Peg Comprehension: Flat Stanley 01

by admin on 21/09/2015

flat_stanley_01This resource is aimed at junior/middle pupils or SEN pupils at the beginning of literacy work on comprehension. It is based on chapters 1-2 of the novel “Flat Stanley” by Jeff Brown. Either the pupil reads the story themselves, or the teacher/SNA reads the story to the pupil.

Laminate all of the pages in the resource and cut up into ten separate cards. Either the pupil or teacher/SNA should read the question at the top of each card [click to continue…]

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Tree Day 2015

by admin on 21/09/2015

sammylogo2015The Tree Council of Ireland supported by Tetra Pak is calling people nationwide to go outside with their children to celebrate all that nature has to offer on Tetra Pak Tree Day 2015 on Thursday 8th October. As part of this year’s campaign, themed “Be a True Friend of the Environment”, over 1,000 Birch trees will be made available for primary schools through the website, www.treeday.ie, to help teach children about the importance of planting trees and to go towards achieving their 5th Green School flag. [click to continue…]

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Book Review: A Hollow in the Hills

by admin on 20/09/2015

hollow_in_the_hillsI started to read “A Hollow in the Hills” by Ruth Frances Long with great anticipation and the powerful prologue really captured my attention but, I have to confess that I found it difficult to complete the book. However, I have great respect for the author. The reason I found it difficult is that I lost interest. I was very confused because the book is a sequel. The book does not stand alone well. I would really have needed to read the previous book in the series. It is difficult to read because the reader is trying to understand a very involved plot without the vital background information contained in the first book. [click to continue…]

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Book Competition

by admin on 14/09/2015

mary_roche_book“Developing Children’s Critical Thinking Through Picturebooks” is a guide for primary and early years students and teachers by Mary Roche, Senior Lecturer in Education at St. Patrick’s College in Thurles. In the Introduction to the book, Mary herself refers to it as a “guide to those who wish to introduce children to good literature, big ideas, critical engagement, and the notion of making meaning together through thinking and discussion”. [click to continue…]

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Weather Matching

by admin on 13/09/2015

weather_matchingThis resource is aimed at pupils in junior/middle classes or SEN pupils with speech and language difficulties. It assumes an ability to read. The weather vocabulary would also need to be taught in advance. The weather teaching cards can be found HERE and HERE. Its aim is to assess whether pupils can match the weather vocabulary with the appropriate images. [click to continue…]

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Abacus Matching 01

September 13, 2015

This resource is aimed at pupils in junior/middle classes or SEN pupils. It assumes an understanding of the representation of number on an abacus. Its aim is to assess whether pupils can match the number with the associated abacus. Laminate all of the pages in the resource. Cut up the images into 12 separate cards. […]

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Number Puzzle 11

September 8, 2015

This resource is aimed at pupils in junior/middle classes or SEN pupils who are working on numbers. It is based on the consolidation of numbers in the range 15-24. The resource features images of children playing in the park. Laminate all of the pages in the resource and cut each one up into ten separate […]

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Number Puzzle 10

September 8, 2015

This resource is aimed at pupils in junior/middle classes or SEN pupils who are working on numbers. It is based on the consolidation of numbers in the range 15-24. The resource features images of children sleeping. Laminate all of the pages in the resource and cut each one up into ten separate strips. Laminate another piece […]

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RDS Primary Science Fair 2016

September 8, 2015

Last year over 2,700 4th, 5th and 6th class pupils from across the country were at the RDS Primary Science Fair (PSF) with their class projects that answered questions such as ‘Why don’t aeroplanes fall from the sky? ‘Why do giraffes have such long necks?’ and ‘Which water is cleaner for us to swim in, the […]

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Clockhead Rap

September 3, 2015

This resource is called ‘Clockhead Rap’ and is an original fill-in-the-blanks piece designed to help pupils remember headlands and coastal features of Ireland. It is suited to senior classes and could be used in conjunction with an atlas. Source: Seamus Mc Andrew

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Blue Star Programme

September 3, 2015

European Movement Ireland is delighted to confirm to Seomra Ranga that the Blue Star Programme will be running for its fifth year over the 2015/2016 school term and that the registration process for interested primary schools across Ireland is now open. The Blue Star Programme introduces participants (pupils, teachers, parents and the wider community) to […]

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Book Review: Brian and the Giant

August 29, 2015

This book was written by Chris Judge and Mark Wickham. I really liked the cool pictures in this book. These were drawn by illustrator Mark Wickham. The story was about a giant who was really smelly. He wanted to take a bath so he broke up the villagers’ houses. Then he made a dam out […]

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List of Class Novels

August 29, 2015

Teachers are always seeking advice and recommendations for novels suitable for particular class standards. There are many lists out there, but few are lists recommended by practising classroom teachers. So, in an attempt to compile a list of novels suitable for use in Irish classrooms, I’m asking teachers to complete this short form, based on […]

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Coin Fans

August 11, 2015

Coin fans give pupils the opportunity to answer oral money problems visually. The teacher asks the pupils to calculate the price of an item and the pupil holds up the correct coins on the fan. The resource consists of fans with all eight coins available in Euro currency. They should be printed out, laminated and […]

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Book Review: The Butterfly Shell

August 8, 2015

The “Butterfly Shell” by Maureen White is an interesting book, full of emotions. The main character Marie has just moved into secondary school and is having trouble adjusting. She spends her days at school being bullied by the “Stupid Six”. She foolishly reveals to them that her friend, Stella, is allergic to peanuts. When Marie suffers […]

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