We learned about growing up and made timelines as part of SESE.
We learned all about different types of weather. We designed patterned umbrellas. We read the story Ms. Honey’s Hat and created a new hat for her. We created Jack’ O lanterns for Halloween using pastels and watercolour paint.
Senior Infants were very busy during Maths Week. We learned all about 2D and 3D shapes. We made 2D shape pictures, constructed buildings using 3D wooden blocks, made 2D shapes using lollipop sticks and played 2D shape bingo.
We had great fun preparing for Halloween. As part of Aistear, we designed Halloween costumes, wrote spells and made potions in the potions lab.
Senior Infants are currently busy working in the café. We are designing menus and making printed pictures using vegetables.
Run Around Europe
We would like to thank everyone who participated in the Run Around Europe Challenge.
As a school we ran 31,290 laps!
The Run Around Europe Challenge started on the 25th of September and ended on the 30th of September. Every class ran laps on different sized courts each day of the week for one whole week.
This event got every class running and active. One lap for sixth class was 112m!
Miss Connaughton’s 6th Class reached Monaco with all their laps combined.
Ms Cunniffe’s 5th Class reached Ankara with all their laps combined.
Mr Kildbride’s 4th and 5th Class reached Valetta with all their laps combined.
Ms Gately’s 4th Class reached Paris with all their laps combined.
Ms Dowling’s 3rd Class reached Paris with all their laps combined.
Ms Finnegan’s 3rd Class reached Paris with all their laps combined.
Ms Campbell’s 2nd Class reached Luxemburg with all their laps combined.
Mr O’ Leochain’s 2nd Class reached Minsk with all their laps combined.
Both Senior Infants laps combined brought them close to London.
Ms O’Keeffe’s Junior Infants reached Stockholm with all their laps combined.
Ms Sexton’s Junior Infants reached Stockholm with all their laps combined.
As part of math’s week 2017, 6th class designed and made maths games for 3rd and 4th classes. We had so much fun working together to design and make these games in small groups of two’s or three’s. We had a period of one week to design and make these games and the results were outstanding. These maths games were based on the 3rd and 4th class maths curriculum. These games were fantastic and the feedback we got from the students and teachers was exceptional. Some of the games we made included ‘Maths Quest’, ‘Maths Snakes and Ladders’, ‘Spooky Sums’, ‘Mysterious Maths’ and ‘20 Second Rule’. We enjoyed explaining our games to the younger classes and sharing our knowledge with them.
We hope everyone had fun and enjoyed our maths games!
Report by Oisín Tiernan, 6th class.
Gaelic Football: Since the start of the school year, a Gaelic Football coach called Maria from Clann Na Gael has been coaching 6th class on Thursdays to improve their Gaelic Football skills. 6th class have been practicing hard and are improving our Gaelic Football skills. 6th class have enjoyed playing Gaelic Football for these past few weeks, especially Marie’s fun drills and games.
During Maths week 2017, 6th class have been playing maths games and doing lots of maths activities. Some of these activities are as follows:
Money in the Jar; Miss Connaughton put 20c coins in a jar and everyone in the class had a chance to estimate the value of the money. Tadhg Hughes won. His estimation was very close to the actual answer- he was just 40c away!
Walk a Kilometre; in this activity Miss Cunniffe set out markers for every 25 m in the school. We walked around the whole school to get fit and use maths to calculate how long a kilometre is.
Maths Trail; we explored maths in the school environment. For example, we answered questions about the area and perimeter of the basketball court and examined the number plates of the cars in the car park.
Head To Head Mental Maths; in the activity Miss Connaughton put two people against each other in a quick fire mental maths game. The daily winners received €1 as a prize.
Maths Eyes; we were asked to take pictures of maths in real life in our houses or communities. We had to write 8 mathematical questions to go with our picture. The winner was Sarah O’Toole with a fantastic picture and questions!
We really enjoyed playing maths games, using our maths eyes and doing maths activities.
We have a lot of activities planned for Maths Week 2017
5th and 6th will design simple Maths games to test on various class groupings at an allocated slot.
If they can incorporate some exercise into their games- all the better! Bear in mind that they will have limited space in classroom. Children can work in pairs or groups of 3.
Ms. Connaughton’s class will design for 3rd & 4th
Ms. Cunniffe’s class for 1st & 2nd
Ms. Harney’s class for Junior and Senior Infants.
All classes will be allocated a 30 min slot for a visit during Maths Week.
Arrange this between you.
4th, 5th and 6th will participate in the “Have you got Maths Eyes?” competition. They will be required to take a photo in the environment that lends itself to a Maths discussion. Entries should be emailed to the relevant class teachers if they are unable to print their entry. Each entry should be accompanied with 8 interesting and challenging mathematical style questions about their picture? The more imaginative and creative they can be, the better! See the “Have You Got Math Eyes?” website for inspiration. Individual entry.
5th and 6th will be participating in an online programme called IXL. They will be competing against their classmates to see who can be top of the leader board after the week! Teacher will provide them with a password and username so that he/she can track activity and progress of each student. Individual activity.
Junior- 2nd class will be participating in a Maths style art competition. Each class will be allocated a theme.
Junior Infants: 2D shapes
Senior Infants: 2D shapes
1st: 2D shapes/ Household appliances with digits
2nd: 3D shapes / Items in our everyday environment with digits
This can be carried out in class or as a “home” activity depending on what suits you best.
1st– 6th will take part in a Mental Maths Competition. Oral round robin style for the week. Two winners each day who proceed to a final on the Friday. Certificates available for each winner.
Seeing as Run to Europe went down so well, let’s try “Walk a Kilometre or More”! The yard boundary will be marked with 50 metre intervals to track what actual distance they have travelled.
Our SEN team will visit your class to carry out a Maths lesson to allow class teachers some planning time.
Eimear- 5th & 6th
Cathal – 3rd & 4th
Aileen- 1st class
Siobhan & Breda – Junior & Senior Infants
Heather- 2nd class
Please arrange a time with your allocated teacher.
Other ideas or activities for this year’s Maths Week
Over the summer the new school was a hive of activity. While there was a lot of work going on inside the building many developments were taking place outside too.
On Monday, September 4, 2017 our new school opened its doors for the first time. It was a very exciting day for both pupils and staff, and the culmination of many years work by the principal and management of the school.
This week all the pupils got involved in the Run Around Europe initiative. Every day each class ran some laps. We are keeping track of how far we have run and we are getting fit as well.
Take on the Teachers
On Friday 29th of September, we held a ‘Take on the Teachers’ Challenge in our school as part of the European Week of Sport.
The teachers had a vote and the challenge that they chose was a basketball shoot out. A selection of pupils from 3rd to 6th classes were picked randomly to represent the children. They each took turns to take a shot at the basket. It was great fun and in the end the pupils won by 2 baskets to 1. Ms Dowling scored the basket for the teacher’s team. Kenae Fallon and Diarmuid O’Higgins scored for the pupils.
All of the pupils from different classes came out to cheer on their fellow classmates, some pupils even cheered for the teachers! We would like to thank everyone for participating and the teachers for organising this wonderful activity to get everybody active and fit.
Cloonakilla N.S. 1958 – 2017
Today saw the last gathering in front of the old school and heralds a new beginning in our state of the art building next door.
3rd class all had great fun at Let’s Go Tour in the A.I.T.