2nd Class

Welcome to the 2nd class web page. Lot’s of important information will be posted here so please check back in regularly!

Ms. Twibill / Ms. Lundy 🙂

Parents of Communion Children

Easter is coming up soon and is a very important time of year in the church calendar. We would be currently working on the 2nd class programme and completing theme 7 – Holy Week and Easter.

Grow in Love (Grow in Love Website) have offered free access to parents should you wish to use it. The details are;

Email: trial@growinlove.ie
Password: growinlove
There are two lessons in the theme; The death of Jesus and The Resurrection. The corresponding pages in children’s workbooks are pg 40 – 43.
Once again there is no obligation to complete the lessons or associated work, a chat about the Easter story is just as good if it is what suits best!
Week 30th March – 3rd April

Hello again!

We hope you are all keeping up good spirits at home. Below is a list of activities for this week. As mentioned before these are just suggested activities, there is no onus on anybody to complete any / all of it! Please do whatever works best for your situation.

English: 

Spellings – Pick a word from the list each day and do Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check 

keep      kind laugh       light long   much myself   never 

Challenge: Can you find a small word inside your spelling and write some new words using it?

Reading: Keep going with some daily reading. Choose whatever material you like and enjoy it!

I have included a link for an online version of the novel we have been working on ‘The Sheep Pig’. Please re-read chapter 6 if you can and discuss it at home.

The Sheep Pig   (if you click the 3 dots on the top right there is an option to zoom in)

Comprehension – Chapter 5 of The Sheep Pig Questions (Write or type or discuss)

  1. Why didn’t Mrs Hogget want Babe running around?
  2. Did Fly enjoy teaching Babe the ways of the  sheep-dog?
  3. Where would Babe have to go to visit Ma?
  4. What was Babe’s plan?
  5. Why was the cattle-lorry hiding at the top of the hill?
  6. Why did the sheep call the two dogs ‘wolves’?
  7. Were the rustlers successful in taking the sheep?
  8. What made Mrs Hogget change her opinion of the pig?

Grammar – Verbs – Watch the video about verbs and complete the worksheet about action words.

Verbs

 

Gaeilge: Am Don Léamh pg 10 and 11. Read the story and complete the activities. *Please do not write in books*

(Focloir.ie is helpful if you need to translate any words)

Cúla 4 – Cartún as Gaeilge (cartoons in Irish)

Cúla 4 – Cartún

Maths:

Tables – Revise tables + 7, -7

Work It Out  – Continue with week 27 – Don’t forget your Friday Test!

Skip Counting – Practice 2’s, 3’s, 5’s, 10’s. Worksheet pictured below (Can be done orally or in maths copy)

Tens and Units – Addition revision. Practise adding without renaming and with renaming in maths copy.

 No renaming:

TU                          TU                          TU                          TU                            TU

52                         36                            30                           20                             11

+20                        +22                       +32                         +28                         +63

 

TU                          TU                          TU                          TU                          TU

22                           53                           23                           20                           62

+50                         +25                         +56                         +76                         +23

With renaming:

TU                          TU                          TU                          TU                          TU

46                           17                           72                           55                           39

+25                         +34                         +19                         +06                         +43

 

TU                          TU                          TU                          TU                          TU

83                           28                           61                           14                           96

+17                         +54                         +39                         +29                         +08

Week 23rd – 27th March

Hi All,

We hope you are well and keeping busy while at home. It is a strange time for us all and we miss everybody lots!

We are going to provide some activities for the children to complete below, but please don’t feel obliged to do so. We understand that everyones circumstances are different and it is such an uncertain time. Our main aim is to keep happy and healthy!

Our Google Classroom has lots of different activities for children to complete should they want to. Myself and Ms. Lundy are available for any help needed through our Google Classroom or via email ; misslundy@stfrancisns.ie and misstwibill@stfrancisns.ie.

Children can complete work in a notebook or copy, or on Google Classroom if they prefer.

English: 

Reading: Keep up with your reading at home as much as you can! Our Google classroom has links to lots of different online reading websites. One which we would recommend is Get Epic. Our class code is dlb7026.

Spellings – Pick a word from the list below each day and do Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check (pictured below). 

Challenge: Can you find a small word inside your spelling and write some new words using it?

about     better     bring     carry     clean      cut      done    draw       drink       eight

Comprehension – Complete the cloze procedure. ( Also on Google classroom if hard to see)

Creative Writing – Write a story about a castle. Don’t forget to have a beginning (introduce characters, setting) a middle (a problem / an event) and an ending (solution to the problem).

Gaeilge: Am Don Léamh pg 8 and 9. Read the story and complete the activities *Please do not write in Am Don Léamh books*

(Focloir.ie is helpful if you need to translate any words)

Maths:

Tables – Revise tables + 6, -6

Work It Out  – Continue with week 26 – Don’t forget your Friday Test!

Cracking Maths – pg. 107, 108 and 109. The topic is money. See if you can borrow some coins from somebody at home and practise making different amounts! I have included some links to resources about money on Google Classroom!

Monday 9th March

Our learning this week will be focused around Seachtain na Gaeilge and St. Patrick’s Day.  The class have been working really hard to use their Gaeilge as much as possible! We have lots more activities planned for this week to celebrate our teanga náisiúnta!

Homework

Reading
Dict

Maths: WIO Week 24 Tables: +4, -4
Gaeile: Deachtú (dictation), Reading – in homework copy and also pictured below

Irish Songs; We are working on 2 songs for Seachtain na Gaeilge Children can practice at home;
Shotgun

Báibín Siorc

Project: Our literacy this week will focus on oral language. Children have been given a St. Patrick’s Day page with prompts to discuss.

Friday 6th March

Today we went outside to see what Natural Materials we could find in our school Environment.

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Gaelic Football Training – Friday 6th March 2020

World Book Day 2020 – We Love To Read

Irish Dancing On World Book Day

Monday 2nd March 2020

We have a very busy week ahead of us as we will be doing work for Seachtain na Gaeilge, World Book Day and Engineer’s week too! Keep an eye on our webpage for some photo updates of our different activities.

Homework this week;
Reading
Dict

Maths: WIO Week 23, Practice telling the time at home, Tables +3, -3
Gaeile: Deachtú (dictation), Am don Léamh lch. 34 Oideas do Bhorróga
Project: This week we are asking children to complete their own personal timeline. Their timeline should include any personal achievements or events. I have given children a template but they can create their own version should they wish to!

E.g. I was born on _____. I got my First tooth when ____. I said my first word when I was ____. I started to walk when I was _____. I started school when I was ____.

Today we had a fantastic storytelling session with Brenda. It was immensely enjoyed by everyone!

Some photos of our Gaelic training in the community centre and the hall!

We have been working hard learning our Irish dances with Carmel & Aaron.

We completed a STEM experiment testing what materials.

We enjoyed some games of Biongó as Gaeilge.

The whole class love flashlight Friday!

Tuesday 25th February 2020

Welcome back and hope everyone had a wonderful midterm break.
We have a short week with only 4 days teaching before we enter into the month of March. Today is Pancake Tuesday and tomorrow is Ash Wednesday. We have Irish dancing on Thursday and Gaelic Football training on Friday.

This week we will be learning:

Literacy – Comprehension – A House for Shade
Phonics / Capital Letters/ Creative writing/
Novel – The Sheep Pig

Numeracy – Measure – Time : Read time in hours, half hours and quarters past on 12 hour and analogue clock. Read time in hours and half hours on digital clock

Gaeilge – An Aimsir – Sa Bhaile

History – Learning all about the 1960’s

Geography – Transport in the 1960’s

Science – Complete Waterproof Materials

SPHE – Myself – Changes and choices

Homework:

Maths:
Work it out Week 22
Skip counting in 4’s and 5’s
Practice telling the time at home

English:
Reading and dictation

Gaeilge:
Am Don Leamh – La Fliuch Page 40, read story every night at home

Project – Life in the 1960’s
Today we talked all about Life in the 1960’s. We listened to music from the 1960’s – Yellow Submarine, Puppet on A string, The Locomotion and The Hucklebuck. The children can listen and dance to these songs at home. They have been given a worksheet to complete and stick into their scrap book – ‘Dancing through the Decades 1960s’. If the children want to do anymore independent research on Life in the 1960’s they can and stick work into their scrapbook.

Thank you
Miss Lundy and Miss Twibill

Tuesday 11th February 2020

Flash Light Tuesday….
Every Friday we are going to read using flashlights…a fun way to encourage more reading. We tried it out today and it was very successful…

Intercultural Day 2020

Brazil – A massive thank you to Annalua’s mum who came in to our class this afternoon and gave a presentation on her home country – Brazil….

Thank you Haryanna

Absorbent Materials Investigation

Monday 10th February 2020

Our last week before midterm break. this week we are learning:

Literacy – Story – The Fairy Ring
Novel – The Sheep Pig
Numeracy – Measure – Weight
Gaeilge – An Aimsir – An t-Earrach
Science – Materials- Waterproof Materials
Geography – Dentist
History – Teeth
SPHE – Changes and Choices – Medicines

Homework

Work it out Week 21
Skip counting in 2’s and 3’s

Dictation

Reading /Irish Story to read at home

This week are entering a competition for our project.

https://www.seatbeltsheriff.ie/hi-glo-silver/

On Friday we had a lesson on how to stay safe when walking and cycling. All details for the competition are on the above link. The class were allowed to begin their poster over the weekend and some children have completed their poster already. I need all posters in by Friday so I can post them before midterm break. The children are very clear on what they have to do and should be able to work independently.

This week we are learning about Weight in Numeracy

Friday Art Lesson – The Planet Of Mars – By SHEL SILVERSTONE

Part 1

Part 2

FUN FIT FRIDAY …….

A quick FUN visit into the park on the way back from the community center….

Gaelic Football training with the Geraldine’s !!!

Thursday 6th February 2020

Irish Dancing

A massive thank you to Kim from Junior Einsteins Science Club for coming into 2nd class today and teaching us all about electricity. We had so much fun….

Monday 3rd February 2020

Hello Spring!

We have had a fantastic start to term 2 and the children completed some amazing work in January. We are ready for a new month and looking forward to continuing our lessons in the run up to our midterm break.

Homework

Reading

Dictation

WIO Week: 20       Tables: -9, -10

Gaeilge: Reading each night pg. 24 Am Don Léamh

SESE: We are learning all about teeth this week; how they have changed, how we can look after them, and the role of a dentist! We would appreciate if children could take in a photo of themselves as a baby so we can compare our teeth then and now. They have also been given a worksheet to fill in about their tooth facts!

Some photo updates!

Irish Dancing – Children had their first Irish dancing lesson of the year on Thursday. They practiced their haon, dó, trí step and began learning the dance Ballaí Luimnigh!

We also enjoyed a great second lesson of our Gaelic training on Friday morning!

Monday 27th January 2020

Grandparents Day 28/1/2020

What a wonderful morning…Thank you to all the grandparents who visited our class.

 

Homework

Reading

Dictation

WIO Week 19     Tables: Revise -7, -8

Project/SESE Homework

This week we are continuing with the theme of Electricity. We spent over an hour today discussing what the children have to do. they have stuck a few pages into their scrap book….

Page 1 – We had a great discussion on the History of Electricity. The children can research any of the inventors on this page. They can work independently on this and do not need to write anything down. They can have fun researching the inventors of Electricity.

Page 2 and 3 – Again we have discussed How Electricity has Impacted our lives. They have to cut and sort the pictures into the appropriate category in the table. Again they should be able to work independently on this but you can orally support your child if needed.

Page 4 – Magic Tricks
This page is all about static electricity. We have discussed static electricity and above are a few tricks they can try at home if they want for fun. Please do not feel under pressure to go out and buy materials to complete these tricks.

Gaeilge;

Read at Home

A massive well done to Beth who baked buns for the Australian Wildfire Fundraiser. We are very proud of you !!!

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;

Reading

Dictation

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


If it is difficult to see in the picture, the reading is as follows;

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.

Project
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

Dathanna

What we are learning this week:

Literacy
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.

Numeracy
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

Welcome back!

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;

Reading

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.

Focloir

Cúla 4

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!!!

Project

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

Cluiche Bia

Edit 13/12/19 – If the above link is not working you can learn some new Christmas vocabulary on the below link
Nollaig

Homework –
Work it out Week 14
Dictation
Reading

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;

Reading

Dictation

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.

Songs;
We Three Kings
Silent Night
Away in a Manger

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
Homework –

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
Dictation sentence
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.

Project

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

Numeracy stations

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)

Bia (Food)

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSZxmZmBfnU

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

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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

Project Presentation

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?

Ithim leite,

Ithim ubh,

Ólaim tae,

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 Chailleach
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:

Literacy:
Story – Sparks in the sky
Comprehension
Handwriting
What is a noun?
Report Writing
Halloween

Numeracy:
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;

Monday- Autumn

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.

Enjoy 🙂

Reptile Zoo

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!

 

 

STEM Project

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.

Numeracy Stations

Monday 30th September 2019

Project

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;
Family Tree

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.

Enjoy!

Homework 23/09/2019
ICT Activity for Monday
Maths Add/Subtract

Groupwork 18/09/2019

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 ……

Home

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.

Monday 16/09/19
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”

Roaldh Dahl

Monday 16/09/2019

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.

Numeracy Stations

ICT Homework 09/09/2019

Tricky Word Spellings – Year 2

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.

🙂

Science
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.

Project Presentation

We learned so much about each other today in class! Everyone did great work and we had some super interesting presentations. Well done all!

 

Outdoor Reading

We are enjoying our first novel of the year; The Giggler Treatment by Roddy Doyle!

Homework
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

Enjoy 🙂

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.

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