We had a wonderful June. It was such a lovely end to the school year. Ms Darcy is super proud of all the hard work which 2nd class have demonstrated this year. Best of luck in 3rd class!!
We practised our procedural writing in such a fun way. We made delicious rice krispie buns.
Keeping active is not only good for the body but also for the mind. We did lots of activities in June including a sponsored walk, litter picking, using the active walkway, dance with Zoe and many other activities during our sports day.
Ms Darcy was really impressed by the persuasive language which 2nd class used when discussing many topics in class. One of the discussions which we had was the benefits and drawbacks of homework.
We learnt all about the incredible life of Nelson Mandela who became the first black president of South Africa. He spent 27 years in prison for protesting against apartheid. We thoroughly enjoyed reading his autobiography.
We had such a pleasant surprise when we found out that we were going to have the opportunity to meet and pet the alpacas.
We made a May alter as May is the month of Mary.
We went on a scavenger hunt around the school and looked at different materials and investigated their properties. A window is made of glass. Glass is transparent, smooth, hard, breakable and waterproof.
We had an amazing active week which included walks, relays, throwing, fun and run, dance and circuits.
We really enjoyed learning about data in Maths. We went outside to ask our classmates questions so that we could complete our block charts and pictograms.
We weaved flowers through our wool loom. They are all so unique and such special gifts for our loved ones.
We had such a fantastic time learning about Italy.
Leonardo Da Vinci, who was born in Italy, painted the Mona Lisa. We followed a step-by-step video to help us draw the Mona Lisa.
We read the legend about how Rome was founded. After that, we went outside to perform the story.
Patty told us interesting facts about Italy. She told us that Ciao means both hello and goodbye in Italian. We were so interested to find out what our names were in Italian, Jack is Giacomo in Italian.
Ms Darcy was incredibly proud of 2nd class’ projects on Italy. We learnt so much from each other.
Please find attached an overview of the work covered in our class in May and June.
We had an amazing time learning all about the environment this month.
We learnt about the importance of recycling. We made anti-litter mascots using the packaging from our lunches. We also learnt that we have to use kind words when working as a team.
We feel very strongly about the lack of bins in Newtownmountkennedy so we have decided to write letters to the council so that more bins can be put in our town.
Environmental Awareness Talk
We had an informative zoom call with James Callery, the environmental awareness officer for Wicklow. Thumbs down to littering.
Paper Gift Bags
We made paper gift bags for our family and friends. As plastic bags never fully decompose, paper bags are a much better alternative. They are all so unique and personal.
We learnt about the lifecycle of a sunflower. After that we planted sunflower seeds. Ms Darcy gave us two seeds; one was planted in a pot and the other one in our garden. We have to fill out our sunflower booklet each week to show the progress of our sunflower.
We drew sunflowers taking inspiration from Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflower painting. They are so colourful!
We had so much fun using metre sticks to measure different objects in the classroom during our maths lesson. We are going to measure the height of our sunflower each week as it grows.
National Spring Clean
We did our community proud by picking up litter. We loved wearing our hi-vis jackets, gloves and using the litter grabbers.
We were so happy to return to school in March after working so hard at home.
The Water Cycle
We absolutely loved learning about the water cycle. We listened to a catchy song about the water cycle. After that we saw how the water cycle works by doing the experiment 'Water cycle in a bag'. We could clearly see the different stages of the water cycle which are collection, evaporation, condensation and precipitation.
The Water Wheel
Hydroelectricity is renewable energy. There is a huge hydroelectricity station in Wicklow called Turlough Hill. Altidore house used to be powered by a watermill. Ms Darcy made a water wheel and we noticed how the force of water moved the wheel.
The Altidore River
We had a relaxing walk through the forest where we saw the Altidore river meander through the forest. The source of the river is up in the mountains nearby and the mouth of the river is Newcastle beach.
World Book Day
On the 4th of March we celebrated World Book Day. We had extra DEAR time and enjoyed listening to the story 'The True Story of the Three Little Pigs'. We made book covers and bookmarks in Art.
We had a wonderful zoom call with Kit. She told us about the games she used to play when she went to school. She played games such as marbles, spy (hide and seek) and three-legged races. We also asked her questions about her teachers, what she used to eat for lunch and who her best friend was. We were so lucky to have the opportunity to talk to a 100 year old. She coloured in this rabbit for us which we have stuck up in our classroom.
We learnt about how levers work by using seesaws. We used a rubber as a fulcrum. We figured out that if we put the heavier object nearer the fulcrum, we were able to find the balance point.
Seachtain na Gaeilge
We really enjoyed speaking Irish throughout the day during Seachtain na Gaeilge. Mr Keddy held 'Comórtas Ealaíne'. We loved designing posters for the competition. We also listened to Irish music played on the uilleann pipes and the bodhrán. The Irish topics which we learnt this month were Éadaí, Lá le Pádraig agus An Cháisc.
Easter Around the World
We were really proud of our contribution to the assembly. We informed the other classes in the school about different Easter traditions around the world such as in Moldova, Poland and India. Did you know that in Poland they have painted Easter eggs called 'pisanki' that are handcrafted and painted with traditional symbols of spring. We also learnt about Ramadan which is celebrated by Muslims.
Curriculum Update for March and April
Please find attached an overview of the work covered in our class in March and April.
Bualadh Bos Rang a Dó
I am incredibly proud of all of you. You have worked so hard these past two months. I would also like to thank your parents and guardians for helping you to be the best you can be.
I can't wait to see you on Monday.
Ms Darcy introduced her 100 year old gran aunt to us this week. She broke her wrist so she is staying with Ms Darcy and her family until it heals. She received a cheque from the President for her 100th birthday. She was delighted to see everyone and she has loved looking at everyone's artwork. She can't wait to chat to 2nd class again so we will have a Zoom with her soon.
We are doing procedural writing at the moment. We read a text about 'How to make hot chocolate with marshmallows'. Some of us even made some hot chocolate, others are waiting until after Lent.
Quentin Blake Art
Quentin Blake is a fantastic illustrator who has illustrated over 300 books including 18 books written by Roald Dahl. We followed Joan's excellent step by step video. Check out our illustrations.
We have loved learning all about clothes in Irish and we can't wait to practise using our new Irish words next week.
Making Good Choices
As this is the second week of Lent, we learnt about the importance of making good choices.
Welcome Back After Our Midterm Break
I hope that you had a happy and restful midterm. You deserved it. You did some wonderful work before midterm which I would love to share.
This week you will be starting the topic of ‘Éadaí’ in Irish and learning all about the importance of water in Geography.
I am looking forward to seeing everyone at 9.30 on Zoom.
Lovely Work from 2nd Class - February 8th - 12th
We really enjoyed making our love bugs for Valentine's Day.
We compared our life to Mary’s who was eight during the 1960’s. Her favourite band was ‘The Beatles’.
We had so much fun learning how to tell the time. We looked around our house so that we could find objects which tell the time.
We particularly loved learning about compound words and looking for objects in our house which were compound words such as pencil case, flower pot and earphones.
Dear 2nd Class,
Can you believe that you have been working so hard from home for over one month now?! You continue to impress me with your excellent work.
I hope that you have a fun time learning about how to tell the time in Maths.
Stay safe and healthy and I look forward to seeing you each morning at 9:30.
Lá Fhéile Bríde
We celebrated Saint Brigid's Day by learning about the story of Saint Brigid and her cloak. We also learnt how to make a Saint Brigid's cross.
Our wonderful narratives
We were super pleased to have completed our narratives.
We absolutely love doing mental maths each day.
Spring has sprung. Check out our spring artwork.
We had lots of fun learning about weight last week.
We really enjoyed listening to the story 'An Fathach Santach'.
Dear 2nd class,
I am beaming with pride every time I see your work. You are completely engaged during our zoom calls. I especially love that you have the opportunity to chat with your classmates before our class begins.
All I ask is that you try your best and you are definitely doing that.
Enjoy all the fun activities, I have planned this week. I know that you can't wait to learn about weight!!
I am looking forward to seeing your fantastic work this week.
We are maths experts in 2nd class. Each day we do a page of our Mental Maths book and Planet Maths book. We have different tables to learn each week.
Andy Warhol Art
We learnt about pop art last week. Check out our colourful doughnuts!
Our Narratives Continued
We edited our introductions and wrote the next two paragraphs to our story which were the build up and the problem.
We are really enjoying our music lessons. Each week Niall sends us an exciting lesson to do. Last week we also listened to 'Yellow Submarine' by the Beatles. Check out your pictures!
Lá Fhéile Bríde
Dear 2nd class,
I am so proud of the hard work which you have been doing. I enjoy seeing your faces everyday at 9.30. It is a great start to the day. I love correcting all of your work. You are all doing your very best.
Your hard work deserves to be shared and I'm so happy that I can update the blog each week with your amazing work.
Every Friday we have a virtual spelling test. We have to spell both Irish and English words. It can be difficult sometimes but we try to find patterns in the spellings to help us spell words correctly.
We do activities in the books 'My Spelling Workbook' and 'Bua na Cainte' to help us learn our spellings.
We learnt all about different types of teeth. Did you know that you usually lose your incisors first?
Taking inspiration from the artist of the month 'Wolf Kahn', we created action paintings by the artist 'Jackson Pollock'. Some of our siblings helped us as well.
Our paintings are so colourful!
We created characters for our new story. We used incredible adjectives to describe our characters such as bossy, mischievous, sneaky, slimy and tame.
Our Engaging Introductions
We wrote our introduction last week. We included our characters and decided on our settings. A lab, a jungle and a hole are some of the places where our stories began. Some of us used descriptive adjectives and speech marks to make our story more interesting. Ms Darcy can't wait to find out what is going to happen next!
Keep up the great work!
2nd class were super busy last week.
In English, we read the story 'The Tortoise and the Hare'. We then drew a story map and described the characters.
We talked about our teeth in SESE. We then drew our toothbrush and toothpaste.
Toothbrush and Toothpaste Drawings
S.P.H.E - Poems about our friends and family
Ms Darcy's Letter to 2nd Class
Dear 2nd Class,
I hope you are keeping well and staying safe during our school closure. I know it is a strange and confusing time. I also know it is very hard for you to stay at home all the time and to be away from your friends. I am staying at home with my family in Tipperary. I'm not meeting with any of my friends either, so I know how it feels. I just wanted to check in with you and let you know that I am thinking about you and hoping that you are ‘being the best you can be’ at home.
I am extremely excited because I will be meeting with you at 9.30 every day on Google Classroom.
Each day you will receive some activities to do on Google Classroom. If you are finding the activities hard, please send me a message and I will help you.
In the meantime, let’s all do our bit to stay safe and healthy – Wash your hands, stay at home and remember the rules of social distancing.
Looking forward to seeing you at 9.30 on Monday morning.
Useful Websites for 2nd Class
Reading is so important and I really love the Oxford Owls website. All you need to do is click on the link below to sign up. You can select a book by age (if it's too easy go up in age or too hard go down in age). You will have access to lots of books which your child can read alone, with a sibling or adult.
The IXL website has many maths' activities for your child to do. Your child will be learning about money next week. Click on the link to access the website.
IXL - Second class maths practice
Ms Darcy's 2nd Class
Thinking of you all. I hope that you and your family are well. Stay safe.