1st Class News-January 2015

Ms. Donald’s News:
This month we studied Picasso, the cubist artist. We learned about his life as an artist and how he likes to change shapes and colours. He was famous for his faces so we drew our own ‘Picasso’ faces showing both the profile and the full face in the same picture. 
 
Ms. Horan’s News:
In our class this month we learned all about food. In Irish we played ‘Bia Bingó’ and performed a role play ‘Sa Bhialann’. We learned lots of poems about food and discussed healthy and unhealthy foods. We played a game where we had to name as many fruits and vegetables that we could think of. We had to listen carefully to make sure we didn’t repeat any! It was fun and we are looking forward to trying out the ones we have never tasted before! 
 
Ms. Hughes’ News:
We read all about Pablo Picasso and learned about his growing up in Spain and how he grew and developed as an artist. We learned about the cubism movement and we drew our cubism inspired portraits. We used lots of bright colours just like Picasso. Our faces looked funny with the eyes and ears in silly places!
 
 
                                                              2nd Class News-January 2015
 
Ms. G. Flanagan’s News: 
This month the First Communion children have been busy preparing for their First Confession on the 12th of February. They are learning their prayers every night and singing their hymns in school. The rest of the class are learning a poem called ‘Michael Met a White Duck’. We also did a project on India and we learned lots of interesting facts. Did you know that the game of chess was invented in India! Or, that the national bird is the peacock! In English we learned lots of compound words and we are finding new ones every day both at home and in school!
 
Ms. O’ Flynn’s News:
This month we have been working hard in groups. We have learnt all about Paris. Each group had to research a Parisian landmark and present their project to the rest of the class. We also learned about popular French food and some useful phrases like ‘Bonjour’ and ‘Au Revoir’. We have also been busy preparing for First Reconciliation this month. We are learning our ‘Act of Sorrow’ and ‘Prayers for Forgiveness’.  The Emperor Penguin was also an interesting topic we have learned about this month. We learnt that Emperor Penguins are the largest, tallest and heaviest of all the 17 species of penguin in the world. We also learned how the female lays the egg but then gives it to the male to keep warm for 4 months while she goes in search of food. 
 
 
                                                       1st and 2nd Class News-February-April
 
February 2015
Ms. Donald’s news:
We examined exposition writing this month. After much discussion and debate we decided by a large majority that ‘Big families are best’ and surprisingly that ‘Homework is good for children’!! In preparation for our Travel Green School’s flag we composed a limerick:-  
There was a Green School Committee
In St. Peter’s in Dublin City
But between COW and WOW
We just don’t know how
They wore out their shoes……..what a pity!
 
Ms. Hughes’ News:
In First class this February we learned all about the work or George Seurat. Seurat was a famous painter who developed a new way of painting called Pointillism. He began to explore the science of optics and colour. He found that rather than mixing the colours on a paint palette, he could place tiny dots of different colours next to each other on the canvas and the eye would mix the colour. We felt so inspired by this idea that we decided to paint some pictures using the Pointillism style ourselves. 
 
Ms. Horan’s News:
First class were very busy this month learning all about the changes we see in spring time. We looked at changes on the farm, the weather and in nature. We are looking forward to watching the spring flowers grow and it will be getting much brighter in the evening time. 
 
 
Ms. G. Flanagan’s News: 
This month we started our class novel, ‘Jasper Goes on Holiday’ by Anne Barker. So far we are really enjoying reading about Jasper the ‘town dog’ who goes on his holidays to a farm in the countryside. We are also busy writing discussions in our First Steps copy and we’ve written an exposition called ‘Is it better to live in a city or in the countryside?’. We are all giving arguments for and against the topic and we have lots of opinions on a range of topics. We also made cards for the people we love for St. Valentine’s Day. 
 
Ms. O’ Flynn’s News:
This month in our class we finished preparing for our First Confession. We learnt all our hymns and prayers and enjoyed a very successful evening on February 12th in St. Peter’s Church. We have also been learning about spring and the changes in weather, animal behavior and plant life. In art we learnt all about Pointillism and examined some of the work of George Seurat. We then painted some of our own paintings in this style. In English we have started our first novel, ‘Jasper goes on Holiday’. We are getting very good at using our comprehension strategies like connecting, predicting and creating images in our mind to help us understand what we are reading. 
 

March 2015
 
Ms. Donald’s News:
In science this month we investigated electricity. We learned that a switch is a device for turning electricity on and off. We discovered how a switch controls a circuit. We used a paper clip as a switch and when the switch was closed the circuit was completed and a light bulb glowed! We also discussed the uses of electricity and the need to be aware of the dangers that electricity can pose if not respected!
 
 
 
Ms. Horan’s News:
Our First class has a visiting teacher called Ms. Gleeson. We are doing lots of fun and interesting lessons with her. We had really good fun in Maths learning about capacity. We poured water from different containers to check which held the most water. We learned about the lifecycle of the frog in science and made frogs in art class. The frog’s tongue had a lovely poem written on it! 
 
Ms. Hughes’ News:
In First class this month we, learned all about our Patron Saint, St. Patrick. We prepared for our St. Patrick’s Day celebrations by making hats and dancing shamrock men. We also made little jigsaws and handprint flowers for Mother’s Day. We hoped our Mum’s liked them! 
 
 
Ms. G. Flanagan’s News: 
This month our classroom had an extra teacher called Ms. Scott to help us. We did lots of fun and exciting things with her like learning all about the first moon landing as well as making cool explosion pictures and Mother’s Day cards in art. We also learned all bout 3-D shapes and we did lots of revision for our Easter tests. We performed a song and a poem for the ceolchoirm on March 12th and Lucy stole the show with her wonderful display of Irish dancing. 
 
Ms. O’ Flynn’s News:
This month we have been really lucky to have a visiting teacher, Ms. Kent, with us. She has taught us lots of interesting things about space. We learnt that the first man on the moon was Neil Armstrong! He placed the American flag on the moon. We also learned the traditional Irish dance –‘The Walls of Limerick’ to celebrate our Irish dancing culture in P.E. We sang our Irish song ‘Feicim an Ghrian’ and we said our poem ‘Ar Scoil’ for our ceolchoirm in the hall. In art we painted caps in the colour of the Irish flag for St. Patrick’s Day and we made Mother’s Day cards too! 
 
 
April 2015
 
Ms. Horan’s Class
This month First Class learned all about the Titanic. It was a very big ship that was built over 100 years ago. The captain of the ship said that it would never sink but it hit an iceberg and sank on its first trip. Lots of the passengers drowned. In Maths we learned all about the months of the year and the seasons. We made our own calendars and marked our birthdays on them! 
 
Ms. Donald’s Class
The month of April has been a particularly busy time for us. On Friday 24th we had an exciting time in Dalymount Park for own Sport’s Day. We had loads of fun and got a lot of fresh air and exercise too. We were so tired after it all! Our class won the Golden Boot in the first week back after our Easter Holidays. This means that most of us walked to school for the month and really helped to reduce our carbon footprint! We love helping to protect our planet!! Finally we made interesting ‘Explosion Art’ patterns in our art class. We also drew our own versions of symmetrical smiles! 
 
Ms. Hughes’ Class:
In Science this month we’ve been busy learning all about life Cycles. We studied the metamorphosis of the caterpillar into a butterfly and also the life cycle of a frog. We drew scientific diagram and wrote informative reports! We greatly enjoyed our sports’ day in Dalymount Park. 
 
 
Ms. G Flanagan’s Class:
This month we’ve been busy preparing for our First Holy Communion which will take place on May 10th at 11.30 a.m. in St. Peter’s Church. We’ve been learning new hymns and prayers for our special day. In History we learned all about the tragedy that was the Titanic’s maiden voyage. We also had great fun at our Sports’ Day that took place on April 24th in Dalymount Park. 
 
Ms. O’ Flynn’s: 
This month we have been very busy preparing for our First Holy Communion. We have been learning prayers and designing art work to be displayed in the church on the day. We also had great fun at our Sport’s Day on Friday 24th. Naoise and Camelia were unbeaten in the egg and spoon race while Zack and Jamie sped to victory in the 3-legged race. We had loads of fun! Finally, we have begun doing projects on ‘China’ in Geography. We have learned about famous landmarks like the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta warriors. We also learned that China is the most popular country in the world!
 
                                                              1st and 2nd class news May 2015
 
 
Ms. Hughes’ Class:
This month in First Class we received the great news that Cara won the I.N.T.O/An Post handwriting competition. Cara won her over-all category out of 65,000 entries from all over Ireland. We couldn’t be more proud of her. Cara won a €100 voucher for herself, her teacher, Ms. Quinn and a €750 voucher for the school. What an achievement! This is Cara’s account of her special day out to her Awards Ceremony.....
 
‘On Wednesday I went to the G.P.O with my mum, dad, my brother and my teacher because I won the handwriting competition. I had lots of photos inside and outside the G.P.O and I got to hold a certificate and bring it home. I had lunch and dessert and it was yum. I got an envelope with a voucher inside and I got a card that tells me where I can spend it. I felt very happy and proud.’
 
 
Ms. Donald’s Class:
This month we welcomed the start of summer with our acrostic poem. We then decorated it with exciting images of summer magic! In English we studied explanation writing and the essential techniques involved. In Maths we are coming to the end of the curriculum and have started to revise for our summer tests. The big event however was our school tour to Causey Farm at the end of the month!!
 
Ms. G Flanagan’s Class:
This month we have been very busy in 2nd class. 18 children from our class made their First Holy Communion on the 10th of May. The children worked hard preparing for this special day and they were all excellent at doing their jobs in the church. We also had our school tour on May 21st. We went to the Crystal Maze in Co. Meath and it was a fantastic day. The children won lots of crystals for completing different challenges and the team who won the most crystals, ‘The Crystal Pickles’ won a trophy for the school. Everyone had lots of fun and really enjoyed the day. 
 
Ms. O’ Flynn’s Class: 
This month has been very eventful in our class. On Sunday May 10th we celebrated our First Holy Communion. All the parents and children looked very smart for the occasion. The children read their prayers with confidence and behaved excellently throughout the Mass. We were very proud of them. In school we have completed our group projects on Chinese landmarks and presented them to our class. We are also busy preparing for our violin concert in a few weeks time. We also went on our school tour last Thursday May 21st. We went to the Crystal Maze in Co. Meath. There were loads of fun activities for us to do. Most of us loved the ‘Die-Hard’ challenge best of all. We had great fun! 
 
                                           
 
 
 
 
 

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