Sunday, 24 December 2017


We had a busy December preparing our Christmas recital and play.


Sunday, 17 December 2017

Midwest Radio Visit

Cormac from Midwest Radio visited our classroom on Friday to interview us about Christmas. We talked to him about what Christmas means to us, the First Christmas, what we look forward to at Christmas etc.


Library Visit - Santa Writes Back

This week, we visited the library in Charlestown for a reading by the Mayo author, Eilís Treacy. Eilís has written her first book called ‘Santa Writes Back’.

She spoke to us about how the book came about – the idea came to her last Christmas and it is when she started writing it. Betty Gannon is the illustrator of the book. Eilís showed us the original pictures for the book.

The book is made up of letters to boys and girls all around the world – children who have similar lives to us and others, in different situations to us.

The book is on sale in Spar Charlestown, at €8.99.

Santa also popped in to say hello!! 

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Scratch Coding

This week, we used the Scratch programme during our coding session. SCRATCH is a programming language (CODE) that lets you create your own interactive stories,animations, games, music, and art.
We started by learning the basics - step by step. We learned about the stage, sprites, palette of commands, code area etc. 
From our work on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, we had drawn pictures of an underwater scene. This was our first project to create it using Scratch. We also had some free time to explore the programme and choose our own stories.

Explore at home also.

We look forward to our final session next week!

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

An Introduction to Coding

We are very happy to have Aideen in for a few weeks to teach us how to do coding.

We began by learning the language of coding - code, programmer, sequence, loop, commands etc. We are excited about becoming programmers over the next few weeks.

We were happy to get the laptops out for the first time this year, for Session 2. We learned about the different parts of the computer. We played our first coding game - Blockly! This is a type of coding where you connect blocks together to form code.

Session 3 was Coding with Angry Birds. Our mission was to catch the naughty pig. We worked very well through the levels.

Coding Angry Birds


Thursday, 16 November 2017

Days of the Week

We are learning about the Days of the Week in Maths and we are also learning how to spell them.

This chant helps us.
Days of the Week Chant

These games help us to read, learn and spell the days.

Find the Treasure

Memory Game

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

The Eye Test

Today, two opticians, Síofra and Mairéad, visited our school to test our eyes. They only picked a few First Classes in the country to have the eye test so we are very lucky.

We talked about the experience:
I measured my eye with a special machine. Sienna
I got eye drops. Seán C
I was nervous about the eye drops because they can sting. Cathal
We had to read letters on a board– some were tiny. Emily
They had a special camera where they took a picture of our eyes. Marysia
We had to look at a red dot on the camera. Seán H
We got disposable glasses. These help us with bright light. Adam
We got stickers. Artiom
We measured our height and weight. Dylan
Our eyes are blurry – we find it hard to see our school work. James Mc
We wore two pairs of glasses – one had a patch on the left and the other had a patch on the right. Mischa
The orange pair was left and the green pair was right. James R
We had to read a flip book. James Mc 
I coloured a Halloween picture while we were waiting our turn. Jack
I coloured a picture. Amelie 
We add stickers to our pictures. Laoise

As our eyes are blurry and also, as a reward for all our help with the eye study, we have no homework. Woohoo!!! 

Maths Week 2017

We are playing Maths Games, solving Maths challenges and doing Maths Trail as part of Maths Week. We are seeing and using Maths all around us.

Here we are playing Boo Bump, a Halloween addition game and working with our teams on our Maths trail.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Tinwhistle Time

We had our first tinwhistle lesson last week. We had been looking forward to it all month. We learned part of the scale - the notes B A G. We play these notes with our left hand. We even played a full tune - Mary had a Little Lamb.
For homework, we will practise these two things:
- scale B A G
- our tune 'Mary had a Little Lamb'

September Maths

We are working very hard in our Maths lessons. We are counting forwards and backwards to 20 and even 50. Sing along at home to our Counting Back from 20 song.

Here are some games we played in September that can be played at home also.

Ordering and Sequencing Numbers

Ordinal Number

Math Magician
Monster Subtraction

First Class 2017/18

Welcome to the blog of First Class 2017/18 in St. Attracta's N.S. Charlestown. 

It is great to be back with our friends for another year. We are getting used of the extra hour at school and the new activities that First Class brings. We hope to keep you updated with our work and play this year.

Green and Red Day Sept 2017

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

School Tour - Claremorris

Claremorris was the location of our school tour this year. Our first stop was Commons Clay Cafe for an art activity. We got a plate, each, to paint with our favourite colours and designs. They look fantastic. They have to be put into a special hot oven for 12 hours and we will receive them next week- we can't wait to show everyone!!! We tucked into a delicious hot lunch, knowing we would need plenty of energy for our next activity.

Next, we went to McMahon Park for a walk around Clare Lake and Land of the Giants.  We were very excited to be greeted by the ducks! Clare and Morris are two giants and we had to look our for clues that they lived here. We found lots...we are great detectives!!! We had a few challenges to complete along the way too.


We had some time in the playground to round off our day out. We had great fun with our friends.