Welcome to Maureen’s Rang a Dó news page. We look forward to sharing all the interesting things we do together on this page!
Learning about money is a lot of fun because there are so many games that we can play. We are
learning how to count coins and make change. We have set up a 2 nd class shop where we can buy
plenty of healthy snacks. The shop is helping us to practise how to tender and receive money as well
as giving the correct change.
Last week we learned about teeth – how to take care of them, we compared an adults teeth to a
child’s teeth and we also looked at the structure of a tooth. Here are a few drawings we labelled
and colored that shows the structure of a tooth.
Counties of Ireland Project
Huge big thank you to all involved at home for putting such fantastic effort into our projects for this month. We saw some really creative work and were delighted to learn all about the different counties. We also took the opportunity to present our projects to our very friendly next door neighbours! Here are a few examples of our projects.
Winter is here and it has been behind some of our art inspiration this month. We created our own winter landscapes having observed Pablo Picassso’ s winter landscape. Here are some of our creations.
This month we looked at the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. We worked on learning about Ernest Shackelton and Tom Crean and their many expeditions to the Antarctic.
Last Friday morning we were very lucky to have been visited by so many of our special grandparents. We showed them our lovely classroom, library and performed some of our poems and songs we have learned. It really was fun and a great way of helping them to understand what we do in here everyday!
Bhí muid ag foghlaim faoin mbia agus rinneamar biachláir an seachtain seo . To help us with learning “bia” this month we created our own personal menus for our individually (and some aptly!) named “restaurants”. We worked on ordering food through Gaeilge by setting up our own restaurant and practising the various role plays.
October and Autumn time in 2nd Class
2nd Class have been busy looking out for signs of Autumn and have collected many leaves, seeds and fruits that all the beautiful trees have been dropping around us. We discovered and explored different kinds of trees – those that are native and non-native trees to Ireland. We identified oak, ash, sycamore, horse chestnut, beech, birch, and more!
The Autumn colours have also been great inspiration for our art, where we explored pointillism as an art technique to help create our Tree images.
Autumn has also served as inspiration to help us in writing some of our Autumn Acrostic poems – acrostic poems are lots of fun to write and we enjoyed trying to use the letters of Autumn to begin each line of our poems.
During the month of October we were very lucky to have been visited by Ms. Deirdre Kelleghan who presented a workshop on images of Saturn and its moons through the cameras on Cassini spacecraft. There is still time to send your name to Mars!!! on https://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/insight/
Class Novel – This month we have been reading our class novel , The Magic Finger. We love reading all that is Roald Dahl and this particular story has encouraged us to debate some key points on animal safety as well as inspiring us with our own writing on witch character descriptions.
Inspired by the Mexican Halloween Holiday El Dia de Los Muertos, we decided to make our own Mexican skulls. Here is just a sample of some of those scary skulls!
We created some spooky Haunted House silhouette paintings – we began by painting in our sunset using an array of bright colors – orange, yellow, red, purple, pink and blending those colors into each other.
We also created many fantastic Halloween projects – it is clear so much time, effort and research went into these amazing projects – just look at all the images, photos and drawings!!
And finally because we have been working so hard we earned a whopping 50 Maith Thú cards!!! We awarded ourselves with a trip to the playground. We really deserved this treat!!!
Rang a Dó have begun their literacy power hour, and are all working really hard! We have six different stations. We spend 10 minutes at each station.
We work on our comprehension, reading, writing, spelling, dictionary work and not to mention using our ipads which makes literacy learning all the more fun! We are so lucky so have Cathy, Rachel, Christine, Anthony and Máiread working with us at all the different stations!!
This month we are doing a lot of work focusing on all about me – here are just some of our wonderful self portrait art work that we put together
Reading and writing:
We have been reading all about Flat Stanley and his fun Adventures. While we learnt a lot of new vocabulary , we also shared and discussed our ideas on what we think makes a story interesting for us as readers (characters, setting, problem, solution)
We created some very interesting “Wanted Posters”, using the “Art Thieves” in Flat Stanley as our inspiration.
We also created some very informative projects based on famous landmarks in our local area. Building our research skills is so important to us, while we were having lots of fun as researchers, artists, writers and helpers.