June 4

😊😊Junior Room May 31st – June 2nd 😊😊

A short but productive week. As you can see our caterpillars are developing well. You can see from photos that 2 chrysalides are forming already. We have enjoyed learning and writing about the butterfly this week also..

We have completed our Stay safe programme having learned our special rules about strangers this week . We never go with a stranger! We never take anything from a stranger! We enjoyed our role play in class based on this topic. We continued working on time (telling half hour) and we have started our topic Ag siopadóireacht as Gaeilge. Please keep up the wonderful revision of tricky words and the invaluable reading practice at home.D. Tyrrell

May 28

🌟🌟Junior Room – May 24th -28th🌟🌟

This week we worked on Data in Maths as well as number activities for addition and subtraction and telling half past on the clock .

We are enjoying monitoring the growth of our baby caterpillars. We have noticed the webbing and the shedding which is a good sign. We studied the life cycle of the butterfly in Science and learning ‘Did you know?’ facts as we go along. We also did step by step drawing and labelled the parts of our own butterfly. We finished our topic of ‘Secrets and Telling’ in Stay Safe (SPHE) and next week we will work on our final topic of ‘Strangers’. The children have been working so hard on their writing and I can see huge improvements each week.

We had a little stroll down Peadar’s road to check on our little friends, the tadpoles,  and we discovered 2 of them had transformed into froglets. D.Tyrrell


May 21

🌟🌟Junior Room May 17th -21st🌟🌟

Check out the photos below to give you an insight into our busy week. The highlight of the week was the arrival of our 5 new pupils. They have settled in really well and we look forward very much to watching their transformation from caterpillars to Painted Lady butterflies🐛🦋 before releasing them. We worked hard🥱 on our procedural writing again this week and had lots of fun putting our procedure into practice by making our Rice Krispie buns in our groups.(We were covid compliant and there was no licking of spoons!)   The chocolate smiles were priceless! 😊👌

As the weather was not on our side for PE we enjoyed some Farm themed cosmic yoga which tied in nicely with our cluiche cartaí gaeilge ‘Ainmhithe ar an bhfeirm’. We also practised our Iko Iko dance. It was lots of fun, especially the freestyle part!🤣In SPHE we focused on the topic of Touches and touches we like, don’t like and ones we are not sure of. We learned that we never keep a touch a secret. The booklets will be sent home next Thursday for this topic and next weeks topic Secrets and Telling to be discussed. These conversations you have at home are hugely important and very much embedded in the stay safe programme.

The children had dictation /spelling using their whiteboards today for a change and they all did so well. Keep up the great work boys and girls!🌟 D . Tyrrell


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


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 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 inverns@outlook.ie 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