May 14

Junior Room ✨✨May 10th -14th✨✨

This week in Science/Geography, we had lots of fun exploring the microhabitats around our school🔎🔎. We found many minibeasts including ants, butterflies, crane fly, spiders, millipedes, worms, snails and woodlouse.🙄 The children worked really well in their groups recording each item found and reporting back to the whole class afterwards. We also discussed the various way the minibeasts move – crawling, scuttling, flying, wriggling🐌🦟…and we will continue to develop this topic next week.

As we were working on Time in Maths  (exploring the passage of time / telling the time ;___o clock /  looking at the various ways of telling time⌛⏱🕰⌚) we decided to  GO BACK IN TIME !!and became human sundials.  We discussed how and why shadows are formed and what happened to our shadows after a certain amount of time has passed. (the direction of our shadows changed – Earth is rotating so the light from the sun is hitting us at a  different angle🌞).  This morning we traced our shadows first thing (10am)and discovered they were quite long. We had planned to check the length of the shadows at noon to see if the length had changed but alas tháinig na scamaill☁ ! We will investigate again to see if our predictions are right or wrong!

In Art the children were exploring colour and shape through blow painting with straws. Check out some beautiful samples below. Everyone’s piece of art was so unique and beautiful, just like each of the children.

As Gaeilge, bhíomar ag foghlaim faoi ainmhithe atá ar an  bhfeirm🐖🐄🐑 /bainbh, bó/lao, caora/uan, capall/searrach , cearc. D’imríomar cluichí sa rang agus chanamar Sean MacDonald as Gaeilge. Leanfaidh an fhoghlaim seo an tseachtain seo chugainn le cluichí cartaí.

The children did so well with their dictation which is now in their individual seesaw portfolios. Keep up the great work!🌟

D. Tyrrell


May 7

Junior Room📕📘 May 4th -7th 📗📒

Check out our pictures below to get an insight into our busy classroom. We are continuing to progress with our phonics, our reading and our blending .We are using strategies such as chunking  to help us identify parts or words. When reading at home children can be little detectives and try to see if they can find smaller words within words. Lots of fun!  We had fun finding tricky words and sight words with our magnifying glasses and recorded these on our mini whiteboards! We enjoyed learning all about the lifecycle of the frog and practised our cutting skills as a summary sequencing activity on the topic. PE focus is still Gymnastics and we had fun practising log rolls, pencil rolls , balance and travelling using various body movements..leaping like a frog, bear crawls etc Our fundamental movement skills were walking and jumping (2 feet to 2 feet). In Maths we are all the time incorporating play into developing our maths skills- addition ,subtraction and recording of both.  We are working on the topic of time and had lots of fun doing our time challenges within the class. We are revising the order of the days of week( using language of before, after , in between), Months of year (which is a challenging one) also and will move onto using our small clocks next week. In SPHE we completed topic 1  where we explored the many feelings we can experience and how to deal with situations where we feel unsafe.  The boys and girls are all doing so well with their dictation. They should be very proud of themselves. 😊😁 D. Tyrrell


May 3

1st, 2nd and 3rd Class-26th-29th April 2021

The following is a snap shot from the Middle Room this week. We had great fun celebrating Mayo Day and Active Week.   We designed Mayo jerseys, coloured in the Mayo crest, raised the Active Flag and really enjoyed our ice creams.  For P.E, we worked on the strand of gymnastics.  The boys and girls really enjoyed working on this strand.  On Thursday, we went to the seashore, we had a great time and the sun was shining.  We stopped and viewed the tadpoles on our way, we found lots of shells and wrote our names in the sand.


April 29

😊😊Junior Room 😊😊April 26th – 29th

Another week that went by too quickly! We were on ‘mission tadpole rescue‘ on Monday, when we discovered the little tadpoles we met last week were in danger of drying up.😮  We decided to take a quick trip down Peadar’s road 🚀to add water💦💦 to their little puddle. This tied the tadpoles over until the rain came.  We have been learning about the frog lifecycle in science but this little mission got us chatting about the water cycle also!  We will continue to monitor the growth of our new friends and help them out when necessary! In PE we worked on our individual balance poses🤸‍♂️🤸‍♀️ as well as partner poses. We had a brief minibeast hunt 🐛🐌🦟with our magnifying glasses. This topic of minibeasts is of great interest to the children so we will plan to explore this further over the coming 2 weeks.  This week we  also celebrated our 3rd Active Flag award🎉🎉.( See earlier post. ) D Tyrrell

April 27

😊😊Raising of our 3rd Active Flag & Mayo Day 2021🎉✨📗📕🍦

We had a lovely day today to mark our 3rd Active Flag award combined with marking Mayo Day.  To start the day, we all gathered outside and  recapped on some of the activities that we have completed over the 3 year cycle. These can be viewed by clicking on our Active flag page (in yellow) to the right here.  Together we sang our Active code and then Lucy and Freddie, who are graduating this year ,were invited to raise the flag to a big cheer. We are very proud of all of the children for their enthusiasm , leadership and for making this initiative so much fun. We look forward to continuing being Active in Inver NS and it won’t be long until we celebrate our Active week towards the end of June.

Upon our return to the classroom, the children got to watch a special video message from none other than our local sporting hero Chris Barrett.(Ex Mayo GAA star). Chris congratulated the boys and girls on their wonderful achievement and reminded the children that keeping fit is not just about playing football. It can be any sport and variety is best.

The children enjoyed decorating their Mayo crests and got to participate in extra activities  such as penalties on the múinteoirs , fundamental movement skills development and rounders.

Unfortunately the weather did not hold up for our outdoor disco but we will certainly make up for this in time.

The surprise of the day was the arrival of the ice-cream van at the front door of the school. We all enjoyed our lovely treat!!

Thank you to all the parents for your support and encouragement throughout the past few years and once again well done to the children of Inver N.S!



April 23

Junior Room✨✨A snapshot of our week✨✨April 19th -23rd

This week we had  a lovely visit to explore the seashore and found many of the shells we discussed last week. We also spotted lots and lots of tadpoles which is perfect timing as we will be studying the lifecycle of the frog next week. Our gáirdín is still a work in progress but slow and steady wins the race. In Maths we had our little shops, a book shop, a market and 2 cafés to play and use correct coins to buy items. Keep up the great reading at home and well done on the great effort with the spellings of the week. D. Tyrrell


April 22

👐🏼🌱🍀🍃🌍🌘World Earth Day 22nd April 2021🌗🌒🌏🌞🌛🌙✨🌴☘

We had great fun in the Middle Room discussing all the things we can do to help our earth We even got lyrics of a song made to really emphasis the important part we all play to have a happy earth.

Take a look at the poster competition we had. The competition was tough as they were all super but there could only be one winner. So well done Darragh! What a talented group of artists we have in our school.

We also went to the shore to check out what lives on the shore white investigating what shells are there and what they live on.

While we were on our way to the shore we did a litter collection so show his much we care about our planet Earth.

We also sowed some seeds to help with the habitats of other species for World Earth day. Look at all the talented gardeners in our classroom, Now all we need is lots of heat and sunshine.

We created butterflies using different things we find in our environment such as flowers, grass and branches. Have a look at them below.

Always remembering “Clean and green is the perfect dream” #worldearthday2021


April 16

💥💥Junior Room 💥💥 April 12 -16th

A very busy first week back after the break. We are learning to add using our coins and look forward to more money activities next week. In English our focus is procedural (step by step) writing and this will continue for the next few weeks. (class sample below) We enjoyed learning  the names of and examining  some beautiful shells from the seashore. We had limpets, whelks, oysters, periwinkles, cockles and by far the most popular the Tower shell, with it’s beautiful spiral shape. The children enjoyed comparing the patterns and the textures. Thank you Saraid for sharing your shells with the class. In Gaeilge we are currently working on the theme of An Teilifís and we had circle time to revise our feelings and things we enjoy in SPHE. We will commence the first Stay safe lesson next week. With the beautiful weather we had special library time outside as well as our gymnastics lesson in PE. We focused on balance poses, pathways and the pencil roll this week, some of which were quite challenging but fun. For Art, children painted and decorated a rock which will be used for our little Gáirdín patch. Next week we will visit the shore to gather another for decoration. We will also plant lettuce and spring onion and observe the growth. The boys and girls worked really hard learning their spellings during the week. Keep up the wonderful effort at home and in school. D. Tyrrell





April 5

Admission Notice

 Inver N.S. 


in respect of admissions to the 2021/2022 school year


Admission Policy and Application Form

A copy of the school’s Admission Policy and the Application Form for Admission for 2021/2022 school year is available  to view  and download here;

Admission Form 2021


or on  request: By emailing or writing to : The Principal, Inver N.S., Barnatra , Ballina, Co Mayo.


PART 1 – Admissions to Inver N.S 2021/2022 school year


Application and Decision Dates for admission to 2021/2022 school year 

The following are the dates applicable for admission to Junior Infants.


The school will commence accepting applications for admission on  


12th 2021

The school shall cease accepting applications for admission on  May 

4th  2021

The date by which applicants will be notified of the decision on their application is  May

14th 2021

The period within which applicants must confirm acceptance of an offer of admission is May

24th 2021


Note: the school will consider and issue decisions on late applications in accordance with the school’s admission policy.


The number of places being made available in junior infants is:             8


March 26

💥💥Junior Room 💥💥March 22nd -26th🐣


A very happy Easter 🐣to everyone. Here is a little snapshot of the week. We had our special awards ceremony today and our class were very excited to get the Tidiest Classroom award for this month. Well done to all the boys and girls for working so hard over the past 4 weeks in school. We look forward to coming back on April 12th. We plan to plant some seeds in the mini ‘gáirdín’ upon our return. Our Active flag arrived yesterday so we will also have a celebratory day in April. In the meantime keep up the reading at home, have lots of playtime and eat lots of treats at Easter! D. Tyrrell

March 12

💥💥Junior Room💥💥 March 8th -12th

How fast the week goes by! We learned and wrote about St. Patrick and we were predicting and measuring in Maths using our balances . We had fun making our special clay hearts for the moms and we continue to work on our mom questionnaire which was very amusing. Let’s just say some of the mom’s are a lot older than they say according to the boys and girls and their talents are cooking, washing dishes and giving hugs!! When asked when mom was most beautiful the general consensus was ‘All the time!’ as well as when she smiles and when she is going to a wedding! How cute! We starting practising ‘shoe the donkey’ for PE and we can continue to practise this at home too. We had plenty of reading in groups, wholeclass and individually. Keep up the reading every night and revision of tricky words/phonics sounds as I can see the benefit in class . Well done everyone! D. Tyrrell

March 5

March 1st – 5th 💥💥Junior Room💥💥

A wonderful first week back together! This week we focused on our topic of Spring. The children wrote about Spring and we were all so proud of our wonderful writing! We also had fun doing our Spring paintings which are so unique just like every one of the boys and girls.  We enjoyed Buddy reading each day  and  on Thursday we enjoyed some library time and completed a book scavenger hunt to celebrate World Book day.  We focused on Addition in Maths and Friendship in SPHE. We celebrated being back together today with a DISCO (some impressive moves!!) and a little building challenge with raisins and toothpicks. Some very obvious engineers in class! Well done everyone on the wonderful effort and for bringing a smile each morning! D. Tyrrell