Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Gardening with Kay









Our Heritage in School Gardening Expert; Kay Synott came back to visit our school in early October to see how our garden had developed over the summer holidays and to guide us in preparing it for the winter. 

She was amazed at how successful our Summer Garden Maintenance Rota was and complimented everyone involved. The remaining vegetables in the garden were harvested and distributed amongst the children in the school. There were still some carrots, leeks, spring onions and beetroot available. 

The beds and path ways were then weeded. The beds were then covered over by the school recycling some old carpet we had in storage. This will act as a weed barrier and prevent weeds taking over the garden during the winter months. It will also save us from some nasty weeding when we go planting again. 

Finally, Kay help us to plant perennial flowers in the outside bed that surrounds the garden. Perennials flower every year and are low maintenance. They will also attract bees and other useful invertebrate to our garden. This will add to the biodiversity of the school. 

All pupils got a chance to harvest, weed and plant. This is great experience to bring back to our own gardens at home!!!

Many thanks to Kay for her help and we will definitely have her back later on in the year all going well. Our garden is something to be very proud of. Well done to all!!!!!

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Autumn


Check out 1st, 2nd and 3rd class's hedgehogs! The children used pastels and art straws to create their hedgehogs. They chose their colours very carefully for them. They read the story 'Don't Hog The Hedge', watched a powerpoint about autumn and the changes it brings, did leaf rubbings and wrote an account about autumn.











Being Healthy


The children in Mrs. Duane's room have been learning all about what it means to be healthy. Getting enough sleep, brushing our teeth and keeping fit were some of the suggestions. Eating healthily is also a very important way of being healthy. 

The children have been keeping active dancing to 'Just Dance' and playing team sports in PE, including rounders, hurling and basketball. In class, we had a fruit salad party and a vegetable salad party! The children used some vegetables from the school garden, as well some from their own gardens at home. We even made potato salad!Delicious! 













Thursday, 10 October 2019

Autumn Aistear


Our Infant classes have been learning all about Autumn these past weeks. We were very lucky to have Kay Synnott give us a hand harvesting our vegetables from our school garden. We also planted some flowers that will bloom in the Spring and Summertime.




In Aistear the children have been busy selling our vegetables in their 'Farm Shop'. There is great demand for apple tarts and butter made in store too!!!






In small world we have been making sheds to house the cattle as the weather is getting colder.







We have been playing Autumn 'I spy' and looking for signs of Autumn in our games area.


 We read the story 'Don't hog the hedge', learned the song 'Holly the Hedgehog' and made our own little creatures from clay.
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Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Funky Fingers!

Junior and Senior Infants have been enjoying 'Funky Fingers' activities to develop their fine motor skills. These activities are so important to develop the small muscles needed to write.








September Aistear: The Three Little Pigs


Junior and Senior Infants have been busy bees this September! Our new infants are settling in well to 'Big School' and have been having great fun exploring our Aistear theme- 'The Three Little Pigs'. Every day the children learn through play at a new station, developing their oral language and social skills.

Our budding artists have been making 'The Three Little Pigs' houses using sticks, bricks and straw.
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In our socio dramatic station they have been acting out the story. There's been a lot of huffing and puffing but the tent is still standing!


In our 'Messy Play' area we have been making the three little pigs and their houses using play dough






In 'Small World' we have been building the Three Little Pigs houses. 


Luckily we have a few handymen around to fix anything the wolf blows down!




No wolf will be able to get past this fence!



We have been practising our turn taking skills at our Maths station, playing Bingo and matching games.