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Spring Term 5th Class

St Brigid’s Day.

French Projects


In January fifth class learned all about France. We carried out projects based on France gathering as much interesting material as we could from as many sources as we could think of. We had three weeks to complete the project. Our impressive projects were scored on a rubric out of 100. We really enjoyed the project and held a French Friday on the day of the presentations to taste typical French foods. Cathal’s project got first place, Sean was in second and we had Billy and Kaitlin joint third place. Au revoir!

Written by:

Kevin Jordan, Sarah Geoghegan and Sean Noone

World Book Day

In March we had World Book Day. Fifth class made really cool comic strips with Mrs.Cronolly. We dressed up as our favourite character from a book. Later that day we did a book hunt with famous books and authors. We also ran a competition called “How well do you know your teachers?”. The teachers each brought in a book that they had read recently and the children using what they know about each teacher to choose which book they would be mostly likely to read! It was a difficult task but really fun. Now we know a lot more about our teachers. We all had a terrific day. Our class also dressed up as their favourite characters from the world of literature. We had lots of interesting characters including Gangsta Granny, Harry Potter, Mary Poppins ,An Assasin, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dorothy and Willy Wonka. We had lots of fun making our costumes and dressing up.

By Tara, Meabh, James and Cathal.

  • Poetry
  • Procedural writing
  • Basketball
  • Irish
  • French project
  • World Book Day
  • Basketball
































































Summer Term

First Class have been very busy in our last term. In April, we took part in the Discover Primary Science Showcase. All of the parents were invited to watch us showcasing our experiments. We demonstrated experiments on gravity and slopes, making lava lamps, magnets, transparent and opaque and friction. We had a great day and even taught our parents some interesting facts!

We had great fun using Skype in First Class this term. Both Ms Fallon and Ms Kilmartin’s classes set up Skype accounts. We presented our projects to the class using the interactive whiteboard. We could even ask our friend’s in the next room questions! We also had great fun presenting our Show and Tell using the class microphone.

First Class have been very busy with SESE this term. In science, we learned all about the life cycle of the sunflower. We learned about the things plants need to grow, and even planted our own sunflowers. We let them grow in school for two weeks before taking them home to plant them.

For our history lesson, we were very lucky to have Mrs. O’Rourke come to visit our classroom. We interviewed her about Cloonakilla in the past. She brought along an old school roll book, and we found both of our teacher’s names from years ago!

We also visited Derryglad Folk Museum as part of our local history study. We met Charlie who showed us lots of artefacts from the past.

In PE, we were covering the orienteering strand. Our teachers made maps of the school for us to follow. We then had to use the maps to find different letters around the school to spell a word. It was a great team effort, and great fun!

Active Schools Week took place in May. Ms. Fallon’s class were visited by a Zumba dance teacher, while Ms Kilmartin’s class completed a very active lesson with Brian from Hodson Bay. We were worn out but really enjoyed the day!

Spring Term

St. Patrick’s Day Art.











For our Discover Primary Science, we have been investigating slopes. We made slopes using cardboard and investigated how far a toy car would travel, depending on the height of the slope. We found out that the higher the slope is, the further it will travel. We loved making different height slopes and doing the experiment with our friends.

In English, we have been working hard on our writing genres. This term we were learning about Procedural writing which tells us how to do something. We wrote about ‘How to make Jam Sandwiches’ and ‘How to make Rice Crispie Buns’. It was lots of fun making both of those with our friends in our classroom.













In art, we learned about the artist Vincent Van Gogh. We then painted one of his most famous paintings ‘Sunflowers’















In SESE we have been learning about two different countries; South Africa and India. We created a display full of interesting facts and pictures about South Africa in our classroom. We also painted a beautiful African sunset scene with a picture of a Mammy and baby elephant in the background. We loved blending the red, orange and yellow paints together!

This month we have been working very hard to create projects about India. Everybody had different pieces of information and pictures on our projects. Each of us presented our project to our class and invited our friends to ask us questions about our work.



World Book Day 2018

World Book Day 2018

This term, sixth class read the novel “A Dangerous Crossing” by Jane Mitchell, which is based on the experiences of real Syrian families.

The book is about Ghalib, a 13-year old boy who lives in Syria. He doesn’t want to leave his home, it has become too dangerous. His family has no choice but to leave everything behind and try for a new life elsewhere.

Mrs O’Rourke organised a book club and everybody got the opportunity to share their reactions to the book while enjoying a slice of pizza and some popcorn!

6th Class Electric Quiz Experiment

6th Class Electric Quiz Experiment

Recently 6th class have been learning about electricity and circuits. In groups, we made electric quizzes. Our quizzes included the following topics; Counties and their foods, Cars and their logos, Books and their authors, Books and their settings and Chocolate and their wrappers.


We created these projects with the following equipment;

shoe box, 1 battery, 1 battery holder, 1 b1ulb, a bulb holder, wires, 14 split pins, 2 crocodile clips insulating tape, scissors and glue.


  1. First, we composed a list of questions on an A4 sheet.
  2. We glued the list of mixed up questions and answers and on the top of the cardboard shoe box.
  3. We then attached a split pin to each question and answer.
  4. Next, we turned the cardboard box over and connected each question up to the right answer with a piece of wire, looping the wire round the paper split pin, making sure there was a connection.
  5. With some more wire, we joined the battery up to the bulb-holder.
  6. Then, we joined some more wire to the other side of the battery and the other side of the bulb holder.
  7. Finally, we attached crocodile clips to the end of each wire.
  8. Results: When you attach one of the crocodile clips to one of the split pins next to a question and the other to the correct answer, the circuit will be complete and so the bulb will light up.

By Conor Byrne, 6th class.

Summer Second Class

We have had a busy final term in second class. We had our very important First Holy Communion Day when we received Jesus for the first time.

We have been focusing on report writing in English. We each wrote a report on an animal we were interested in and presented it to our class mates. We have learnt lots more poems and we visited our beautiful new library. We enjoyed some DEAR time on some very comfortable seats!

We learnt about the heroic Antarctic explorer Tom Crean in History. We also read the legend Cúchulainn and rewrote the story in our own words. We drew pictures to accompany the events in the story.

We went on a field trip to The Hedgerow and enjoyed picking out the different trees in the canopy, the bushes in the understorey, and the little flowers and insects in the shrub and herb layers..

Mr. O’Leocháin helped us breed our own butterflies. We received caterpillars in April and looked after them for 4 weeks until they were butterflies and we could release them into the wild. We are also learning about The Cuckoo. Ask us why it is such a cheeky bird?

We made puppets from coffee cups in Art. We also painted many beautiful summer scenes.

We enjoyed a wonderful Sports Day and a fantastic School Tour.

We are all ready for our holidays and look forward to recharging our batteries for third class!

Spring Second Class

Look at more of the interesting things 2nd class have been learning about.

We were discussing procedural writing in English. We made our own banana milkshake and wrote up the recipe. We also made water filters in Science and wrote up the procedure so other people could learn how to make them too!

In Maths, along with all our number facts, we have been learning about number, weight, time, length and 3D shapes. Quiz us about them at home!

We have lots of information to tell you about China. Did you know China is the 4th largest country in the world? We learnt about where silk comes from in the Legend of the silkworm and learnt all about Chinese New Year which took place on the 28th February.

We learnt all about the tragic Titanic in history and are full of information about why this ‘unsinkable ship’ was not quite unsinkable!!!

Rinnemar dramaíocht – Fionn agus an Dragún, le haghaidh Seachtain na Gaeilge. Rinneamar jab maith agus bhí an –spórt againn!

We used oil pastels to create colourful Picasso portraits and painted beautiful Spring daffodils.

Senior Infants : Sept & Oct






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


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.