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Presentation Primary School Waterford

A great tradition of education in Waterford since 1798

First Class

Mrs O'Brien

November is almost over which means only one thing- Christmas is around the corner!! In November, we have been listening to stories such as Jack and the Beanstalk, Goldilocks and The Three Bears and Owl Babies to name a few. We love doing writing activities based on our stories. We are also improving on our handwriting all the time- practice makes perfect!

We are learning all about food in Irish and learning new vocabulary and love singing along to the song ‘Cad atá uait don Bhricfeasta?’

In Maths, we were learning how to tell the Time, practising counting to 100 and playing games on the whiteboard.

For SESE, we have been learning about food- the history of Keelings, food around the world and all about healthy eating. We also received a certificate from Ms. Duke for Science week. We were delighted!! We tested three experiments – Rainbow Skittles, Dancing Raisins and the Magic Bag Experiment. We predicted what would happen first. It was great fun!!

We also learned about Nano Nagle and celebrated her life in school on Monday 21st November. We have also been learning about all the people in our community who help us and all the different sounds in the environment around us.

We love Music in our classroom and enjoy learning actions to go with our songs. We did the Fruit Song, the Soda Pop Waltz and a song about People Who Help Us.

Drama is good fun and we enjoy linking in with our stories and doing role-play. 

For Art, we did Goldilocks and The Three bears using fabric, we made Mosaic Fruit Bowls, and did Owl Baby Art. We are hoping to do some clay art too before the month is out!

We are doing the topic of my Family in SPHE and we listened to the story ‘Annie and Moon.’

We have been doing gymnastics and dance for PE. Gymnastics lessons are great fun and we have someone coming in to teach us every Friday. 

October…

October has been a busy month. We wore orange to support the Solas Centre, it was great to be part of such a worthy cause and to raise awareness for all the wonderful work they do. Some girls did the Solas walk with their families, a big well done to them, a great achievement.

We read stories such as ‘The Little Acorn,’  ‘The Enormous Turnip,’ ‘Room on the Broom,’ and ‘Winnie the Witch.’ We are getting really good at our handwriting and enjoying free writing.
We are learning about ‘Our Scoil’ and ‘Oíche Shamhna’ in Irish and enjoy doing the listening exercises on the Interactive whiteboard and learning new vocabulary.
We had great fun for Maths week. We did a Maths trail in the corridor and had to find out all the answers to the questions by using our ‘Maths Eyes.’
For SESE, we learned about autumn signs around us, the history of Halloween and facts on spiders although we didn’t spend too long on the topic of spiders as Ms. O’ Brien was keen to move off that topic as she is not a fan of spiders!
We learned songs such as  ‘Autumn leaves are Falling Down.’ ‘Winnie the Witch,’ and ‘Five Little Pumpkins.’
We love Drama!. We did hot seating drama activities for Halloween and did role play on the story of the Enormous Turnip. Drama is all about having fun and finding our confidence.
We made beautiful autumn leaf rubbings, leaf sun catchers for our windows and made witches for Halloween.
We discussed how to stay safe at Halloween and wrote down some important points to remember.
We love PE and going out to the soft play area! We have been doing relay races and can be very competitive!
We want to say a big well done to Vitoria and Harper on being presented with their ‘Summer Stars’ certificate and medal. Well done girls!
Lily made lovely miniature colour pencils using toothpicks and markers!
                                                           

We decorated our door and our classroom for Halloween. Happy Halloween to everyone, enjoy the break! 🎃

 

September…

A big well done to Reeva who ran in the RSC last week and well done to everyone that took part.

In our classroom, we love story time. The girls sequenced the story of the ‘Little Red Hen’ and really enjoyed the story ‘Giraffe’s Can’t Dance.’ They did beautiful dancing giraffe’s for Art. Some of our giraffe’s were doing wonderful things like headstands and what not- who knew giraffe’s had such talent!
We enjoy singing songs in Irish and are currently learning the songs ‘Ceann, Gualainn, Glúin is Cos’ and ‘Teidí Tinn.’
We are also learning about our 5 Senses and we had fun discussing what senses we use on our way to school!
Drama is good fun too! We re-enacted the story of the Little Red Hen and used face masks as props. We also love mime and taking on various little challenges where the other kids have to guess what role we are taking on.
This week is friendship week and we are learning about the importance of friendship and looking out for one another. We designed a beautiful friendship chain and we are going to link our chain with the other first classes.
September is almost over, where did the time go!