Welcome to First Class 2017/2018 Teacher : Ms. Mills
Wow!! It’s spring already!February has been a very busy, but very fun month.So far, the girls took part in the great Science Day activities in the halla.We all learned so much from all the classes exhibiting there and explaining their projects to us.The girls got the chance to do some experiments of their own too.
While we were doing some experiments the girls gave some really good instructions to their partners.To practise giving good instructions the girls played a little game with their partner.Both girls had the same picture but one girl told the other where to draw certain objects on the picture.It was great fun!
When the girls got so good at giving instructions, they decided to write a recipe and a procedure for making chocolate hearts in time for Valentine’s Day.Ai?? Here they are at work!
The girls also made papier mache arts using heart shaped balloons and newspaper.When they were dry, they painted the hearts and decorated them with flowers!Somebody was very lucky when the girls went home on Wednesday with such lovely gifts!Well done girls!
The girls had to measure the length of paper to cut when making the hearts, so wasn’t it lucky that they studied ‘Length’ in Maths?Here they are having some fun measuring the width of the classroom.How many maths books do you think it took to reach from one side of the room to the other??
In January the girls returned from the Christmas break, able to recite the poem Jack Frost and experience the real thing!They also saw snowdrops appearing in their gardens and they made our very own snowdrop garden in Art.
The school hosted a very special day on the last day of January.It was a Grandparents and Special Relative Day.We were so happy to welcome all the very special and very loved relatives to our classroom that day.Ai?? The girls put so much hard work into preparing their song and poem and it really showed.We also spoke about the special relatives who could not join the girls that day, but who were in their thoughts and hearts.Well done girls!
The girls also learned about Leonardo da Vinci and his famous portrait Mona Lisa (some girls actually saw the real painting in The Louvre in Paris!).We learned that he liked to paint profiles of people so the girls decided that they would like to draw portraits of their friend, and look at the wonderful drawings!
In December, the girls had lots of fun learning about different materials and whether or not those materials were weak or strong.We all thought that paper was a weak material but found out just how strong it can be depending on how we use it.
It was also a busy month preparing the Christmas School Holidays.The girls worked on construction activities to make Christmas crackers (with a hidden surprise) and they also made lovely winter holly wreaths.Look at their fab work!!
Then to ensure that we were all relaxed in time for the Christmas holidays the girls meditated to the sounds of the sea after they experimented with and investigated sound!
In November, we had a visit from the Dental Hygienists.The girls already knew so much about dental health and how to keep their teeth healthy.We were all surprised at the amount of sugar that was hiding in some foods that we thought were healthy!Here are the girls with their Healthy Teeth pack which they received from the dental hygienists that day.
Finally in October the girls got ready for mid-term breakSome girls made some very scary hand puppets of witches and ghosts and others made a more friendly cat puppet!!
To raise money for the school IT system, First Class took part in the school sponsored walk.They finished by enjoying the ‘Autumn Garden’ in the school grounds.
To finish off our ‘Autumn Science’ the girls made a list of some animals that they know which would hibernate towards the end of autumn and throughout the winter.They planned how to create a hedgehog from clay and saw how this material changed over time once exposed to air.We now have an array of sleeping (colourful!!) hedgehogs looking nice and cozy in their den.
What a treat to see some baby clothes belonging to First Class girls as we studied ‘Dressing Up’ and timelines in HistorySo cute!!
During October First Class also completed an art/science project that they had begun in September.After they had investigated a cross-section of a fuchsia they pressed their flowers in a heavy book.Once dried and laminated, the girls then created a frame for their flowers which they turned into a beautiful mount.
While learning about 2-D shapes in Maths, the girls collaborated to discuss what a 2-D image of a street would look like.They came up with the idea of Shape Street – great team work girls!!
During Space Week in October, First Class learned about the Tara Moon Project and were lucky enough to have a lunar image captured specifically for Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál
As we say ‘SlA?n’ to September, we look forward to our October adventures.Ai?? Tune in to see what we will discover during Space Week and to see what the girls will be doing over the coming month.
During the month of September, the girls have also learned about some Irish legends such as Fionn and the Dragon and they retold the story through drama.Ai?? In Geography, the girls attention was drawn to their friends in class.Ai?? We are so lucky to have friends from many parts of the world and this month, the girls found out how to write some Chinese words (thanks Erin for your help!!) and compared their school day with that of a seven year old in China.Ai?? To reflect the many nationalities in our class, the girls learned to recite the poem ‘The Crayon Box That Talked’ which reinforced how lucky we are to have all of our friends in First Class.Ai?? They have also been busy adding and creating number sentences and learning about 2-D shapes
The First Class artists also created a beautiful autumnal welcome wreath.Ai?? They mixed the paint to create the lovely colours that we see at this time of the year.Ai?? They then painted leaves that they had collected, and, using a printing technique, they introduced the impression of the painted leaf onto the cared to create their wreath.Ai?? Well done girls!
Now, the girls are really interested in plants and flowers and investigated how trees and some plants take up water from the soil.They found that roots are a really important part of plants and that they take up water from the soil by osmosis, but what about a bunch of flowers that we buy in the shop? They no longer have roots attached, so how do they continue to stay fresh for so long?Ai?? The class decided to set up an experiment to investigate what happens and this is what they found:
- Each table (Pink, Blue, Purple and Yellow) put a carnation into each of 3 bottles – one without water, one with water and one with water and food colouring.
- The flower in the empty bottled withered but the other two flowers continued to bloom because the flower took water up through the stem and out through the ‘vein’ system in the petals to prevent them from withering.
- The First Class Scientists were able to prove this when their flower sitting in food colouring changed colour to reflect the colour of the food colouring itself!! A Eureka moment!
Whilst learning about Geography and Science, many pupils spoke about summer holidays in Ireland and some girls remembered the ‘bell’ flower that they saw, particularly in the western parts of Ireland. This was the ‘fuchsia’ or ‘Deora DAi??’ as it is called in Irish. To find out more about this beautiful flowering shrub the class examined a cross section of the flower by cutting it in half and by investigating, identifying and recording what they found. The class also dried and pressed a fuchsia, mounted it on card and are preparing a frame for their own mount. Watch this space for the finished product which will be completed in October!!
First Class have had a really busy September!To begin, the girls learned about Wassily Kandinsky and searched for different shapes created in the artist’s work.They were so impressed that they took their line for a walk and created their own amazing art work.