‘Bricks 4 Kidz’ in Ms McKenna’s Class

‘Bricks 4 Kidz’ came to our classroom on Tuesday 4th April 2017. The Senior Infant boys and girls were so good at making the Windmills. They followed the instructions carefully and worked very well with their partner. The instructors from ‘Bricks 4 Kidz’ were amazed at how well the children did. They are confident that we have some future engineers in our midst!...

Seachtain na Gaeilge 2017

Bhí go leor imeachtaí eagraithe sa scoil don Seachtain na Gaeilge an bhliain seo. Bhain na páistí agus na múinteoirí an sult as agus thug sé deis dúinn go leor ár gcuid Gaeilge a fheabhsú. I rith an steachtain rinneamar: Nuacht trí Ghaeilge ar an intercom gach lá Tráth na gCeist Frása an lae Gaeilgeoir na seachtaine “Conas a deireann tú?” Múineadh na hábhair trí Ghaeilge Comórtas do na múinteoirí Tionóil/Ceoilchoirm Gaelach ag an deireadh Féach thíos ar na grianghrafanna ón tseachtain. Tá go leor grianghraf ón Tionóil Gaelach agus na duaiseanna a bhí bronnaithe ar na páistí....

Happy Chinese New Year

This week in celebration of Chinese New year and the upcoming Lantern Festival we learned all about Chinese New Year and made our very own lanterns. We learned that red was considered to be a lucky colour and during Chinese New Year children receive red envelopes with money in them.  While this year is the year of the rooster we learned that many of the children in the class were born either in the year of the Rabbit (2011) and the Tiger (2010). Ms. Tracey’s sister lives in Hong Kong, and she sent us a video of how to say Happy Chinese New Year....

Making pancakes in Ms. Tracey’s class

Today we had a really special visitor to our classroom-our very own classroom chef! Saoirse’s Dad is a chef and he very kindly offered to come in to the classroom to show the children the steps involved in making pancakes.  The reason for this (apart from eating delicious pancakes) was to show the children one of the uses for procedural writing, in other words writing instructions, or in this case a recipe.  As the children and Saoirse’s Dad whipped up our pancakes, Ms Tracey took some photographs and wrote up the steps.  Over the coming weeks, as the children practice their procedural writing they will write up what they need to make pancakes and the steps involved in it, using the photos Ms Tracey took as prompts. The inspiration for making pancakes came from a book we have been reading about Kenya named ‘Mama Panya’s Pancakes’. If you would like to practice procedural writing with your child at home the steps to remember are; First Then Next Last You can keep things simple and encourage your child to sequence instructions in this order. It can be instructions for brushing your teeth, making a sandwich, posting a letter (which we have worked on in class), or making pancakes as just a few examples! Hope you enjoy the photographs! Huuuuge thank you again to Chef Patrick for taking the time out of his busy schedule to come in and help us. It is safe to say the children had a great time!...