Author: Pupils Drumraney School

Science Week

Science Week took place from the 13th to 20th November 2016.
It is a national, annual event that celebrates the fascinating worlds of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The children from both classrooms carried out a selection of experiments and science-based activities during Science Week. Firsthand investigation is central to the way in which young children learn science.

Click on the links below to see some fun activities you could try with your kids at home.
Science at Home
Activity Movies

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Creative Writing

Components of Writing

The children in the senior room have been busy learning about the characteristics of
narrative writing and have been practising their writing skills in this genre.
Check out their amazing stories below!

Filip - The Mystery of Rocky
Filip – The Mystery of Rocky

Ava - Jacko’s First Achievement
Ava – Jacko’s First Achievement

Kate - Mum’s Long Day
Kate – Mum’s Long Day

Liam - Detective Dan Saves the Day
Liam – Detective Dan Saves the Day

Chloe - Rocky the Naughty Boy
Chloe – Rocky the Naughty Boy

Killian - Sam's Adventure
Killian – Sam’s Adventure

Isaac - A Night They Will Never Forget (1)
Isaac - A Night They Will Never Forget (2)
Isaac - A Night They Will Never Forget (3)
Isaac - A Night They Will Never Forget (4)
Isaac – A Night They Will Never Forget

 

‘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.