Every Thursday fifth and sixth class do art. We usually draw or colour, but this time we used plasticine. Plasticine is a modelling material very similar to clay, only plasticine is coloured and does not dry out as quickly so you can use it as many times as you like. We all used two different colours and made whatever we liked. We made dogs, pigs, carrots, people and many other things.
Every year, the whole school takes part in an event called ‘Maths Week’. We set up stations in the hall like maths riddles, simple sums or puzzles. We also do contests. For example, two years ago, third, fourth, fifth and sixth took part in an online maths website called ‘Manga Maths’. This website consists of fun games to play while you level up your score. At the end of Maths Week, a prize was given to the pupil with the highest score.
On Saturday, at approximately 03:00pm, roughly 100 people turned up at the old graveyard to commemorate Patrick Kelly who died during the 1916 Rising. A couple of pupils turned up and read some readings, played some tunes on the tin whistle and somebody read a poem written by a pupil in 6th class.
The rising, it came and went,
But it left our country broken and bent.
Patrick and i were twelve,
He was my best friend,
But Easter 1916 brought that to an end.
Word came from his mother one day,
that Patrick had now passed away.
I was lonely, I was sad,
I missed Patrick it made me mad.
Visiting his grave I would say,
remember, Patrick, the games we played.
Every month at approximately 01:10 everybody from 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th goes to choir which takes place in the hall. Everybody gets given a little booklet that has seventeen songs. The teachers expect us to be able to sing all of them by next St. Patrick’s Day. T the start of choir, two pupils play a tune on the keyboard and a few pupils might play the recorder. Choir finishes at around 01:45.
Aistear is a framework for learning that’s based on play as a central methodology. Infants engage in Aistear every morning. Children are broken into groups and assigned a different activity section each morning. The sections include small world play, construction, role play, games with rules and fine motor/sensory. Here are some photos of the infants during Aistear.
Every week the infants and 3rd/ 4th class have a buddy reading session. They are paired up with a big/little buddy and engage in reading and discussion for about half an hour. The older kids are so good with the younger ones and make it so fun and enjoyable. Infants look forward to it so much every week. Have a look at a session in full swing.