1st & 2nd Class 2022/23

Welcome to the class blog for 1st & 2nd class. We hope that enjoy looking at some the activities, lessons and outings that we get up to in our class. 

Class Information

Class Teacher :  Ms. Amanda O' Sullivan

Email:  amanda@ballycloughns.com for class queries.

office@ballycloughns.com for administrative queries.

1st Class

2nd Class

Grandparents Day

Thank you to all the grandparents who visited our school on this very special day!

We enjoyed singing and playing our tin whistles for you.

Active Schools Week

We are learning how to code!

Thank you Mr O' Mahony and 6th class for taking the time to teach us how to code! We are leaning so much and having great fun at the same time.

Lucy's Walk'N'Roll for Crann

We had a fantastic Day in school celebrating with Lucy who is doing a 5km Walk'n'Roll for Crann.

Crann is a charity who provide life-long solutions for people and families living with neuro-physical disabilities.

First and Second Class completed 1km around the schol gorunds cheered on by the children and staff!

If you would like to donate and support Lucy you can follow this link to her fundraising page:


In the afternoon we were visited by Edel from the Irish Wheelchair Association, her personal assistant Josie and her assistance dog Nala.

Edel spoke to us about overcoming obstacles she had faced in her life and inspired us to work towards overcoming barriers!

Thank you for visiting our school!

This visit is linked with our undertaking of The Daisy Project


Our trip to the playground


We went on a nature walk around the school grounds!

We collected flowers, petals, stones, sticks and used them to create mandalas. 

We did a fun activity in the sun where we talked about things we could see, hear, touch, smell and taste.

We went to see a play called "The Lost Emerald of Aswan" in the community hall that you to the The Westmidlands Theatre company who put on a great show!

School Tour

We had a great day in the Maradyke Arena for our school tour. We got to do lots of activities including monkey football, inflatable obstacles, lego, hockey and badminton.

We enjoyed the bus journey too. We went on a double decker bus!

First Holy Communion 23rd May 2023


Seachtain na Gaeilge

During Seachtain na Gaeilge we put lots of Irish words and sentences we know into practice!

We learned a song with Irish and English words called "Oró sé do Bheatha Bhaile".

We learned new traditional Irish Dances.

Happy St. Patricks Day

We had a great day in school celebrating St. Patricks Day! 

We all dressed in green, white and gold!

We had lots of fun at the ceilí in the school yard.

First Confession

Wednesday was a really special day for 2nd class. We had our First Confession with Fr. Leader in the church.

We are looking forward to our First Holy Communion now!

World Book Day

Ash Wednesday and Lent

Fr Leader visited our school on Wednesday and distributed blessed ashes! 

We then discussed our Lenten Promises and what we will turn towards and turn away from during lent.

We turned our promises into a paper chain to display in our Sacred Space.

Pancake Tuesday

We had great fun cooking and decorating our own pancakes. 

They were delicious!

Love is in the air in 1st and 2nd Class

We are super excited to be going swimming for the next 6 weeks !


Rugby Skills

Thank you to Maeve from Mallow Rugby Club who came to school to teach us some rugby skills.

We had great fun!

Procedural Writing

We worked together to write a how to guide on making Pitta Bread Pizzas.

Of course we had to test our procedures!


Beautiful Art Work   

Fun with Magnets


Santa Clause Visited our classroom today!

He sang Happy Birthday to Jack and Ms O' Sullivan and he gave us all an early Christmas present.

4 days to Christmas. Woohoo!

Report Writing

We have been working on report writing this month!

We each carried out research about an animal on the and wrote a report about it.

We read our reports to the class!

Congratulations to Rhea Hogan in 1st class who won 1st prize in the Cork Co Fire Service Fire Safety colouring and drawing competition. 

Rhea won a €50 Smyths Voucher and a pack for the her class with fire safety activity books, pencils and pens!

Well done Rhea.

There was great excitement in school today when Santa arrived on his sleigh.

We all wore Christmas colours and donated money to Temple Street Children's Hospital.

Irelands Fittest Family

We have been watching the show during rainy break times in our classroom!

We love trying the challenges. Our favourite is "back against the wall"

We were so excited to have the Finnegan Family from Ballyclough visit us in school.

They came 3rd place on the show this year.

Science Week

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We had lots of fun experimenting with jellies, M&M's, milk, food colouring and washing up-liquid.

You could try these experiments at home.

Anti-Bullying Week

This week learned how important it is to show kindness.

We watched a video of Buzz and discussed how he might be feeling.

Then we discussed how we could show kindness!

Happy Halloween

1st Class

Ms O' Sullivan and Claudia

2nd Class

Halloween Yoga

Thank you Claudia for a spectacular and spooky yoga lesson.


Well done Charlie

Charlie brought his soccer trophy to school today to show his friends and teachers.

Maths Week 2022


Marshmallow Hats

In our Read at Home book we read "Marshmallow Hats". 

It explained how to make a yummy treat from marshmallows and chocolate.

We got a lovely surprise from our classmate who made them for all of us!

Spellings For Me

We have been working really hard on spelling strategies. 

Check out the group work we did on the board and an example of some individual work.

Letter Strings

Student Work

Busy at Maths

Art Gallery


We discussed Fairy Tales in Oral Language and acted out our favourite ones. 

It was great fun!


We have been practicing throwing and catching skills

Back to School

We are delighted to be back to school!

We had lots of fun getting to know our new friends in 1st and 2nd class and our teacher.