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May - June 2019

Science - Birds of Prey

Ian Patterson came to speak to us about birds of prey. He brought Tito, his barn owl Fluffy, his tawny owl Bill, his kestrel falcon and Joe, his harris's hawk. We learned a lot from his visit and had the opportunity to fly his birds.

Some interesting facts:

  • Barn owls can't see anything up close. They have dark eyes for seeing in the distance. They can see perfectly for many miles they could see as far as Tullyvin from the school.
  • Tawny owls have even better eyesight than barn owls. The tawny owl can see as far as Cootehill from the school.
  • Owls can hear a mouse's heartbeat from a distance e.g. from the hall, an owl could probably hear a mouse's heartbeat over in the church.
  • Owls need to eat around six or seven mice daily to survive.
  • It looks like Fluffy, the tawny owl has two ears on the top of his head. These aren't ears! They are tufts of feathers which camouflage the owl into its surroundings.


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P.E. Zumba

As part of Cavan Sports Partnership, the children took part in a four week Zumba dance programme with an external teacher. We really enjoyed learning some Zumba dance moves and we thank Aisha for the time she spent with us!

Active Week


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Art - Sewing Skills


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Art - Mexican Art

These are our God's Eyes. It is a Mexican tradition that people keep these in their houses so that God can keep an eye over them!

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Science- Our growing sunflowers!


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Art

A lesson on colour and texture.

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Senior School Tour

We went on our annual school tour with Kilmore N.S. to Causey Farm in Co. Meath. We had a tour of the farm and handled some of the animals they had there. We then went bog jumping and tried to get as dirty as possible!!

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March - April 2019

Science - Magnetism

The senior room pupils have been doing a lot of work with magnets recently. We have been testing items which magnets attract and repel. We have also been testing the strength of different types of magnets by investigating how many paper clips various magnets can hold. One of the most interesting tasks we did was make our own magnets! We stroked a needle against a magnet for around one minute (40 strokes approximately). This magnetised the needle and then the needle was enabled to lift other items on its own!

This photo shows a magnet lifting the needle and paper clip. If you magnetise the needle by stroking it against the magnet, you will make your own magnet out of the needle and you won't need the magnet at all. Try it for yourself!

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Art - Clay bowls

The senior room pupils have been working on clay bowls for Mothering Sunday. We were inspired by the work of Vincent van Gogh. One of Vincent van Gogh's most famous paintings is "Sunflowers". Our bowls are a recreation of his work! Our sunflower bowls needed support while drying, we used ceramic bowls to hold our clay bowls and we lined them with Vaseline and clingfilm to ensure a safe exit!

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Maths - 3D Shapes

6th class have been working on their 3-D shapes. Here are some of the models they have made.

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Gaeilge - An Aimsir

Reamhaisneis na hAimsire. Weather forecasting as gaeilge.

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Art - Falling from the sky

The senior room pupils are falling from the sky in these art pieces. We studied the area of perspective and discussed what someone standing on the ground would see if we were falling from the sky. We linked this Art lesson with Maths by revising symmetry. The soles of our feet are symmetrical- they are both the same!

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Science - Planting

The whole school had a busy afternoon one Friday, working together to clean out our fruit and vegetable boxes. We have planted some new fruits this year- blackcurrants, blueberries and raspberries. We look forward to some delicious fruits during the summer. We planted some onions, carrots, leeks, lettuce and rocket in our other vegetable boxes.

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We also did some indoor planting. We learned that some plants need the heat to grow. We planted celery, sweet peppers and chillies in pots indoors. If it gets a little warmer, we might replant the celery outdoors! We also planted some beautiful sunflowers as we were inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's famous sunflower painting!

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English - Persuasive Writing

Come to space with us! We have been learning about the theme of the solar system in English. We studied the structure of a formal letter and we wrote a letter to someone to persuade them to join us on a space travel trip.

Science - National Spring Clean

We took part in the National Spring Clean Programme this year. This is an anti-litter initiative operated by an Taisce and takes place every April. Our clean up day took place on 12th April and everyone was eager to lend a hand to pick up any litter on our school grounds.

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Imaginative Art

One of our 6th class was inspired by the structure of a fortune cookie and designed and created this shark puppet! The attention paid to fine detail on this piece of work is fantastic.

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November 2018 - January 2019

Science- Visit to Cootehill Library

During Science week in November, we visited Cootehill library to meet a marine biologist. He spoke to us about living creatures under the sea and he brought a range of interesting bones and shells.

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A jaw bone of a whale

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Desperately listening for sounds of the sea!

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Part of a vertebrae of a whale

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Lego Exhibition

The junior and senior room children held an exhibition of their lego on Saturday 1st December 2018. It was a huge success and generated great excitement in the run up to Christmas. Visitors travelled from far and wide to come to the event and we thank everyone sincerely for their generous donations.
We were delighted to have the Minister of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys open our exhibition. Minister Humphreys was thrilled with her present of a Lego version of herself and said she had never been Lego'd before! We also welcomed Deputy Niamh Smyth and Bishop Ferran Glenfield on the day.

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Art - Lego Portraits

In the run up to our Lego exhibition, we got creative and transformed ourselves into Lego people. Can you recognise us? Can you pick out the school staff?

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Geography projects

3rd and 4th class have been learning all about China and created a mini project on this Asian country. In contrast to this, 5th and 6th class have been studying European countries and created a mini project on the Scandinavian country of Norway. Some facts for you:

  • China is in the continent of Asia.
  • The Chinese people do not like to waste their food so they eat everything, even the bones!
  • The Great Wall of China is a famous tourist attraction. It took 2,000 years to build. 300,000 soldiers and 500,000 common people were involved in constructing the original Great Wall under Emperor Qin. Many people lost their lives during this work and archaeologists have discovered many human remains buried under sections of the wall.
  • The capital city of Norway is Oslo.
  • The famous children's writer Roald Dahl, is British but has Norwegian parents.
  • Students do not wear school uniforms in Norway.

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A map of Norway

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A map of China

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History, Art - The Mona Lisa

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The Mona Lisa

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Leonardo da Vinci

We have been studying the life and work of Leonardo da Vinci and we examined the Mona Lisa in detail. We then re-created our own Mona Lisas! Here are some facts we learned about this famous artist and his piece of work The Mona Lisa.

Leonardo da Vinci is a famous Italian master of art, who became known in the time of the Renaissance. He was born in 1452 and died in 1519. He was an expert painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, scientist, inventor and writer. Da Vinci's most famous painting is the Mona Lisa. It was painted in Florence in Italy during the Renaissance and it is now on display in the Louvre Museum in France. It was one of da Vinci's favourite paintings and he kept it with him every day until he died. The identity of the woman with the mysterious smile was unknown for hundreds of years. It is widely agreed that the woman was Lisa Giocondo. Her husband, Francesco di Bartolomeo del Giocondo, was a wealthy silk merchant. He commissioned da Vinci to paint a portrait of his wife. Did you know that The Mona Lisa has been vandalised and stolen a number of times? In 1911, an ex-employee of the Louvre stole the painting because he believed it belonged in Italy. He walked out of the museum with the painting under his coat. Police detained him two years later when he tried to sell the painting to a gallery in Florence, Italy. The Mona Lisa was returned undamaged to the Louvre. In 1956, a vandal threw acid on the lower part of the painting. In the same year, someone threw a rock at it and a tiny chip of paint was dislodged. Since then, the Mona Lisa has been kept behind bulletproof glass.

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These are our re-creations of The Mona Lisa

Art - Turkey bowls

In Art, we covered the strand of clay before Christmas. We made some pinch pots in the shape of turkeys to hold all of those Christmas nibbles during the festive period!

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PE - Spikeball

We took part in a Physical Education initiative which was ran by Cavan Sports Partnership for four weeks before Christmas. We were delighted to welcome Roisin, a community sports development officer from the area to teach us how to play spikeball. We really enjoyed it and hope to play spikeball during the year as part of PE.

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Drama - Pantomime

The whole school travelled to the Garage Theatre in Monaghan for our annual trip to see the Christmas pantomime. This year's show was called "Little Miss Muffet's Christmas Mix-up". We had a really enjoyable day out which included an obligatory trip to McDonald's on our way home!

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Santa's visit to Drung (No.2) N.S.

A special visitor made it to Drung (No. 2) just in time for our Christmas holidays!

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Art - Aerial view snowmen

We have been learning about perspective and how things look different when you are looking down at them from a height. This is called an aerial view or a bird's-eye view. We created an aerial view of a snowman, as if we were looking down at the snowman from the sky!

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Art - A Winter Wonderland

The senior room have been experimenting with colour in Art and have been learning about colour and tone while creating some Winter Wonderland pieces. We used different shades of colour while painting concentric circles to make a beautiful effect in the sky. Our silhouettes are all different. We hope you like them! You can try it for yourself using the link below.

http://terristeachingtreasures.blogspot.com/2013/01/winter-wonderland-art.html

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Gaeilge - Eadai

Scriobh gach duine sceal - M'eadach Scoile.

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Gaeilge - Ag siopadoireacht

Is aoibhinn linn siopadoireacht! Scriobh gach duine sceal faoin larionad siopadoireachta.

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Bearla- Sharks

The senior room studied the English writing genre of report writing while learning about sharks. We became aware of many interesting facts about sharks. Did you know that sharks belong to the family of Chondrichthyes? Sharks have been around for about 400 million years. They have the most powerful jaws on the planet. A shark may grow and use over 20,000 teeth in their lifetime. If they lose a tooth, another tooth will replace it straight away. Sharks have rows and rows of back-up teeth. Almost all sharks are carnivores and some sharks will each other sharks.
We each had one shark to research. We used books, laptops and iPads to source our information. We then compiled our information in the form of a report.

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Art - Paper Mache Sharks

Our classroom is like an aquarium! Each senior room pupil made a shark using a balloon and the paper mache method.

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Religion - Collaborative Art work

"He has made everything beautiful" Ecclesiastics 3:11

The junior and senior room children worked collaboratively on a piece of art based on Spring time. We covered the art strands of paint and colour and construction.

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Table Tennis

Some of our senior room boys represented Drung (No. 2) N.S. in the Ulster Schools Table Tennis Tournament last month. They played against other teams representing schools across Ulster and we are delighted to announce that they won first place in this tournament, taking home a beautiful plaque. The boys will compete against other regional winning teams later on in the school year and play for the All-Ireland champions title. Best of luck boys!

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September, October 2018

3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class have settled back in to the senior room after our summer holidays. We welcomed our new 3rd class into the senior classroom in September and we look forward to the year ahead. We have had a very busy two months in school. Here is just a snapshot of some of the work we have been doing

SPHE, Religion

Marvelous Me: "I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Psalms 139:13 Everyone has qualities to be proud of. We identified our qualities and strengths during the first few weeks in September and displayed these on the outline of our bodies.

 

 

Gaeilge

Scriobh gach duine sceal faoin teama Me Fein.

 

 

Religion, Art

"Give thanks to the Lord. He is good." Psalms 107:1 We have been learning a lot about the harvest festival during October. The senior room and the junior room children worked collaboratively on this harvest display which can be seen in our school hallway. We covered the art strands of paint and colour, fabric and fibre, printing and construction. A lot of work went in to this project and the pupils paid close attention to fine details. Some clothes had to be salvaged during this project but we are very proud of the finished product!

 

 

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Healthy Eating Week

To encourage and promote healthy eating in our school, we ran a healthy eating week in October. The theme of healthy eating was integrated across many subject areas over the week. The pupils have been very busy studying the food pyramid, examining healthy and unhealthy menus and discussing healthy and unhealthy food choices for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. The children planned a healthy lunch for the final day of healthy eating week and we talked about our healthy choices.

 

We also took part in a tasting afternoon where we tasted many different fruits and vegetables. Some fruits we tried were mango, pineapple, honey-dew melon, canary melon, kiwi, raspberries, blueberries, mandarin oranges and pears. Some vegetables included carrot sticks, celery, cucumber, sweet peppers and mangetout. We were surprised by some and not by others!

 

The senior pupils learned how soup is a healthy option on the menu and they researched delicious soup recipes. The pupils covered the English writing genre of procedural writing when they wrote their first draft of their recipes, edited their work and later, redrafted their work in digital form.

 

As part of healthy eating week, the children learned how easy it is to make soup while observing the teachers make two different types of soups. Mrs. Smith made vegetable and oatmeal soup with the whole school and Ms. Gould made her specialty- sweet potato and leek soup. The pupils were eager to lend a helping hand with reading the recipe, washing the vegetables and weighing out the ingredients. We enjoyed tasting our samples of soup when they were cooked.

 

Sweet Potato and Leek Soup

Ingredients
  • 1 large sweet potato or 3 small sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 large leek, washed and sliced
  • 1 stock cube, wither chicken or vegetable
  • Black pepper
Method
  1. Peel and dice the sweet potatoes.
  2. Place the diced sweet potatoes into a large saucepan or a soup maker.
  3. Wash and slice the leek.
  4. Place the sliced leek on top of the sweet potato in the saucepan/soup maker.
  5. Cover the vegetables with boiling water.
  6. Add the chicken or vegetable stock cube and stir until the stock cube is dissolved
  7. Bring to the boil.
  8. Simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until the sweet potato is cooked.
  9. Season the mixture with black pepper.
  10. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  11. Place the cooled soup into a food processor and liquidise until smooth or use a hand blender.
  12. Place the soup into serving bowls and enjoy!

 

Vegetable and Oatmeal Soup

Ingredients
  • 1kg chopped, mixed vegetables (e.g. 200g each of carrots, broccoli, celery, onion, leek)
  • 75g porridge oats
  • 1.5L water
  • 3 vegetable stock cubes
  • Salt and pepper
Method
  1. Heat the water and stock cubes in a large saucepan.
  2. Add the oat flakes and allow to simmer for 5mins.
  3. Add the chopped vegetables and season to taste.
  4. Cover and allow to simmer for 30-40mins. (if using broccoli, add it towards the end of cooking to keep the green colour)
  5. Blend and serve garnished with parsley (and a spoon of cream if you wish).
  6. Place the soup into serving bowls and enjoy!

 

 

 

Art

The pupils had a crazy hair day here in the senior room! We studied line, pattern and complimentary colours in art. Each pupil had the opportunity to create a new, desirable hair style for themselves. We hope you like them!

 

 

Maths, Art

Colours

In Maths, the senior room pupils have been learning about 2D shapes their names and their properties. We have been learning about parallel and perpendicular lines, lines of symmetry in shapes, corners and edges. In Art, we examined the colour wheel. Do you know that some colours are considered to be warm and others are considered to be cool? Have a look at the wheel below to see the difference! We integrated Maths and Art while completing this shape and colour project. It took a lot of concentration but the finished products are amazing!

 

 

Art - Credit Union Art Competition

The senior room pupils entered the Credit Union Art competition this year. They have worked very hard on their entries for Cootehill Credit Union. The theme this year was "The Force of Nature". We wish them the best of luck!

 

 

Science, Art - Pumpkin carving

We have been doing lots of work on the theme of Autumn and Harvest. During a collaborative lesson with the Junior room, we categorised lots of different vegetables and examined real pumpkins. Did you know that the pumpkin is part of the gourd family? In small groups, we designed a face for a pumpkin and used Sharpie markers to draw the face on our pumpkins. The teachers then carved our designs! We hope you like them!

 

 

 

English

We are continuing to connect with students in the United States of America in the form of email this year. We are writing letters to a group of 4th grade pupils in a school in San Diego, California. Each student corresponds with one or two students in Rio Seco school in Santee, San Diego. Each month we send a letter to and receive a letter from our e-pal(s) through email. During our correspondence, we learn so many interesting facts about their school and home lives and the culture of west America. Did you know that the time difference between Ireland and California is 8 hours? California is 8 hours behind us, so when we are typing our responses, our e-pals are probably still sleeping!

 

 

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February / March 2018

Science

We have been learning about sound in Science over the past number of weeks. We conducted an investigation to find out what materials muffle sound the best. We worked in groups to design and make a pair of ear muffs. Here are our creations!

 

Gaeilge M'Eadach Scoile

 

English Persuasive Writing

We were selling our family cars in English this month

 

 

Geography Project work on the USA

 



More Art Fabric and Fibre

 

 

Art Fabric and Fibre

Here are some of our fantastic creations using the basic running stitch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 2018

Gaeilge

Scriobh gach duine sceal faoin siopadoireacht.

 

Snow globes

These are snow globes which we created by pointillism using cotton buds.

 

Art - Snowmen at Night

We listened to the story "Snowmen at night" by Caralyn Buehner. This inspired us to create our own chalk pictures based on what snowmen could be doing while we sleep!

 

Winter Tree Mosaics

Here are our winter trees mosaics. We needed lots of different shades of blue so we put our paint mixing skills to good use!

 

MS Readathon

The whole school took part in the Readathon last October-November in aid of Multiple Sclerosis Ireland. Huge thanks to everyone who sponsored the children during their busy month of reading. With your help the children have raised a huge amount for Multiple Sclerosis Ireland.

 

Music

Two of the students in the senior room brought musical instruments in to school which they got for Christmas. We enjoyed a sing-song while one of our fifth class students played the guitar.

 

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