Great Day Out!

There was great excitement at Scoil Aonghusa CNS last Friday as all the children from Junior Infants to 3rd class went on their school tour to the Let Go school tours. They enjoyed challenging, fun and unique activities that suited all age groups. A great day was had by all. We hope you enjoy some of our pictures from the great day.            ...

Paired Reading

Ms Mulcahy and Ms Regan’s class have been busy doing some paired reading over the last few weeks and have really been enjoying it! Each pupil from 1st to 3rd  class is paired up with a pupil from Junior and Senior Infants and they take turns reading. Paired reading gives both classes the opportunity to spend some extra time reading and practice our good reading skills. There are lots of benefits for each partner! Junior and Senior Infants get to practice their reading, and also get to listen to an interesting story. The 1st to 3rd Class pupils get to practice reading for an audience, so they have to use their best reading voice to keep their listener interested!! We had great fun reading with our new friends.   Paired reading can also be done at home with your child. Research has shown that children who do paired reading with their parents show huge reading improvement. Reading allows children to choose interesting material, to control the amount of help they get from their parent and to be praised for success. Above all, regular reading improves accuracy, pace, fluency, and confidence.   Allow your child to choose his own book/comic etc.  Ensure the text is neither too difficult nor under-challenging. Sit side by side so both of you can see the book. Begin by reading the text together. Adjust your speed and rhythm so that you are both reading in-time together. You should correct any errors or stops by modelling the correct pronunciation of the appropriate word. When your child is ready to read alone, they should tap you on the...

Our Latest Green Flag!

Green-Schools in Ireland is operated and co-ordinated by the Environmental  Education Unit of An Taisce . Over 3,600 primary, secondary and special schools in Ireland (>88% of all Irish schools) are currently participating part in the programme and 2573 schools have been awarded the Green Flag. Green-Schools is a themed and seven-step programme. For more information see http://www.greenschoolsireland.org/       This year Scoil Aonghusa Community National School was working towards our fourth Green Flag. The Aim of this flag is to promote and increase the amount of pupils walking, cycling, park ‘n’ stride, carpooling or using public transport,which will ease congestion by reducing the amount of private cars arriving at the school. It will also lessen the overall impact on the environment by reducing emissions and pollution.The journey to school is an ideal way for children to take part in regular physical activity, to interact with their peers and to develop the road sense children need as pedestrians and cyclists. Our Green School Travel Mottos: Our Action Day We had our Green School Action Day in April. Because we are trying to get our travel flag, the committee decided it would be a good idea to have a big walk around the GAA grounds that morning. Everybody wore green and we had balloons and banners celebrating the day. Our Green School officer Fiona Barry came along on the day and did some travel games and activities with all the classes. Some of the boys in 3rd Class even composed and performed a Travel themed rap! All the classes focused on travel based lessons for the day. Our Action Day...

Aistear in Junior and Senior Infants

The past month the children of Junior and Senior infants have been very busy learning all about The Clothes Shop. In our socio dramatic area children have been taking on a variety of roles in our clothes shop. Children have been designing shoes and t-shirts at our junk art station. While at our construction and small world area children have been working hard to construct our new clothes shop. Next week we will be starting our next topic The Space Station where children will be learning all about Our Solar System. We look forward to yet another month of fun and learning in our Aistear room.  ...

Aistear in Junior and Senior Infants

Aistear is proving to be a big success with our Junior and Senior Infants as the children head to our wonderful Aistear room everyday at 1pm for 40 minutes filled with imagination, creativity and fun. This Early Learning Framework facilitates active learning through play and hands-on experiences and supports oral language development. If you would like more information on this framework please follow the link below http://www.ncca.ie/en/Curriculum_and_Assessment/Parents/Early_Childhood/AFL.pdf The children of Junior and Senior Infants were very busy during the month of November as they have been learning all about The Farm.We started by learning about the different types of farms there are, before identifying the different animals that live on a farm, the types of homes  they occupy and matching different produce to the correct animals.  We sequenced ‘The Story of Milk’, finding out where our milk starts out and it’s journey before it reaches us in the shops. We also explored the different machinery used on farms, especially at Harvest time. During the month, the children got the opportunity to take on various roles at ‘The Farm Shop’. They also made farm buildings and the farmer’s house out of large construction blocks. At the Art Table, we made The Little Red Hen from fabric and fibre. Finally we learned about seasonal changes and the effect it has on our local wildlife. We have now begun the topic of The Post Office. The children will be very busy over the next month as there are vast amounts of letters and parcels to be delivered especially during this busy time of year. We hope you enjoy some of our pictures of Aistear time this month....

Welcome Ceremony

On Friday the 25th of November our Junior and Senior Infants were very excited to take part in their first school performance as part of the Welcome Ceremony. Scoil Aonghusa CNS welcomed all the children’s families along with their faith leaders to the classroom.  The children who had been practising very hard prior to this event were delighted to showcase their talents as they sang songs and shared stories from the Goodness Me Goodness You programme. This was followed by a blessing from Archdeacon Casey, Ms.Avril Gubbins and Pastor Josh. It was a great celebration to mark the occasion of our Junior Infants starting school at Scoil Aonghusa CNS.  The children made their parents and teachers proud and we hope the boys and girls will spend many happy years here. We want to thank everyone for coming and making our day so...