December

We have been SO busy this month will all of our pantomime practice, and I think all of you parents would agree that 2nd Class did a wonderful job! Here is a photo of us hard at practice

The boys and girls have had a very important challenge this month- they had to earn baubles on the Christmas tree in order to win a hot chocolate party! They could earn baubles by listening carefully, being kind to their friends, walking silently through the school halls, working hard to name but a few. The children worked so hard and earned all of their baubles just in the nick of time!

So today we had our hot chocolate party with a few extra treats thrown in 🙂 We even had a special visit from Santa who was helped by Tyler!

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Christmas break and I will see you all in 2020!

Dave’s Jungle Visits WNS!

Today we had a special visit from Dave and some of his very unusual friends!

We met a snake called Sharon who was only two and a half years old. Before we got to hold her Ms. Coffey had to make sure it was safe!

Then it was our turn!

Charlotte the tarantula was really excited to meet us as she was passed around the students

We even had time to meet some of Dave’s other friends- Bernard the Poisonous Toad, Spike the Snapping Turtle from the Mississippi and Kevin the Crocodile

We had a very exciting afternoon- big thanks to Dave and his friends for coming in and to Ms Brown for organising it all!

Oíche Shamhna i Rang a Dó

Excitement is at an all time high this week as we get ready for Halloween! We learned all about the history of Halloween- where the tradition of carving pumpkins came from and why people dress up and go trick or treating. Second Class found out how their parents and grandparents celebrated Halloween and shared this with the class. We also learned how Halloween is celebrated in Mexico, USA, Romania, Poland and China. We learned lots of new words in Gaeilge and wrote spooky Oíche Shamhna stories!

We practised the new Irish words that we learned by playing a number of games like bingo, loop cards, four in a row and pairs during our Irish stations:

We learned about colour in Art when we created witches legs and also about light and shadows when we painted pumpkins.

In Science we experimented with how materials change when mixed- and made slime!

Garda Mandy (Ms Coffey’s sister!) came into school to talk to us about safety at Halloween:

And let’s not forget dress up day, all in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland:

I hope that everyone has a wonderful mid-term break and I’m looking forward seeing you all back in November.

Welcome Back to School

Welcome back to our new Second Class and their families. We are looking forward to an exciting year ahead!

September has been a busy month as we settle into new routines. We have just completed our theme of ‘Myself’ and have moved onto the new theme for October, ‘Autumn’.

We have a class mascot, an owl called Hooty, that the Student of the Week gets to bring home each weekend. Please don’t feel it is necessary to print pictures to stick into Hooty’s diary.. Ms.Coffey loves to see drawings as well!

Next week we will start Show and Tell where three pupils per week will bring something in from home to talk to the class about. Please ensure the item is small enough to fit into your child’s bag and is something that isn’t breakable as accidents can happen! The rota will be posted outside the classroom and is also attached to this blog post.

This week (30 September to 4 October) is Anti-Bullying week. Our theme this year is ‘Kindness is Catching’. On Monday we had a special assembly with Ms Brown where we learned about different ways that we can show kindness in school and at home. We have note paper in class where we can write down if we are kind to anyone or if someone has been kind to us. These notes are being displayed on the notice board beside the hall.

We are really looking forward to Halloween Dress Up Day and the pantomime this term!

Brazil

This fortnight Second Class have been learning all about Brazil. We were very lucky to have Tiago’s parents Gustavo and Ana come in to visit us and tell us all about life in Brazil.

Gustavo gave a presentation informing the class about the Brazilian flag, the history of the country, the climate, sport, food and much more.

The pupils listened carefully with keen interest and came up with some interesting questions for Gustavo. After that, the class (and teacher!) got to sample some of Ana’s delicious baking. She made some traditional Brazilian cheese bread and some chocolate and coconut balls which would typically be eaten at parties in Brazil.

The children then wrote reports on Brazil based on what they had learned. Here are some of the facts that they mentioned:

‘The flag in Brazil is green, yellow and blue. The green represents the green land like the Amazon Rainforest. The yellow represents the riches in Brazil. The blue represents the rivers in Brazil. There are 27 stars, they are the states.’ (Eoin)

‘The capital city of Brazil is Brasilia.’ (Vann)

‘The language we speak is Portuguese. The currency we use is Real.’ (Tiago)

‘In 1500 Portuguese invaders landed on the shores of Brazil and clashed with the angry natives. Eventually the Portuguese won and conquered the country. Brazil gained it’s independence from Portugal over 300 years later.’ (Alex)

‘There are lots of nice foods in Brazil. Barbecues are very popular. There are other foods such as cheese bread, beans and white rice, and chocolate and coconut snacks.’ (Marianna)

‘There is a landmark on top of a mountain in Rio. It is Jesus on a cross.’ (James)

‘In summer in Brazil it is very hot, especially in the north. In winter it is similar to here.’ (Leah)

‘One of the most popular sports in Brazil is football. The Brazilian team’s jersey has five stars because they won the World Cup five times.’ (Aoibhinn)

Thank you to Ana and Gustavo for taking the time to come into our class, we really enjoyed it.

Author Jane Landy visits

Last month, Second Class were very lucky as we had a real-life author come to visit our class! Her name was Jane Landy and she wrote a book called ‘Gringer the Whinger’. She told us all about how she came up with the idea for Gringer and all about the process of writing and publishing a book. We got to pretend to be illustrators for her story and then got to pass around the real illustrations to examine. We were even lucky enough to get two copies of the book for our class library! Jane Landy and she wrote a book called ‘Gringer the Whinger’. She told us all about how she came up with the idea for Gringer and all about the process of writing and publishing a book. We got to pretend to be illustrators for her story and then got to pass around the real illustrations to examine. We were even lucky enough to get two copies of the book for our class library!

Well-Being Week

This week is Well-Being Week. Yesterday we had a special assembly with Ms. Brown. We learned about all the different food groups. We also learned how to make a healthy lunch. Ms. Brown brought in all different types of food. She told us that we should have a rainbow of food in our lunch boxes. Then Ms. Coffey showed us the food pyramid. There was six sections in it. The one at the top is the junk food. She said that we should eat one of those a week. The second was fats, oils and spreads. In the third there was meat, eggs and fish. In the fourth there was cheese, milk and yogurts. In the fifth there was bread, pasta and rice and finally the sixth was fruit and vegetables.

Aoibhinn Keogh, Second Class.