Welcome back to the 2020-21 school year! Back to school this year was a year like no other and one we will never forget. Extensive planning and preparation took place to ensure a safe school reopening in these unprecedented times and it is great to have our classrooms filled with smiling faces,chatter and laughter again 😊
The boys and girls in 3rd and 4th class settled back quickly into the school routine and have adjusted very well to the new rules and safety protocol in place around the school and in our classroom. They understand the importance of adhering to these rules to ensure that our schoo lstays open and Covid-free. The pupils are delighted to see their friends again and to have face-to-face interaction with their teacher. We were also delighted to welcome our new friend, Kasper, to our class and we have enjoyed hearing his stories about Latvia and Sweden.
I am amazed at how hard-working the pupils in 3rd and 4th class are. They show enthusiasm and motivation for all their lessons and lots of revision and new learning has taken place this term. The children have worked hard at their joint handwriting, reading and spellings. We have had some great fun with spellings games such as Sparke and Boggle and the pupils have been doing a great job so far with their Spellings homework. We are revising and learning our Times Tables and we have had heated competitions with our Tables games like ‘Hit the Button’ and ‘King/Queen of the Tables’. We grew Cress seeds as part of Science, focused on our drawing skills with a range of cool art lessons and have had each other in stitches with improvisational drama activities and funky poetry writing lessons.
The boys and girls in 3rd/4th were rewarded for all their hard work this term with a Halloween party on the last day of term. We dressed up, played some fun spooky games, enjoyed hot chocolate and marshmallows and ended with a party and DVD afternoon. Check out some of our photos below!
‘We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!’ Rang a dó agus a trí are busy preparing their dance and practicing their songs with the very talented Kate Upton. This year’s show is ‘Cinderella’ and they are very excited to be a part of such a fantastic production.
The boys and girls had super fun during Science Week. We made gooey green slime by simply mixing cornflour and water, investigated absorption using food dye, watched a volcano explode using coke and mentos and even created a rainbow effect by mixing yummy skittles with warm water. Have a look below at the photos of us working in groups and experimenting with different materials!
S(now) doubt but Christmas art activities are always special. We made snowglobes this month using paper plates, snowmen, and scrunching white crepe paper to create snowballs. Funky paper Christmas Trees are also hanging up in our classroom which we decorated with colourful, glittery baubles. Of course, we couldn’t forget wishing our loved ones a Happy Christmas by designing beautiful snow slope Christmas cards including the message ‘Nollaig Shona Duit!’
In Geography this month, ‘we travelled around Australia on Highway Number One’, a catchy song to which we sang and danced around the classroom. We learned all about Australian weather, landscape,cities and the animals native to the country. We particularly enjoyed researching the different animals such as kangaroo, possum, koala, great white shark and frill necked lizard. We filled up a factfile sheet and took part in a fun quiz to test our knowledge.
This month, we have become familiar with the ‘Persuasive’ writing genre. During literacy stations each morning we have been practicing writing different persuasive texts such as why dogs make the best pets and why winter is the best season. Mrs.Quinn has been helping to ensure we are remembering our capital letters and full stops. Both 2nd and 3rd are making huge progress with their cursive handwriting. Their presentation and copywork is really beautiful.
In Maths, we have spent the last few weeks exploring lines and angles. To begin, we made acute, obtuse and right angles by sticking lollipop sticks to coloured paper. We then went on a maths trail around the school and took pictures of any lines and angles that we found. After recording our findings we examined the photos back in the classroom under our visualiser. The children have been revising their tables coming up to the Christmas break by playing the game ‘hit the button’ on the interactive whiteboard.
Teacher’s favourite animal was a hot topic this month as Dogs Trust came to visit us. We loved learning all about how bes tto care for our furry friends. We asked lots of questions and now have the knowledge we need to be able to handle dogs properly!
We are really excited to go and see the panto ‘Aladdin’ in the UCH Limerick this month. It promises to be an amazing day out for all!
2nd and 3rd have worked extremely hard this term and we look forward to a well earned rest. Have a lovely, safe Christmas everybody and we will see you all in the New Year!
Kilcornan National School are proud to present our annual Christmas show. This year's show will be a pantomime version of 'Cinderella'. We are fortunate to have the very talented producer and choreographer Kate Upton with us again this year. Pupils have been receiving dance, drama and music lessons from Kate every week since October. They have been rehearsing very hard and are looking forward to performing for all of you on Tuesday 17th December. There will be a matinee performance at 10.30 am and an evening performance at 7.00 pm. Tickets are available from the school secretary. Thank you to our new parents' council for organising refrehments for the night. Thank you also to the community council for the use of the hall. Any prizes that can be donated for the raffle would be greatly appreciated. We look forward to a great night's entertainment and seeing you all there!
Welcome to Second and Third Class! It has been an exciting and busy start to a new year.
Second class have a very special year ahead as they prepare for First Confession and First Holy Communion. Third class are excited to help with the preparation and share their experience from last year.
We have been doing Literacy Stations and the children are enjoying reading their graded books. We have been playing ‘Bananagrams’, a word building game, practising our cursive handwriting, becoming familiar with recount writing and coming up with lots of new words in a phonics station.
In Science, second and third class learned all about teeth and even experimented with egg shells in vinegar to remind us we need to brush everyday!
In Geography, we examined the map of Ireland and did our best to learn the provinces and all 32 counties of Ireland. We also researched our personal timelines and our Family Trees.
We made cool picasso portraits in art and also scary monsters out of clay just in time for Halloween!
Last week, the class went on a maths trail around the school trying to find as many 2D shapes as possible. We had to look really hard but found lots of them, it was great fun !
The children are enjoying learning tin whistle each week. They have learned new tunes, ‘Níl na Lá’ and ‘Irelands Call’ and are sounding great.
Check back in with us soon!