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Non-stop Learning in First Class

Way back in November we were treated to a Zoom call with author and illustrator Alan Nolan. We had so much fun, Alan was so funny and he had us rolling about with laughter! He also taught us how to draw and answered all our questions, it was amazing.

To say thank you we all wrote Alan a letter, we wonder how long it took him to read them all!

Winter Crafts… Printing gift wrap and weaving with wool on cardboard looms… First Class also prepared and produced a performance of Nick Butterworth’s One Snowy Night which was shared with the rest of the school for a virtual winter show!

During Engineers Week we learnt all about the Design Process. We put this design process into practice ourselves by planning, making, testing and improving on a variety of things that could help the Gingerbread Man cross the river safely so that he would not need to rely on the sly fox or be worried about becoming soggy in the water! We designed and made, zip-lines, boats and bridges…

First class are also truly amazing artists… this year we have learnt about some famous artists, Kandinsky and Van Gogh. Inspired by these artists we created concentric heart cards for someone we love and still life paintings of beautiful Spring flowers.

First class love getting outdoors… we had lots of fun doing some active scavenger hunts before the Spring break. As scientists we have been growing plants, discovering how plants take up water and need sunlight, water and air to grow and live. We celebrated Earth day in style with lots of great books like “Here We Are” by Oliver Jeffers and “Earth Yay!”. We also lernt the song “Cover Me in Sunshine” by Pink and created the most brilliant group dances during P.E. We created beautiful Earth Day posters and we made some delicate wildflower sun-catchers for our window. We also learnt all about the life-cycle of a ladybird after Claire found some strange little bumps on her tree and discovered they were ladybird pupa!

More recently we have zoomed out of planet Earth and have begun to explore the whole solar system. We have learnt about Apollo 11 and the moon landings. We have seen how much has changed and developed in space travel and science since 1969. We really enjoyed reading Chris Hadfield’s book “The Darkest Dark” and then watching him brush his teeth and make a sandwich in outer space on the international space station. Watch this space ;-), I think we have lots of budding astronauts here in First Class!

First Class – A very busy term 1!

Claire’s First Class have been very busy bees since returning to school in September… Take a look at some of what we have been up to!..

Mathematicians at work. We love working and playing together during our maths stations.

Re-telling the story ‘Don’t Worry Little Crab’ by Chris Haughton with our own handmade crab puppets. Art, Drama, S.P.H.E and literacy all in one!

A history lesson on Helen Keller tied in nicely with our science lessons on the senses and we wrote our names in braille, using the sense of touch to read.

Learning about school long ago was fascinating, we are glad we didn’t have to go to school long ago, school today is alot more fun and friendly! We certainly had fun identifying what these artefacts were used for with our groups.

Artists at work, creating collages like Matisse.

We loved learning about all our native Irish trees and the changes that occur in Autumn. We love learning outside and had lots of fun making habitats for woodland creatures and collecting sticks, stones, leaves and conkers to make nature mandalas.

Book week was so much fun! We wrote book recommendations, designed covers for our favourite books, made bookmarks using origami and went on a Where’s Wally search but most of all we loved curling up with a good book for Drop Everything And Read…

Back to school!

Our classrooms and corridors came alive again this September.

Whole School Singing At Home!

While we can’t be together, let’s sing together! Follow the link to join in with our whole school singing assembly at home:

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10 familiar songs from our whole school singing assemblies are waiting. We would love to see your videos of you and your family joining in with some of our school songs. If you have a favourite Ballinteer Educate Together song that you would like to hear, please send us your requests : )

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100th Day of School Celebration – 6th February

Happy 100th Day! 100 of our 1st and 2nd class students gathered to form a giant 100 in our yard today in preparation for 100th Day celebrations on 6th February.
100 pieces of cake! One of our 5th class students was very creative with her 100th Day homework and baked a cake. She carefully divided the cake in to 100 pieces to share with her classmates. Great job!
Sadhbh’s 100th Day Monster is counting down!

On the 6th February the children will come to school for the 100th day of the school year since we started back on 29th August.

There will be lots of fun, number-related activities taking place throughout the day to mark the occasion: 100th Day activity stations and relays, number games, 100th Day art activities and poetry and lots more! Our senior classes will be looking at some more challenging work around number systems and code breaking.

Children are invited to come to school on the day in a 100th Day T-shirt of their own design. This could be decorated with 100 buttons, stickers, smiley faces – the more creative the better!

The 100th Day Celebration is part of our School Improvement Plan for Numeracy; Problem Solving. This plan was implemented last year and can be found here:

http://www.ballinteeretns.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/School-Self-Evaluation-Report-and-Improvement-Plan.docx

As the Winter set in we did “10 at 10”, ten minutes exercise at ten to ten, on wet days. (That’s a lot of counting by 10.)

Halloween

We had lots of fun carving the pumpkin, making pictures and baking “báirín breac”.

Autumn walks

On a beautiful Autumn day, we set of in search of “Leafman”.

“A leafman has got to go where the wind blows. “

Skipathon in 1st class

Self Portraits

Developing the skill of observation and drawing.

“Every child is an artist”

Picasso

Space Theme

“Oh the places you will go!”

Dr Seuss

1st Class Term 1 Maths Activities

In term 1 we explored 2D shape, number patterns, ordinal number and fractions. We learned about these new concepts and developed our Maths skills in lots of fun ways.

2D shape
Number patterns

1st Class blast off into Outer Space !

1st Class were learning all about Outer Space for the last couple of weeks. During Science week we visited the Planetarium in the Mill Theatre and got a sense of what it might be like to really blast off into space! We read the picture book, “The Darkest Dark” by Chris Hadfield and enjoyed some of Hadfield’s videos about life on a space station. We also learned about Neil Armstrong’s visit to the moon.

The children created amazing art work of the solar system. Using marbles and paint we created some colourful paper which we used to make the planets in the solar system.

To consolidate all this learning the children engaged in some space themed play and construction activities. The children most certainly had a blast! Have a look at the photos to see some of our creations!

Entering the Planetarium

Autumn Activities in 1st Class

Lisa’s 1st Class were very busy in Term One. You can see a selection of photos of their art work and activities here.

After enjoying the story of Fantastic Mr Fox the children drew their very own fox using oil pastels. Didn’t they do a great job?!

During the autumn months we collected all types of leaves, sketched some of them, made leaf rubbings, made leaf creatures and much more!

We enjoyed the Enormous Turnip story and followed this up with a sequencing activity which involved lots of team work. Then the children created their own little turnips and pumpkins using some orange play dough.

Halloween was lots of fun in 1st Class this year. The outfits were super! As part of our morning meeting, 1st class had a super spooky spider web greeting on the last day of term. It was quite tricky to untangle at the end!

First Class Bakers

Last month, First Class were learning all about weight so what better way to test out our knowledge and skills than baking cupcakes?!

In groups, we weighed out the butter and sugar, before mixing it together in the mixing bowl. Next we carefully cracked the eggs into the bowl, making sure no shell went in to the mixture (imagine crunching on eggshell in your cupcake! Ew!). When we had mixed the eggs with the butter and sugar, we weighed the self-raising flour were and gently mixed it in to the batter.
This helped our buns to rise and be lovely and fluffy when they were cooked.

We then placed the mixture into bun cases on a baking tray, before putting them into the oven for 20 minutes. When they turned golden-brown, we took them out and got to make yummy icing to decorate our buns. The best bit was definitely getting to taste our iced buns. They were absolutely delicious!

First Class picked up the pieces and built a Lego house!

This week First Class were describing how houses and homes can be different, before drawing and labeling pictures of our own homes.

In our table groups, we then had to work together to build houses out of Lego. We were given a brief of what our houses must include (a door, windows, 2 storeys and a roof). At first, this seemed like a very challenging task but the amazing architects, brilliant builders, perfect problem-solvers and enthusiastic engineers of First Class powered through and every single group successfully completed the brief.

1st Class are busy measuring in Maths!

1st class have been very active in Maths class this week! We have been learning about length, width and height. We have been making predictions and then measuring various items around the classroom. We used non-standard units of measurement such as cubes, links, hand spans and strides. Today we tried measuring with a standard unit of measurement, the metre! We used a piece of string, which was exactly one metre long, to measure the doors, windows, desks and even the width of the entire classroom!

Ciara’s 1st Class are beginning to see a pattern…

Last week, we were exploring and experimenting with pattern in maths, art, music and almost every other subject you can think of! We realised we are surrounded by different patterns so our pattern-making skills were Level: Expert! We made patterns in a variety of ways, including Lego, buttons, shapes, colours and cubes. We even created a grid of 28 different patterns on paper using oil pastels. We then painted each pattern grid with watercolours but the clever oil pastel was able to resist the paint, resulting in these fabulous masterpieces.