflower, and we also planted some class lettuce, cress and tomato seeds. Over the next few weeks we will monitor the growth of our class plants!
After a few hectic weeks involving First Confession, Seachtain na Gaeilge events and Easter preparations, I think we are all deserving of a few days off! To mark the last day of term we had a fun day which involved an Easter Raffle, an Easter bun decorating competition, and an Easter card competition. Despite some decorating disasters, the girls had a great day and all went home happy! Congratulations to the winners of the Best Bun (Naomi) and Best Card (Aoife). Here are a few snaps from today's activities. I wish you all a very happy, healthy and safe Easter break.
Bhí a lán spraoi againn an seachtain seo caite. Bhí a lán imeachtaí ag tarlú sa scoil mar shampla ceolchoirm, seisiún ceoil agus an haka gaelach! Rinne na páistí drámaíocht freisin- An Tornapa Mór. Bhí mé an- bhródúil as na bpáistí nuair a bhí siad ar an stáitse. Bhí siad ar fheabhas ar fad!
On March 7th, our class attended ‘Fighting Words’ writing workshop in Dublin. 'Fighting Words' was an initiative set up by renowned Irish author Roddy Doyle with the aim of encouraging young children to become more interested and involved in the writing process. During the workshop the children were treated in many ways as professional writers. They had an opportunity to engage with the creation of a story from the perspective of author, illustrator, editor and publisher. The writing workshop built on content we had covered during literacy lessons in school. The workshop facilitators discussed the important elements of story writing- the creation of believable characters, developing a plot, sequencing events in a story to include a clear beginning, middle and end, and finally, choosing an appropriate title. The class worked with a course facilitator to create their main character and story opening. A professional illustrator was also on hand to bring the children’s story to life through art! After that, the children were given time to write their own ending to the story and create some illustrations. The children then presented their work to a (slightly intimidating) editor, who was very surprised to discover that second class girls were capable of creating such an amazing story. He was delighted with their work and so decided to publish the girls’ story! The first part of their story was printed in hard copy and was also made available to read on FightingWords.ie. The children also received a hard copy of their story so far. They will be adding to this as they re-draft and edit their own story endings in class. The children, teacher and parents had a productive and memorable day at ‘Fighting Words’. There may be some future authors, editors, publishers and illustrators in second class. In any case, the girls certainly proved that they can use some fighting words!