15 Oct · Ciara Donnellan · No Comments

Amazing Mappers

You have heard of Google Maps but now get ready for First Class Maps! We became cartographers last week when we made maps of our classroom. We had to imagine we were spiders crawling along the ceiling and looking down at the desks. Standing on our chairs and looking directly down at our tables helped …

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9 Oct · Lisa Dobey · No Comments

Birds of Prey talk for 1st Class

Last Tuesday, 1st class had a visit from Ian Patterson, who told us lots of interesting facts about birds of prey. He brought in two of his birds, Fluffy, the long eared owl and Bob the falcon. Although Fluffy had the most amazing big bright orange eyes, we learned that  owls cannot see very well …

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23 Apr · Ann Gallagher · No Comments

Magnificent magnets

Fun with magnets in First class.    Testing out the magnets with iron filings.    Testing out the force of attraction through a table.  The children thoroughly enjoyed moving a car across the top of the desk using a magnet and a car attached to a magnet. Testing out magnetism. The boys were using round …

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11 Apr · Ann Gallagher · No Comments

Investigating Engineering in Dundrum

As the school have moved location this year we decided to take advantage of this and go on a class walk around our local area. We looked at aerial images of the school on google maps in our class with our teachers and learned about Dundrum. We picked out some of the most obvious features …

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1 Mar · Ann Gallagher · No Comments

Lets get connecting

K’Nex Masters at work We have been very busy in school this week constructing with our K’NEX. We have decided to explore the world of Civil Engineering and try our hand at building structures for specific purposes. First of all we spent some time drawing up the blue print and planning the building we wanted …

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26 Feb · Ann Gallagher · No Comments

Up Up and Down

Learning all about Pulleys.. In First Class we are learning about simple machines we use,  to make everyday life easier. To start off our investigation we are learning all about pulleys. We first of all looked at a simple video of how a pulley worked and had a short discussion about Pulleys in our lives. …

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16 Feb · Ann Gallagher · No Comments

Catapult

Catapult experiment   For science this week we looked back into the past to see what science experiement people used years ago. We decided to make a catapult.  We made an experiment with lollipop sticks and elastic bands. It was very simple and lots of fun. We realised we needed to reinforce the catapults to …

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4 Feb · Ann Gallagher · No Comments

An Egg-cellent Friday

We’ve had a busy week in First Class this week. We have been learning all about protein and how it is important for our growing bodies. We spoke about where protein comes from and why it is important in our diet. As part of our investigation, we decided to carry out the egg and vinegar …

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11 Jan · Ann Gallagher · No Comments

Taking measuring into our own hands

                                                                     Our busy fingers have been tracking our steps this week in first class. The cold weather didn’t stop us putting our coats, …

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21 Dec · Ann Gallagher · No Comments

Dashing into December

December has been a very productive month in First Class. Animals adapting We learned that Winter is a very special time for all animals and birds, unlike humans animals cannot layer up to protect themselves from the cold. We studied Reindeer, Robins and Penguins and looked at how they adapted to suit their climates. We …

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5 Dec · First Class · No Comments

Collaborative Learning in First Class

We are enjoying learning together in First Class.  Every day we work in small groups to improve our literacy skills.  We rotate through four different literacy activities.  Nick helps us with our writing skills and Ann and Sinéad work with us to develop reading and comprehension skills.  We have learned plenty of new information and …

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14 Nov · Ann Gallagher · No Comments

Closing the book on October

As Deireadh Fomhair draws to a close so does Autumn and in First class we have spent a great deal of time looking at the changes in the seasons. In first class this month we examined the warm autumnal colours and used them in our Art. We looked to the school grounds for inspiration and …

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19 Sep · First Class · No Comments

Autumn Nature Walk

It was a beautiful bright autumn day this morning and First class enjoyed an autumn walk in the grounds of the school. We have lots of keen observers in our class and we were able to identify many of the plants, insects and trees in the grounds including the horse chestnut tree, rose hips, blackberries, …

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24 Mar · First Class · No Comments

Froggy Friday in Rang a hAon

Today we had lots of fun in First Class.   In the morning we were so excited to observe the frogspawn Zach brought in to school.  We have been learning about frogs and it was very interesting to see real frogspawn.  We read a book about the life cycle of a frog.  During Art we …

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26 Feb · Orlaith · No Comments

A Spring Walk to Airfield

First Class walked to Airfield Farm last week. We had a fabulous time. We saw lots of animals, including horses and a foal, sheep, goats and chickens. We saw a cow being milked and came across a great collection of vintage cars. We had a wonderful walk there and back, noticing many beautiful signs of spring …

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26 Feb · Orlaith · No Comments

Active Athletes in First Class

We love being active in First Class! We have been doing a lot of athletics this term, as part of our P.E. lessons. We have been learning the right technique for running, sprinting and for hurdling. We have been learning how to work together in teams, participating in various types of relay races and we have been working …

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26 Feb · Orlaith · No Comments

First Class are out of this world!

This month First Class have been exploring space and the solar system. We have learned so many interesting facts about space and have used our imaginations to become astronauts and to have our own space adventures along the way! We wrote fantastic pieces about the Solar System and about space travel. We created beautiful wax …

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23 Jan · First Class · No Comments

Lots of Learning in Rang a hAon

First Class have settled back into school life very quickly since the holidays and have been engaged in many interesting learning activities.   In Ethical Education we explored the concept of making a difference; by listening to and discussing ‘The Starfish Story’. We thought about what we could do to make a difference in our …

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15 Jan · Orlaith · No Comments

Catching Snowflakes

Winter is well and truly here and this month in First Class we have been embracing the cold and using it to fuel our creativity! We created fantastic oil pastel drawings of children wrapped up in winter clothes, catching snowflakes on their tongues. We got the inspiration for this artwork from the poem ‘Winter Morning …

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15 Jan · Orlaith · No Comments

Arctic and Antarctic Animals

We have been learning all about the Arctic and the Antarctic this month in First Class. The weather has turned cold here in Ireland but we discovered that it is considerably colder all year round in these Polar regions! We took a look at some of the animals who live in both the Arctic and …

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15 Jan · Orlaith · No Comments

Winter Festivals in First Class

During the month of December, as part of our ethical education, we learned all about some important winter festivals which are celebrated both here in Ireland and in other parts of the world. We focused in particular on the festivals of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Christmas. We completed many activities based around these festivals. As a …

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15 Jan · Orlaith · No Comments

December Maths Stations

For the month of December we focused on math word problems during our math stations. We are becoming so good at breaking word problems up into smaller chunks and using pictures and discussion to solve them! We have loved working together for this problem solving and we are finding out that we are becoming really excellent at …

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5 Nov · Orlaith · No Comments

Perfectly Pretty Pumpkins!

We were inspired by the wonderful pumpkins grown in our very own school vegetable patch and decided to have a go at creating our own pumpkin pictures. Look at the fantastic still life drawings we have produced. We used oil pastels to really make the autumn colours stand out. We are so proud of our positively perfect pumpkins!!

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5 Nov · Orlaith · No Comments

Maths Fun in First Class

                  We have been having a lot of fun with maths so far this term! We have been solving problems and working together to figure out the properties of big numbers! We have had great fun working in maths stations, completing loads of fun activities and creating …

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10 Jun · Ciara O' Brien · No Comments

First Class Down Under

In June, Ciara’s First Class have been learning all about Australia. The children have really enjoyed this topic and worked really hard on their ‘Australia Projects’.  Look at how proud they are! We always do our best to integrate our monthly themes through all the different curricular subjects. In Geography, we studied Australia’s location, population and landmarks. …

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14 Mar · Ciara O' Brien · No Comments

Trip to Airfield

First Class had great fun on our recent trip to Airfield Estate. First, we got to see the farmer collecting the eggs from the chicken hutch and we learned lots about the different types of chickens. Then, we got to see the cows being milked and we were introduced to the newest calf on the farm. …

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28 Jan · Ciara O' Brien · No Comments

People at Play

In January the theme for First Class was ‘People at Play.’ We have learned how to play lots of games from the past, we have interviewed our parents about the games they used to play and we have investigated how toys have changed over the years. We have also been discussing the importance of play and …

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10 Dec · Ciara O' Brien · No Comments

All About Antarctica

First class have been learning lots about Antarctica this December. We have learned about explorers like Robert Scott, Tom Crean and Roald Admunsen. We have been reading the book ‘Tom Crean’s Rabbit’ and have worked in groups to sequence the story. We have also written excellent reports about Tom Crean. We have also been learning …

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20 Nov · Ciara O' Brien · No Comments

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

First class have been learning lots about weather in November. We have recorded the weather each day and learned how to predict the weather by observing animal behaviour and clouds. We have made our own water cycle which we observed each day and we did some experiments to find out which materials are waterproof. Have …

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9 Oct · Gordon Cooke · No Comments

RSS Feeds for Each School Year

Do you want to keep in touch with what's going on in your child's year? Then just subscribe to one of the following RSS links below. RSS (Rich Site Summary) is a format for delivering regularly changing web content through mobile device browsers or apps. One useful app available for both Android and iOS devices as ...

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6 Oct · Ciara O' Brien · No Comments

First Class Are Artists!

Welcome to the First Class page on our lovely, new school website! We’re very excited to share with you some of the wonderful things we are learning about this year in First Class.   To begin, we must say how amazing the children of First Class are when it comes to Art. We really think …

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22 Sep · Muireann Carr · No Comments

First Class News

Welcome to our First Class blog. We can’t wait to share all the fun things we have been learning with you!

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