Third Class


Teacher: Ms. Mc Mahon

Third Class Christmas Update

Nollaig Shona Daoibh ó Rang aTrí!

The children have worked super hard this term and are looking forward to a well-deserved break! The Christmas Show was a huge success and they should be proud of their performance!

This past month, we completed a study on Emperor Penguins and Antarctica which linked into lots of subject areas. We learned about Antarctica in Geography lessons, Emperor Penguins in Science. We read and discussed a story called ‘The Emperor’s Egg’ in English and took notes of interesting facts and information. We then drew baby emperor penguins with charcoal, using a smudging technique and glued them to a beautiful, icy blue background. We had lots of fun with this theme.

In English,we have been working on our Persuasive Writing. We took part in our very own Junior Dragon’s Den. The children used old cereal boxes as inspiration to come up with their very own cereal. They had to think of a brand name, flavour, price and about the nutritional value of their product. They then wrote out their persuasive texts in their copies and read them aloud to the class, aiming to convince their teacher and peers to buy their cereal. It was very interesting to see their imaginations flow!

Sticking with the winter theme, we also wrote Christmas Senses Poems which we shared with our classmates. Ms.McMahon was very impressed with our poetry writing skills. We made some beautiful artwork including bears in Christmas jumpers which linked in with Christmas Jumper Day. We even designed special Christmas cards which were delivered to the residents in Askeaton Nursing home to wish them a safe and happy Christmas.

We have been busy learning our multiplication tables all term and work hard daily practicing them in class. We particularly enjoy playing Tables Games like ‘Hit the Button’ and‘King/Queen of the Tables’ and ‘Daily Ten’. Knowing our Times Tables well has really helped with our maths work in Fractions and Problem Solving this month.

We were lucky enough to get to go on two school trips this month. Firstly, we were invited to watch ‘Back to the 80’s’ in L.I.T which was performed by students in Pallaskenry secondary school. It was fantastic! We also got to attend the Panto in Mary Immaculate College to see Aladdin. It was an excellent day out for the whole school.

3rd class completed the Hot Chocolate Challenge. Through hard work and good behaviour,they collectively earned a delicious mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows, a candy cane and a chocolate on their last day of school. Maith Sibh !

We would like to give a special word of thanks to our wonderful SNA Marian who is in our classroom each morning and afternoon. She is super helpful and so kind to us and we are lucky to have her. 

Wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Third Class October Midterm Update

Welcome to Rang a 3! What an enjoyable,productive first term we have had. The children have settled back in and are happy to be back playing with their friends and everyone has made a super effort in all subject areas.

In Literacy, we were learning how to write a recount story. We planned, drafted, wrote, and published a story about a special day in our lives. The class enjoyed listening to excellent pieces about communions, birthday parties and day trips. There has been an autumnal vibe in third class the past few weeks. We love reciting ‘An Autumn Poem’ by Elsie N. Bradyand adding bits and pieces to our ‘Autumnal Treasures’ table. Thank you to all the children for finding colourful leaves, brown conkers, and shiny acorns.Well done Gemma for finding a bird’s nest. Thank you Henry and Amelia for the wonderful plants also. Things are getting spooky in rang a trí. A poem ‘The Witch’ by Jack Prelutsky linked into a directed art drawing of a frightening wicked witch casting evils spells on her broomstick. We played dictionary races to look up the key vocabulary from the poem.

In Art, the children used a printing technique to design some beautiful autumn leaves. See the photos of our wonderful work! Internation Dot Day Art was inspired by listening to the audio book ‘The Dot’by Peter H. Reynolds. Imagination and creativity flowed for this lesson! We learned how to sketch our self portraits while also learning about lines of symmetry. It was a tricky lesson but they turned out amazing.

Maths lessons have been full of hands on learning and interactive games this term. We practice our multiplication tables daily in class by playing Hit the Button/King and Queen of the tables and Buzz.We all took part in fun Maths week activities such as a class quiz, a scavenger hunt and building a tower with spaghetti and marshmallows. Well done to all the groups for working collaboratively to design and build sturdy structures. It was also super fun creating our own individual tangram animals and then sticking them together, so it became a while class tangram jigsaw! 3rd class now know the difference between regular and irregular shapes and have been practicing place value, addition, and subtraction.

In Gaeilge, we learned vocabulary about Mé Féin, An Fómhar and Oíche Shamhna. We played bingo, Cluiche Kim, Deir Ó Ghrádaigh and Feicim le mo shúílín. We also learned some lovely new poems and songs- Shiúil Mé, Mo Mhála Scoile, Dilín O Deamhas, An Damhán Alla. The children are always complimented by guests who come into our room as they love to greet everyone with ‘Dia Duit’ and ‘Conas atá tú?’. Great job Josh on the huge effort you make to greet people!

We have a skilled and talented group of children in Rang a trí. Brendan and Dante loved showing a catapult they designed and made to the class. Very Cool! Lexi has been overseeing the growth of a bulb in our classroom. We are monitoring its progress daily. She likes to keep us guessing as to what flower it will be.

In History, we learned all about the Stone Age and how people lived in Ireland during that time. We examined some artefacts and watched an interesting video. The children had a quiz at the end to test their knowledge!

We have enjoyed using the fabulous athletics equipment which we received from the Limerick Sports Partnership. The children have been practicing their running, jumping, throwing, and catching in the Astro Turf.

Wednesdays are very busy days. 3rd class can now count to 10, spell out their names and show their favourite hobbies through sign language. Well done everyone! We have learned how to clap beats to cool songs with Aoife and Nora from Music Generation. This will help learning our Peace Prom songs for the concert in UL in January which we are very excited for.

Thank you to our SNA Marian who has been super helpful all term. We love having her in the classroom. We are really looking forward to next term already!

Have an amazing Halloween everyone! Your costumes will be super!

Third Class Easter Update

Rang a Trí Easter Update.

What a busy term it has been here in third class! We welcomed our new teacher, Ms. Mullane and we made cards for Mrs. Meade to celebrate her new baby Dan. We were so excited when she came in to visit us too!

We have been learning so much this term! In Maths we have been focusing on multiplication, division, money, time and fractions. We really enjoy using interactive games and practical work to help us learn.

For Gaeilge we have been learning about many new topics. We designed a display for An tEarrach (Spring) and labelled it with all our new vocabulary.

In English we have spent a long time learning about narrative writing. We all planned, wrote and edited our stories. Then we wrote them out on bordered sheets and illustrated them to form our class story book. Ms. Mullane was so proud of all the effort we put into our work. We also started our class novel “Bill’s New Frock” and are having fun reading and discussing it in class.

In January we performed at Peace Proms in UL. We had practiced hard and we were very proud of how our performance went on the night! We also celebrated Grandparent’s Day. We designed a poster to show how much we love our Grandparents, and we sang them a song too. We had so much fun showing our grandparents around our classroom and letting them look at all the work we had been doing.

In February, we learned about two very important saints, St Brigid and St Valentine. First, we learned all about St. Brigid. We took part in a live webinar with other primary schools around the country to listen to facts and legends about St. Brigid and Ireland long ago. We took notes as we listened and used them to create a knowledge board all about St Brigid. Then, we made crosses out of rushes like she did long ago and we brought them home to protect our houses.

We had been learning all about circuits in SESE so we used this knowledge to make paper circuit Valentine’s Day cards that really lit up! We were very excited to bring these home and share them with the people we love.

March has been our busiest month yet! At the beginning of the month we celebrated “Engineer’s Week.” We learned about bridges and looked at different types. We then experimented in our groups to see if we could make strong bridges out of paper and tape.

Seachtain na Gaeilge was a fun time in our class. We learned new phrases every day and could win Dojo points by speaking Gaeilge in the yard. We enjoyed performing our new dance, “An Dreoilín” and learning “Amhrán na bhFiann” our national anthem. We sang it along with the Irish rugby players to help them win the Grand Slam! For Mother’s Day we created jars filled with all the reasons we love our moms. We had so many that it was hard to choose just ten!  We loved World Book Day. Dressing up in our costumes, visiting the book fair and creating reading forts in our classroom to read with our torches. This last week we were part of the “Team Limerick Clean Up” We learned about Easter, did some Easter art and got lovely treats from the Easter Bunny! So much fun!

We are all happy to be having such a well-deserved break after all our hard work. We will come back in two weeks ready to see our friends and enjoy our final term in 3rd class.

Beannachtaí na Cásca Oraibh!!

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


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