News from Ms. Jennings' Rang 2

March 27, 2018

What a fast and snow-filled term we've had and we can't believe that it's the Easter Holidays already! 

 

Indeed we had to postpone our First Reconciliation due to the snow, moving it to the 13th March. As always, we've been busy. Here's a flavour of what what we've been up to:

(Note: if you click on a photo you can see it in full size and you can move through the photos using the arrow to the right of the photo).

 

We have been looking at different materials and using lots of different words to describe them. We went out to the school garden to look at natural materials. We also learned about materials that are absorbent and waterproof and did experiments with Ms. Mc Ginley.  

 

 

 

We learned about the Solar System and Ms. Jennings taught us a handy mnemonic to remember the different planets (and dwarf planet) and their order of distance from the sun. It's 'My very eager mother just served us nine pizzas' - the first letter of each word is the same as the first letters of each of the planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. 

 

Bhí a lán spaoi againn i rith Seachtain na Gaeilge. Each day there was a Gaeilgeoir an Lae - where the child who made the best effort to speak Irish was rewarded with a bratach. We also had a Gaeilgeoir na Seachtaine. Maith sibh! We enjoyed Tráth na gCeist (a quiz) with páistí ó ranganna eile and bhíomar ag damhsa sa halla (dancing in the hall) le Mr. Mac Mathúna. Rinneamar cártaí (cards) and headbands for Lá le Pádraig. Here are some photos of our creations!

 

Term 2 was full of special occasions and we made cards and decorations to accompany all of them -  Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, St. Patrick's Day and Easter! We enjoyed using fabric and fibre during our art lessons and also chalk pastels. 

 

In music we learned how to sing a round and we performed at tionól before we finished up for Easter. We were split in two and performed Frere Jacques in French, English and Irish!

 

We have been working hard learning about how we write procedures and reports and have also practised presenting them aloud (orally). We did excellent reports on animals and fruit. 

 

Our First Reconciliation was a very special evening for us here in Rang 2 and of course our parents too. We felt so prepared for this important occasion and we did ourselves proud on the evening. Fr. John commented on how mannerly and courteous we were too. Here is a picture of us practising in Holy Cross Church:

 

We finished Power Hour in Maths and our teachers are delighted with how much we learned. In the past week or so we explored 3D shapes and their properties. We can now describe 3D shapes using words like 'edges', 'faces', 'corners', 'stacking', 'rolling' and 'sliding'. 

 

We planted broad beans after talking about life-cycles. We also talked about the life-cycle of humans. Here we are working in pairs labelling the different stages:

 

We have been thoroughly enjoying learning some Gaelic football skills this term and have been playing really fun games to help us practise them. It's great to get outside on the astro and into the fresh air.

  

Phew! So as you can see, despite the snow we have done a huge amount - and this is only a taste of some of it! (So parents, when your child doesn't have much to say about school...you can see that it's simply because they're so tired after all their hard work!!). Before we go...here are a few snow pictures...we'll always remember the day we came to school in the snow :-)

 

We are looking forward to a nice break now and coming back all energised for our last term in 2nd Class. Cháisc Shona Daoibh! (Happy Easter!)

 

 

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