Christmas in First Class

We spent a lot of time practicing for our school pantomime “Pirates of the Currybean”. We had fun learning lots of new songs. We performed a dance to a song called “Piratical Style” and recited a poem- “Percy’s Treasure Chest”. We dressed up in pirate costumes. It was such fun!

We found time for some Christmas Art too. We made Santa Claus and drew Rudolph. We think we did an amazing job!

Santa visited our classroom and gave us some Christmas pencils.

Look who won selection boxes in our Christmas raffle. I wonder why they look so happy?!

We learnt about Christmas and holiday traditions around the world. A big thank you to Tymek’s mum who showed us how Christmas is celebrated in Poland

and also to Amy’s mum who talked to us about Hanukkah. She taught us a song about a dreidel. This is a game that is played during Hanukkah using a four sided spinning top.

We loved her colourful menorah.

We impressed Mrs. Shirley with our maths skills. She has been teaching us about grouping in sets of tens to make counting easier. We decided we could do even better and grouped our sets of tens into hundreds and then counted our Unifix cubes in hundreds!

Dave's Jungle

We had some exciting visitors in school this week.

We had such fun looking at, handling and learning about some amazing reptiles. Some of us LOVED it and some of us were a little nervous! Take a look at us and some of the reptiles in action.

Some SESE topics in First Class

We explored the country of India and learned some interesting facts. We looked at some videos about India, we listened to Indian music and we read some Non Fiction books about India. We learned about Diwali, the Festival of Lights. We liked the bright Rangoli patterns that Hindus draw on the floor. We were very impressed with the decorative Mehndi designs that they draw with henna. Did you know that the cow is a sacred animal in India? We made reports on India. Look how they turned out.

Thank you to Tymek’s mum who brought in a sari to show us. We couldn’t believe how much material was in a sari. Take a look-

Thank you to Mrs. Byrne for being our model! Tymek’s mum showed us how a sari is put on. It’s a lot of work!

Household objects from the past.

We have been looking at and learning about objects that were used in the past such as a gramophone, a mangle, a range, a carpet beater, a bellows etc. Josh brought us in a carpet beater and a bellows belonging to his Granny.

We decided we prefer using vacuum cleaners and washing machines today! We listened to music being played on a gramophone. Everyone agreed that listening to music on Spotify was so much better! Times have changed!

Hallowe’en in First Class

Take a look at our wonderful costumes. Mrs.Shirley was very impressed!

Congratulations to the winners of our “Home-made” costumes competition…

We had a visit from Garda Mandy who talked to us about safety at Hallowe’en.

We listened to a story about “Crankenstein” and did a guided drawing of him.

Great concentration going on here!

We loved how they turned out-

We enjoyed making our Peek A Boo Hallowe’en cats

Literacy Lift Off

We have started Literacy Lift Off this month. Thank you so much to Mrs. Fenton, Ms. Brown, Ms. DunLeavy, Ms. Byrne and Ms. Farrar for helping out at our stations. Each day we rotate around five different stations. It is hard work but great fun!

New Reading- Ms. Brown helps us to read new books. We use our reading strategies such as Stretchy Snake (stretch it out), Lips the Fish (get your lips ready), Chunky Monkey (chunk the word), Tryin’ Lion (try it again), Skippy Frog (skip it, skip it), Eagle Eye (look at the pictures), Flippy Dolphin (flip the vowel sound) and Helpful Hippo (ask for help).

FAMILIAR READING- Mrs. Fenton helps us as we read books we have already read before. This helps us to develop our reading fluency. We are trying so hard to use expression and obey punctuation marks! We also work on our reading comprehension strategies.

SIGHT WORDS- Ms. Farrar helps us to read and write our sight words using lots of games and activities. We love to use the Sight Words App on our iPads at this station too!

WORD WORK- Mrs. Shirley helps us to blend and segment words (to make and break words) through lots of games and activities. We are getting very good at writing words with blends and digraphs! Next week we will be looking at those tricky Vowel Teams!

WRITING- Ms. Byrne/Ms. Dunleavy help us to write sentences using the sight words and phonics we have worked on at other stations. We also focus on correct letter formations and pencil grip…!! We also enjoy doing some Free Writing at this station.

Here we are in action-

Familiar Reading

Sight Words
New Reading
Hard at work!
Word sorts at the word work station
We love working together.
Playing games at the word work station is so much fun.