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Walk to School Week 2021

As part of our Green Schools initiatives, we were delighted to take part in An Taisce's Walk to School Week 2021! Kilcornan National School has taken part in Walk to School week and WOW (Walk on Wednesday) for many years. However, due to our location on the busy N69, we undertook walks around the school grounds and pitches and used 'park and stride' initiatives. This was the first year that pupils were able to walk to school on our beautiful new footpath. We had a mixture of sun, rain, cold and heat but that didn't stop the pupils and parents that turned up to support this fun and healthy method of sustainable travel. Thank you to everyone who took part! See the photos section of our website for more pictures from the week.

Senior Infants & 1st Class Easter Update

We were so delighted to be back to school after lockdown. We spent a lot of time playing together, in our pods, and socialising again! We were so lucky that the weather stayed dry, we were able to go outside for PE and lots of outside playtime.

We are ‘ag baint taitneamh’ as Bua na Cainte and playing games like ‘Deir Ó Grádaigh’, ‘Cluiche Kim’ agus ‘Cad atá imithe?’

In SESE, we learned about the life cycle of the frog. We watched a video and examined pictures of the different stages. One of our classmates was responsible for looking after some rescued frog spawn, ensuring it had the correct food and habitat to make it all the way to adulthood. This was a wonderful learning experience that was exciting to follow! Thank you Dante and Helen!

We were very lucky to be able to use our kitchens at home for some ‘Maths’ during lockdown. When we were learning about weight, we each had to bake something, with help from an adult. Mrs. Gleeson was so delighted to see all our finished cookies, brownies and cakes!

Since we returned to school, we have learned to read o’clock(Seniors and 1st) and half past on the clock. We played ‘What time is it Mr. Wolf?’. It was lots of fun!

Seniors were so good at using our ‘five frames’ in Maths that they were able to start using ‘ten frames’.

Writing is still a very important focus for us, especially in Senior Infants. We are getting so much better at keeping our letters on the line and making them a more mature size. We like to write jokes and stories in our ‘free writing’ time. We also illustrate our work.

We are happy to be back doing our CAPER (Children And Parents Enjoying Reading). We all enjoy quiet reading time at home with our mom or dad.

We have been learning a lot about Spring and all the changes that it brings. We created a beautiful Spring frieze in our classroom, with butterflies and lambs and our seasonal tree, which is now growing buds. We also painted daffodils, using different shades of green that we mixed from the primary colours.

We used collage, with gummed coloured paper, to make symmetrical butterflies. We created a 3D effect on our lambs by using cotton wool to give a similar texture to real-life wool. We were able to feel real sheep’s wool. It was so soft!

We had our lunch outside one sunny day! We picked dandelions from the grass and put them in our cardboard vase!  

We have welcomed Ms. McMorrow to our ‘seomra’ on teaching practise. We have been learning lots and enjoying our lessons with Ms.McMorrow.

 

6th Class Easter Update

What an unusual term this was, with remote learning back in place in January. Ms Mullane was so proud of all of 6th class and the fantastic work they did during this tricky time. Well done to everyone!


Luckily we were back in our classrooms on March 15th and we were all so excited to see each other. We spent lots of time chatting, having fun as a class and playing with our friends.


In Maths, we did some revision and also tackled long division with decimals. During Station Teaching, we did mystery Maths and had to crack the code with our partner. This was so much fun.

In Literacy, we explored and learned the poem ‘The Daffodils’ by William Wordsworth. Some of our parents remember learning this when they were in school! We also started a new novel called ‘Wonder’ by R.J. Palacio. We are looking forward to reading about the heartwarming and inspiring story of Auggie Pullman.

We had lots of fun completing some Easter inspired art, especially our egg characters! One of our parents was very creative with an Easter themed lunch box!


We loved celebrating World Book Day with the overall prize going to Mark O Rourke, who dressed up as Hedwig from Harry Potter!


We have loved playing our new board games in our Pods, that we kindly got from our Parents’ Council, thank you!


We look forward to our next term! Stay tuned for more updates!

Slán!

1st & 2nd Class Easter Update

Welcome back to 1st and 2nd class!

This school term has been very different to what we had expected as we began the new year with distance learning on Seesaw. Despite not being together in the classroom, 1st and 2nd class continued to work very hard at home. We chatted and played games on our weekly Zoom calls but were so excited to return to school on March 1st and see each other in person.

We have had a busy 4 weeks but we have made sure to take time to chat, play and re connect again having been apart for so long.

We were delighted to welcome our French student Raphaelle to our class. We love having her in the classroom and we have even learned some French words and phrases.

It has been a very special time for 2nd class who celebrated the sacrament of First Confession on the 24th March. We worked very hard practising our prayers and responses and were fantastic on the day. We can’t wait to celebrate the sacrament of First Holy Communion on May 8th.

1st and 2nd class have been continuing their hard work on reading since returning to school. We have begun CAPER(Children and Parents Enjoying Reading) and love to read our new books at home each night. We also enjoy DEAR time in the classroom where we take time to relax and read each day. We are great writers and have been working on explanatory writing this month. We learned about the life cycle of the butterfly as well as some interesting facts about them. We then wrote about the 4 stages of their development.  We have been learning about narrative writing and listen to wonderful stories every day on Storyline Online.

We really enjoyed taking part in Seachtain na Gaeilge. We tried our best to use Gaeilge both in class and on the yard and were awarded with ‘Gaeilgeoir an Lae’ certificates for our super efforts. We enjoyed playing Biongó and Feicim le mo Shúilín. We listened to traditional Irish music, learned all about the fascinating life of St. Patrick and dressed all in green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

In Maths, we have spent some time revising addition tables and practising skip counting. We have been working on problem solving, fractions and data. To link in with our oral language theme of transport we completed a traffic survey. We gathered our data outside, represented the data on a block graph and discussed the results.

We have created some lovely artwork too. Beautiful flower bouquets for Mother’s Day, St. Patricks’ Day rainbow twirlers and fabulous Easter bunnies. We have also loved getting back to our fun movement breaks with GoNoodle and playing games in the astro turf that develop our fundamental movement skills.

A very special thank you to Mrs. Wixted, Sharon and Marian who help us in the classroom every day.

We hope you all had a lovely Easter. Check back in with us soon!

Slán from Rang a hAon agus a Dó!

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