March 2024

February 2024


Literacy Lift Off

1st & 2nd Class completed a 6 week Literacy Lift Off Reading Programme designed to enhance reading skills at that particular age group. Well done to all on their own individual success and to all the teachers for co-ordinating this really worthwhile initiative.

January 2024

June 2023

May 2023

April 2023

1st and 2nd class enjoyed a Teddy Bear’s picnic this month.

March 2023

1st and 2nd class had lots of fun celebrating Seachtain na Gaeilge.

February 2023

1st and 2nd class and their brilliant bird projects.

January 2023

1st and 2nd class had lot’s of fun in science this month.

December 2022

1st and 2nd class created lovely art this month.

November 2022

1st and 2nd class created beautiful art this month.

October 2022

1st and 2nd class had lots of fun learning to play the glockenspiel during their music lessons.

September 2022

1st and 2nd Class made paper helicopters as part of their science lessons this month.

June 2022

School Tour

May 2022

April 2022

March 2022

February 2022

January 2022

December 2021

November 2021

October 2021

September 2021

Life Cycle of a Butterfly!

Life Cycle of a Butterfly – Parts of a Butterfly

Painted Caterpillars & Symmetrical Folded Butterflies 

Vegetable Patch Update!

Our May Altar

First Confession 2021

Happy Mother’s Day!


Away with the birds!

1st and 2nd Class learned all about birds this month. They researched a common garden bird and created a project on it. They wrote a procedure on how to make a bird feeder and they kept watch both in school and at home to see if they could spot any of the birds that we learned about. We also made bird feeders and hung them in our school garden.

Christmas Art!

All About Teeth!!!

1st & 2nd Class learned all about teeth this month. They learned how to look after their teeth, how to brush their teeth, what foods/drinks are bad for their teeth and the different types of teeth. Have a look at the photos below. They even made their very own teeth out of play dough.

RSA – 1st & 2nd Class

Seatbelt Sheriff & Hi-Glo Silver awards!

Science Week in 1st & 2nd Class!

County Board Football Coaching

Football coaching has returned and the children are loving it!

Halloween Fun!

Fancy dress, artwork, witch walk and Halloween games!

1st & 2nd Class – Print Making

Print making with Tunde Toth as part of Creative Schools

Maths Week – Problem Solving Winners

1st and 2nd Class

We learned all about the life cycle of an oat tree. We collected lots of Autumn leaves and learned how to identify them.

World Book Day!


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Bricks 4 Kidz!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Bee Mine!

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Living Arts – Collage Faces!


Living Arts – Puppet Show!

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Living Arts – Puppet Show Backgrounds

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Living Arts – Tinfoil Figures

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Living Arts – Picasso Clay Faces!

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Living Arts – Print Making!

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Wonderful Windmills!




North & South Poles!

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Christmas Craft Fair!

We made snowmen!

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Living Arts – Puppets!

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Science Week!

Friday: We took our experiments outside today! Diet coke and mentos! Watch out everyone!

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Thursday: We made bubble prints using paint, water and washing up liquid!

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Wednesday: We made slime using corn flower and water! Time to get messy!

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Tuesday: We measured how far marbles travelled on different surfaces using ramps at different angles.

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Monday: The nutty scientists taught us all about solids, liquids and gases!

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Halloween Fun & Games!

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Creative Schools – Living Arts!

Here is some of the work so far in the 1st and 2nd class room! Collages with Mary Claire and Anne!

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Maths Week!

Table Quiz Time!

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Shape Art!

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Maths Trail!

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Science Experiment!

1st and 2nd class carried out an experiment to see what happened to certain things when heated! They heated chocolate, ice cream, marshmallows, butter, jellies and ice cubes!

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Creative Schools – Living Arts!

Using water colours with Mary Claire and Anne!

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Field Trip Around Kiltealy!

The boys and girls in 1st and 2nd class learned all about houses and homes. They examined the different types of houses in Kiltealy and ticked them off on their check lists as they found them!

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Autumn Leaves!

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Four Seasons Art!

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^^^ School Year – 2019/20 ^^^



Bricks 4 kids!





The Life Cycle of an Oak Tree

We learned all about the Life Cycle of an Oak Tree.

We also looked at other types of trees, their leaves and seeds.

Well done to all the boys and girls who brought in lots of items for our nature table.

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Harvest Day!

It’s that time of year again… Thanks to Jim Hanrahan who taught us all about growing vegetables and how to look after them.

This year we grew potatoes, onions, carrots and parsnips. We even got to bring some home!

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Four Season Trees!

We learned all about the four seasons. We painted Four Season Trees. Each strip represents a season.

Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter!

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Autumn Nature Walk!

We went for a walk around the school grounds looking at the different trees and identifying the some signs of autumn. Along the journey we met Mr. Jim Hanrahan out gardening. He showed us his vegetable patch and talked to us about all the things he grows in his garden!

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Reading Corner!

We made a reading corner in our classroom. Check it out! 🙂

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Roald Dahl Day!

We read Roald Dahl’s book – Fantastic Mr. Fox.

We tried to help Boggis, Bean and Bunce to catch Mr. Fox. We created a wanted poster and a character description of Mr. Fox! We also coloured some pictures of the character in the book!

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We did Kandinsky Circle Trees!

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Welcome Back 1st & 2nd Class!!!

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^^^^^^^First and Second Class 2018/2019^^^^^^^


 First and Second Class 2017/2018

Here is a look back at all the things we got up to in First and Second Class this year!

Swimming Certificates

Making Solar Ovens

Rugby Cup Visit


Spring Clean

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Coding with Lego

Celebrating Making Our Communion with an Ice-Cream Party


Dogs Trust Visit


Fun With Clay

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Meeting Our The Arrivals

Mother’s Day Art

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World Book Day


Visit From Farmer Brown

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Valentine’s Day Art

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Pancake Tuesday

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Christmas Craft Fair

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Santa Dash and Christmas Disco


Boat Making

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Halloween Witch Walk




Maths Week Fun


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September 2016

An Post Rás na mBan

There was great excitement as the pupils of Kiltealy N.S. were asked to cheer on the An Post Rás na mBan participants as they whizzed past our school on Friday afternoon. 1st and 2nd class loved waving their yellow flags to everyone.


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Funky Kids

Funky Kids rehearsals in full swing in first and second class.

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October 2016

Maths Week

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The children in 1st an 2nd class had lots of fun during Maths week this year. Here are some photographs from our maths trail that we did with 3rd and 4th class.

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Congratulations to all our winners during our Maths Week daily Challenges.

Take a look below at all the fun that was had as well as all the winners receiving their prizes at Mondays assembly.


Runners up in the Time challenge-Tomás Murphy-5th & 6th, Alex Carroll-1st & 2nd and Anne-Marie Roche-Junior & Senior Infants

Absent from Photos-Aela Bowe who was the overall Winner of The Time Challenge


Runners up of the Length Estimation Challenge: Aimee Neville and Aisling O’Brien-3rd and 4th Class, Bobby Watchorn-1st &2nd Class and Anne-Marie Roche-Junior & Senior Infants


Runners up of The number Estimation Challenge: Róisín Dwyer 3rd & 4th class, Aimee Bowe and Kayla Grogan-1st & 2nd Class and Paul Armstrong Junior & Senior Infants


Winners of the 1st & 2nd Class Quiz: The Fantastic Kids- Ciara Doyle, Robert, Niamh Healy and Bobby Watchorn

Witch Walk

1st and 2nd class had lots of fun on their witch walk this year. There was a lot of spooky costumes in our class!

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Harvest Time!

Children from 1st and 2nd class enjoyed harvesting the lovely vegetables sown last Spring, with the rest of the school.



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December 2016

Science Week



We had lots of during Science week doing lots of experiments and learning lots about the world around us.

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Funky Kids

Well done to all the boys and girls who danced and sang their hearts out at this years Funky Kids Concert.

1st and 2nd Class getting ready to hit the stage and busting some moves on stage.

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Christmas Card Competition

Congratulations to Ava and Orla who were the winners of the Christmas card competition. All the children made beautiful cards and I had a very hard job in picking our winners. Well done to all the of 1st and 2nd class.


Problem Solving Winners – Christmas 2016

Congratulations to Kevin and Lucy who were the 1st and 2nd class winners of ‘Problem Solving Quiz’. Every Tuesday  and  Thursday the children take part in a maths table quiz. The children worked very hard every week and did excellent during our weekly quiz.


Santa Dash!

Dashing through the village !

Well done 1st and 2nd class on completing the Santa Dash this year we had lots of fun along the way!


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Christmas Disco

The Christmas Disco was a great success. There was lots of dancing and singing and most importantly, lots of fun! Although it was hard to catch them standing still, we managed to get a few photographs of the boys and girls during the Christmas Disco. 1st and 2nd class had a great time at the disco showing off their dance moves.

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There was great excitement when Santy came to visit the children.

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January 2017

Funky Kids Certificates

1st and 2nd Class were very excited to receive their Funky Kids certificates after putting on a spectacular show it was a well deserved prize!!


1st and 2nd Class

March 2017

First Confession

Congratulations to our second class pupils who received the sacrament of First Confession on Tuesday 14th March.

They were brilliant and I am very proud of all their hard work. Looking forward to the Communion!

2nd class would like to say a special thanks to all the children from 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th who joined us on the night, and provided us with beautiful music. A special thanks also to Ms. O’Neill and Ms Duff who organised the choir for us.

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St. Patrick’s Day

We had lots of fun making our Leprechaun masks for the St. Patrick’s Day parade.

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World Book Day

The pupils of 1st and 2nd class were replaced today by some wonderful and creative characters from many different books. We had lots of fun reading and listening to different stories! Well done to everyone and thank you to all the parents for helping with the costumes the were brilliant!

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April 2017

Easter Egg Hunt

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Bricks for Kids 

Bricks 4 Kids

Technology Week took place across the country last week and the children in Kiltealy N.S were treated to a Bricks 4 Kids Workshop Day.

Everyone from infants to 6th class took part  in the workshop day on Friday 28th April.

Have a look at our classes enjoying the workshops below

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Spring Clean 


Well done to 1st and 2nd who with the rest of the pupils in Kiltealy N.S took part in our National Spring Clean Day on Thursday 27th April.

Here are some pictures of us busy at work.


 May 2017

Communion 2017

Congratulations to 2nd class on making their First Holly Communion on the 6th May 2017. They did an amazing job and we are all very proud of them. 2nd class would like to thank Fr. Fegan and Fr. Morris for all their guidance, Ms. O’Brien for making our beautiful programs, 1st class for all their help during all of the practices and finally to the all senior pupils of Kiltealy National School for the lovely music and singing, and also Helena Dunbar our music teacher for her accompaniment and Ms Duff and Ms. O’Neill for all their hard work in preparing the choir.


Féile Visit

There was great excitement in  1st and 2nd during our recent Féile visit.

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Active Week

This Week we have had lost of fun being active everyday, we have done lots of different sports and games. Including dance, athletics, gymnastics, soccer, playground games and orienteering.

Here are our group dances to the Ghostbuster’s Theme.

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Here we are doing our gymnastics.

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Here are some action shots from soccer with Robbie.

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Here we are doing our athletics during Active Week.

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First Holy Communion

Congratulations to all our pupils who received their first Holy Communion!!

Well done you did a great job and we are very proud of you all!!!

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All Classes really enjoyed having the bricks for kids team in our school. The children and teachers enjoyed building Lego models.



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Veteran Mass

(April 2016)

After the Veteran mass, some local army men came to visit our school. This was very exciting as the children had the opportunity to find out what it is like to be in the army. They even had a go at marching! It was great fun!

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Veteran Jim Cooper also came to speak to the children and answer their questions. He played a tune for us on his bag pipes. The children even had a go blowing into them!

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Spring Clean

(April 2016)

Spring Clean time in Kiltealy. Everybody worked hard collecting rubbish around the village. First and Second class ensured that their section around the hall was spotless! Well done everybody!

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Planting seeds

(April 2016)

We had great fun planting seeds. We planted cress, peas and spinach seeds. We made small holes using our fingers and placed some seeds into each hole. We covered them with soil and watered them. We placed them in the window to make sure they had enough light.

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Look how much our seeds have grown!!!

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Farming Friends!

(April 2016)

The boys and girls in first and second class were very lucky to have a very special, woolly visitor come into their class this month. They had learned all about farming, completed farming projects and even watched Big Week on the Farm each night. They were super excited to see Ciara’s daddy coming in with a one day old lamb.

A huge thank you to Willie Doyle for this great learning experience and for answering all of our questions.

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Farming Projects!

(April 2016)

The boys and girls in First and Second class learned all about farming this month. They learned about farm safety, farming in the past, farming now, foods that can and can’t grow in Ireland and the different types of farming etc. In groups the children researched different topics and used the information they found to create amazing projects. Well done everybody!

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We Made Butter!!!

(April 2016)

We have been learning all about farming. We learned how butter was made in the past. We made our own butter. We but cream into a jar and shook it as hard as we could. We saw the buttermilk seperate from the butter. We even got a chance to taste the butter on some crackers! Yummmmy……

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April showers turn to May flowers

(April 2016)

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Our Spring Display!



Easter Egg Hunt!

(March 2016)

We had great fun on our Easter Egg Hunt! We had to work in groups to follow the clues and find the tokens to collect our Easter surprise!

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Easter Egg Competition!

(March 2016)

Well done to all the children who designed an Easter egg. It was very difficult to pick a winner.

Congratulations to:

First Class –  Neasa Long (1st) and Alex Carroll (2nd)

Second Class – Isabel Baker (1st) and Julieanne Purcell (2nd)




First Confession!

(March 2016)

Congratulations to the boys and girls in Second Class who made their First Confession

on the 15th of March.

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(March 2016)

We worked very hard drawing pictures about what it is like to live in Ireland in 2016.


We examined pictures of Dublin taken in 1916 and in 2016. We looked at the similarities and differences in both pictures. We also wrote poems aboutwhat it is like to live in Ireland in 2016.


We wrote and learned a poem which we recited for our school and local community.



Happy Mother’s Day!

(March 2016)

I’ve made you a flower with my fingers and my thumb.

So wou will have these memories for all the years to come!

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Coin Collection!

(March 2016)

The boys and girls in first and second class would like to thank everyone who supported our Brown Coin Collection. We love our new toys!!!



Science Fun Week!

(February 2016)

All classes had great fun for science week. We took part in lots of experiments and fun science lessons.

First and Second class made salt crystals, planted daffodils, made panpipes, made shaving foam prints and went on a nature walk searching for signs of Spring!

We made prints using shaving foam and paint!

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We made panpipes using lolipop sticks and different size straws!

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We went on a nature walk in search of signs of spring!

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We made salt crystals using watered down paint and salt!

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We planted daffodil bulbs and watched them grow!






Healthy Eating!

(February 2016)

We had a healthy eating day on Wednesday 10th of February. Everybody made a huge effort to bring in an extra healthy lunch. We brought in lots of different types of fruit and vegetables to share with our friends. We got to try different types of foods that we hadn’t tasted before. Yummy!


Shrove Tuesday!

(February 2016)

We learned all about Shrove Tuesday!

We even had a chance to taste some pancakes with some of our favourite toppings! Yummy!

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St. Brigid’s Day!

(February 2016)

The 1st of February marks the feast day of St. Brigid. The boys and girls in First and Second class learned all about St. Brigid. To celebrate this special day we made St. Brigid’s crosses.

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The Force Of Wind

(January 2016)

The boys and girls learned all about the force of wind. Here they are experimenting to see what they can move with the force of air that comes out of a balloon. The results were surprising!

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To link with our learning we made wind chimes using bits and pieces from home like beads, buttons, feathers, cd’s, shells, key rings, pipe clearners and much more.

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(January 2016)

First and Second class learned all about capacity during maths this month. We had lots of fun by filling all sorts of containers with water. We used bottles, buckets, cups, eggcups, jugs, cartons, bowls, glasses and much more! We needed a few towels too! 🙂

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The North Pole And The South Pole

(January 2016)

The boys and girls in First and Second class learned all about the North and South Poles. They also learned about penguins, polar bears and Ernest Shackleton. In groups the children researched different topics and used the information they found to create amazing projects. Well done everybody!

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To link with our learning we created penguins and polar bears during art!

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(January 2016)

First and Second Class learned all about magnets this week. They searched for things that were magnetic around the classroom.

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They experimented to see if magnets worked through glass, plastic and styrofoam. They dropped a paper clip into a container of water and tried to get it out using a magnet.

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 They had some fun and made their own magnet game!

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Christmas Disco!

(December 2015)

The Christmas Disco was a great success. There was great excitement when Santy came to visit the children. Although it was hard to catch them standing still, I managed to get a few photographs of the boys and girls during the Christmas Disco.

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Christmas Stocking Competition!

(December 2015)

The boys and girls designed their own Santa Stocking. It was very hard to pick a winner from each class. All the stockings were brilliant! Here are the winners!!! Congradulations boys. You both did a great job.



Santa Dash!

(December 2015) 

First and Second Class took part in this years Santa Dash! They sang Christmas songs and waved to everybody as they walked through the village.

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The Nativity

(December 2015)

The boys and girls worked in groups to create a Nativity display for our school. They carefully designed Baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, The Three Wise Men, an angel, the star and a shepherd. They worked very hard and should be proud of their Nativity display!

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Christmas Art!

(December – 2015)

We made beautiful Christmas trees and snowmen during art. If you look closely you will see that we used snowflakes for the snowman’s head and body!

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Clothes From The Past!

(November 2015)

First and Second Class brought in some of their baby clothes. Look how much they have grown!!!


The children also designed their own outfits during art, using different types of materials.



Wassily Kandinsky

(November – 2015)

The children in first and second class did a great job in creating Kandinsky style trees. They even used their own hand prints for the tree and branches!

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Active Week

First and second class have been super active this week! Everyday they have been running a certain amount of laps each day to try and reach the whole school target of 10k. The children also got the chance to show off their dance moves with Drop Everything and Dance initiative which saw the children getting up and dancing when different songs were played throughout the day! They further got to test their dance and rhythm skills when we went down to the hall for a Zumba class!!

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First and Second Class School Tour 2015

The girls and boys enjoyed a great day on Monday when they visited the Watershed in Kilkenny for a day filled with sports and activities on their school tour!


Our Very Own Butterflies!!

In science we were learning about the lifecycle of the butterfly.

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First and second class were lucky enough to watch this metamorphism take place in their very own classroom when five tiny caterpillars arrived in our school during the second week in May! The caterpillars were placed out of direct sunlight and up high so they wouldn’t be too disturbed.


The caterpillars came with their own jelly like food at the bottom of the jar so we didn’t have to feed them! The caterpillars were obviously very hungry as we noticed them eating and eating and getting bigger before our very eyes!


We noticed the caterpillars starting to get ready to build their cocoons as they began to hang themselves from the top of the jar. After a few days we were amazed to see that all five caterpillars were wrapped up cosy in their cocoons! We had to make sure that the caterpillars were not shaken or moved during this time.


We did not have to wait too long as after about a week and a half in their chrysalis, we had two beautiful butterflies which emerged from the cocoons. There was great excitement in the classroom and the whole school with our new arrivals! The next day the remaining three butterflies also emerged from their cocoons. We fed the butterflies a sugar and water mixture (which we put on a tissue for them) and fresh flowers. We also gave them slices of apples and pieces of oranges which they really seem to enjoy. We will keep them in the classroom for a couple of days until their wings have strengthened and then we will release them on the same day as we raise our Green Flag in the school on the 12/06/15. We will be sad to see them go as it feels like they have been part of the class for the last few weeks!! We all enjoyed watching the life cycle of the butterfly happening first-hand!

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We had a class vote and decided on the names Flutter, Christina, Leafin, Crystal and Lily although it is hard to tell who is who!! ( except Flutter who is always fluttering her wings!)


Caterpillar Poem

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I started as a tiny egg

Upon a leaf of green

And now I stay upon the leaf
So I will not be seen

Soon I’ll build a chrysalis
Upon a limb up high
I’ll stay a while and then come out
And be a butterfly


Vincent Van Gogh

The children in first and second class did a super job in recreating Van Gogh’s iconic painting of ‘Sunflowers’ using warm colours and oil pastels.




For drama we have been engaging in different drama games and activities based upon Pirates and their adventures. In one of our recent drama lessons there was mutiny on board where one of the pirates betrayed the captain of the ship. The loyal pirates of first and second class had to create Wanted posters to try and track down the unfaithful crew member.



Science – Plant growth

To show that sunlight, water and air were necessary for plant growth we set up an experiment where the children grew their own green beans ensuring that their beans had all of the necessary conditions. For the purpose of the experiment we then had other green beans which only received two of all of the necessary conditions e.g. air and sunlight but no water, air and water but no sunlight and finally sunlight and water but no air. The children are keeping a bean diary to show the results of their experiment!

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Our Reading Corner

The children in first and second class love to read! Every couple of days we have book recommenders who recommend books that they have read lately and enjoy.




Art in Mrs Duffs Classroom Term  1

First and second class have had some great fun exploring their creativity and imagination in Mrs Duff’s classroom during the first term. Have a look at some of their wonderful art……

They made snowmen using recyclable materials ( toilet roll holders and odd socks) , don’t they look great??

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Mrs Duff’s class also had great fun making a Christmas Scene with Christmas Trees , Snowflakes and snow.; a simple idea using some clever & creative cutting techniques.

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Geansaí Nollaig

First and second class had great fun learning about Christmas traditions both in English and Irish. The children have noticed a lot of shops are stocking Christmas jumpers and decided to design their own “Geansaí Nollaig”. I think we can all agree that they look very festive indeed!! ;)


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Balloon Painting

Earlier on in Term 1, Mrs Duff’s classed explored a different type of painting…….instead of using a brush , they used small blown up balloons to paint. They painted some lovely bright colourful pictures……have a look…..

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Stick Men In Action

First and second class has great fun being creative with match sticks. They made stick men doing different activities, can you figure out what they are doing??………


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