First Class

December 2019

The girls of First class have been busy preparing for Christmas.

They have been exploring the theme of waiting, both in terms of Advent and also in the daily routine of the class, using the First and Then Method .This also ties in with our Maths theme of Time.

Our play Whoops-a-Daisy Angel takes to the stage on Wednesday, December 18th. There is great excitement amongst the girls who have worked so hard preparing for it. We all really appreciate the musical input given to us by Mrs O’ Connor.

Some lovely examples of Christmas Art have been produced by the girls. These include Snow Scenes, Christmas Trees and Baubles (linked to our work on doubles in Maths) and even Christmas Meerkats.

Progress in Literacy is being made by the girls, helped along by the Lift Off to Literacy Team of Mrs O’Sullivan, Ms Horgan and Mr Mulcahy who come to our room three times a week .

In Numeracy our Maths Recovery Programme lead by Ms Murphy continues also and the girls are experiencing many different aspects of number.

Nollaig Shona Daoibh go Léir!

November 2019

Visits to the local library take place once a fortnight and books from one of First Class’s preferred authors, Julia Donaldson, have been in high demand! A nice rhyming read, both story and poem, often rounds off our busy day. The poem, Picture-books in Winter, by Robert Louis Stevenson is a new favourite. The girls are eager to pick out words or phrases that resonate with them. 

Our Mindfulness breaks are thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated by the children. It helps to relax both the body and the mind, calming and also helping with focus – a great way to transition from one activity to the next! 

The theme of “The Playground” extended to our own construction work in the classroom! The girls teamed up, and through trial and error, constructed a piece of playground equipment of their own. 

April 2019

The girls of First Class have had a very busy and interesting term.

Among some of the highlights were World Book Day, the Visit of Smiley Eileey and a new girl joining the class.

The girls have been working very hard and progressing through all areas of their school work . Here is a photo of some girls working on the sound of the week.

In-class supports in the areas of literacy and numeracy such as PALLL –a language programme, The Queens of Reading Book Club and Maths Recovery are all running in our room at present. Thanks to all those who come to our class to help with these great opportunities for learning. We also make regular and very worthwhile visits to Hollyhill Library.

Significant events such as St. Valentine’s Day , St. Patrick’s Day, Easter and World Book Day were all marked and celebrated. These resulted in the production of lovely artwork and also a very enjoyable Irish dancing session.

Well done to all the girls and to all those at home who support them so well.

Looking forward to a great Summer Term!


First class enjoyed art , oral language & storytime lessons in the sunshine.

1st class teamed up with 5th class to take part in an orienteering competition in school. They searched around the school grounds to find clues & answer questions together. We had great fun!