October News from St. John’s N.S.

October News from St. John’s N.S.

Junior Infants have had a ‘Spooky October’ at school – they have been learning all about Halloween this month in Aistear. They have been busy brewing potions, building haunted houses, trick or treating and hunting for spiders in the sand box. In music they learned the Skeleton Dance and in Gaeilge bhí said ag ithe “bairín breac”. They also really enjoyed Maths week – playing games together, learning new counting rhymes and using the iPads. They would like to give a special thank you to the pupils in 5 th class who came in for Maths Trail last Thursday, they had so much fun!


The boys & girls in Senior Infants had lots of fun during Maths week. They really looked forward to their Maths challenge each night for homework. On Thursday last, the boys & girls from 5 th class completed a Maths Trail with them. They had so much fun working with 5 th class and want to thank them all for all their help and look forward to working with them again! In Aistear, they have just finished ‘The Haunted House’. They are excited about starting the next theme ‘The Post Office’ after mid-term.


First Class produced some lovely Art for Autumn and Halloween. They enjoyed lots of extra Maths games, puzzles and quizzes for Maths week. They have been trying really hard to behave correctly in the classroom and around the school.


Second class learned about Queen Maebh as part of local history. They climbed Knocknarea to see Queen Maebh’s grave. They had a great day.
They also learned about Diarmuid and Gráinne and the connection with Benbulben. In Science, they found out that oil and water do not mix. They made lovely lava lamps to prove this. They also learned about the skeleton in science.  They wrote very scary Halloween acrostic poems. They worked very hard at their Gaeilge and learned
‘Shotgun’ as Gaeilge for their assembly performance. They were excellent.


In Ms. McGinley’s 3rd Class they completed Stone Age projects. Well done to the Futsal teams, you represented our class very well. As part of History, they have learned about Halloween traditions and how we have to thank the Celts for this festival.


I rang Ms. Tighe bhí siad ag l éamh faoi Oíche Shamhna le deanaí, bhí féasta mór ag na páistí sa chaisleán agus bhí Mamó gléasta suas mar seanchailleach. They enjoyed a very interesting trip to Carrowmore megalithic cemetery at the start of October as they were learning about the Stone Age in History. They wrote excellent recounts about their trip and also completed wonderful Stone Age projects. In Drama they completed their first readers theatre and really enjoyed performing ‘The King’s Wish’ in class. In Maths they have worked hard on subtraction with renaming and they used pictograms and block graphs to represent some data they collected. They drew some very scary Witches feet which are on display in their room and had fun singing along to the Dark Disco. In Religion they learned all about the bible and how it’s made up of the Old Testament and the New Testament. They are looking forward to our new student Maggie joining our class after the Halloween break!


In Ms. Ní Chuanaigh classroom they all did projects on native Irish trees. They drew maps of their forest school site and marked all of their activities on it. Bhí siad ag foghlaim faoi ‘Bia’ sa Ghaeilge. Bhí siad ag foghlaim dánta Gaeilge agus Béarla.


Fifth Class are nearly finished their swimming in the Sports Complex and have done really well. They made Autumn trees from twigs and crepe paper, and have studied the lakes, rivers and mountains of Ireland. Tá Bia deannta ag rang a cúig agus bhí siad ag foghlaim faoin Oíche Shamhna. Scríobh siad scéalta beaga faoin feasta Oíche Shamhna. They attended a Mathematician Show in Sligo I.T. with the 6 th class. Fifth Class did research into outstanding women in history and learned about women like Mary Robinson, Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart and Countess Markievicz.


The day we got our holidays the whole school dressed up, we had a little parade in the all weather pitch to show off our costumes, we also had a disco and danced around to creepy music. It was great fun. We hope you all enjoyed the Halloween break.