1st Class 2022-2023
What better way to wind down a great year in 1st class than with our school tour, hurling blitz, sports day and cake sale!
We had the most enjoyable day in Dunhill and Fenor park on our school tour. Our jam packed day involved taking part in outdoor games as well as spending time on the bouncy castle obstacle course and games room.
We were kindly invited to our very first hurling blitz in Roanmore. In small teams, we played mini matches against Gaelscoil na Déise and everyone got a medal to round off a great day.
Our cake sale that was organised by Ms. Kent was a big hit! The boys bought loads of delicious treats that were kindly baked or bought for them by our parents.
In art class, we made our very own clay pinch pots. We left them to dry and painted them a few days later. We just love how colourful they are!
We had a wonderful year in 1st class and are looking forward to the rest and recharge over the summer in preparation for 2nd class.
Summer is here! We have been taking advantage of the sunny days and bringing maths outdoors. We worked in pairs to solve addition problems on our lovely new outdoor walk way. We also worked in pairs to brush up on our maths tables using Kahoot on the tablets.
We really enjoyed learning about Mexico this month in SESE. One of our classmates even brought in his own giant sombrero! Check out our Mexican Cacti drawings and Lego structures. We also learned about the life cycle of the frog in SESE and we wrote all about it.
The boys in 6th class kindly set up an obstacle course for us, which we had great fun completing. It was a great opportunity to practise our running and jumping skills.
The highlight of May was ‘Song Tales’, the magical concert that Music Generation Waterford brought to us. We had a wonderful time singing and dancing and using our imagination.
April was a short month for us in school but that didn’t stop us from having a jam-packed couple of weeks.
In maths, we have been learning about 3D shapes and were busy trying to make them using playdough and matchsticks. This was like a workout for our fingers which will also help us with our handwriting! Check out our spheres, cylinders, cubes and cuboids.
In SESE, we have been learning all about the farm. We loved learning about farm animals and how different things happen during each season on the farm. Our Junior Infant teacher, Ms. Kiely brought us in some hay from her farm and showed us pictures of baby calves and lambs – they were “so cute” according to everybody! We also learned about the process of cows being milked and we had the opportunity to make our own butter. This required lots and lots of shaking but we succeeded. Our butter passed the taste test the next morning on yummy cream crackers.
We celebrated Active Week from 24th-28th of April and we had so much fun between Zumba, athletics, obstacle courses, parachutes, orienteering, a visit from St. Paul’s scouts, and the most popular one – ACTIVE HOMEWORK! We also resumed our weekly hurling training with our Roanmore coaches, developing our skills week on week.
Well it’s safe to say that the month of March was jam packed, just like February was.
We celebrated all things Gaeilge this month. We danced the Siege of Ennis at our school céilí, we performed ‘Má Tá Tú Sona Sásta’ (If You’re Happy and You Know It) at our ceoilchoirm and took part in our Lá Glas to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
One of our talented classmates even showed off his amazing Irish Dancing skills for us in the classroom.
We were also kindly invited to our local library to take part in a treasure hunt, also celebrating Seachtain na Gaeilge. We spent some time reading books there and Anne Marie read us a hilarious story called ‘Bears Don’t Eat Egg Sandwiches’.
Spring has sprung! Check out our beautiful daffodils and the poem we have been learning.
We began the new season with a whole school assembly where each class demonstrated a small piece of their learning. We performed a Chinese New Year song and showed off our colourful Chinese Lanterns.
We were feeling musical this month so we got creative and tried desk drumming in the classroom using paintbrushes. This was a bit hit with the boys and I think we have future Rock and Roll stars in the making!
We also spent some time learning new computer coding skills and the boys have made huge progress already.
Love was in the air in 1st class and we really enjoyed getting our creativity flowing by constructing beautiful heart bouquets. The children couldn’t wait to bring these home!
We were so lucky to have pancakes in school on Pancake Tuesday and we can safely say that they did not last long. The chocolate spread was a big hit. We then had a visit from Sr. de Lourdes who blessed us with ash the following day for Ash Wednesday.
The most exciting thing this month was starting swimming lessons in the Kingfisher. We’re not sure which was more exciting.. the very short bus trip or the actual swim!!
Happy new year! We are so delighted to be back with our friends after a restful Christmas break. We started our year by making New Year’s resolutions.
We have been learning all about China, Chinese New Year and giant pandas. This year is the year of the rabbit and we had great fun discovering that most of us were born in the year of the goat or the monkey.
We are also delighted to be back playing hurling with our Roanmore coaches.
We are even more delighted to have had our parents in again for Maths for Fun games. This was organised by our HSCL Ms Kent and is running for 4 weeks. We had so much fun in week 1 and we are so looking forward to having our parents in again for the next 3 weeks.
December was a very enjoyable and busy month for us in 1st class. We spent a lot of time rehearsing for our Christmas play called ‘The Magical Christmas Jigsaw’ and magical it was! We performed for our parents on the last week of school and we did them proud.
Ms Vereker kindly organised the 12 days of Christmas which was so much fun. Check out our Christmas door decoration for day 1. We also had great fun for ‘drop everything and dance’.
1st class have worked so hard this term and are looking forward to the Christmas break.
This month, we celebrated Science Week. We did science experiments, planted our own cress seeds and we were even lucky enough to attend a bubble show in SETU. We still can’t believe Bubbles put one of our classmates inside a giant bubble!
We really enjoyed our first STEM challenge of the year – making the tallest tower using only marshmallows and matchsticks. Temptation to eat all of the tasty looking marshmallows was tough, but we got our science and engineering thinking caps on and got to work.
We can’t believe we are half way through term 1! September and October have flown by and we can’t wait to show you just some of the things we’ve been up to.
Our hurling training got off to a great start this term with Ciarán from Roanmore GAA club. We are having lots of fun while developing our skills each week.
As part of Science this month, we ventured outdoors in search of some colourful autumn leaves. We had great fun crunching on those leaves! We then brought them inside and used them to design our own leaf characters. We are super proud of these turned out.
Maths Week took place from the 15th – 23rd of October this year. We learned that number is all around us, so we did an ‘All About Me in Numbers’ activity.
We were so lucky to have some of our parents come into our school to help us make spooky witches for Halloween, organised by our HSCL Ms. Kent. Thank you to our wonderful parents, we had so much fun!
We are looking forward to relaxing and recharging over the midterm and we are excited for lots of more learning to take place in the second half of term 1.
First class have been busy making their own custom Play-Doh/ art mats. The children get to use their mats every week and it creates great excitement and opportunities to use their imagination.
We also enjoyed reading the story called ‘Monkey Needs to Listen’. We learned of the importance of listening to instructions carefully, so we that we could follow instructions to draw our own listening monkeys.