Author: Pupils Drumraney School

‘Someone Like Me’ Art Competition

Friendship Display 5

Friendship Display 3

Drumraney N.S. is an inclusive school where the participation and opinions of all pupils are valued. We are a small two-teacher rural school with twenty pupils in total. We refer to ourselves as “The Small School with the Big Heart”.
This year, the pupils from Junior Infants to 6th Class, took part in the ‘Someone Like Me’ project. This is a competition sponsored by the Department of Justice and Equality aimed at promoting positive attitudes towards disability in schools and celebrating difference. The Junior and Senior rooms completed the relevant lessons.
The children discussed how we each have unique personality traits, qualities, strengths, limitations, interests and abilities but that we all have an equally valid and important contribution to make to our school and the wider world.
Like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, we are all very different but we fit together perfectly to make one complete picture. The children designed various jigsaw pieces about ‘What makes a good friend?’ Here you can see how their individual jigsaw pieces look so great as a collaborative display. The children really enjoyed taking part in the ‘Someone Like Me’ project.

ICT in Drumraney N.S.

Computer Room

 

ICT - infants

Here is a list of some of the free online activities that the children do during ICT time in school.
These games and activities support their learning across a wide variety of curricular areas and are a fun way to reinforce their schoolwork at home.

You may encounter some difficulties opening some of the links on your phones/tablets/Macs but most should work fine on any Windows laptop or PC.

Junior Room – Literacy
Feed Freddy
Letter Fall
Starfall: ABCs
Starfall: Learn to Read

Junior Room – Numeracy
Fruit Fall
Balloon Pop
Fishing
Lily Pads
How Many Seeds?
Match the Seeds
Race Order
Left-Right Race
Make 10

Cracking Maths – Junior Infants
Cracking Maths – Senior Infants
Cracking Maths – 1st Class
Cracking Maths – 2nd Class

Junior Room – Other
Butterfly Matching
Matching Pairs
Visual Memory
Spot the Difference
Online Colouring – Fish
Jigsaw Puzzle – Butterfly
Jigsaw Puzzle – Nemo
Picture Search 1

ICT - seniors

Senior Room – Literacy
Crossword Challenge
Posters, Newspapers and Comics

Senior Room – Numeracy
Multiplication Race
Fraction Flags – halves and quarters
Fraction Flags – thirds
Cracking Maths – 3rd Class
Cracking Maths – 4th Class
Cracking Maths – 5th Class
Cracking Maths – 6th Class

Senior Room – Other
Puzzles

ICT - middle

The youth of today are growing up in a digital world where technology is becoming an increasingly important part of their everyday lives. It is expected that this trend will continue, to the extent that technological literacy will become a functional requirement for both their professional and social lives.

The Primary School Curriculum promotes the use of ICT to enhance teaching and learning across all areas of the curriculum.

Our aim in Drumraney N.S. is to help the children to learn how to use ICT confidently and effectively so that they can benefit from the wide array of learning opportunities offered by modern technology and the Internet.

Note: Despite the vast range of opportunities provided by the use of technology, parents and teachers need to be mindful of the risks/challenges involved. We have a duty of care to help our children/students to use new digital technologies in a safe and responsible way. We need to teach our children/students how to be safe online and we need to reinforce internet safety warnings with them regularly. We endeavour to be involved in a monitoring process, whenever and wherever they are online.

Library Visit 1st to 6th Class

On Friday 21st of Occtober 1st to 6th class pupils from our school visited the library. We got to speak to the librarian Aine about all the different genres of books in the library and we picked out our favourite books to read over Halloween.Some of our favourite authors included David Walliams, Roald Dahl and Francesca Simon.Look at the pictures of our day.

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Music Matters

We have been very busy exploring instruments from the orchestra with Lorcan Daly from the Music Outreach Programme. The children from 1st to 6th classes are also making great progress on the trumpet under the instruction of their teacher Gerry Lacey. We always look forward to our music days. Have a look at what we have being up to……

         

          

Maths Week: Figuring it Out in Drumraney N.S.

Maths Week Certificate

Maths Week was a great success in Drumraney National School. We have been involved in coding, ‘3D Guess Who’ and many more exciting maths games during the week. We also took part in an Interactive Maths Show online where South African, Hungarian and Irish schools all worked out maths problems together.

     

     

Aistear

Aistear is well and truly underway in the Junior Room! Aistear is the early childhood curriculum framework for all children from birth to six years in Ireland. It emphasises the importance of play based methodologies in supporting children’s learning and development. Children have an opportunity to explore many subject areas under a common theme. Our theme for this month is ‘The Zoo’. Groups of children explore this topic at various play stations, such as construction, role-play, small world, creative, water/sand and puzzles. It has become one of the highlights of our school day!!! You can learn more about Aistear by visiting www.curriculumonline.ie

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Junior Room visit the Library

On Friday, 7th October Mrs Galvin and Mrs Gavigan took the Junior Room on a trip to Athlone Library. When we arrived we were greeted by Áine and were given a chance to look at and read some books. Most of the children were already members of the library but some became new members on the day. After we had chosen our favourite books to borrow, Áine brought us to the story mat where she read two books, ‘Sharing a Shell’ by Julia Donaldson and ‘Doing the Animal Bop’ by Lindsey Gardiner. We had great fun pretending to be the animals in the stories. We were so happy that we could bring home some books to read and are looking forward to choosing some more when we return soon!
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Music Outreach Programme

Our pupils from Junior Infants to 6th class are taking part in a six week Music Outreach Programme. This initiative is being sponsored by Mullingar Pantomime Group, an independent group which operates in association with Mullingar Arts Centre.  Tutor, Lorcan Daly will introduce and demonstrate various instruments from the orchestra to the children and everybody will get a chance to try out all the instruments. The pupils will attend a concert on the 24th October when the programme finishes.

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