Ryan’s Albert Lasker Drawing

Posted by Ryan On October - 24 - 2019

Albert Lasker

First, I stuck on one side of Albert Lasker’s face onto a sheet. Then I started drawing him. I used pencil and I rubbed my finger to blend the colours.

Albert Lasker was born on the 1 st of May 1880. He was famous for advertising. He lived in Germany but moved to New York. He died in New York in 1952 aged 72 . He was the author of five books, one was the ‘Lasker Story’.

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  1. Niamh says:

    Good drawing Ryan!
    Very interesting.
    Maith thú.

  2. Diane says:

    That’s very nice. The background is really effective. It’s a lovely drawing.

New Zealand Pen Pals

Posted by Ms. Donnellan On December - 5 - 2018

Our senior room have been lucky enough to pair up and become pen pals with pupils from 5th & 6th class in SS Peter & Paul Primary School near Wellington New Zealand. In preparation for this each child had to research New Zealand and create a presentation for this. Following completion of this project each class member shared their presentation. Last Wednesday the 28th of November after a very exciting wait we received our letters and learned the name(s) of our new pen pals. Some of our class were lucky enough to get two pen pals. All of the senior room had the opportunity to share their letter with the class and prepare their replies. Following the sharing of our letters we learned that the schools in New Zealand are very similar to us in many ways and have a very similar school day. Some big differences we noted were the weather, seasons and school holidays. Our pen pals are approaching their summer holidays now and getting excited for the break. We were very excited to send our first reply today and really enjoyed learning new information about our pen pals and life in New Zealand.

 

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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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See how my writing has improved.

Posted by Adam On February - 19 - 2014

My writing was not good for a long time and now it is better.  I write slower so it is very good and neat!

My handwriting

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A Wild Adventure

Posted by Megan On January - 31 - 2014

Candy VillageOne day, my friend Lorna and I were walking along my garden path when suddenly we fell down a MASSIVE hole. It was scary but mostly fun. A few seconds later we were sitting in the middle of lollipop trees! We got up and started looking around for a bit and it only took us like 5 seconds to notice that we were in the middle of place called ‘Candy Village’!

Lorna started to eat all the candy floss bushes and I started to eat all the jelly bean grass! Then we saw a girl coming out of a ginger-bread house. Lorna had a crazy thought that the girl might be the evil witch in Hansel and Gretel, but I managed to calm her down. The girl came over to us and let us know that her name was Lily-Anne and we told her our names. Then she asked us if we were lost and we replied that indeed we were. So she offered to help us get home. She asked us where we lived and I said a place called Killeenrevagh and sure enough that’s where she lived too. She was curious as to how we had arrived in Candy Village so I said Lorna and I were walking along my garden path and we just fell down a huge hole. Then she started to look worried. So I asked her what was wrong and she said that that’s how she had arrived here and she’d never found a way home.

Well THAT set Lorna off and she panicked so much that she nearly fainted! It took half an hour to calm her down completely. We all came up with a plan together. Our plan was to all look for our homes together. We started to look for passageways at first because that’s how we all got here in the first place. A few minutes later Lorna tripped over a lever that caused the ground to open revealing a dark tunnel. At first we were all very surprised but I really wanted to descend and see what was down there so we all slid down the tunnel and ended up in the underworld!

We got up and later on we ran into a boy and he introduced himself and said his name was ‘Thomas’ from ‘Killeenreavagh’ too! (What luck!) So Thomas joined us on our journey and we started to look for more passageways. While we were looking Lorna started telling us jokes, the first few were pretty funny but as we were going on they didn’t even make sense. After listening to a few more jokes that didn’t make sense we decided we had had enough so we told Lorna that our situation was no laughing matter. It took us a really long time to find another passageway. In fact we turned the whole UNDERWORLD upside down trying to find passageways.

We got lucky when Lily-Anne found a lamp leaning against the wall and pulled it out. It opened a big crater in the wall. None of us wanted to enter in case we would go to another world! Thomas was not afraid so he pushed all of us into the tunnel and sure enough we ended up in my back garden. We all ran home and couldn’t wait to tell our parents about the wild adventure!!!!!

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  1. Well done, so happy you are all back safe and sound 😉

Interview with a Brazilian cotton farmer

Posted by Joseph On December - 16 - 2013

Brazilian Cotton FarmCotton is a soft fibre that grows from the seeds of the cotton plant. The fibre is long and thin, like hair. After the cotton fibre is gathered from the plant, it can be made into thread. The cotton thread can then be made into cloth. The cloth can be used to make clothes for people and many other things. Cotton clothing is very nice to wear, especially in hot weather, and is easy to move around in.
Brazilian Cotton FarmThere are different types of cotton plants. Some cotton plants grow wild in tropical and subtropical areas of the world. This is how cotton was discovered many years ago. Most of the cotton gathered to make cloth comes from crops grown on cotton farms. Cotton farms can be found in Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, and the Americas. All parts of cotton plants are useful.
Harvesting the cotton.

Cotton is a natural fibre harvested from the cotton plant. Cotton is one of the oldest fibres with traces of cotton over 7,000 years old recovered from archaeological sites. Cotton is also one of the most used natural fibres in existence today, with people everywhere wearing and using cotton for various purposes. Millions of acres globally are used to produce cotton, whether it be new world cotton, with longer, smoother fibres, or the shorter and coarser old world varieties.

In our second Planet Money T-shirt podcast we hear the interesting story of a Brazilian cotton farmer called Pedro.

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A Very Special T-Shirt

Posted by Thomas On November - 27 - 2013

 

Planet Money T-shirtPlanet Money is a joint project of National Public Radio (NPR) in the USA and This American Life, the Chicago weekly public radio show which focuses on coverage of the global economy.

Planet Money is making a very special t-shirt, unlike any other.  It’s a t-shirt that can tell you the story of its own creation.

Almost every single t-shirt out there is the result of a complicated global journey. We will follow NPR on that journey. We’ll research the people who grow the cotton, spin the yarn, and cut and sew the fabric. We have ordered a t-shirt and we will follow the cargo ships that bring our t-shirt from factories in Bangladesh and Colombia to ports in the USA and on to Ireland.  We’ll also examine the crazy tangle of international regulations which govern the t-shirt trade the whole way. Click the play button below to listen to our first t-shirt podcast.

 

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Halloween

Posted by Lorna On October - 25 - 2013

It was Halloween night and
there was not one fight
that would ruin the night.

Then I saw a cat
and he sat on
a mat.
It really was a treat
to see a cat eating meat.

Then a bat came down
and with its feet
he picked me up
and there really was
no need.

Halloween

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Gran with a Gun

Posted by Adam On October - 25 - 2013

It was Halloween night.
I got a fright.
I saw a ghost. It was a scary sight.

Then I ran home as fast as I could
My house was all covered in blood.
It was then I saw him, a nasty vampire
About to set my house on fire.

I called my Nan who got her gun.
She shot the vampire, it was so fun!

 My Halloween Picture

Gran with a Gun

 

 

 

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