Jolly Phonics

Scoil Aonghusa makes reading fun The new school year is well under way at Scoil Aonghusa CNS. Junior and Senior Infant teacher  Ms Stephanie Mulcahy has welcomed nineteen 4 to 6 year olds into her classroom this year. The Infant classroom is a fun place full of all sorts of learning games and play. Special emphasis is placed on early reading skills. Ms Mulcahy uses a number of approaches to help the children on their reading journey and to develop a love of books at this early age. One of the programs used is called Jolly Phonics, a fun and child centered approach to teaching literacy using synthetic phonics. For those of you that have not heard about phonics before, think back to your days of  watching  Sesame Street and you may have come across letter sounds. Phonics is all about a child learning the sounds of the letters and learning to blend these together and use them to identify the sounds in words that they are trying to read. The letters are split into 7 groups. The letters are taught in this order so that the children can start reading words as soon as possible. Of course there are some words that can’t be sounded out and these are called tricky words, Jolly phonics program allows for them to be taught separately. The phonics method of teaching helps all children learn to read. A study carried out at the London School of Economics showed that children taught using the phonics methodology had better reading skills by age 7 than those taught using traditional methods. Check out http://jollylearning.co.uk/ for...

Reading Buddies

Reading Buddies at Scoil Aonghusa Reading is always fun at Scoil Aonghusa and the Junior and Senior Infants love participating in a fun shared reading activity every week. Older children from 2nd and 3rd class visit the infant classroom every week to read with their friends. The children read together in pairs with the older child guiding the younger child. Children will often learn better from older children, they pick up their enthusiasm for books and also see that reading is a skill that can be mastered and enjoyed. This shared reading activity helps the infant children integrate into the school, they get to know children from the older classes and make friendships that transcend to the the playground. The activity also helps give an older child confidence both academically and socially. Principal Catherine Fleming commented “Our infants enjoy their weekly shared reading sessions. Shared reading motivates children to read, develops fluency, comprehension and increases vocabulary. Shared reading can also be enjoyed at home… all you need is a book and an imagination. “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free” Frederick...

Aistear

Scoil Aonghusa CNS Mallow makes learning fun! At 1pm every day, 19 energetic 5 and 6 year olds at Scoil Aonghusa CNS enter their ‘World of Fun’ and the bubbling sound of chitter-chatter, laughter and learning can be heard. This is all thanks to the playroom that was created to provide for ‘learning through play’ as part of Aistear, the early childhood curriculum framework. Scoil Aonghusa is getting the keys of their brand new state of the art school building at Castlepark at the start of November and the children can’t wait to play in the new Aistear room there as well. Teacher Stephanie Mulcahy has been actively implementing learning through play over the last two years to allow children to grow and develop their social and emotional skills whilst also integrating key concepts and skills across curriculum areas such as English, Irish, Mathematics and Art. The children learn through play using toys as tools, helping them solve problems, negotiate, share, co-operate and also to develop both fine and gross motor skills. The children’s natural curiosity, love of learning and willingness to engage are developed and each step in the Aistear journey helps them gain more of the skills they need to succeed in life. When hearing about the implementation of the Aistear curriculum at Scoil Aonghusa CNS, Arlene Forster, Director of Curriculum and Assessment, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment commented  “Aistear (NCCA, 2009) highlights the importance of play for young children’s early learning and development. Alongside the fun it provides, play helps children to manage their feelings, develop as thinkers and language users, develop socially, and to be creative...

Cork Camogie Champion visits Scoil Aonghusa CNS

Cork Camogie Champion, Niamh McCarthy visited Scoil Aonghusa CNS during the week to display the O Duffy Cup.  Niamh, daughter of Rose McCarthy was part of the Cork team who beat Kilkenny in the nerve-wrecking Senior All-Ireland Camogie Final.  As part of the Active Schools Initiative our pupils are learning all about healthy food and exercise.  Niamh has further motivated us to keep our bodies and minds healthy.  Corcaigh...

Cork City Schools Sports 2017

After weeks of preparation with Mrs O’Sullivan and Mr Buckley, the big day finally arrived yesterday and what a day we had in CIT! Although the weather was dreadful with rain from start to finish, we didn’t let that dampen our spirits. All of our athletes were fantastic and  ran their hearts out to the very end. Due to all the hard work the pupils put in training, we came home with 5 trophies from the individual races, with one going all the way to the county final in the U9 category. To top off the day, our girls relay team won their relay and brought home the plaque! We are very proud of all out athletes who took part...

One million steps challenge

In association with Mallow Community Health and Mallow Credit Union our 4th, 5th & 6th Class pupils are taking part in the 1 Million Steps Challenge. A pedometer counts the number of steps each child takes each day. Using a pedometer can be a fun way to see how active you are and can help you to be more active. All children should be active for at least 60 minutes per day. A pedometer will be given to each child for a week (Monday – Friday inclusive). At the end of school each day the total number of steps taken will be recorded on our chart. The challenge will culminate in a ceremony on the 22nd of June where pupils will be presented with certificates along with all the other pupils on Mallow taking part in this initiative. Using your pedometer  1.  When starting make sure it is set at 00000  2. Put it on the waistband of your skirt or trousers above your hip and it will count every step you take  3. Do not shake it or put it in your pocket as it won’t count your steps properly. 4. REMOVE PEDOMETER BEFORE WASHING YOUR CLOTHES. GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!...