School Year 2016/17
In Rang a hAon, this summer term concludes much as the academic year began – with excitement and good humour. What we lacked in sunshine over the last few weeks, we made up for with our sunny dispositions and positive attitudes towards learning! All of the efforts made by the children throughout the year are reflected every day in the impressive oral language skills, improved organisational skills and cooperation evident in our classroom. This term, we explored our solar system, learned all about the sun and the positions and properties of the planets therein. We took advantage of the sunshine to spend time in our upgraded and very colourful school garden, where we explored capacity in groups. We had great fun pouring and measuring water using various containers and our investigation ended with some water fun and giggles! Once again, we took advantage of the beautiful locality in which our school is situated and we set off on a summer trail. The children identified butterflies, birds, trees and Irish wildflowers as we walked. No doubt you have all been impressed by the children’s ability to name the above and their respect and appreciation for the environment is inspiring. Our school is a busy and productive place and we have enjoyed countless activities and adventures together this term. In May, we enjoyed a very active Active Week! We also went to see a production of ‘Alice in Wonderland and through the Looking Glass’ at Kinsale College. A scientist visited this month and taught us about solids, liquids and gases and we carried out experiments in the classroom. We are very proud of Fleur, Julie, Miley, Hugh, Ollie and Finn for representing Rang a hAon so well in Cork City Sports on 1st June. We had great fun and treats at the Rang a 4 cake sale. We are very excited to have started practising cursive handwriting this term in preparation for Rang a Dó. The children in Rang a hAon continue to produce wonderful art work and we are busy working on pieces for Father’s Day at the moment. We are looking forward to Sports Day and, indeed, to our school tour which will be a celebration of the friendship and fun that have enriched our school days immeasurably in Rang a hAon this year. It has been a joy and privilege to be part of the children’s journey and to see them develop and flourish on so many levels. Go n-éirí go geal libh i Rang a Dó!
Our first term in Rang a hAon has been most productive. We have had learning opportunities aplenty and every day has held new adventures; from wobbly teeth to e-cars, from a new school travel flag to seasonal walks in the beautiful school environs. Looking back over the term, perhaps our greatest success has been in the children’s commitment to group work; they are beginning to work collaboratively and listen carefully to each other in order to achieve a given objective together. The children are fantastic at reflecting upon their work and the learning process and they are happy to praise the efforts of their colleagues, creating a lovely sense of community in our classroom. Our new library of levelled readers is a wonderful addition to our room and the children are reading independently and working at home in order to increase fluency. We are very proud of Fleur and Hugh who are our Green School Representatives for this year and represented us brilliantly at our recent travel flag celebration. Among the highlights this term was our recent art work, inspired by the work of Irish artist Eoin O’ Connor. The children’s work is absolutely stunning and transformed our classroom wall into an exhibition space! We enjoyed a winter walk in November, during which all of nature cooperated with us! The robins, fluffed up and ready for the winter cold, sat on the branches of deciduous trees watching the children with great interest and we saw female holly trees, Scots Pine and wrens along the way. Our class mascot is Róisín who has been enjoying the most fabulous weekends! We record her adventures every week in our diary and she has been all over the county, to restaurants and ice parlours, hill-walking and bouncing at birthday parties! Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi shéan agus faoi mhaise daoibh go léir
Winter Walk: On a frosty November morning, Rang a hAon children set off on a Winter Walk as part of their exploration of all things winter! We walked the beautiful Scilly Walk, stopping along the way to discuss all of the signs of winter we saw. All of nature cooperated with us; the robins came to greet us, we found sycamore seeds and we saw native Irish trees like Scots Pine and oak trees. We were tired but happy heading back to school.
As part of our recent theme, “Cows and Milk”, Rang a hAon children looked at the work of Irish artist Eoin O’ Connor. The children discussed the artist’s use of colour, patterns and perspective. Inspired by his vibrant style, the children created some wonderful pieces. The artist’s niece, Sally, is in Rang a Dó and she visited our classroom to tell us all about her uncle’s work and to admire the children’s work!
Rang 1 Toy Museum:
End of School Year 2015/16
Term 1 2015/16
Rang 1 looking spooky holding up their Halloween collage artwork.
We have had an action packed third term. Highlights have included their school tour in West Cork Secret which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. There was great excitement in the lead up to the football blitz and the rugby blitz – two exceptionally well organised events by local sports clubs with an emphasis on participation and fun. The class were delighted with this was followed by surprise visit of the ice cream van to the school the following week. Congratulations to Christian McCarthy and Claudia Penwill who represented the school from first class in the City Sports.
The ‘Wow Walk’ from Lidl, through the town, along the Scilly Walk to the school was enjoyed by all. The children dressed up as their favourite characters from their favourite book for World Book Day, picking out books with their parents at the book fair, stocking up with lots of goodies at the fifth class cake sale, meeting Ultan O’Callaghan with the Ladies and Mens Six Nation Cups and the visit and demonstration from the local fire station as highlights from their third term in Rang 1.
They enjoyed presenting their project on the South Pole to the other classes. The class also enjoyed participating in the ‘We Are Writers’ book project and entering their stories in the Hamish Hawkins story writing competition. We started Zumba dancing in the final term which became a firm favourite with the children every day.
Rang 1 are excited about their fun day and are really looking forward to a well-earned rest over the summer holidays.
Our photo is Rang 1 marching with their water project on Water Day. They know all about growing plants and are proudly planning on bringing a pot of coriander home which they have grown and cared for themselves from seed. They also enjoyed the presentation by Cillian Glynn from Ely Lily on the water cycle and there was great excitement when we received our flag . Well done to David Bebb and Claudia Penwell, our Green Schools Committee members, for keeping us informed of all developments . We enjoyed six weeks of the Literacy Lift Off and have now turned our attention to problem solving in maths in the same groups. This links in nicely with our problem solver of the week award – we’ve had 5 winners so far. All details are in the hall outside our room. We are now really looking forward to starting our shared reading after the Easter break. Orla Finn’s visit to the school was another inspiring highlight especially for those aspiring footballers amongst our girls. Not only an All Ireland Champion but a past pupil. Without a doubt The Lion King was the huge highlight this term with Rang 1 taking to the stage as zebras performing the Lion Sleeps Tonight. We were very proud of them on all three nights. It was a fantastic experience for the children and one that they thoroughly enjoyed right up to the visit of the ice cream van to the school the following week as their post performance treat. In the last two weeks of term they have enjoyed a birds eye view and explanation of the solar eclipse with Kevin Connolly in the school yard – well done to all those in Rang 1 who made and brought in their own home made telescopes and the annual visit from Sr Geraldine who was impressed with all of their thoughts and insights so enthusiastically delivered.
Term 1 2014 – Christmas Update
The children have settled well into Rang 1. They have become accustomed to the longer day and have enjoyed the visits to the school of the Lord Mayor and members of the Cork Football and Camogie Teams. Highlights so far have been the MS Readathon, Food Dudes and performing the Macarana with the school for the active flag inspection. They got a great kick out of producing their own sapling from an acorn However measuring the school yard with their metre strips and opening a class shop, for a week got the children’s vote as the most fun things they have done this term.
Rang a 1 have recently been learning now about how the harsh winter conditions affect the birds in their garden and how to make their own birdfeeders. They are currently enjoying getting started on their project on Antartica which they are looking forward to presenting to the other classes next term. They will be focussing on the weather conditions, animals, famous explorers associated with that part of the world and identifying differences between Antartic and and the Artic. They are lucky to have Greg Causer visiting the class next term to talk to them about his experiences on not one but three expeditions in the Antartic.
Easter 2014 Update:
Rang 1 had a great time this term. They really enjoyed their master-class in Karate given by John O’ Driscoll and John Collins where they really learned the importance of the word ‘focus’.
They had a visit from Sr Geraldine (the Primary Religious Education Advisor ) and impressed her with their prayers, songs and stories. Everyone enjoyed their dramatisation of The Story of the Loaves and the Fishes and their presentation on their baptism for the closing ceremony of Catholic Schools Week. They enjoyed dressing up as their favourite characters for World Book Day and had great fun showing off their abundance of focail Gaeilge i gcluichí agus i dtráth na gcéist for Seachtain na Gaeilge. They marked the centenary of World War 1 by uncovering their own connections to this great world event and others. Within our own class we identified a number of great great grandads who fought and were injured in World War 1, uncovered a brave granny who drove an ambulance during the London Blitz, a great grandad who taught Prince Philip and Mountbatten at the Royal Naval College, a great grandfather who sat on a panel of judges at the Nuremberg Trials, grand uncles involved in the D Day landings, fought in 1916 and the War of Independence -the list goes on. Hopefully they have started to gain an understanding that history is not something that stands apart from them but is something that is very much part of them and where they have come from. Rang 1 have also taken over the vegetable garden and are learning all about propagating seed and planting outside. To date we have planted spring onion, beetroot, lettuce and tomatoes from seed, there has been great excitement in the class as we watch our more green shoots appear every morning. We are now preparing our raised beds for planting outside and will be planting carrots and cauliflower directly into the ground. They’ve really enjoyed their marathon running and daily activity for our Active School Flag and loved the excitement of Active Schools Week. Looking forward to the Easter break.
Rang a 1 have had a great time during December 2013. They have had a visit from Dog’s Trust and enjoyed meeting ‘Brave’ and talking to Aoife about all the dogs that Dog’s Trust have helped to rescue and re-home.
We have also been busy rehearsing for their Christmas play “A Little Bird Told Me” this December. They have had great fun putting costumes together and have been skipping home with their scripts every day, putting a great effort into learning their lines. They’ve learnt an impressive 8 new songs in two weeks and are looking forward to performing for their mums and dads on Thursday 19th December 2013.