News from Inver National School

News and currents adventures from Inver National School, Inver, Co. Mayo

⭐⭐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.

⭐⭐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.

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



·   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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Action packed Days in the Senior Room


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.

Well-being Recipe Book


Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the recipe book. We hope you enjoy trying out some of the delicious ideas.

Thank you to the Well-being team for the beautiful posters that feature also in the booklet.

Click on link to view online recipe book.

Recipe Book 1

⭐⭐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.

🌟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 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

⭐⭐Fun Day for Jason in the Junior Room⭐⭐


We had a fantastic day today for our ‘Fun Day for Jason.

Firstly, the boys and girls took part in a show and tell activity.  They were given the opportunity to show some of their favourite toys or something they had made.

During both break times, a disco took place.  We had such fun and all the boys and girls showed us their fantastic moves on the dance floor.

Later in the day, the children took part in challenges.  These included:

  • building the tallest tower in 10 minutes
  • jigsaw challenge
  • darts challenge

In the afternoon, the boys and girls enjoyed a movie, hot chocolate and treats.

Finally, the children had the opportunity to play board games of their choice.

We all had lots of fun and laughter today.  A great day was had by all.


Senior Room Jason’s Fun Day


A great ‘Fun Day for Jason’ was had by all in Inver NS today. The students in the senior classes took part in various activities throughout the day. In the morning the students did a Show and Tell of various toys, crafts and items that they love and enjoy to play with.

During break and lunch times they had a disco and enjoyed dancing to their favourite songs including ‘Believer’ and ‘Hit the Diff’. Various challenges took part after break time including:

  • Wall sits
  • Planks
  • Skips
  • Hula hoop passes
  • Basketball shoot outs
  • Tallest tower in 5 minutes
  • Pin the tail to the donkey
  • Create the same picture as another person
  • Card stack
  • Bean bag toss

After lunch the students watched the movie Beethoven and enjoyed some hot chocolate with marshmallows and some treats.

The Darts Final also took place.

Lots of fun, memories and laughter was had by everyone.

#fundayforJason #InverNS #challenges #showandtell #movie #fun #nouniformday



⭐⭐Junior Room-January 2022⭐⭐


We had a very busy and exciting month settling back in after the Christmas holidays.

In Irish, we learned all about An Aimsir.  Cén sort aimsir atá ann? An bhfuil sé ag cur sneachta? An bhfuil sé tirim? An bhful sé gaofar? An bhfuil sé fliuch?  The children took part in a Trath na gCeist at the end of the month.  We had great fun completing the Kahoot and are looking forward to next month’s quiz.

As part of our Well-being programme we concentrated on the theme of Friendship.  We learned about what a friendship is and how we can all be a good friend.

We began working on the Incredible Edibles programme and completed Task 1.  We examined what various fruits and vegetables look like when they are planted.  Also, the children examined the farm to fork pathway for potatoes, cheese, bread and strawberries.

The children continued to work on capital letters.  Full stops and question marks were introduced.

In Mathematics, the whole class worked on the topic of length.  Junior Infants worked on numbers 1 and 2.  Senior Infants and First Class worked on addition.

In PE we are working on the strand of Dance and we are all having great fun.

We are also continuing to take part in the Fyffes programme

✨✨Middle Room ✨✨January 10th – 28th


Over the past month we have been settling back into the busyness of classroom life. This month we worked on addition (2nd) and Division /Multiplication (3rd). We also worked on the topic of Money whole class so any opportunities children have to work with coins in the ‘real’ world would be beneficial. Children also explored other Maths topics during our Maths games time.

In reading, our focus was pace and expression and the children have been working so hard on this and have come on so much 👏👏📗. We also worked on synonyms, antonyms and homophones. The children have also been working on developing their cursive writing. They are doing so well. Samples are available to view in their personal seesaw folder. This is what your child is capable of and this is the expectation your child should have each time they write – giving your best effort each time. Well done!

Our wellbeing topic this month was Friendship . Following a discussion on the video, children worked in groups then contributed their ideas as to what qualities makes a good friend. ‘Layers’ was the magic word in Art. We have nearly completed our paper mache heads!! In Gaeilge, we are learning when to use the ‘h’ and ‘urú’ and prepositions – ar an, ag an, in aice leis an, faoin , os comhair.  We are also continuously practising replying to various ceisteanna..An ndeachaigh? Chuaigh/Ni dheachaigh, Ar chuir?- Chuir/Níor chuir , Ar chuala – Chuala/Nior chuala and so on and also correct sentence structure in our written work. We are beginning to realise that Tá isn’t the answer to everything..Maith sibhse!

In Geography we are learning about Provinces and counties in Ireland and we learned a little bit about the Tour de France and Stephen Roche in History. In Science children are exploring the origin of foods and the difference between processed and unprocessed foods. This is tied in with our Incredible Edibles initiative. We also celebrated Catholic school’s week this past week.

We had a Tráth na Gceist (Quiz through Irish) which we will do at the end of each month to promote Gaeilge through fun.

Keep up the reading at home everyone👍.

D. Tyrrell

⭐⭐Junior Room-September to December 2021⭐⭐


Below is a snap shot of the Junior Room during the first term this year.

I would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas.  I hope you all have a lovely holiday.

See you all in January.

Múinteoir Lisa





✨✨Term 1 – Middle Room✨✨


A little lookback on our first term in 2nd and 3rd class.

Enjoy the Christmas break and see you all in 2022.

Múinteoir Deborah

Senior Room Christmas Activities



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