Halloween Party!

There was a spooktactular evening in Kilcornan community hall on Sunday 30th October, when the Parents Council ran a Halloween party. The attendance was incredible with over 200 children from Kilcornan National School, their friends and parents coming along to enjoy the fun.

We saw some amazing costumes on display and dance moves to the very loud disco! The children enjoyed being terrified in the scare zone by a zombie and ghoul, had their faces painted and arms tattooed, had dinner with some skeletons and felt all sorts of spooky things in the sensory zone.

A huge thank you to all the parents who helped to make the event a huge success and to all the children and parents who came along to enjoy the fun.

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! 🎃

Fourth Class Mid-Term Update

Oíche Shamhna shona daoibh!

We have had a productive, enjoyable few months back at school. Rang a Ceathair has been super busy taking part in a variety of fun learning activities so far this year! After reuniting with friends in September, our class delved straight into work.

We started recount writing this term. Children had to imagine that they were ‘The First Dog’ living in the White House. They had a giggle at recounting a day in the life of this dog, getting groomed daily, having doggie brunch and jetting off to meetings. 4th Class also wrote a Newspaper Article about an Astronaut returning to Earth after spending several months in Space. We have weekly Literacy Stations with Ms. Ruddle, where children carryout hands on literacy tasks and work collaboratively with their peers. It’s a great opportunity for them to work on their phonics, spellings, grammar, oral comprehension and writing in small groups.

Each week, we love reciting new poems that we have learned such as ‘The Moon’ by Ruth Kelliher, ‘The Witch’ by Jack Prelutsky, ‘September Weather’ and ‘Useless things’ , a poem which we composed ourselves. For Halloween, we made up some terrifying tongue twisters such as ‘gobbling gargoyles gobbled gobbling goblins’. It was a fantastic opportunity to put anew skill we learned called ‘alliteration’ to use.

Space Week was super exciting! We carried out pair work, using laptops to research facts about the planets in our Solar System. We compiled these facts to make a whole class project. Taking part in a Kahoot Quiz on the laptops was a nice way to finish the lesson and assess what we had learned! The children took part in a Lunar Lander STEM Challenge where they had to invent, design and build a space module which allowed 2 astronauts to land safely on the moon. They used a plastic cup, straws, paper clips, elastic bands, paper plates and 2 marshmallows (the astronauts) to build their piece. The children were exceptionally creative with their designs, ensuring the astronauts had an extra soft and safe landing. Testing out the inventions was very exciting! Well done everyone!

Maths week was full of daily, interesting activities. 4Class learned how to play chess which is a game that uses lots of mathslanguage such as ‘vertical, diagonal, horizontal’. We also carried out a MathsTrail around the school grounds, filling out answers to questions based onobservations of the school.  We took partin ily puzzles, riddles, crack the codes and games and at the end of the weekre was a whole class maths quiz. Great work!

Our class have been practicing their songs for the Peace Proms Concert which will take place in the University Concert Hall next January. We love bopping along to the upbeat kids medley! We were very fortunate also to take part in a whole school skipping day. The tutor was very impressed by the level of ability in the class and the children really enjoyed learning the new skills and showing off what they were able to do!

Check out the photos of all the fabulous art work the children created over the past few months! – Halloween silhouettes, black and white self portraits, one dot can be… The children learned all about Dia de Los Muertos in Mexico. Afterwards, they moulded sugar skulls from clay and painted beautiful, colourful designs on them.

For Climate Action Week, we studied the importance of taking steps to help combat Climate Change. The children worked together on various aspects of Climate Action to make a class project. Check out the pictures!

The children were rewarded for all the hard work this term with a Halloween party! We played bob the apple and flour tower. We enjoyed yummy sweet treats and watched Monster House on Netflix! A fantastic, spooky day was had by all! Well done on the amazing costumes!

Be sure to check back in for more updates from 4th Class! 😊

Halloween Dress Up Day

We had a super day in school for our annual Halloween dress up! Pupils arrived at school in a variety of spooky, beautiful, clever and funny costumes. Parents were treated to a fun parade of these costumes around the school yard. Thank you to everyone who watched and for all the effort put into the Halloween costumes. Following this, the winner of the Halloween hamper by the Parents' Council was drawn. Big congratulations to Gemma in Second Class! We hope you enjoy the hamper! Check out our photo gallery for lots more photos of the dress up day.