Ready Set Go Maths

Our Infant classroom have begun the ‘Ready Set Go Maths’ programme. This is a play based maths programme that allows children to explore maths language and skills in a fun interactive way. The children work on different areas such as sorting, patterns,understanding number , counting and recognition. please follow the link for ideas on how you can further help your child with their maths at hone in a fun way. https://www.ncca.ie/media/1126/helping_your_young_child_with_maths.pdf...

New GMGY Curriculum for 3rd to 6th Class

In Community National Schools we use the Goodness me, Goodness You! programme. Until this year this was developed as far as 2nd class. The curriculum has now been developed for children in 3rd to 6th class by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. The curriculum has four strands: Story We Are A Community National School Thinking Time Beliefs and Religions In the strand of story children learn to appreciate the art of story, drama, music and poetry as forms of expression. They will listen to stories from around Ireland and around the world that inspire them and make them think about how they feel and act. In the strand ‘We Are A Community National School’ children will learn about the values the schools promote, for example human rights, equality, citizenship, participation and appreciation of diversity. In the strand ‘Thinking Time’ children will engage with Philosophy for Children. Children are offered the opportunity to develop their own questions and discuss them with their peers. The teacher facilitates this discussion. Allowing children to engage in philosophical questioning has been proven to raise IQ and increase oracy skills. In the strand ‘Beliefs and Religions’ children learn about religions and beliefs that exist in our world. The teacher will choose a topic from the curriculum, for example ‘Celebration’, to explore with the class. The class will look at the history of celebration in Ireland and then explore celebrations that take place around the world, both religious celebrations and secular celebrations. At the end of the lesson the children are asked to bring home a family project. This project can be completed at...

Scoil Aonghusa C.N.S. pupils learn how living things grow

“There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere”. Isaac Asimov (Biochemist) Scoil Aonghusa C.N.S. received its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) award last year and is continuing to develop the science and maths curriculum in the school. Over the last few weeks 1st/2nd/3rd class pupils have been doing some project work, learning about how living things grow. Teacher Cora Nash led the project which involved studying plants. The children learned that people have been growing plants for thousands of years and that they can provide us with food, materials (wood, paper) and clothes.The children have been asking questions such as how do they themselves grow and what helps animals and flowers to grow. They decided to use an experiment to help them answer their question, this is easily done at home as well as in school. Their question: What do plants need to grow? Prediction: Seeds without water, correct temperature or light will not grow. Equipment needed:  5 rectangular plastic carton lids, 1 plastic carton, cotton wool, water, watercress seeds Method: Five sets of watercress seeds were placed in cotton wool on a carton lid. Trial 1 Control: Would seeds grow in ideal conditions? One set of seeds was placed in ideal growing conditions, with air, light, moisture and correct temperature (seeds were placed on cotton wool in a carton lid, watered and placed on a window sill). The students then investigated what effect each variable had by doing the following: Trial 2 Would seeds grow without air ( seeds were watered, placed in an airtight box and placed on the...

Scoil Aonghusa C.N.S’s Spring Visitor

Spring at last and all around the country farms are full of newly born lambs and calves. The pupils at Scoil Aonghusa were delighted to receive a visit from a 4 day old pet lamb which was brought in by one of the families at the school. All the children had the opportunity to feed the lamb his morning bottle and learn all about him. 1st/2nd/3rd class teacher Mrs Noreen O’Regan used the opportunity to teach the children about sheep farming and they discussed breeds of sheep, names of adult male (ram) and female (ewe), how and why they were farmed for wool, meat and milk and what they ate. The children then put their writing skills into practice and wrote an essay about sheep...