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Ms. Twibill / Ms. Lundy 🙂
19th January 2020
Good morning! A massive well done to all the children on their playground projects. The quality and creativity shown by every child was amazing. Check out some more photos of the projects below.
We have begun presenting our self-chosen projects and we are enjoying them immensely!
Homework this week;
WIO Week 18 Tables: Revise -5, -6
SESE: We are learning all about electricity over the next few weeks. Children have been provided with a template to complete where they must look for different things which use electricity in their home. They can then write a few sentences about their favourite thing that uses electricity.
Gaeilge: We are continuing our Irish dictation and would also like the children to practice some reading each night. A copy of this week’s reading can be seen below. We will be practicing this in school daily also
Tá geansaí ar Neasa.
Tá bríste ar Ruairí.
Tá bróga ar Neasa.
Tá léine ar Ruairí.
Tá sciorta ar Neasa.
Tá buataisí ar Ruairí.
This weeks topics;
English – Novel; The Sheep Pig – character study. Comprehension – making connections. Grammar – alphabetical order and dictionary work.
Maths – This week in maths children will be beginning subtraction with renaming (also known as borrowing 10). It is a tricky concept for children to grasp so we will be doing lots of work with concrete materials!
Gaeilge – Éadaí
History – Electricity in the past
Geography – Electricity at home
Science – Creating a circuit
SPHE – Change and Choices
PE – Gymnastics
Drama – Sight reading
Music – Following rhythm and beat
Some photo updates!
Some more photos from our playground projects!
Our STEM project this week was a challenge to make a paper airplane. We had great fun testing them and racing afterwards!
As a Christmas treat we looked at how you make a gingerbread man and enjoyed decorating them afterwards!
Monday 13th January 2020
Today was a very busy day in school with lots of learning!!
Everyone is working very hard and we are delighted with the effort being made in the new year.
Half the class presented their Park projects today and the other half of the class will present their projects tomorrow. I will post pictures shortly… I am sure you will be as impressed as I am. Lots of fun learning taking place and great excitement when presenting their projects to their friends.
Park Projects Presentation Part 1
This week the children are getting to pick their own project. We had a class discussion today on what they might like to work on. They can pick any topic that interests them. we had discussions about Harry Potter, Minecraft, Fairies, Diary of A Wimpy Kid, sweets, Roman Baths, Birthday Cakes, Egypt etc… they can draw, bake, build, sew… whatever they want. As long as they have FUN doing it, can work independently and it is not a chore!!
As normal we have Work It Out every night, our dictation sentence and now with our dictation we are dictating two Irish spellings a day. Children will not be tested on this, it is the spellings that we teach every Friday in our Litriu lesson, this is not extra homework. We are teaching two words a day in school. We call out the word, they try to spell it , then we give them the correct spelling. Preparation for our Friday lesson.
Gaeilge Homework –
Read sentences at home
What we are learning this week:
In literacy this week we are reading and responding to an extract from the Twits. Answering questions in full sentences, writing stories, revision of capital letters, full stops and question marks. Using a word box to fill in missing words in a paragraph and using a dictionary to look up words.
We have also started reading our new novel, The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith. During the day we have DEAR time.. Drop Everything and Read, they are allowed to bring in their own novel from home for DEAR Time. Some children have also began a library loan system. They lend books that they have already read, to their friends. They write their name on their novel before they loan it out. They record who has taken what book and on what date. The child signs the book out and signs it back in when returned. A great way to use books that are lying at home and the children love the idea of having the responsibility of being the librarian!! A great idea to encourage more reading.
This with is all about Symmetry. A topic the children always have great fun with. In our math stations we have 5 groups. We spend 6 minutes at each station before we move onto the next. Miss Dillon is working on problem solving with one group. Problem solving requires pupils to understand and explore a problem, find a strategy, use the strategy to solve the problem and look back and reflect on the solution. The children will tell you what they do at the different stations. At my station we are counting orally as this is so important. All groups can now count in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s to 100. Most of the class can count in 3s to 30 and we began counting in 4s to 40. It would be great help if they could practice this at home, a bit of fun counting everyday. They are so proud and get so excited when they can count in 3s and 4s without making a mistake. During the next couple of weeks we will be making our way up through all the numbers from 1-10. This method is called skip counting. Skip counting is important in the development of fluency in calculation, number sense and as the basis of multiplication and division. Skip counting is a skill that develops over time growing as students continue to expand the range of numbers with which they can skip count.
Gaeilge – Caitheamh Aimsire
History – Games in The past
Geography – People at Play
Science – Thaumatrope – exploring Optical illusions
SPHE – Change and Choices
Last week our lesson in Science was based on the theme ‘ Now you see it..now you don’t! We built a thaumatrope to explore optical illusions
6th January 2020
I hope we all had a fantastic break for the Christmas holidays.
We have had a great first day back and were working hard all day.
Homework for this week is as follows;
Dict: Alongside their English sentence, children have also begun Irish dictation. Currently they are writing 2 words per day in school and should revise these as part of homework.
Tables: -1 -2
Work It Out: Week 16
Gaeilge: Our focus this week will be getting used to our Irish dictation. However, we are learning about hobbies and pastimes in school and so I will include some links to useful videos concerning this topic.
Project: The class will be exploring the theme of People at Play this week. For their project they should design their dream park or playground. They should create their design (draw, build etc.) and also pick 3 features that they’ve included in their design to write some sentences about.
Thursday 19th December 2019 – Recycled Christmas Decorations
Wednesday 18th December 2019 – Christmas Art
Monday 16th December
Wow! We can hardly believe how quickly this term has gone by. It has been an amazing start to 2nd class and we can’t wait to see what the New Year will bring!
A huge congratulations to the class on their fantastic nativity play. Everybody made a huge effort to practice for their part and they gave it their all on the night!
As we have been so busy lately, and we are focusing on completing our Christmas assessments this week, children have been given no written homework. They should keep up their reading and tables each evening, and enjoy some free time!
We have been opening up our class advent calendar since the beginning of the month. James opened day number 1 and had to take a selfie with the class. We loved the photo and wanted to share it with you all 🙂
Monday 9th December 2019
Good Morning everyone. We have a very busy week in school with final preparations for our Christmas Play. The children are all very excited and I am loving hearing all their Elf and the shelf stories every morning!!!
We have decided to give an oral language project this week. The page below is called ‘Christmas Time’. Read the questions with your child and have a nice discussion what is going on in the picture. They can draw a Christmas picture on the right side of the page. Maybe also read a Christmas story with you child. This is a very busy week in school with the play so we don’t want to over load the children with work at home.
A massive thank you to the amount of effort put into recent projects…THE STANDARD OF WORK IS EXCEPTIONAL…
Two days until our Christmas play so if you could continue practicing their lines and singing over the songs.
Gaeilge Homework – fun online game
Edit 13/12/19 – If the above link is not working you can learn some new Christmas vocabulary on the below link
Work it out Week 14
In Numeracy we are adding to 100 and starting 100 Square Subtraction. If you could do one adding sum a night and one subtraction sum a night with your child. some examples below to pick from:
Thursday 5th December 2019
This week in Numeracy our topic is Addition to 100 ( Renaming). Some children are struggling with this. If you could maybe go over two or three sums from the page below as revision, it would be a great help. Thank you for your continuous support.
Monday 2nd December
Good morning! Hopefully we all enjoyed the Toy Show this weekend!
As our Christmas concert is coming up next week on Wednesday the 11th of December, children will be provided with a copy of our song words to practice. Please practice these as much as possible!
Homework this week;
WIO Week 13 Tables: Revise +5+6
Project: We will be continuing some work on weather this week in school and so we are asking children to look for some signs of winter in the environment (leaves on trees, colder weather etc.). Children can record their findings whichever way they choose, however they should write at least one sentence about the sign of winter which they have noticed. Sample timetable; Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday – Pick a sign of winter to write about, Thursday – Prepare and practice presentation.
Gaeilge: The topic will be our focus in Irish also and so children have been given a worksheet on which they must read and draw the weather.
Some photo updates –
Our STEM project this week was a challenge that tied in with our winter theme. The children had to make a sled for a snowman. We had great fun testing them and racing afterwards!
We have come to the end of our training with the Geraldines for now. A big thank you to the coaches, the children had lots of fun & developed many new skills!
Some photos of some morning activities we enjoyed!
As part of our work about rainbows and colours, we looked at the work of Andy Warhol and recreated some of our own Pop Art!
Some of our Irish verb work; creating our own sentences.
Tuesday 26th November 2019 – Art – Winter Clay
Another busy week in school for 2nd class. We have less than two weeks until our Christmas play. Sister Anne is also visiting our class on Tuesday.
Topics we are learning this week:
Numeracy – Length: lots of measuring happening this week. Estimating, measuring the length and the Width of items in our classroom and using Metre sticks. We are also continuing with Numeracy stations.
English – Penguins / Antarctic / transport
Gaeilge – Bia
Geography – Winter in Ireland
Science – Plants and Animals
Monday 25th November 2019
Reading – Thank you for all your support with our reading scheme
Maths – Work it Out and oral counting revision +1 and +2
Please keep practicing the lines for the Christmas play
Gaeilge – We didn’t get a chance to read this short story in school today but will read everyday as a class from tomorrow. See can your child read any of it at home.
This weeks project is lots of fun and all about Penguins. We had a class discussion on how to complete the project. The children have two pages to complete:
Suggested plan for the week:
Monday Night: Research Penguins and find out some facts
Tuesday Night: Write some facts on lined penguin page
Wednesday Night: Design a fun house for penguins
Thursday Night: Complete house and practice presentation
Both pages can be presented in scrap book
Project Presentations today:
More pictures from our Igloo stem project on Friday:
Friday Morning – 22nd November 2019
Stem Projects Friday 22nd November 2019
Week 18th – 22nd November
The weeks are flying by in the run up to Christmas and as always we are very busy in school!
We will be looking at the water cycle as part of our Geography learning this week. For their homework project, the children are being asked to identify various ways water is used in their home.
Children can record their findings however they wish (a diary, drawings, photographs etc.) However it is important to ensure they write at least one sentence about each of their findings as part of their literacy learning.
A simple idea would be to write down one or two things each evening that they have noticed involved water in their home that day.
As you know our Christmas play is fast approaching. Please ensure children are practicing their lines, paying particular attention to their cue to speak and also to their expression.
Our Gaeilge homework this week;
We have been continuing our theme of Bia (food) in Irish. Below is a link to a video containing some easy vocabulary based on the topic for you to watch at home. You could try using some of the words at home, or even discuss what you had for breakfast, lunch or dinner. E.g. D’ith mé tósta (I ate toast)
Some photos from our spider web STEM learning a few weeks ago;
Monday 11th November 2019
A quick up date on what is happening in school this week:
English – In Literacy this week we are studying the song ‘ Over the Rainbow’. We had a great discussion today on what we would like to find over a rainbow. We sang the original version on you tube and discussed the Land of Oz in the film.
This topic brought us to our project this week… Each child has stuck a lined A4 Rainbow page into their scrap book to take home. They have to write what then would like to find at the end of a rainbow. They don’t need the internet for this project. They simply need their imagination!! Monday night you could have an oral discussion with your child. Tuesday night begin planning what they might write in their story and write a draft. Wednesday night complete their story in the page in scrap book and Thursday night practice reading their presentation.
Numeracy – on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we are learning all about Angles. Maybe ask your child what they learnt about rotation in school today. On Thursday and Friday they will be learning subtraction.
Our Gaeilge Poem
We will be learning this poem all week. The children have a copy of the poem home. They are not expected to know it all tonight. We went over it a few times today and will continue to learn it during the week. They can read to you the lines they know.
Gaeilge – We are continuing with our theme Bia
Today we presented our projects around the classroom. Well done again everybody..keep up the great work.
Science Week – 10th November – 17th November 2019
A massive thank you to 6th class who demonstrated and conducted experiments with 2nd class today in the school hall
Thank you to the Geardlines for coaching us last Friday and bringing in the cup….
STEM POPCORN PROJECT 08/11/19
Our STEM Project :
Make a container to hold a bowl of popcorn. All the pieces of popcorn pieces should fit in the container and must not over flow at the top!!!!
Welcome Back 4/11/2019
Hopefully everybody enjoyed the midterm break and Halloween celebrations!
We have another busy week ahead of us with our class work, Speech and Drama, and GAA all continuing.
We are working under the theme of food this week. For our homework project we would like children to talk to an older adult about food in the past.
I have provided the children with an interview template. It has some questions for them to ask somebody at home, and a space for them to write the answer.
The interview should be completed by Monday the 11th of November. However children are welcome to hand in their projects whenever they are completed!
Our Gaeilge poem for this week;
An maith leat?
Is maith liom subh.
Bainne sa leite,
Im ar an arán,
Siúcra sa tae,
Agus bímse lán!
HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM 2nd CLASS
Congratulations to Peter and Aoibhinn on receiving a Maths Award for their contribution to Maths Week.
21st – 25th October 2019
Our learning this week will be focused around Halloween. The class have really enjoyed the work about the festival that we have done so far, and are looking forward to continuing this.
As it is the last week before our midterm break, projects will be due in on Thursday the 24th of October to allow time for presentations over Thursday and Friday. Children are always encouraged to hand their projects in if completed at an earlier date.
For our project this week, children have been given a writing template. They should write some sentences about their favourite thing about Halloween and draw a picture.
A sample plan to follow would be;
Monday – Choose topic and plan what will be written about
Tuesday – Write sentences and begin picture
Wednesday – Colour picture and read over project
Our Gaeilge homework this week;
An bhfaca tu an chailleach?
Chonaic mé í.
Bhí hata mór ard agus guna dubh uirthi.
An bhfaca tú an ceann cait?
Chonaic mise é.
Bhí sí ag eitilt thuas sa spéir.
Monday 14th October 2019
This week is Maths Week in Ireland. Our school is participating in lots of fun Maths Learning. We have decided instead of a project this week we will base our homework on fun Numeracy Learning at home. Each child has been given two pages to take home with them to bring back in on Friday morning. I have explained to the class exactly what they have to do. The page is in their homework folder and is called ” Maths All Around Me at Home”. They can complete one fun activity every night.
Our Irish homework this week;
A brief overview of what we will be learning this week:
Story – Sparks in the sky
What is a noun?
Maths Week – In class activities, Maths Trail, Estimation Game, Junior Maths Quiz, Active Learning Stations, Maths Art, Maths Homework, Mental Maths etc
Number – ADDITION
Adding onto 9
Twenty and Beyond
Gaeilge – An Scoil / Oiche Shamhna
History – Halloween as an Ancient Festival with Celtic Roots
Geography – How is Halloween celebrated in Mexico? – Dia De Los Muertos
Science – STEM: Spider Webs
SPHE – My Brain , Food Types
Visual Arts – STEM – Spider Webs, Dia de los Muertos
A quick reminder that our first mass in preparation for First Holy Communion takes place this Sunday 20th October at 10 am.
For station teaching we are using Chrome Books. If your child has as set of ear phones that they would like to use they can bring them in to school. Please do not feel that you have to go buy a set as the school has ordered some for us.
A massive thank you to the Geraldines for coaching us on Friday morning. It was so much fun.
Thursday 10th October 2019
STEM PROJECT – The children will explain to you what a STEM project is.
Each child was given some apples and some cocktail sticks. They were told to build the tallest tower they could, that would stand unaided. we had so much fun, they will tell you all about it!!! After we got creative and made spiders and hedgehogs.
Homework Project 7/10/2019
Just a small note on last weeks homework to say that once again the projects created by the children have been fantastic. Well done to all!
We are continuing our work all about trees in school and this week we are focusing on the changes trees go through during each season! For homework this week children should complete a picture of these changes that happen e.g. colours in autumn, bare tree in winter etc. They should also write a few sentences on the changes that occur to the tree during the seasons. Some nice examples can be found at: Tree Changes Seasons
A sample timetable to follow would be;
Tuesday – Winter
Wednesday – Spring
Thursday – Summer
The projects should be ready to be presented for Monday the 14th of October. I can provide children with a template should they wish to use one, and have sent home their scrapbooks too.
Looking forward to seeing all of the projects when completed!
Our Irish homework this week;
Duilleoga deasa, deasa.
Duilleoga deasa, buí.
Duilleoga deasa, deasa.
Ag imeacht leis an ngaoth.
Duilleoga deasa, deasa.
Duilleoga deasa, buí.
Duilleoga deasa, deasa.
Ag damhsa ar an gcraobh.
Duilleoga deasa, deasa.
Duilleoga deasa, buí.
Duilleoga deasa, deasa.
Ar thalamh ina luí.
To celebrate the upcoming feast day of St. Francis who is the patron saint of animals and ecologists, we had a visit from the reptile zoo today. The children were fascinated by the different creatures they met and learned lots of interesting facts!
Recently the class undertook a STEM (Science Technolgy Engineering and Mathematics) project to create a birds nest. They worked in groups and were given a project card to follow instructions from. They worked collaboratively and produced some excellent nests out of the materials provided!
Wednesday 2nd October 2019
Today we got our lines for our Christmas Play and we started rehearsing. Thank you for all the parents who attended the communion meeting last night.
Monday 30th September 2019
This week in school, we are learning all about trees. For our homework project we are going to be creating our family tree!
Some tips for completing the project;
• Children could make a list of their own family members and their relationship to them (this will form the basis of their family tree).
• Talk and discussion about how uncles and aunts, cousins etc are related.
• Create their own family tree.
The class are welcome to create their family tree in whichever style they would like but there are useful examples at the following link;
Projects should be prepared and ready to be presented by Monday 7th of October.
Maths Homework – It has been decided that we will be sending home ‘Work It out’ Book for Numeracy Homework. We are beginning Week 5. Please let your child work on this independently and circle any questions they can not answer.
Dán – A hAon, a Dó, a Trí
A haon, a dó, a trí.
Lucha beaga buí.
Ag ithe píosa cáise
I ngan fhios do fhear an tí.
Cat mór liath,
Rith sé isteach.
Cad a rinne na lucha?
Rith siad amach.
This week we will be learning-
English – All about Spiders
Numeracy – Place Value
Gaeilge – An Scoil
Geography – Trees
Science – Materials
History – Feasts and Festivals in the Past
First Holy Communion
We are very busy preparing for our First Holy Communion.
Please remember we have a short Presentation Evening with Father Keenan on Tuesday 1st October at 7.30pm
Keep up the great reading and dictation sentences!!
I did not get to hear all the skeleton projects on Friday with the half day but was so impressed with what I saw. Looking forward to seeing the rest on Monday. I will post photographs to show the high standard of work.
Preparations have also begun for our Christmas Play. It has been a busy but wonderful start to the year in 2nd class. Thank you for all your support.
Project 23rd – 30th September
Well done to the boys and girls for their fantastic projects about Blackrock! We are really enjoying listening to them in school.
This week children are going to be learning about the skeleton. I have given them an A4 piece of card and some cotton buds. They should try to create a skeleton shape by sticking the cotton buds to the card. Samples of this can be found online.
The children should then try to label the bones they have included on their skeleton.
To make sure children have enough time to prepare their project, and so we can listen to all projects, children will now be able to work on their project until Monday of the following week. This weeks project will be due in on Monday the 30th of September.
ICT Activity for Monday
The class displayed fantastic cooperation and teamwork skills today as they worked together to investigate homelessness.
Daily Mile 18/09/2019
We have been loving completing our daily mile in school. The fabulous weather today got us really motivated!
Monday 16th September 2019
Good morning everyone, hope you have a marvelous Monday!!
A few updates on what is happening in 2nd class this week:
. Every morning I will be picking a secret student- the children will tell you all about this.
. This week in Geography we are learning about Living in the Local Community. Our project this week is to find out information about the village of Blackrock. Some information that might help your child when researching their project:
DAY 1 – Research – find information on the chosen topic
DAY 2 – Choose which key pieces of information you will use
DAY 3 – Start typing or writing the information in your own words and find or draw pictures/ diagrams/maps etc. Perhaps build a model.
DAY 4 – Complete visual project and rehearse presentation.
You can present your project on an A4 page or you can stick work into your scrapbook.
We had a class discussion today on Blackrock. 2nd class are very excited and they all know what they have to do this week. The project can be presented in any form , as long as they have lots of FUN!!!!
We looked at the the following web page and the children know that they can find lots of information here. Pick an area they find most interesting and start their research. Looking forward to hearing presentations on Friday!! have fun ……
Last weeks projects were amazing!!!
ICT homework tonight – https://ie.ixl.com/math/class-2/counting-patterns-up-to-100
The link above logs out after 15 minutes but that is more than enough time to spend
Gaeilge – every week we will be learning a new song or poem. The class will be taught this in school but will take it home to read every night.
Read at home this week
Dán – Buail ar an Doras
Buail ar an doras.
Is féach isteach.
Bain díot do hata.
Is siúil isteach.
Suigh ar an stól.
Is bí ag ól.
Is conas atá tú ar maidin?
( stuck into back of homework copy)
We have a very busy week ahead, some topics we will be covering this week –
History – When my Grandparents were young
Geography – Living in the local community
Science – The Human Skeleton
We have also began our daily mile a day!!!
I will keep you updated during the week and if you are unsure of anything please contact me, Thank you
” If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely”
Today in Numeracy we – Added on in Ten, Counted on and added Three numbers together. We are marvelous mathematicians!!
Celebrating Roald Dahl Day 13/9/19
‘Adopt a Reading Superhero‘ 11/09/2019
Today pupils in 2nd class took home an , ‘Adopt a Reading Superhero Tag’. Every Wednesday each child will be allowed to pick a book from the class library to take home for a week to read to a toy/teddy/superhero of their choice. If they are reading their own novel at home, that is fine. This is a fun activity to encourage reading for enjoyment at home.
ICT Homework 09/09/2019
Homework Project 9/09/2019
For this weeks homework project children will be provided with A4 paper.
Please have them draw a picture of their home and write a short description of it!
They will present their project on Friday the 13th of September.
The children had lots of fun mixing lemon juice and baking soda to make Lemon Suds! They had some great predictions of what would happen when we mixed them together.
We learned so much about each other today in class! Everyone did great work and we had some super interesting presentations. Well done all!
We are enjoying our first novel of the year; The Giggler Treatment by Roddy Doyle!
We hope everyone is settling back in well to the school routine once more!
Just a quick note explaining homework this year;
Reading: Children have reading homework to complete every night. The pages read should be recorded on their reading sheet which should be signed at home.
Tables: Each week the class will work on a different set of tables which corresponds to their Work It Out book which they use in school. They have been given a tables sheet to help practice these at home.
Project: The class will be given various projects to complete throughout the year. This could take 1-2 weeks to complete depending on the topic. Details of projects will be shared here on our web page or in children’s homework copies.
Activity: Children will have a simple activity to complete each night. We are currently following the structure of Monday: ICT activity, Tuesday: maths activity, Wednesday: active homework, Thursday: oral language.
Dictation: Children will do one sentence of dictation each morning in school. They will then choose 1 or 2 spellings from this to learn each night. The words used in the daily dictation sentences are high frequency words. Although no formal testing will take place, the words will be recurring and so will be revisited frequently.
Time: As stated in the school homework diary; it is recommended that children in 2nd class spend 20-30 mins completing homework altogether each evening. This can be divided whichever way suits you & your child best.
We aim to make homework more enjoyable for children and hope this helps to explain it better. If you have any queries at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us through the school office!
Ms. Twibill & Ms. Lundy
Monday Homework Activity 2/09/19
Link to online activity;
Compare & Order
Homework Project 2/09/19
We are very excited to begin our first homework project of the school term. The instructions are below and children should be ready to present their work this coming Friday the 6th of September.
All About Me!
Fill a bag with 4 things you can use to tell us about yourself (only 4 things, no more, no less!).
All of your objects must fit in the bag.
Bring this bag in on Friday to share with the class!
We can’t wait to learn all about you!
Welcome Back! 30/08/19
A big welcome back to all the children in 2nd class. We were delighted to see everybody coming in so enthusiastically and ready to begin the year! We all had a great first day getting to know each other. The class enjoyed a scavenger hunt in the outdoor classroom, making the most of the good weather while it lasts.