St. Joseph's N.S. Ballymitty

2nd and 3rd Class

2nd and 3rd Class


2nd and 3rd Class; The Funny Bubbles

Welcome to Our Class Blog!

Scroll down to see a little bit of what we get up to inside our classroom!

September

This year's return to school was very different to the start of any other school year. We had to learn brand new routines and we had to get used to being back in school after spending such a long time learning at home. We all came together and made a huge effort and it turned out that it wasn't as hard as we all thought it would be!

Art

We experimented with different art materials during September, creating these "Picasso Style" self portraits with oil pastels. We also drew and painted birds using watercolour paints.

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SPHE

For our SPHE lessons this week we read a story called "Silly Billy". This story gave us some ideas about how to deal with big and small problems that may make us feel a little worried.

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PE/SPHE

For SPHE/ PE we were so lucky to have Tina visit and teach us some yoga! It may even be an idea to use some of her ideas at home as a way to relax!

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SESE

In our History lessons, we learned about "Schools in the Past". We did a walking tour of our school and found out when the old and new part of our school was built. We also got to examine some artefacts from a long time ago. We examined an old School Master's leather strap and an old History book. We interviewed our parents and grandparents to find out what primary school was like for them and how it was different from our time in school today.

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October


October has been another very busy month for our class. We have gotten used to our new handwashing and sanitising routines and we got to do a lot of fun and active learning activities. Here is a glimpse of some of the activities we have gotten up to in the month of October!

SESE/ART

In October we learned all about trees! We learned about their leaves, their fruits and how to tell different trees apart. We used tinfoil to create these seasonal "Autumn Tree Prints".

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We also went on "Tree Hunt". During our hunt, we collected different leaves, seeds and fruit. We used a "Tree Identification Key" to figure out what tree they came from and we shared what we found when we got back to the classroom.



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PE

We have been really lucky to have Nicola from "Stretch and Grow" in our school for 4 weeks in October. Lloyd has also been back in our school to teach our Fundamental Movement Skills through GAA.

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SESE/Art

We have been learning about the Stone Age People during the month of October. We created these cave paintings and then some of the class had the chance to explain the story that their cave paintings told.

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Maths

2nd Class have been working really hard at their Maths this term. In October, we explored 2D shapes and we used our tangrams to design "shape pictures" at our desks.

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Halloween Celebrations

During our last week of school before the Halloween Break, we listened to some spooky Halloween music. We also created some Halloween art and we made a pumpkin volcano as an experiment.

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We dressed up for our last day before Halloween and we roleplayed a drama in our pods based on our costumes. Everyone made such a fantastic effort with their costumes. Well done to both parents and pupils!

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November

We were super busy during November this year. We had a very successful Science Week and we got to do lots of experiments. We also continued our GAA with Lloyd .

Geography/Science

In our Geography lessons, we learned about different types of soils. We learned about what soils are made from and we investigated our own local soils. We took soil samples from around our school and checked them for different materials. We recorded all of our results in our SESE hardbacks.

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PE

We continued to practise our Fundamental Movement Skills during the month of November.

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Science Week!

We have been having lots of fun during this year's Science Week. We have been doing a different science/ STEM experiment each day. We have also been writing about and drawing diagrams of all of the experiments we have done.

On Monday, we were in "engineer mode". We used cocktail sticks and Fruit Pastilles to make a house suitable for The Three Little Pigs. We began by drawing out house plans and then we used the materials to build our houses in our groups.

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On Tuesday, we were investigating the body. We were focusing on our heart and we discussed what the heart does. We then decided that we would find out what happens to our heart when we exercise. We started by taking our pulse in a rested state, then we took it again after jogging and once more after running. We figured out that the more we exercised, the faster our pulse got!

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On Wednesday we made lava lamps. This was our favourite activity from this year's science week!

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Dec 22
2020
Christmas Holidays
Feb 09
2021
Parent/Teacher Meetings Day 1
Feb 11
2021
Parent/Teacher Meetings Day 2
Feb 15
2021
Active School Week
27-Nov-2020
Some brief updates
25-Nov-2020
Remember - No Homework on Thurs. Nov. 26th
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