Archive for 1st & 2nd Room

Fruit and Vegetable Tasting Day

We had our annual fruit and vegetable tasting day on Monday 18th June, which was enjoyed by all classes. Thank you to the pupils that sent in fruit and vegetables on the day and a special mention of thanks to Barbara Wilton, Sylvia Mills, Janette Waller, Ruth Lochaden and Kelly McCusker who gave up their time to prepare the fruit and vegetables for the children. It was greatly appreciated!

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Junior School Tour

The Infants and 1st and 2nd classes enjoyed their trip to Newgrange pet farm on Thursday 24th May. A big thank you to Mrs. Barbara Smith, Ms. Whitley and Mrs. Tam Scott for helping out on the day.

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Cookery Demonstration

A huge thank you to the Parents’ Association for organising and funding a very interesting and worthwhile cookery demonstration. The children had great fun taking part. They made delicious, healthy brown bread and salmon fish fingers. Thank you also to Pauric  and Irene from the Forge restaurant for providing a very engaging and interactive cookery demonstration for the children. (More photos to follow!)

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Procedures and Planting

First and second class have been working on procedural writing and oral language for the past few weeks and today they took to planting a variety of seeds in the outdoor classroom. They had written the procedure for this activity earlier in the week but today they had the chance to put it into action. Have a look at some of the pictures below.

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World Book Day

Our World Book Day dress up was a great success with lots of colourful and creative outfits on show! Well done to all the pupils and parents for putting such great effort into all the outfits! We presented prizes on the day to pupils in each classroom! However, you are ALL winners for having fun and taking part!!!

 

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Thank you to the Parents’ Association for their generous donation to Billis

The Board of Management, Staff and pupils of Billis NS would like to sincerely thank the Parents’ Association, and of course all the parents who supported their fund raising efforts, for their generous donation of two exciting pieces of equipment for the pupils in Billis NS: BeeBots and Lego WeDo.

Both of these pieces of equipment introduce children to coding and programming, initially at a basic level but their skills can be built upon over time.

Bee-Bots are exciting little robots designed for use by younger children. These colorful, easy-to-operate, and friendly little robots are a perfect tool for teaching counting, sequencing, estimation, problem-solving, and just having fun!

Sturdy construction and colorful design entice children to put the Bee-Bots through their paces. Directional keys are used to enter up to 40 commands which send Bee-Bot forward, back, left, and right. Pressing the green GO button starts Bee-Bot on its way. Bee-Bot blinks and beeps at the conclusion of each command to allow children to follow Bee-Bot through the program they have entered and then confirms its completion with lights and sound. Children want to use Bee-Bot over and over and are inspired to enter ever more creative and complex command sequences.  Bee-Bot moves in 6″ steps and 90 degree turns. Compact size and durable materials make Bee-Bots child- and classroom-friendly and boosts enthusiasm for experimentation and learning wherever it is used.

Lego WeDo

Lego WeDo 2.0 strengthens students’ understanding of the eight science and engineering practices, including asking questions and solving problems, modeling, prototyping, investigating, analyzing and interpreting data, computational thinking, creating evidence based arguments, and obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.

It develops students’ competencies through hands-on projects covering key science topics such as physical-, life-, earth- and space sciences, engineering and technology. Improve problem solving, critical thinking, communication, collaboration and integrate the use of relevant digital tools to improve computational thinking skills.

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Credit Union Poster Competition Winners

Congratulations to all our Credit Union Poster competition winners. The prize giving was on Friday 8th December. Even though there can only be a few winners everyone who took part is a winner. The judges must have had a very hard time choosing as all the pupils put a lot of work and effort into their poster. Well done to everyone.

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Snowy Day

The children in first and second class created a winter wonderland through a window in art today. They did a rough sketch with a pencil and finished off their picture with pastels. As you can see they we’re all very proud of their work. Let’s hope we don’t see weather like this for a while though!

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Maths Stations

First and second class participated in a maths station activity on Friday. The stations focused on various different strands of the maths curriculum and proved very popular with all the children. The stations will operate every Friday with a special focus on games this week to coincide with Maths Week 2017.

 

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Maths Puzzles to keep you entertained while at home

This is Maths Week.  There are lots of ideas on the following website to keep you busy while school is closed! Enjoy!

http://www.mathsweek.ie/2017/puzzles

http://www.mathsweek.ie/2017/puzzles/puzzles-1

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