1st Class A

Monday October 19th 2020

Seesaw:

St Francis NS will now use Seesaw for our forum for contacting parents, homework, celebration school life and in the case of distance learning should it be needed.

Each child received their See-saw account details a couple of weeks ago, if anybody had difficulty logging in, please let me know via email missburns@stfrancisns.ie

Thank you to all the parents and children who have made a great effort on logging in and making themselves familiar with how the app works. It is great fun and a whole new world and way of learning. I will continue to demonstrate it weekly with the children in class. Feel free to connect or complete the work at home in your own time.

It is the last week of school before we break for midterm break this Friday 23.10.20.

The children will take their homework folder home today (Monday) and it will stay at home until Friday when the children will bring it back to school, their readers/folder will be left to de-contaminate over the weekend and a new reader will be assigned at the start of each week.

Each child received their See-saw account details a couple of weeks ago, if anybody had difficulty logging in, please let me know via email missburns@stfrancisns.ie

Thank you to all the parents and children who have made a great effort on logging in and making themselves familiar with how the app works. It is great fun and a whole new world and way of learning. I will continue to demonstrate it weekly with the children in class. Feel free to connect or complete the work at home in your own time.

At present the children of First Class A + B have only been assigned reading and tables for homework.  Please continue to spend time at home revising the previous tables as the children will be assessed this week on all work covered to date.

Maths:

We will continue with our numeracy stations.  These are a fun way to revise the senior infant key concepts by playing games and being involved in new activities each day!

This week we are doing +8 tables – practise as much as you can! (I have placed a copy of the addition tables in the children’s homework folders, please keep this at home). They should go up to + 12 example 12 + 8 = 20.

English:

‘ar’ is our sound this week – practise as much as you can, words that have these sounds!

We are learning to spell

Pink, play, said, saw, say, sorry, school, see, same and shopping.

…practise these spellings as much as you can!

Click on the tricky-word-list  to revise and last but not least, continue to read together at home 🙂

PE:

DKIT sport students are facilitating coaching sessions with First Class A + B for the next 10 weeks. First Class A + B will take it one week on, one week off for the duration of their placement. Example below;

First Class A:  12th Oct

First Class B: 19th Oct

Midterm (Monday October 26th)

First Class A: 2nd November

Have a great Halloween midterm break, stay safe everyone.

Kind regards,

Ms. Sarah Jane Burns (Class Teacher, First Class A)

If you have any questions, please feel free to drop an email to me on missburns@stfrancisns.ie

 

 

 

Monday October 12th 2020

Happy Monday to you all.

The children will take their homework folder home again today (Monday) and it will stay at home until Friday when the children will bring it back to school, their readers/folder will be left to de-contaminate over the weekend and a new reader will be assigned at the start of each week.

We agreed as a staff that all children are to have ’emergency copies’ at home in the case of a school closure. In the current times, we must be prepared for any unseen event that may happen.  These copies were sent home last week.

Each child received their See-saw account details last week, if anybody had difficulty logging in, please let me know via email missburns@stfrancisns.ie

The children are becoming familiar with See-saw by watching Ms. Burns demonstrate and use it at school. I have uploaded two simple tasks for any child who would like to complete at home in their own time. There is no pressure to do this.

At present the children of First Class A + B have only been assigned reading and tables for homework. Please can you ensure your child’s reading record (at front of book) is signed.

Maths:

We will continue with our numeracy stations.  These are a fun way to revise the senior infant key concepts by playing games and being involved in new activities each day!

This week we are doing +7 tables – practise as much as you can! (I have placed a copy of the addition tables in the children’s homework folders, please keep this at home). They should go up to + 12 example 12 + 7 = 19.

 

English:

‘qu’ is our sound this week – practise as much as you can, words that have these sounds!

We are learning to spell

  1. live
  2. long
  3. love
  4. mother
  5. name
  6. new
  7. night
  8. old
  9. one
  10. open

 

…practise these spellings as much as you can!

Click on the tricky-word-list  to revise and last but not least, continue to read together at home 🙂

PE:

DKIT sport students are facilitating coaching sessions with First Class A + B for the next 10 weeks. First Class A + B will take it one week on, one week off for the duration of their placement. Example below;

First Class A:  12th Oct

First Class B: 19th Oct

Midterm (Monday October 26th)

First Class A: 2nd November

Have a great week.

Kind regards,

Ms. Sarah Jane Burns (Class Teacher, First Class A)

If you have any questions, please feel free to drop an email to me on missburns@stfrancisns.ie

 

Monday October 5th 2020

Happy St. Francis Day to everybody. The children will spend some time today and throughout the week listening to some stories about St. Francis and to celebrate his feast day. St. Francis of Assisi is known as Patron Saint of the Environment due to his love of nature, but more commonly known as Patron Saint of animals, hence October also being known as World Animal Day.

Today, each child will take home their homework folder. It will contain their reader for the week. The children will keep this folder at home until Friday. They will be asked to return it to school on Friday morning. The folder will then be left to de-contaminate over the weekend and the children will have a new reader assigned on Monday for the new school week.

We agreed as a staff that all children are to have ’emergency copies’ at home in the case of a school closure. In the current times, we must be prepared for any unseen event that may happen.  These copies were sent home last week.

Today the children will also bring home their see saw account login codes. In the current times, we need to be prepared for accessing work from home. The children will become familiar in school with how this works. Please keep account and password information safe.

Maths:

We will continue with our numeracy stations.  These are a fun way to revise the senior infant key concepts by playing games and being involved in new activities each day!

This week we are doing 6+ tables – practise as much as you can! (I have placed a copy of the addition tables in the children’s homework folders, please keep this at home).

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English:

We are revising both the ‘th’ and ‘ng’ sounds this week – practise as much as you can, words that have these sounds!

We are learning to spell

  1. her
  2. him
  3. his
  4. home
  5. homework
  6. hot
  7. house
  8. know
  9. last
  10. like

…practise these spellings as much as you can!

Click on the tricky-word-list  to revise and last but not least, continue to read together at home 🙂

Please see below some of the beautiful art work the children have painted. We celebrated National Tree week last week by creating our own individual Autumn Tree. Well done children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a great week.

Kind regards,

Ms. Sarah Jane Burns (Class Teacher, First Class A)

If you have any questions, please feel free to drop an email to me on missburns@stfrancisns.ie

 

Tuesday 29th September 2020

Hello to you all from First A!!

I hope you all enjoyed your long weekend and the lovely weather!

Today, each child will take home two copies. We agreed as a staff that all children are to have ’emergency copies’ at home in the case of a school closure. In the current times, we must be prepared for any unseen event that may happen.

Maths:

We will continue with our numeracy stations.  These are a fun way to revise the senior infant key concepts by playing games and being involved in new activities each day!

This week we are doing 5+ tables – practise as much as you can!

English:

We are doing the ‘ng’ sound – practise as much as you can, words that have these sounds!

For example: Spring, wings, sing, bring, strong… 

We will practise writing sentences with ‘th’ and ‘ng’ words too! 🙂

For example: This is the best day ever!  I walked on the path, then I ran.  I sang a song.  A bird has wings.

We are learning to spell

  1. from
  2. fun
  3. girl
  4. goes
  5. going
  6. green
  7. grey
  8. happy
  9. have
  10. help

…practise these spellings as much as you can!

Click on the tricky-word-list  to revise and last but not least, continue to read together at home 🙂

Have a great week.

Kind regards,

Ms. Sarah Jane Burns (Class Teacher, First Class A)

If you have any questions, please feel free to drop an email to me on missburns@stfrancisns.ie

 

Monday 21.9.20

Happy Monday to you all!!

A look at what is coming up this week in First Class A.

There has been NO OFFICIAL HOMEWORK assigned for the month of September due to the Covid 19 guidelines and safety measures of cross contamination of books and resources between school and home. What stays in school stays in school and what stays at home stays at home. I just want to make this clear in case of any confusion. 🙂 

English: This week the children will be looking at the ‘th’ sound on the jolly phonics programme. Please practise this sound when you can or make a list of words with ‘th’. Eg. thin, Thursday, through…

The children need to spend lots of time at home reading as much as they can and going over their tricky word list (1-72). All pods are heard reading individually, once a week. We are all doing the best we can at reading and the children trying so hard. However, we must keep in mind, all children have lost a lot of valuable time at school during the Covid 19 pandemic and we started the year off with the level each child was at. To progress I can’t stress enough the importance of reading at home. This will help them to progress faster and reinforce all school work.

Spellings of the week (21.9.20 – 25.9.20)

  1. can’t
  2. chair
  3. cold
  4. come
  5. does
  6. doing
  7. don’t
  8. Dundalk
  9. eat
  10. father

The children will be given either an oral or written assessment on Friday mornings. This will give the teacher a clear picture on whether to spend more time on a subject area or progress on to the next level.

Maths:

We started maths stations recently with each pod enjoying daily active maths games to promote and reinforce concepts that are in the text book. The children are all responding greatly to these.

Please can you spend time on +4 tables this week as the children will be assessed on these every Friday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PE on Fridays

Have a great week.

Kind regards,

Ms. Sarah Jane Burns (Class Teacher, First Class A)

If you have any questions, please feel free to drop an email to me on missburns@stfrancisns.ie

 

Monday 14.9.20

Happy Monday to everybody. I hope you all had a great weekend.

Just a little update from First Class A.

There has been NO OFFICIAL HOMEWORK assigned for the month of September due to the Covid 19 guidelines and safety measures of cross contamination of books and resources between school and home. What stays in school stays in school and what stays at home stays at home. I just want to make this very clear.

English: In school this week the children will be looking at the ‘ch’ sound in the jolly phonics programme.  What could be done at home? Revision of the ‘ch’ sound  and make a list of words with ‘ch’. Eg. Church, chin, chew…

The children are encouraged to spend lots of time at home reading as much as they can and going over their tricky word list (1-72). This will help them to progress and reinforce all school work.

Spellings of the week in school (14.9.20 – 18.9.20)

  1. Almost
  2. Ask
  3. Ate
  4. Because
  5. Black
  6. Blue
  7. Book
  8. Boy
  9. Brother
  10. came

The children will be given either an oral or written assessment on Friday mornings. The purpose of this assessment is to give both the children and teacher a good guide on whether to spend more time on a subject area or progress to the next level.

Maths:

We have started maths stations this week with each pod enjoying daily active maths games to promote and reinforce concepts that are in the text book.

I encourage spending time on +3 tables this week as the children will be tested on these every Friday.

Have a great week.

Kind regards,

Ms. Sarah Jane Burns (Class Teacher, First Class A)

If you have any questions, please feel free to drop an email to me on missburns@stfrancisns.ie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.9.20

Dear parents/guardians,

I hope you are all keeping well and that everybody had a nice rest over the weekend.

Just an update from First Class A 🙂

We are all settling into school life well and the boys and girls are following the new guidelines so well. Maith sibh a pháistí.

Last week we did a lot of work on the core subjects, a revision of the senior infant curriculum in both Maths and English.

Maths: Tables + 1 last week, +2 addition this week (7.9.20 – 11.9.20). Last week, we looked at partitioning sets, ways to make 10, adding zero to a number and in addition we also looked at when adding two numbers that are the same, the answer is the same.

E.g. 8 + 2 = 10 is the same as 2 + 8 = 10

Please practise these at home 5 + 2 = ? + 5 (example) This is a difficult concept for a lot of children so I advise very much to complete some of these at home in your own time for reinforcement.

The children are moving on to counting and numeration 1 this week (11, 12 and 13). An assessment test will be given in the coming weeks based on the senior infant maths curriculum and all key concepts.

 

English:

Revision of tricky words for the upcoming week (37-72) please see list that was attached from last week.

The children will be tested orally/written on Friday. We learn and do what we can in school as no homework can be assigned due to current guidelines.

Our sound for this week is ‘sh’. Please go over this sound and make a list of words if you wish ‘shout, show, fish, brush etc.

An English sounds and tricky word assessment test will be given this week to see what level each child is at. (Please see last week’s attachment of sounds for revision at home).

Reading:

We have started whole class reading along with individual guided reading. The children are really enjoying this. Each pod will have an opportunity to have their reading heard once a week. As books are not to go home (as per guidelines) I ask you all to please spent time reading at home as much as you can.

A look inside:

Last week the children were refreshed on Fire Safety within the classroom setting and whole school environment. We discussed in detail what procedures to take place in case of an emergency. Well done to all the children on fantastic listening.

PE: The children were actively engaged in our body weight PE session last week. We incorporated lots of counting with our squats!!!

Have a great week.

Kind regards,

Ms. Sarah Jane Burns (Class Teacher, First Class A)

If you have any questions, please feel free to drop an email to me on missburns@stfrancisns.ie

 

01.09.20

Dear parents/guardians,

I would firstly like to begin by welcoming you all back to school. It is my first year back to St. Francis NS after taking a career break. I am looking forward to the year ahead. It will be a busy one but a fun and enjoyable one also!

We are now into week two and everybody is becoming familiar with the new normal as best they can. We spent a lot of time last week in our classroom speaking about the new procedures that are now in place, how to keep safe (maintaining a safe distance from one another), following good hand hygiene (on entering and leaving classroom, school, after using toilet, coughing/sneezing). I would like parents to please encourage their children to follow these guidelines at home.

It is a very different beginning this September and although your child is in First class, I would like to reassure you I am taking off at the level of each child. Rome wasn’t built in a day and we all need to be mindful of the children and no pressure will be placed on any child to start the First class curriculum straight away. Time will be spent in the next couple of months covering the last term of Senior Infants curriculum and revising all the key concepts from the previous school year. We will then move forward accordingly. There is quite a significant jump from the infant curriculum into the First class curriculum overall.

Week 2 (31.08.20 – 4.09.20)

As there is no assigned written homework going home at present I would ask parents to please spend time talking to your child about what they did during school each day.

I would really appreciate if parents could spend time at home revising over

tricky words (1-36) please see list attached. We are also recapping over the initial jolly phonics sounds set (1-5) and in class this week we are currently on set 6.

Read as much as you can at home. The graded reading will commence in school next week and children will not be taking their readers home at the moment due to the current guidelines (work/books at home stay at home, books/work in school stay in school).

We have started + 1 addition tables in school this week, these can also be revised at home to reinforce their learning.

The children will have a word wall display in the classroom from next week (Week 3) and we will add words that we come across throughout the week and I will use these words on a Friday (assessment) both orally and in a written form. I feel this will be very beneficial in their creative writing and building their vocabulary over all. They will become confident over time.

I also plan to do PE with the children on a Friday, if they could have the appropriate dress wear for that day, it would be most grateful.

The school day is a longer day now that the children are in First class so please don’t be afraid to send in plenty of lunch and drinks of water as the breaks are at different times now to facilitate social distancing on yard and a short snack break will be given in the afternoon if needed by teacher. Please ensure your child can open all lunch boxes/bottles and packaging (in the current times we try to limit touching one another’s items as much as possible). First class little break 10.45am and big lunch at 12 midday.

Please return all homework folders from last year including reading books, library books, tricky word and sounds books. I have received some so far but still waiting on more. Thank you.

Please keep an eye on updates and notices that will be put up on the First Class page.

Kind regards,

Ms. Sarah Jane Burns (Class Teacher, First Class A)

If you have any questions, please feel free to drop an email to me on missburns@stfrancisns.ie

tricky word list 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the 1st Class A webpage.

All of the relevant information will be posted here so keep checking in.

Miss Burns

email: missburns@stfrancisns.ie

 

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Board of Management has agreed to stagger the start date of the new school term over the first 2 days. This will allow us to teach the new Covid procedures in a smaller group setting so that all pupils are aware of how to be as safe as possible at school. The split is being done by surnames.

Surnames starting A-Mac: Start school on Wednesday 26th of August and do NOT come in on Thursday 27th.
Surnames starting Mag-Z (including Mc surnames): Start school on Thursday 27th of August and do NOT come in on Wednesday 26th.

All pupils will come together as a whole class group on Friday 28th of August.

As outlined on the message sent yesterday, please ensure you adhere to the new dropping off and picking up protocols.

Please visit the school website at here for copies of all messages related to the re-opening of school.

We are all looking forward very much to welcoming back the pupils for the new school year.

Kind regards,

Sarah-Jane Burns
Class Teacher

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