Second Class

Hello everyone!

Happy New Year to you all! It is hard to believe that we are nearly at the end of January already There has been a hub of activity in 2nd class so far this year. The children were excited to get back after Christmas and they settled in very quickly. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing all about their wonderful Christmas holidays.

We have been very busy in 2nd class this month. The preparation for our First Penance is well under way. The children are learning to rename in subtraction in Maths. It is a difficult concept but the children have worked really hard and are doing really well. Furthermore, in Maths, we are now using Low Threshold High Ceiling Maths Challenges for our weekly Maths Challenge. The children are enjoying these new challenges. The LTHCs are a great addition to Maths as they present a challenge that is relevant and allows ample opportunities for whole class discussion and exploration.

We took some well-needed time out during art and explored braiding using wool. The children immersed themselves in the braiding activity and surprised themselves with their results. The children also constructed some fabulous Chinese lanterns. The Chinese New Year will be celebrated from the 10th February 2024 ,the year of the Dragon. We have injected some wonderful colour into the room to diminish the January blues away.

We look forward to springing into spring next week and all the fun activities that will come our way. Keep an eye out on this page for more updates.

Chat soon,

Ms Rooney

Check out the photos below - you can see the children are busy making their Chinese lanterns; using cubes to discuss and create the tree diagram as part of a LTHC Maths challenge; making their woollen braids and playing Snakes and Ladders. Some of the many activities the children have taken part in this month.

Wow, well what a great couple of weeks it has been since the children returned to school after the midterm break. We are zooming at high speed towards the big C which is hard to believe🎄. We have lots of amazing things coming up in the next few weeks which I am very excited about. The children were busy designing Christmas cards and we are nearly ready to start into our very festive Christmas Play.

For now, the children were busy little bees last week, getting stuck into Science Week 2023. And what fun they had.! I took a step back and 2nd class children took over the role of teacher as they got stuck in to showing all their wonderfully planned experiments to 1st class. It was a hive of activity in the classroom and the time just buzzed by so quickly.

Second Class demonstrated how to make the PERFECT slime, which they had already perfected before midterm break, when they made their gooey Halloween slime. They also showed First Class how to inflate a balloon using bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. Finally, the children showed great expertise while showing the children in First Class how to do the invisible ink experiment correctly.

Check out the wonderful photos below of all the children and how they took over the role of teacher. I might take an early holiday as they were able to run the show brilliantly😊 i was so impressed and proud of them all. It was a great way to end Science Week 2023.

Looking forward to seeing you all for the parent teacher meetings next week,

Slán go fóill,

Ms Rooney

A spoooooky good time in 2nd Class

We are enjoying the run-up to Halloween in Kilbride this week, with lots of spooky, fun Halloween activities. The children made some fabulous funny-faced pumpkins in art. Check out the wonderful creations below! The children are currently making some lovely Halloween lanterns too.

Maths Week 2023 in 2nd Class

The children in 2nd class have had tremendous fun getting involved in the extra games and activities during Maths Week this week. Despite the rainy weather, we managed our Maths Trail which was a huge success as a whole school activity. The children played fun Maths games, took part in daily puzzles and enjoyed a live Zoom mini quiz. The children were also very busy exploring 3D Shapes in Maths. They explored the net of a shape, in particular the cube. The children made a cube from the net. They also used marshmallows and cocktail sticks to make 3D shapes. In art, we focused on 2D shapes. Inspired by the artist Matisse the children used scissors to cut out 2D shapes and created some wonderful artwork with the shapes.

We have had a very busy couple of weeks settling into our new class. Classroom rules were set in place and individual and group reward systems were Introduced. We are still finding our feet but everyone has been working exceptionally hard. I am looking forward to a great year ahead. Keep up the great work, boys and girls!

Check out some of the photos below. They show some of the fun things we have gotten up to this month. The highlight so far this year is undoubtedly the swimming lessons. The children are enjoying them immensely.

It is important that children have regular movement breaks during the day, particularly on a rainy day. There are some great photos below of the children performing the very funny Robot Dance in the classroom. We have also performed some great dance moves to the Waka Waka dance too.

Keep an eye out on this page for more news and photos as we move into a new month.

Slán go fóill,

Ms Rooney

Team work
Shooting some hoops!

Some of the lovely pieces of art work that Second Class have produced in the first month of school. I am sure you all agree that the class is full of budding artists.

Check out their self portraits- can you find your child's finishing piece ?

We also explored Piet Mondrian as artist of the month in September.

Student Council Nominations 2023

Cillian, Maisie and Catie have been very busy canvassing around the school and the classroom to earn some nominations for the big election next week.

They also bravely stood up on front of the class to share their ideas and why they would be a great candidate for the School Council.

Wishing the 3 the very best in the vote next week!

Ms Rooney

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