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Ms. Moloney

Christmas Show 2022

After two years of a hiatus, we were delighted to be able to bring back Kilcornan National School's annual Christmas show. Pupils from Junior Infants to Second Class put on a nativity based musical called 'Whoops A Daisy Angel', while pupils from Third to Sixth Class performed a selection of Christmas songs and songs from their upcoming Peace Proms performance. We are incredibly proud of all the pupils!

Thank you to the staff for their hard work in ensuring the pupils were extremely well prepared for the shows. Thank you to the Parents' Council for organising the raffle and providing refreshments for both shows. We are very grateful to the community centre for the use of the hall and to Mike O'Connell for all his work preparing the stage and providing lighting and sound. Thank you to everyone who supported the show, prepared the pupils and helped with staging and costumes.

Please find below a beautiful selection of photographs by Mary O'Shaughnessy. DVD's will be available in the new year from Fergal Nash.

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a healthy and happy new year. We look forward to welcoming pupils back to Kilcornan on Thursday 5th January!

Christmas Show Photographs

Second Class Christmas Update

Nollaig Shona Daoibh!

What a busy and exciting term we have had!

A very special visitor came to the classroom this month. Tina Tinsel the elf stays with us every day and goes back to Santa every night with stories from the day. We love finding her new hiding place every morning.

Last month, we took part in Science week. We love Science and had great fun trying out different experiments every day. We made lava lamps, investigated walking water, explored optical illusions and made thaumatropes. We learned all about the water cycle and made a rain storm in a jar. We also had our own Science Show. Everyone got the chance to demonstrate their own experiment. It was an amazing show!

In Geography, we talked about what we do at home at Christmas and discussed Christmas traditions around the world. We learned that many Australians have Christmas dinner on the beach. We thought that sounded fun.

In Literacy, we have been learning the poem ‘Santa’s Spill’. We explored persuasive writing and loved taking part in walking debates. We had some very convincing arguments for why Santa should give us presents this year. 2ndclass love DEAR time. We are great readers and are so proud of how much our reading has improved.

We have been working hard on Gaeilge again this term. We love singing songs as Gaeilge. Our favourites are ‘Seamaisín’ and ‘Áthas anDomhan’. We explored the themes of ‘Bia’ and ‘An Nollaig’. We learned lots of new vocabulary and are working very hard on verbs. We are super at putting our verbs into sentences.

2ndclass have created fabulous artwork this term. Inspired by Roald Dahl’s‘ Fantastic Mr Fox’ which Ms. Moloney read to us, 2nd class made woodland themed prints with black markers, water and tin foil. Take a look at the beautiful colours! We also made super snow globes with chalk, really cool reindeer ornaments from clothes pegs and lovely decorations to hang on our Christmas trees.

Junior Infants to 2nd class were very excited to perform a Christmas Show called ‘Whoops-A-Daisy Angel’ this term. It told the story of a very clumsy angel who was given the very important job of spreading the news of the birth of the baby Jesus. We all had a special part to play. We worked very hard and practised every day, learning our lines, singing and dancing. We were so proud of our amazing show. The week after our performance, we were very lucky to visit U.L. to see the Peter Pan panto. We really enjoyed it.

Happy Christmas and A Happy New Year from Rang a Dó!! 🎅🎄

Second Class Mid-Term Update

Welcome to 2nd class!

We are delighted to be back in school with all our friends and what a busy term we have had.

In Literacy, we really enjoyed listening to ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ by Roald Dahl. We used the comprehension strategies of prediction, visualising and making connections throughout the book. Taking inspiration from the story, we created our own peculiar characters and used Lego to design our own chocolate factories. 2 class are greatwriters and loved working on recount writing this term. We also wrote fantasticreports on our pets.

In Geography, we looked at a map of the world and identified all the continents. We created our own giant map which looks really cool. We found Ireland on the map and located our own county of Limerick too. We constructed amazing globes which are hanging proudly in our classroom. We talked about the weather and some extreme weather conditions. We learned how thunder and lightning are formed and how to be safe during a storm. We listening to the song ‘Africa’ by the musical group ‘Perpetuum Jazzile’. They used body percussion to form all the sounds of a storm so we created our own storms using body percussion too. It was a lot of fun.

We love Maths in  class and we reallyenjoyed taking part in Maths Week. We had fun with problem-solving activities,a Maths trail around the school, Maths games and much more.

We explored nature in Science this term. We learned the names of native and non-native trees in Ireland. We tried to identify the trees on our school grounds and did leaf rubbings with the leaves we collected. We learned all about environmental changes in autumn and the unusual hibernation methods of some animals. We sponge painted to create fantastic hibernation art work. Take a look at the photos below!

During Climate Action Week, we talked about global warming, how it occurs and its effects on the earth. We read the story ‘We Want Our Park Back’ by Oisín McGann and created a list of simple actions we can take in school and at home to help look after our planet.

Kilcornan were very lucky to have a skipping workshop visit our school earlier this month. We love to skip and our instructor Lee taught us many different skipping techniques. We continued to practise our skills in our PE lessons also.

The lead up to Halloween was a lot of fun. We learned the poem ‘There’s a Witch Outside My Window’, the song ‘The Skeleton Stomp’ and made cute witches and cats using toilet roll holders. We wore our spooky costumes to school, played Halloween games and enjoyed a movie and treats to end what was a great term.

Check back in with us soon.

Oíche Shamhna shona daoibh! 🎃

Second Class Easter Update

Welcome back to 2nd class. What a busy term we have had!

It has been a very exciting time for 2nd class as we celebrated the Sacrament of First Confession on 10 February. We worked very hard on the leadup to our Confession learning our songs, prayers and creating beautiful artwork. We can’t wait to celebrate our First Holy Communion on the 14May. It will be a very special day.

We are loving literacy stations which began this term with the help of Ms. Quinn and Sharon. We have been working on reading, oral language, phonics, cursive handwriting and narrative writing. We loved creating our own stories and also included lots of different adjectives to add interest to our stories.

2nd class love to read and really enjoyed World Book Day. We dressed up as our favourite book characters, took part in a book title emoji quiz and created our own book readers which were very cute. We love to relax and listen to stories on Vooks and have also enjoyed the BFG and Fantastic Mr. Fox on audio book this term.

Seachtain na Gaeilge was lots of fun. We tried our best to use Gaeilge both in class and on the yard and were awarded with ‘Gaeilgeoir an Lae’ certificates and a special badge for our super efforts. We enjoyed playing Biongó, learning tongue twisters and sang Coldplay’s ‘Sky Full of Stars’ as Gaeilge. We learned all about the fascinating life of St. Patrick and danced the Siege of Ennis.

2nd class are taking part in the Picker Pals programme this term. We were very excited when the Picker Pals pack arrived at school containing pickers, gloves, Hi Vis jackets and litter bags as well as a reader and Funbook. In turn, we take home the Picker Pack and go on litter picking adventures with our families in our local area. We love sharing photos and telling the class about our adventures. So far, we have collected 29 bags of rubbish. Wow!

In SESE, we learned all about foraging. We watching some very helpful videos on what edible plants can be found in the wild in Ireland and their uses. We put on our wellies and set out around the school in search of plants. We found wild garlic, nettles and dandelions. We completed projects based on our findings. We learned all about the life cycle of the dandelion and wrote about it to practise explanatory writing.

We also had great fun during Engineer’s Week this term. We used marshmallows and spaghetti to build towers. We planned our designs and then got to work building. We also challenged ourselves to build boats, that could float, from plasticine and tinfoil. Once the boats were floating, we added cubes or ‘passengers’ as an extra test.

In Geography, we studied the map of Ireland and identified some major landmarks in each county. We then examined our Solar System, learned the names of the planets and facts about each. We will put the finishing touches to our 3D Solar System models after Easter.

2nd class are very artistic. We have created some lovely artwork this term. Beautiful dream catchers, lanterns to celebrate the Chinese New Year, St Brigid’s Day crosses, St. Patricks’ Day rainbow twirlers and very cute Easter chicks.

Check back in with us soon.

Happy Easter to you all from Rang a Dó! 😊🐣

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