May 19

⭐⭐02nd-13th May 2022-Junior Room⭐⭐

Below is a snapshot of some of the activities the children took part in during this time.  In PE, the children really enjoyed practising the GAA skills.  In Art, the children completed summer pictures and chalk drawings based on the Altamira Cave Painting as we studied this topic in History.

In Religion, the children worked on the topic of Baptism.

For the Incredible Edibles programme, the boys and girls worked on safe and unsafe items in the kitchen.  They also worked on the Food Pyramid and completed a healthy eating chart for the week.  We had lots of fun making faces using different fruits and vegetables and tasting the food.

In Maths, we worked on the topic of Data, the children had great fun completing various charts.  They also worked on number stories using blocks and worked with Numicon.

In Literacy, the children worked on ai, oa, ie, ee and or during this time.

The children really enjoyed taking part in the Music lessons involving the Irish Polka and Irish Traditional Instruments.  We learned all about the Gospel Clap and the Late Late clap.

We had yummy hot food on Thursday, it was delicious.

May 11

⭐⭐April in the Junior Room⭐⭐

Below is a snapshot from the Junior Room for the month of April.  We learned all about April Fools’ Day, made fabulous Easter art and worked on games in PE.

We work on the topic of Capacity in Maths and we really enjoyed estimating and then measuring the capacity of different items.  Towards the end of the month, we began the topic of Fractions.  We loved working and playing with the boys and girls in the Senior Room.  We had an Easter Egg hunt and enjoyed the yummy chocolate after.

The children worked on Temperature and we discussed hot and cold.  We were also busy in the school garden planting.  We are looking forward to watching the growth over the next few weeks.

We really enjoyed visiting the church and looking at all the items we had learned about in our Grow in Love programme.

 

 

April 1

💥💥Middle Room 💥💥March 2022

A little snapshot of the busy month of March. This month our topic as gaeilge was Éadaí. We are continuing to work on Aimsir Chaite and converting it to Aimsir Fháistineach (future tense). The children are working well with their léamh gaeilge and plenty practice at home will help this along too.

In Maths we worked on identifying Fractions, fraction and time word problems , Place value and Subtraction with regrouping . Knowing tables is a must when it comes to working on problems so again practice, practice, practice, as often and as informally as you can at home. In English, our focus in comprehension strategies was summarising, visualising, predictions  and scanning for evidence to back up answers.  For grammar we worked on compound words, synonyms, singular and plural and prefixes.

Written work is improving all the time so well done boys and girls. We celebrated World Book Day and enjoyed a buddy reading session with the little ones.

In SESE we learned about the continents of the world. Children partnered up and researched one continent and reported back to the rest of the class. We learned so much from each other and had a catchy continent song also to reinforce our learning.

We have planted a variety of seeds in school and already we see some of them flourish. We will continue to monitor the growth and transfer them outside in the next week, all going well.

Children learned about Chris Hasfield in History and also participated in a webinar with him. He also has some interesting videos on youtube showing how they do simple activities in space.  For Art the children enjoyed making their Mother’s Day jewellry boxes and we practised lots of our Irish songs in music for Seachtain na Gaeilge. The children also practised keeping a beat to John Ryan Polka using a variety of instruments. Wellbeing week and Seachtain na Gaeilge were combined this year and it was so enjoyable getting together with the other classes to sing and dance once again. In PE our strand unit was Dance and Games. Children were given the same resources and in teams they had to create their own unique game with the resources. They then demonstrated and explained the rules of their games. They were AMAZING! In SPHE we learned about balancing the food we eat and making healthy choices . (The food pyramid)

The children in 2nd class celebrated their First Confession with Fr. Joe. today (April 1st). They were wonderful and we are certainly on the count down to their very special Communion day.😊

Keep up the great effort and support at home. D. Tyrrell

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March 22

⭐⭐Well-being Week in the Junior Room⭐⭐

We had a really lovely week celebrating Well-Being Week.

On Monday, we took part in various mindful activities such as mindful colouring and drawing pictures of things that make us happy.

We also took part in some yoga activities, planted seeds for task 3 of the Incredible Edibles project and went for  a lovely walk in the sunshine.

On Tuesday, we took part in a Kahoot quiz, a school ceilí and sung songs together.  We really enjoyed the exercises with Mfitness and taking part in more mindful acitivites.

On Wednesday, we went for a beautiful walk in Ballinaboy.  The woods were fabulous and we were so lucky that the sun was shining.  On returning to the school , we had a lovely surprise-the ice-cream van came to school.

Below is a snap shot of our week.

March 22

⭐⭐1st-11th March in the Junior Room⭐⭐

During this time we had lots of fun taking part in free play.  We began working on the theme Sa Bhaile as Gaeilge agus Lá ‘le Pádraig. We are working really well on continuing to use our Gaeilge throughout the day.  Also, to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge, we are giving a certificate ‘Gaelgóir an Lae’ each day.

In English, we continued to work on report writing.  Firstly, we viewed lots of different reports on various topics.  We then worked in pairs to firstly write our own report and we then began typing them.  We also continued to work on our handwriting, reading and phonics.

We celebrated Pancake Tuesday, by creating our own pancakes on paper.  We also learnt all about Lent and Ash Wednesday and we created a Lenten Chain.

In P.E, we continued to work on dance.  We have learned some lovely dances and are looking forward to performing them at the school céilí.

In History, we we learned about how we have changed over time and we worked on a cutting and pasting activity based on this.  We also learned about Saint Patrick.

For Drama, the children took part in a hot seating activity based on what we had learned about Saint Patrick.

We are learning about planting for task 3 of the Incredible Edibles project.  We are looking forward to observing our plant pots over the next while.

The boys and girls dressed up for World Book Day and we took part in various activities throughout the day to celebrate for example Buddy Reading with the Middle Room and creating our own book marks.

In Maths, we continued to work on Money, we had great fun playing shop and using coins.

During this time, in Art we made beautiful spring butterflies, spring scenes on paper plates and leprechauns.

We learned some lovely Irish songs in Irish for Seachtain na Gaeilge.

Finally, for Engineer’s Week, the children took part in the paper tower challenge, we had great fun and the children created fabulus towers using just paper and tape.

March 16

Well-being Days March 14th -16th

Well-being Days March 14th-16th

To celebrate our wellbeing in school and raise money for Pieta House, the following activities took place:

Thank you most sincerely for your very generous donations to such a worthy cause.

Mindful Monday 14th  March take place: ·  Each class teacher incorporated mindfulness into their regular timetable through a PE lesson / Art / Colouring or sensory play.

·       Seed Planting

·       Mindful Music

  • Kinetic Sand
  • Rock painting
  • Walk to beach
 

Together Tuesday 15th

March

 

·   Wholeschool Céilí to mark Seachtain na Gaeilge

·    ‘Together we Stand’ song – all children singing together (a few Irish songs for Seachtain na Gaeilge)

·     Kahoot Quiz Mixed teams (combination of Irish /English questions)

     * Mindful Drawing/colouring

  • Mindfulness Powerpoint

Mfitness  Exercise Class

Junior Room 12:45- 1.10pm

Free Parent Mfitness class 1.20pm – 1.50 pm

Middle Room 1:50pm – 2.20pm

Senior Room 2.20pm – 2.50pm

 

Wellbeing Wednesday 16th March March4Mental Health Fundraiser * & A surprise

The whole school took  a trip to Bellinaboy Woods for a walk. Children were encouraged to wear green to represent green thoughts. We are trying to encourage children to change red thoughts (negative) to green thoughts (positive) when possible. Red thoughts are ok to have but not helpful to us. Green thoughts are helpful. Eg I can’t do this (red) . I can try my best (green).

Ice cream Van treat for everyone

Below is a little snapshot of some of the activities.

                                              

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March 1

Go Fund Me Donation

On Wednesday the 23rd of February the Student Council made a donation to Jason’s Mam Caroline and sister Leanne from the Fun Day organised by the Student Council in Inver National School. A huge thanks to the super Student Council for organising this successful event and to all the students in the school for contributing and taking part on the day.

February 23

⭐⭐February in the Junior Room⭐⭐

We had an action packed month in the Junior Room.  We learned all about Saint Bridget and made fabulous crosses from paper.  In P.E the children continued to work on the strand of Dance.  We are having great fun learning different dances.

In Maths, the children continued to work on number formation, counting, addition and subtraction.  All classes also worked on Money.

In Art, as mentioned above, the children made Saint Bridget crosses, Valentine’s hearts and cards and beautiful butterflies.

We learned how to make music from various items in the classroom, such as our copies, pencils, lunch boxes and drink bottles.

Our topic this month in Aistear was The Dentist.  We learned all about the dentist, healthy eating and drinking and taking care of our teeth.

We continued with Literacy and Numeracy stations this month.  The children worked on their phonics, reading, writing and answering questions about a piece of text.  In Numeracy, using a number line and 100 square, Mathematical games, money, mental maths and colouring by number activities were completed.

We continued working on the Incredible Edibles programme this month.  We learned about the Bord Bia mark and what this symbol means.  We also leaned about the fruit and vegetables that can be grown in Ireland.

As part of our Well-being programme, we worked on the topic of gratitude and completed some lovely activities such as our gratitude jars.

Today, we had great fun taking part in a Kahoot quiz as Gaeilge and we completed the topic of Éadaí.

I hope you all have a lovely midterm break.  See you all on Monday.

February 23

🌟Middle Room🌟- 💌February💓

Where has the time gone?  Have a look at our past few weeks.

This month we were learning about An tEarrach as Gaeilge, na míonna, na laethanta agus ainmfhocail (noun recognition) in our léamh. We are all the time continuing to work on our independent scríobh Gaeilge, in which there is a steady improvement. In English, the children continue to practise steady paced reading with expression and summarising what they have read. They also chose their favourite poem/dán to date and wrote it in their best writing. They did a great job. We have this work proudly displayed in the school corridor. We are using our poems to identify different grammar focuses. This month we identified contractions and expanded them to original form . We also  identified homophones  and revised verbs, nouns and synonyms. We are all enjoying our class novel Under the Hawthorn Tree which reminds us of our history and the courage and determination Irish people had to have in order to survive such harrowing times.

In Maths our focus has been Time ⏲⏳. Some of us are focusing on telling the time in 1/2, 1/4 hrs and others using exact minute. We are all practising converting analogue times to digital both on a 12hr and 24 hr clock. It is very easy to reinforce this learning at home using home clock and converting time shown. We will continue this after midterm too. We also worked on place value  Tens and Units and Hundreds/Tens/Units. We continue to work on tables which must be practised at home on a regular basis in order for them to become automatic. Doing this means your child will be able to focus on learning the new methodologies the will encounter without the worry of not knowing their tables. See link on blog https://sninbhear.edublogs.org/why-is-learning-tables-important/explaining why tables are just as important as reading and how you can help your child.

In Geography our focus was caring for the environment, History was based on the legend of Setanta 🏑🐺 and Science was based on the incredible edibles task. We also continued our tasks in the incredible edibles programme and the children worked in groups and each had a specific focus eg from farm to fork with specific foods and exploring processed /unprocessed foods. Children developed their IT skills throughout, learning how to search and copy and paste images into word documents.  Our wellbeing focus was Gratitude 🙏and we all have so much to be grateful for. Children completed some lovely gratitude trees following a brainstorming session in class.

You have all encountered the paper mache heads at this stage.🎭 They took a lot longer than anticipated but we live and learn (sometimes the hard and sticky way 🤣🤣)but alas we finally completed them. They ranged from personal representations to cartoon characters to Ed Sheeran. The children did a wonderful job and it reminded me very much of Julia Donaldson’s story A squash and a Squeeze when the children brought them home. The room felt very spacious indeed! P.E . this month we practised games, specifically Rounders, which the children really got into.  Our FMS was throwing (underarm ), catching (cupped hands) and of course striking (using correct stance). Great fun was had and some impressive catching of the ball before it bounced and a home run or two. We continue with regular exercise breaks in class and only recently tried out some drumming cardio which is also beneficial in developing rhythm/beat/pulse and good fun!

Our fun day for Jason’s fundraiser was very much the highlight of the month. The day comprised of show and tell (and playing) with children’s choice of toy, some classroom challenges which were great fun – Squat challenge, Tights challenge, Plank Challenge, Sausages & Soldiers and Foosball and Pinpong mini games just for fun. We had disco music at break and a jig or 2 also.  We enjoyed a part movie and treats organised by the student council… Thank you guys👌👍. A wonderful day for a wonderful friend💙.

Have a lovely midterm,

D. Tyrrell