The Importance of Friendship

Posted by Ms. Donnellan On April - 19 - 2018

“A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.” – Douglas Pagels

Over the last few weeks the middle room have learned a lot about the importance of friendship. For friendship week we had our secret friend project, where each child picked a name of another child in our class from the hat. Over that week they were to be extra kind to this person without them realising. At the end of the week each child shared some lovely facts they may have already known or even learned about their secret friend that week. This week we have concentrated a little more on the importance of friendship. The class were divided into groups to create a poem based on our topic. I think the results are fantastic and I’m sure you will all agree.

Following all our hard work we went outside to enjoy some of the lovely sunshine today.

 

 

 

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  1. What great poems!! Well done

Reading Buddies

Posted by Ms. Naughton On March - 5 - 2018

Our Reading Buddy program is an initiative where older students participate in a paired reading activity with younger students.

This year, pupils from 4th/5th/6th classes (Big Buddies) were paired with pupils from 1st and 2nd classes (Little Buddies).  The pupils meet twice a week for 8 weeks.  Each week, the pairs & small groups read aloud to each other, benefiting both students reading & listening skills.

The ‘Little Buddies’ benefit from:

  • hearing stories read-aloud (modelling of reading fluency, phrasing and expression)
  • having conversations with an older student about topics that interest and involve them (extending their vocabulary, oral language abilities)
  • having regular opportunities to practice familiar reading with assistance
  • enjoying fun, positive experiences with older school children.

The ‘Big Buddies’ benefit from:

  • further developing their own literacy skills
  • fostering leadership and problem-solving skills
  • improved self-confidence that comes from being looked-up to
  • a very real and important reason to be responsible, and an opportunity to praised for positive behaviour

Reading Buddies can promote a higher interest and participation in reading, improvement in social and communication skills.  And, most importantly, it’s just FUN!

Here are some pictures of our buddies in action!

 

     

  

  

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Christmas greetings on Skype

Posted by Máistir Ó Beirn On December - 21 - 2016

Over the past few days we’ve had five online meetings with our partner schools in France, Croatia, Portugal, Lithuania and Austria. We sang Silent Night in Irish, English and played it on the tin whistle. The other schools also sang Silent Night in their native language. We asked each other questions about Christmas in each country and played an online card game where we had to try and find the matching Santas.  Everyone from Infants to Sixth class took part. It was great fun.

Online meeting with pupils from our partner schools.

Skype call with France.

Playing a matching game with our partner school.

Playing a matching game with our partner school.

Playing a matching game with our partner school.

Playing a matching game with our partner school.

Playing a Christmas matching game with the other schools.

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Christmas Elves

Posted by Ms. Thomas On December - 19 - 2016

The middle room got into the Christmas spirit last week and we were very creative! We enjoyed making our elves and writing about them. It was great fun! Santa has lots of Elves this year! Happy Christmas from the middle room!

Our Christmas Elves We enjoyed making Elves! The Elves are getting ready for Christmas! All the Elves wish you a very Happy Christmas!

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Junior Room Podcast

Posted by Pierce On December - 19 - 2013

Junior Infants on their Fizzbooks.This term in the Junior room we learned how to safely turn on and off our fizzbook laptops.

We learned how to click, double-click, drag and drop, copy and paste, open, close, and save a Microsoft Publisher document.

We printed some of our work and brought it home. We also made recordings of each other. You can listen to some of them below.

Daniel interviewing Ruby and Aoife.Daniel interviewing Ruby and Aoife.Daniel interviewing Kelly-ann and Evan.

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Winter Words

Posted by Ms. Naughton On December - 4 - 2012

Winter words

Today we brainstormed words associated with winter. First and second class wrote about winter and the infants drew winter pictures.

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Amy’s Family

Posted by Amy On November - 22 - 2011

Amy's story.

 

 

This is Amy’s story about her family.  Amy is in first class.

 

 

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