We all got a lovely surprise on Monday morning when we returned to find our school garden in full bloom! Now that the weather is getting warmer we have all had an opportunity to get out to the courtyard to admire the beautiful flowers. We even spotted our resident frogs and their frog spawn. We try to be very quiet when we are in the courtyard as we don’t want to frighten our frogs.
The boys and girls in 2nd class have been selected by Innocent Smoothies Sow and Grow Project to develop their green fingers. We were delighted on Monday when a box full of goodies arrived at our classroom door. As part of the project we have been asked to plant cress, courgette and pumpkin seeds. In addition to this we will be reporting our gardening progress on our blog. You can read our blog at https://sowandgrow.innocentdrinks.ie/diaries/. We hope you enjoy.
Second class put on their scientist coats today! We all know that plants need water to survive so the children created an experiment to prove this how water travels through plants. They observed the amazing results!
The children in Rooms 5 and 6 dressed up as some of their favourite characters from books they have read. You just might spot Horrid Henry, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, Pippi Longstocking or Harry Potter in the pictures below! There’s also a Wally from Where’s Wally hiding!
The boys and girls in Room 5 have been very busy using our laptops to research for our mini projects on space. We have gathered a lot of information and have become very quick at finding information on the internet. Thanks Mr. King for all of your help!!
We have been working as researchers in class using the laptops. We found out lots of interesting information about life in the sea and other topics which were chosen by us. Anna found out the real name of The Girl with the Pearl Earring and Sarah found out who invented the telephone. We are now able to use the internet for research!
Abby’s Grandad, Michael Casey, is an author and he sent us in a draft of his new book that is in the process of being published. We were very lucky to have a visit from him today. He came in to tell us about his book and to tell us about life as an author. We picked up lots of storytelling tips from him. We all want to be authors when we grow up… Here are some photos from the visit…
G’day! We have been so busy learning all about Australia! We did group projects on Australian animals. We learned some Australian songs. We had an Australia quiz. We painted boomerangs and didgeridoos. We also made cute koalas! We can’t wait to celebrate Australia Day on Monday!
We are learning all about Australia in second class. Ms Ryan’s class had a very special visit on Monday from Sophie’s Dad who is from Australia. He came in to tell us all about what life is like in Australia. Sophie’s Dad brought in a real didgeridoo, … Continue reading →
The children in Ms Gahan and Ms Bohan’s classes have gone penguin crazy! We have been learning all about penguins for the last few weeks. We worked really hard on our projects. Friday, November 14th was our penguin day. We even had a real penguin come to visit our class. Can you spot him in the pictures?
Look at the lovely penguins that Ms. Bohan and Ms. Gahan’s class have made! We are doing projects on penguins at the moment and learning lots of fun facts about these lovely animals. Take a look at our creations…
We had a French Day just before the Halloween Holidays! We all wore clothes to represent France and some of us even had moustaches. We had a lot of fun eating French food and speaking French to each other.
Julian Opie is a British artist. He was born in London and grew up in Oxford. In his portraits, Opie uses black outline and very minimal detail to show features on the face. He uses computer software to create his images. Opie’s most well-known … Continue reading →
We have started work on our next Green Flag. This year we will be trying to win a flag for Travel and Transport.
We have set up a new Green Team and we went out together on a walkability audit with Sandra Pokrant from An Táisce.
We are trying to establish a safe walking route to school where people might carpool and then Park n’ Stride from Bayside Shopping Centre. As the name suggest this would mean parking your car at the shopping centre and then walking to school from there. This would hopefully mean less traffic around the school in the mornings and afternoons.
On our walk we discovered lots of interesting things
Here we are outside the school looking at the road markings that make it safe for us to cross the road.
Outside our school we have yellow markings on the road and railings. The yellow markings help to remind traffic that they must slow down and they cannot park outside our school. The railings are there to stop any cars from parking on or mounting the path. They also stop children from running out of the school gates and straight onto the road.
This is Sandra, she told us lots about raod safety
We are very lucky to have a safe pathway from the shops to the school. There is plenty of room for people and buggys to walk along. On our walk we heard the birds singing and saw some lovely trees and plants.
Nice wide path
Speed bumps on the road help the cars to drive at a safe pace
Concrete pillars in the middle of the path ensure that no cars can access it. This keeps it safe for walkers
When we got to the carpark there was plenty of parking spaces and space.
We think that it would be really super if some families that travel to school by car might consider having a go at “Park n’ Stride” from Bayside shopping centre, especially coming into the lovely summer weather
We have all been very busy in second class getting ready to make our First Communion and also getting ready for our mass. Here are some pictures of the beautiful artwork that decorated our hall for the Annual Second Class Mass.
On the 10th June we went to the Pine Forest for our School tour. We got a bus early in the morning up the Dublin Mountains. We went on a hike and spent the afternoon doing different crafts. We were very tired when we returned to school.
Our class was really lucky, we were chosen to take charge of the Green School Action Day. We were asked to demonstrate water based experiments to the other second and first classes. We demonstrated how to make a lava lamp, we looked at what colours make black ink, we made quick sand and lots of other great experiments.
We learned all about Vincent Van Gogh’s life. We then looked at some of his paintings from his blue and yellow period. We recreated our own version of Starry Night, one of his most famous “blue” paintings.
On Thursday 14th of March we had our Pre-Communion mass in the school hall. The hall was beautifully decorated with lots of artwork and lovely daffodils. Fr. Joe said the mass and we were delighted to have Sr. Marie there on the night too. We sang lots of hymns and played our recorders. Our parents and teachers were very proud of us all!
We mixed washing up liquid and paint together in containers. Using straws, we blew into the containers. There were colourful bubbles everywhere! We placed paper over the bubbles. When the bubbles burst, they made a colourful pattern on the sheet of paper.
We splatted the leftover paint onto a big sheet at the end of the day. It was great fun! Take a look at our creations….
We had a big project day on Friday the 22nd of February. We have been working on our projects for weeks now. There are five project groups and we each found out about a different country. Andraya’s Dad is from The Philippines so her group decided to learn more about this very interesting place. Andraya brought in a special cake that is eaten in The Philippines. We all had some and it was delicious! Thank you, Andraya! Jamie’s Dad’s family come from Portugal so his group decided to learn all about it. They made a lovely Portugal display. We also did projects on The USA, Africa and New Zealand. Some people wrote to the embassies of the countries they were learning about. We really enjoyed learning about different places and are already making our travel plans for when we are older!
Dear Parents/Guardians of Children in Second Class,
Your child will receive the Sacrament of First Penance
On: Monday 15TH April 2013
At: 11.00 a.m.
In: Bayside Church
The children will be brought to the church by their teachers at 10.55 a.m. and they will be seated in pre-arranged places. Parents/Guardians are welcome to introduce the child to the priest for confession at the appropriate time. Parents should sit on side aisles near the relevant class. (In the absence of a parent/guardian the teacher will introduce the child)
Please ensure your child is in full school uniform on the day.
As the children will be receiving a sacrament we ask you to encourage respect for this solemn occasion.
We look forward to celebrating this sacrament together.
We would like to invite all parents/guardians of pupils in second class to attend our
Pre-Communion Mass in the school hall on Thursday, 14th March at 7.30 p.m. Unfortunately due to space considerations, only two people can accompany each child.
Children need to be in school in their designated areas for 7 p.m. Full uniform must be worn.
As usual, we will be appealing for donations of daffodils to decorate the altar and hall. These may be left in the school foyer on the morning of Thursday, 14th.
We are looking forward to seeing you all on this very special occasion.
Today is George Washington’s birthday! He was born on the 22nd of February 1732…. Which means, if he was alive today he would be 281 years old! To celebrate his birthday we had an American Day in Room 7 today.
We collected lots of information about the USA and came together in groups to make amazing projects. We also made Statue of Liberty headbands, listened to American music (including the National Anthem!!!) and ate some American snacks! Some of us brought in apples for our fruit break because New York is known as “The Big Apple”… We all had a great day.
In school we learned all about Louis Braille. He was blinded by an awl when he was little. He was the inventor of Braille, a system of reading and writing used by people who are blind or visually impaired.
We began writing to Ms. Flynn’s class. Ms. Flynn is a teacher in the school for the visually impaired in Drumcondra. They wrote us a letter in print and in braille. We must write back to them again soon.
This year is very special for us as we are making our First Holy Communion. We did a project on Communion when our grandparents and parents were our age. We brought in photographs. It was very interesting to hear stories of what Communion was like when the adults in our families were small and lovely to see what they wore.
We made penguins from recycled plastic bottles. Some are stuffed with cotton wool, others have paint inside the bottle for the penguin’s white body. We had a great time making these penguins! Can you spot the baby penguin?
Eric Carle, the illustrator of the famous children’s book “The very Hungry Caterpillar”, creates amazing pictures using textured paper. He has inspired us to create our own textured paper and amazing sea creatures….
On the 26th November 2012 we went on a trip to the National Concert Hall. During the weeks leading up to the trip we learned lots of songs so that we would be able to sing along! Here are some photos from that we took on our trip.
Rosella’s mam Christine is a biochemist. She works in a lab that makes creams, gels and ointments. She came in with Emma’s mam (Selena) to do an experiment with our class.
When Christine makes the special medicines it is important that she keeps her workspace germ free because germs can make you ill. This means she must wear a special germ suit, mask, hairnet, goggles and boots. She also has to test the air, the tables and her hands for germs. To do this she uses a dish with special jelly called agar jelly. They test the surface with a swob and then put a sample on the jelly then they put it in an oven so the germs can grow.
Selena and Christine gave us all agar jelly plates and everyone decided what they wanted to test. We swobbed teacher’s laptop, our tables, the taps, the door handles and even our hands. We put each sample into the agar dishes and Christine took them to her lab to grow them. We got to dress up in the germ suits too. We had so much fun. We can’t wait to see our results!!!
Welcome back everybody, We hope everybody had a fantastic Christmas. We are very excited about our new website and we can’t wait to share our pictures and news with you all. Here is a class photo we took when Santa came to visit in December.
It’s January, our weather has turned arctic…. So we have been doing some research into how different animals survive in arctic weather (temperatures a LOT colder than we have here in Ireland) In our groups, we found out some very interesting facts about these amazing animals: Polar Bears, Penguins, Ringed seals, Snowy owls, Orcas, Narwhals, Arctic foxes and Ermines.