First Class have been very busy in our last term. In April, we took part in the Discover Primary Science Showcase. All of the parents were invited to watch us showcasing our experiments. We demonstrated experiments on gravity and slopes, making lava lamps, magnets, transparent and opaque and friction. We had a great day and even taught our parents some interesting facts!
We had great fun using Skype in First Class this term. Both Ms Fallon and Ms Kilmartin’s classes set up Skype accounts. We presented our projects to the class using the interactive whiteboard. We could even ask our friend’s in the next room questions! We also had great fun presenting our Show and Tell using the class microphone.
First Class have been very busy with SESE this term. In science, we learned all about the life cycle of the sunflower. We learned about the things plants need to grow, and even planted our own sunflowers. We let them grow in school for two weeks before taking them home to plant them.
For our history lesson, we were very lucky to have Mrs. O’Rourke come to visit our classroom. We interviewed her about Cloonakilla in the past. She brought along an old school roll book, and we found both of our teacher’s names from years ago!
We also visited Derryglad Folk Museum as part of our local history study. We met Charlie who showed us lots of artefacts from the past.
In PE, we were covering the orienteering strand. Our teachers made maps of the school for us to follow. We then had to use the maps to find different letters around the school to spell a word. It was a great team effort, and great fun!
Active Schools Week took place in May. Ms. Fallon’s class were visited by a Zumba dance teacher, while Ms Kilmartin’s class completed a very active lesson with Brian from Hodson Bay. We were worn out but really enjoyed the day!
St. Patrick’s Day Art.
For our Discover Primary Science, we have been investigating slopes. We made slopes using cardboard and investigated how far a toy car would travel, depending on the height of the slope. We found out that the higher the slope is, the further it will travel. We loved making different height slopes and doing the experiment with our friends.
In English, we have been working hard on our writing genres. This term we were learning about Procedural writing which tells us how to do something. We wrote about ‘How to make Jam Sandwiches’ and ‘How to make Rice Crispie Buns’. It was lots of fun making both of those with our friends in our classroom.
In art, we learned about the artist Vincent Van Gogh. We then painted one of his most famous paintings ‘Sunflowers’
In SESE we have been learning about two different countries; South Africa and India. We created a display full of interesting facts and pictures about South Africa in our classroom. We also painted a beautiful African sunset scene with a picture of a Mammy and baby elephant in the background. We loved blending the red, orange and yellow paints together!
This month we have been working very hard to create projects about India. Everybody had different pieces of information and pictures on our projects. Each of us presented our project to our class and invited our friends to ask us questions about our work.