The weeks have flown by in 2nd class and it is hard to believe we are already approaching Halloween. We have enjoyed a term full of songs, poems, art, and stories – the scrapbooks are filling up.
In art we looked closely at harvest fruit and vegetables. We experimented with blending and mixing colours using oil pastels and PVA glue with crêpe paper to recreate some light and dark autumnal tones.
The children have loved visiting the Reading Garden each week and look forward to D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) time in class. Athletics has been a great time for us in P.E. too, with relay races and javelin-throwing.
This month we began saorscríbhneoireacht (free writing) in Irish, taking inspiration from An Garbhán (The Gruffalo). It has been wonderful to witness the children’s excitement to write their own sentences in Irish and have ownership over it.
With a nod to the spooky season, we have also used some of our Circle Time to chat about things that frighten us, both silly and serious. We tied this into our English by studying the poem Life Doesn’t Frighten Me by Maya Angelou. The children loved reciting this aloud and they learned about rhyming couplets; identifying them within the poem and making lists of their own rhyming words. Each child then wrote their own rhyming couplet for the class poem.
We look forward to more fun and learning after the mid-term break!
Bíodh Oíche Shamhna iontach agat.
Have a wonderful Halloween!