Transport in Seomra Buí

Seomra Buí have been learning all about different types of Transport. We have been having so much fun during Aistear time that Amos asked if he could take some photos. Here are the photos he took. Gabriele, Yahya, Yusra, Casey and Amos were playing with trains, cars and planes in the Small World Area. Cian, Precious, Israel, Joshua and Helena were playing in the Role-Play Area. They were in the airport. They had to make a checklist, pack their suitcases, make their passports, check in and go through security before they could get on the plane. Jassi, Luis, Liepa, Fatima and Bartosz were in the Junk Art Area. They had to design and make a mode of transport. Jassi made a rocket, Luis made a jet. Liepa made a bus, Fatima made a car and Bartosz made a plane. Bianca, Wayne, Rebeca, Majus and Patricia were in the Art Area. We painted pictures of Kenyan Masai Warriors performing a Jumping Dance. You can see all of our pictures on display on Intercultural Day....

First Class Reading

This year in first class all of the boys and girls have been working really hard at their reading. Every week they have been taking a book home with them to practice reading at home. We use the same book in school to practice reading fluently, accurately and also to practice understanding what they are reading. Each child has a different focus to help to improve their reading. Fluency: The child will re-read books at a level that they find easy in order to increase the speed at which they read. We should be able to read at the same speed at which we speak. When doing this they need to pay extra attention to full stops (pause and take a breath) and they also try to read with expression (also changing their voice to indicate that somebody is talking). Accuracy: The child may need to use his/her finger to track their reading to stop them from leaving out words. They may need to slow down when words are difficult and use some of their reading strategies e.g. Stretchy Snake, Eagle Eye, Chunky Monkey, Tryin’ Lion, Skippy Frog or Flippy Dolphin. The children need to remember to read the whole word and make sure not to leave out the last letter. Comprehension: The children take time before reading to make predictions as to what they think might happen in the book, while reading they ask themselves questions, they make connections (connections to a book they might have read before or to something/somewhere that they may have been before or to something they may have seen on TV) and they...

Wave Your Flag!

In preparation for our Intercultural Evening, Third Class have been learning the song ‘Wavin’ Flag’ by K’naan. Boys and girls from Ms. O’Connors, Ms. Murphy’s and Mr Condon’s classes have been learning the song for the past two weeks and are very excited about performing it. Wavin’ Flag was originally a hit in 2008 but received worldwide popularity when it was chosen as one of the official anthems of the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa. Check out the originally song below....

National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) visit

Last month the NCCA (National Council for Curriculum and Assessment) visited Scoil Ghráinne. They came and took fabulous photographs of the children and teachers from Junior Infants to Second Class some of which may be included in new curriculum documents that are being created! Here’s a sneak peek at some of the photos….     ...

Art Week, Maths Day and Ted’s Adventures in Seomra Oráiste

Wow, a lot has been happening in Scoil Ghráinne recently! First of all, we had Maths Day on the 24th of April. Here are some of the children finding shapes and numbers on the yard. I have never seen anyone so happy to stand on the sad face before but it is a circle!   Then we had Art Week from the 11th to the 15th of May. The children had great fun drawing on the yard with chalk, looking at images of paintings by Dali and responding to them (they described them as “weird”, “scary”, “silly” and “creepy”!), as well as going to look at their very own art exhibition in the halla.   Also this term, the children in Seomra Oráiste have been taking our classroom teddy, Ted, on adventures at home. Every child gets a turn to take Ted home for two nights and then they must report back to the class what they did with Ted. Ted has had many adventures already – he has been swimming, jumping on the trampoline, visiting friends and eating lots of nice food! Ted is very excited to spend time with any of the boys and girls that he hasn’t visited...

Our Shoe Tying Story

All the children in Junior and Senior Infants have been practising how to tie our shoelaces. We have a special story that we read to help us to remember what to do. Here it is so you can practice at home too!!   Our Shoe Tying Story 1. Make an ‘X’ 2. Go in the door. 3. Close it tight. 4. Make a mountain. 5. The train goes around the mountain. 6. The train goes into the cave. 7. Pinch the loops. 8. Now you’ve got the...