September 2022 : We have resumed paired reading on Tuesday mornings and are really enjoying welcoming our parents and grandparents back! This year, we have stepped it up a notch and are using the time to develop critical thinking skills. Our volunteers will be asking questions based on the text, inference, use of the picture and making connections. We are so grateful to our volunteers who welcomed this progression so eagerly!
A photo just won’t do this justice. Peer tutoring is proven to be a highly effective way of learning and benefits both parties. Here 5th and 6th class are working with senior infants and the sound is so heart warming! They haven’t even noticed the camera! Click the link to view!
Hearing reading is an essential part of literacy and development. We do this in many ways. Pictured is buddy reading whereby 6th class students model reading for juniors and also listen to them reading. It is such a positive experience for all!
Procedural Writing Winners!
Well done to our Procedural Writing competition winners and thank you to Ms. Gilmartin Ryan for coordinating and judging! We have some very happy pupils here!
A VISIT TO THE LIBRARY!
Pictured: lucky 1st and 2nd class had a trip to the library today. Their speaker had to cancel at short notice but we arranged for them to go on a library detective hunt instead. They enjoyed stories there and received a free book to mark World Book Day tomorrow. I am delighted with how well they behaved.
Samples of Presentation of Work from 3rd/4th class
Some lovely samples of English and SESE research. We love to see pupils taking pride in their written work. I especially love the novel copy work I am seeing. 3rd/4th are enjoying reading When Jessie Came Across The Sea – thank you Gorey library for the bulk loan.
Aistear – oral language
Here are some fabulous pictures of Ms. Walker’s class engaging in the fun theme of pirates and the sea!! Aaarhh!
3rd/4th class had a super interactive workshop with author Eve McDonnell. The brought in their own ‘treasure’ and really enjoyed the hour! Thank you @wexlibraries for this experience as part of The Wexford Book Festival!
We made the news!
The pupils of Mr. Breen’s 5th and 6th class were delighted to welcome Micheál O’Scannail from RTÉ news2Day to our school to record a feature on Budget 2022. It was a great experience from many perspectives. The children were enabled to experience the process of making a segment for television; the cuts, the outtakes, audio and visuals. Exploring film and digital media is an exciting way for children to learn and to have the opportunity to interact with people who work in this field was invaluable. Working on this feature enabled the children to have an opinion on the country’s budget and they prepared for the visit by discussing where the country’s money would be best invested. Isobelle Roland (5th class) believed that ‘some of the budget should go to mental health. Because of Covid, a lot of people without families haven’t been able to socialise’. She believes that some money ‘should go to paying counselors to go to people’s houses and chat to them to make them feel less lonely.’
We believe it is really important to foster the children’s independent thought and social consciences so that they are prepared when they reach voting age and know that their voices count. The RTÉ News2Day experience was a really fun way of learning about the country’s finances and we are very grateful to Micheál and his team for the opportunity.
If you would like to see the report, follow this link: https://twitter.com/Castletown_NS/status/1448328615335182336?s=20
We had a wonderful day with author @CarolineBusher yesterday. Caroline captured the imaginations and creativity of our pupils with her wonderful storytelling. Thank you, we hope to have you back Caroline!
Wexford Children’s Book Festival 2021
How lucky were our junior classes today to access a Microsoft teams session with author Gerry Daly (Where are you puffling?) This was part of Wexford Library’s Children’s Book Festival 2021. We look forward to engaging in other such fun events!
Phonics outdoors in the sunshine!
Ms. Morris’ senior infants learning phonics in our outdoor classroom on a sunny day! We love our blackboards for days like this!
WORLD BOOK DAY 2021
Such a fun and creative end to our first week back! So much colour and an evident love of books!
What characters do you recognise? Can you name the books? How about the authors?
Click on the link to see Harry Potter!! Or will you?
World Book Day March 2021
Suggested reading! https://www.worldbookday.com/reading-recommendations/
This is great as it gives reading by general ability level and by interest – something for everyone.
It is also Engineers’ Week so here is some suggested reading for STEAM https://padlet.com/darrensheils1/STEMstories
Genre of literacy: Narrative
This term, we are looking at Narrative as a school. Ms. Gilmartin Ryan is currently organising a Narrative writing Christmas competition and we look forward to reading all your entries!
Well done to our winners in the Narrative writing competition and thank you to Ms. Gilmartin Ryan for coordinating.
Jnr infants: Hayley
Snr. Infants: Anna and Rachel
1st: class Robert and Fiadh
2nd class: Kate and Lily Mae
3rd class: Hannah and Éabha
4th class: Ellen and Isabelle
5th class: Cathar and Jessica
6th class: Cillian and Charlie
Commendation: Eoghan, Leon, Ella, Ross, Neasa, Eleana, Cian, Christopher, Lexi, Millie, Micahel, Caoimhe, Kayleigh, Harry, Thomás, Fraya, Sophia, Mary, Jamie.
Today we came together in a shared love of reading as we dropped everything and read at 12 noon. DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time was marked across the country and we decided to take it a step further by dressing up for the occasion! Our teachers, SNAs and pupils all got on board. It was a great feeling to be gathered in a school community (albeit a virtual one) until we can meet in person again. Enjoy the pictures !
We are delighted to be progressing to the final of the Concern Primary School debating tournament. It has been such an educational experience as we have explored issues such as world hunger and technology consumption. We look forward to the final motion!
Thank you to our opponents from Murrintown NS who gave us a great counter argument. We were most appreciative of the feedback from adjudicators Sally Stevens, Pat Gately and Cora Keane.
We will spend the next month researching and putting our speeches together! Well done to our panel on their success thus far! Sam Proctor, Lizzy Morris, Sophia White, Diarmuid O’Shaughnessy, Charlie Church and Cillian Blackwell
FIGHTING WORDS – WEXFORD LIBRARY
1st and 2nd class were lucky enough to be able to make the trip to Wexford Library for the renowned Fighting Words workshop. They really enjoyed experimenting with creative writing. Many thanks to Ms D’Arcy and Fiona for attending and encouraging the children.
We are developing a Maths space in our corridor. It is envisaged that this space will be used to develop Mathematical thinking outside the Maths lesson. We hope that it will be an appealing wall of interest for those passing by. It is aimed that the wall will be used to promote whole school thinking around a given topic at any given time of the year. Here is an account from Ms. Carroll who coordinates the wall and makes it so attractive for our young learners. Thank you Ms. Carroll!
|‘This year, there will be special maths wall in the school. Each fortnight brings a new topic and display for whole school use. Students can use the maths wall to support learning and there are some competitions and prizes also. The most recent topic is in relation to Maths Week! As part of Maths Week, students from 1st – 6th took part in iPad maths trails around the school where they scanned the codes and answered the questions. There was great team work shown by all class groups.
Well done all!’
More Maths Week activities: Here are some photos of 1st and 2nd enjoying STEM LEGO activity in Gorey Library to ark Maths Week. Also pictured are students on teh hunt around school! They undertook digital Maths trails as part of Maths Week.