Ms O’ Connor’s Class

 

 

 

Today we celebrated World Book day in our school. We dressed up as characters from our favourite books and we brought in some of our favourite books to read!

 

 

We had ‘DEAR’ time i.e.:  ‘Drop Everything And Read in school today, it was great fun!

 

We have also been taking part in the ‘Share a Story’ challenge all week. We read a book to ourselves and also to a friend! In our classes we have been talking about our favourite authors and we are learning how to write book reviews, make bookmarks and design book covers!

Pancake Tuesday

We  learned about Shrove Tuesday today in class.  We wrote out pancake recipes and acrostic pancake poems while each group had the chance to make real pancakes and decorate them with our favourite toppings. Our pancakes were delicious!

Play Pact Week in St. Fiachra’s 

The pupils of St. Fiachra’s Junior school took part in the Play Pact challenge this week! The purpose of the play pact is to reduce our daily screen time and be more active in school and at home! This means spending less time on devices including: laptops, desktops, tablets, smartphones and being in front of the TV. The pupils had great fun this week learning how to the knit, to play new board games and engaging in outdoor activities such as hopscotch, chasing or hide and-seek.

 

iPADs in St. Fiachra’s

We have recently introduced two set of iPADs into St. Fiachra’s Junior School and the pupils in Room 21 have really enjoyed engaging with these new devices every Thursday! We have learned so many new ICT skills and we are really enjoying playing Maths, Irish, Literacy, Music and SESE activities on these iPADs!

 

 

Aistear: Antartica

Our aistear theme for this month is Antartica. We have had great fun in our role play area pretending to be antarctic explorers working and living in Antartica. We worked in the weather station, performing daily weather reports, studying antartic animals and preparing for antartic expeditions to the South Pole.

For SESE we studied many famous polar explorers such as Tom Crean and Ernest Shackleton, we read many books about these explorers to carry out research into their lives, we mapped their famous expeditions, we completed factfiles and timelines based on their lives and we used our IPAD time each week to create an E-book of life of Tom Crean.

In Art we created Penguins portraits using oil pastels, we learned to make paper snowflakes to decorate our research lab and we created and painted 3D penguins which turned out very well. This has been our favourite aistear theme to date in our class and we learned so many interesting things about the polar regions.

 

 

Science Week 2018

As part of our Science Week activities this year, the second classes in our school attended a Forensic Science workshop! This workshop developed curiosity in Science amongst our pupils and showed them how science plays an important role in the world around them!

 

GAA in St. Fiachra’s 

We have had great fun learning how to play Hurling on our Astro Pitch with Sean, our GAA coach!

 

 

 

Maths Week 2018

The pupils in Room 21 took part in Maths Week activities and Problem Solving challenges in our school this week! We love playing Maths Games in our class and we really enjoyed going on the Maths Trail around our school!

 

 

 

Happy Hallowe’en 

There have been lot’s of spooky activities taking place in our classroom this month and the pupils in Room 21 have had great fun during Aistear this Hallowe’en! 

Our class decided to set up a ‘Spooky Potion’s Den’ in our classroom as our Hallowe’en role play area! We have had great fun writing magic potions in our writing station and then bringing our potions to life in our Potion’s Den!

Our school dressed up in scary costumes and we all took part in the Halloween parade on the last day of school before the Hallowe’en break! It was ‘spooktacular’!!!

 

 

 

Our Visit to Fighting Words

Our class went on a trip in this month to visit the ‘Fighting Words’ writing centre to take part in a creative writing workshop! The pupils wrote an original story, deciding on the characters and plot and wrote the story together sentence by sentence, editing at each stage, whilst an artist was on hand to provide illustrations. The class wrote the first part of the story together as a group, then each child had the opportunity to write their own individual ending to the story. The story and illustrations were bound, and each pupil received a copy of the book to take home, which was personalised with a photo of each student on the cover! The children in Ms O’ Connors class really enjoyed this visit to ‘Fighting Words’ and they are looking forward to creating more stories in our class this year!

 

Our School Cookbook

We had great fun dressing up for our school cookbook photo-shoot in the Pastoral Centre.

 

September Aistear: At the Airport 

  The boys and girls in Ms O’ Connors class have been enjoying visiting the Travel Agents and the Airport over the last month.The children in Room 21 set up our very own travel agency. We had lots of fun discussing the various holiday destinations and learning how to chose a holiday destination and book flights!  Once they had booked their holiday, they then collected their tickets and passports before heading through security and boarding their flights. 

In the writing station, the pupils really enjoyed learning how to created passports, boarding cards, security checklists and in-flight menus to use in the airport!

 

At the Junk Art station the pupils are creating 3D airplanes from recycled bottles and other items. The children also created luggage and many other props for our Airport!  

In the construction area the pupils enjoyed creating a small world version of ‘Dublin Airport’, with runways, control towers and airplanes!

Finally, and our favourite of all, is the Airport role play area! Our classroom was transformed into an airport and with a bit of creativity and imagination a row of chairs becomes an airplane! The pupils have learned to pack and weigh their luggage, buy and fill in tickets, checked the information board for flight details!

We were also very lucky to have a visit from Alex’s Grandad, who works as a security officer in Dublin Airport! He told us many interesting facts and stories about Dublin Airport and the class really enjoyed his visit!

 

Working hard on our first day of 2nd Class!

by Ms O’ Connor