Sports Day this year was another roaring success. We couldn’t have been luckier withe the weather and everything ran very smoothly thanks to the organisation of the school and of course the support from the parents as well as the parent’s council.
The junior and senior races were running parallel to each other or time efficiency and to ensure children were as active as they could be. The infants completed running races, egg and spoon races, sack races and crawling races. The senior end completed all these as well as three legged race and one or two more. We were delighted to see so many parents taking place in the parent’s running race.
Huge thanks again to the Parent’s Association who supplied us with a healthy tuck shop in line with Active School. All children received a medal for taking part and a fantastic day was had by all. Well done to all the boys and girls and of course to the mums and dads who take part also!!
More pics to follow!!…
We were lucky to team up with Hockey Ireland to try out their Tricks4Sticks programme for Primary Schools. Classes from 2nd through 6th had the opportunity of completing a 5 week programme in Hockey Skills. The course provided the children with an opportunity to improve lots of their fundamental movement skills, including running, side stepping, dodging and striking with an implement.
The children had a ball with their instructor, Aran who took them through their paces! Huge thanks to Hockey Ireland for selecting our school.
Ms Kilbane Music Classes: We regret Music classes on Mon 6th and Tues 7th March are cancelled. Extra Classes will be scheduled after Easter holidays.
Robin kindly grew her hair so she could donate it to the Rapunzel foundation! Well done Robin!
Reminder: Tues 20th Dec: Due to christmas play, After School Music on 20th will be on Mon 19th instead.
We really enjoyed typing up our Halloween Poems using Microsoft Word 2013 and after typing and selecting cool fonts we inserted pictures from the internet into our completed poems. Then we uploaded them on to Google Drive. Here are some examples, Enjoy!!!
We are very proud of our finished PowerPoints. After completion we uploaded them onto our 5th and 6th class Google Drive where we share all of our completed ICT work . We can then log in from school or home to look at our work and show our parents! Here are a few examples of our finished work! Enjoy!
Jolly Phonics for Infants
What is Jolly Phonics?
Jolly Phonics is a fun and child-centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics in our school. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children.
In Our Ladys we use the whole digital software range to teach jolly phonics lessons.The Interactive whiteboards in each classroom add new dimensions to instructor-led classroom delivery of Jolly Phonics lessons and using technology in every day teaching has really impacted the children’s learning in a very positive way.
Letter Sound Order
The sounds are taught in a specific order (not alphabetically). This enables children to begin building words as early as possible.
How does Jolly Phonics work?
Using a synthetic phonics approach, Jolly Phonics teaches children the five key skills for reading and writing:
1. Learning the letter sounds
Children are taught the 42 main letter sounds.
2. Learning letter formation
Using different multi-sensory methods, children learn how to form and write the letters.
Children are taught how to blend the sounds together to read and write new words.
4. Identifying the sounds in words (Segmenting)
Listening for the sounds in words gives children the best start for improving spelling.
5. Tricky words
Tricky words have irregular spellings and children learn these separately.
Here is an example of Sara’s fascinating and information rich Power point Presentation! She is really exhibiting her great interest in History which she has been able to integrate with her ICT skills to create such an enjoyable presentation. We hope you enjoy it!!!
Here is a presentation created using PowerPoint by a 6th class student. She used various ICT techniques to insert images, change the font and type up her beautiful work. She thoroughly enjoyed creating this colourful and interesting presentation. Here is a link to the presentation:
Maths 4 Fun started in Ms. O’Neill’s class this week and will continue for another three weeks. All the children and parents really enjoyed playing the new games and sharing a learning experience. Thank you to all the parents who have volunteered to take part and for those who are unable to make it please let Ms. O’Neill know if you would like to borrow any of the games to play at home.
Once again, some of the children in our school participated in the Christmas Shoe Box appeal. We know that the lucky children who receive these wonderful gifts from the children in our school are delighted with their gift. Thank you to all who participated for showing such kindness and generosity.
Congratulations everyone, we did it!!
On Wednesday 21st May we were awarded our fourth Green Flag for ‘Travel’. Ms. O’ Neill attended the ceremony in the ‘Helix’ with Jessica O’Hagan, Ben O’ Connell and Helen Wu. We would like to thank the Green Schools Committee, Our Lady’s staff, parents/guardians and last but not least, the pupils of our school. Without their participation in the programme, none of this would have been possible. We are in the process of organising our ‘Flag Raising Ceremony’, which should hopefully take place before the end of June.