Looking and responding to Artist Eoin O’Connor

Seomra Dheirdre had fun learning all about the farm. We discussed farming life in the past and present, daily routines on the farm, and learned about farming in other countries. The children looked at Eoin O’Connor’s work, who is a well known Irish artist, and painted their own cows inspired by his work. During our art lesson, Adam worked as teacher’s assistant and was very good at demonstrating how it’s done!     Take a look at all the children working like artists! Their art work is very impressive and they were all very proud of their finished work....

1st Class Seomra Dubh – December

1st Class in Seomra Dubh have just begun learning all about Winter and the Arctic!    Last week we make these beautiful snowmen and displayed them outside our classroom. Do you like them? We’ve been learning a lot about the different Arctic animals. Some of these animals include the Artic fox and the Polar Bear. Did you know that the Polar Bear likes to eat Seals! We are also working very hard in preparation for our Christmas Concert next week. We have made some lovely hats to wear on the day. We can’t wait for you all to see our performance next week! Seomra Dubh          ...

1st Class Seomra Dubh

 Hi Everyone, We have been learning a lot in Seomra Dubh since coming back to school! This month, we’ve been learning a lot about Autumn and the many changes it brings. We’ve made beautiful trees highlighting Autumn. We hope you like all the different colours! We also created a nature table. Some children brought in leaves from the different types of trees as well as conkers and acorns. We just celebrated Science Week. Our experiment was called “The Colourful Milk Swirl Experiment”. We tested how the fat in milk mixed with washing up liquid caused food colouring to swirl around in milk. Take a look below! We hope you enjoyed reading about our great work! Seomra Dubh...

First Class Reading

This year in first class all of the boys and girls have been working really hard at their reading. Every week they have been taking a book home with them to practice reading at home. We use the same book in school to practice reading fluently, accurately and also to practice understanding what they are reading. Each child has a different focus to help to improve their reading. Fluency: The child will re-read books at a level that they find easy in order to increase the speed at which they read. We should be able to read at the same speed at which we speak. When doing this they need to pay extra attention to full stops (pause and take a breath) and they also try to read with expression (also changing their voice to indicate that somebody is talking). Accuracy: The child may need to use his/her finger to track their reading to stop them from leaving out words. They may need to slow down when words are difficult and use some of their reading strategies e.g. Stretchy Snake, Eagle Eye, Chunky Monkey, Tryin’ Lion, Skippy Frog or Flippy Dolphin. The children need to remember to read the whole word and make sure not to leave out the last letter. Comprehension: The children take time before reading to make predictions as to what they think might happen in the book, while reading they ask themselves questions, they make connections (connections to a book they might have read before or to something/somewhere that they may have been before or to something they may have seen on TV) and they...

New Listening Station for First Class

The school has purchased a Coomber for First Class to use during their Daily 5 time. Everyday a group of pupils get to listen to their favourite stories at this listening station while the rest of the class read with teacher or work independently on other literacy activities. Pupils are continuing to achieve great success in reading and writing through consistent use of this...

First Class

In first class this term we are learning about money. We can recognise and identify all of the coins. We have been practicing finding different ways of making a total. For example we can make 10c by using 5c+5c or  2c+2c+2c+2c+2c etc. All three classes have been practicing by playing shop in small groups. The shopkeeper has a tricky job in these games because they have to figure out how much change to give the customer from 10c, 20c and even from 50c. The children were really clever and realised that they can use their story of 10 to help with getting change e.g. 7c+_=10c. If they were stuck they knew to count up to 10 from the cost of the item to work out how much change to give the customer. We’ve been working so hard with money that I’m sure if you asked them for help the next time that you are in the shops you’ll be amazed at how clever they...