Spooky Fun in 2nd Class!!
A spooky group of children arrived on the doorstep of 2nd Class on Friday 22nd October. There were costumes ranging from dead brides, to dinosaurs, to Harry Potter characters and all the in-between. I would like to thank everyone for their hard work over the last few weeks in the settling back into school process. I would also like to wish everyone a Happy Halloween and a lovely mid-term break where everyone has the chance to get a rest!
We have had an extremely busy first term in 2nd class!
The creativity of the pupils has been in full flow with many skills practiced. In art for the past two weeks, we have been making both Pom Pom monsters and spooky chains to celebrate the run up to Halloween. Freeze frames based on the Addams Family have been practiced for drama. We have also been doing response activities using many popular nursery rhymes, including alternative scenes and recreations. For music we practiced our ta’s and ti-ti’s to maintain a pulse to a variety of musical extracts.
2nd Class had good fun for maths week! We were looking at different shapes both in school and at home. Well-done to everyone for engaging with the content. We had the opportunity to use the new iPads to practice our times tables while playing hit the button. Also, in the classroom we have been practicing our computation skills with the children using their addition, subtraction and multiplication skills in the Countdown number game – using addition, subtraction and multiplication. It is important to remember that maths is everywhere and we can keep learning about it outside of the classroom.
We have been practicing explanation writing for literacy for the first term with the children practicing writing about activities ranging from the life cycle of a ladybird to our dream Halloween parties. Some of these were quite extravagant!! Everyone has been doing great reading and writing both in class and for homework. I would like everyone to keep up the great work after the break.
We have been attending webinars for SESE based on food and farming from Agri Aware. We are learning about fruits and vegetables along with animals, looking at the process of how food goes from the farm to our plate. Outside of the webinars we have been looking at the local area of Castleknock, along with trips to Barcelona to admire Gaudi’s architectural creations. (Unfortunately through Google Earth ☹).
We have been practicing our throwing, catching and moving all term for PE through playing Olympic Handball. We also had some nice movement breaks doing dance activities and throwing horse chestnuts in the yard.
2nd Class had great fun this week making stained glass hot air balloons. They are now in the classroom window for all to see!