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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Roald Dahl Day

On Tuesday, 13th September, we celebrated Roald Dahl Day. This wonderful author would have celebrated his 100th birthday. We marked this special day by learning all about the life of Roald Dahl and taking part in some fun activities based on his books. The children are reading lots of Roald Dahl books at the moment and one of the class favourites is ‘The BFG’ which has recently been made into a movie!

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Horse-Riding Lessons

All our pupils are taking part in a series of horse-riding lessons. The Junior Room took to the saddle for the first time on Friday, 2nd September! Most of the children had never been on a horse before so there was great excitement (and some trepidation!) as we made our way to Athlone Equestrian Centre in Moydrum. Claire and her staff were on hand to introduce the children to their ponies and get everyone set up before we took to the arena. We are now learning to control our ponies and we have even started trotting!!! Yee Haw!!

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Trip to Clonmacnoise on the Viking Boat

On 2nd September, the pupils and staff took a trip on the Viking Boat all the way to Clonmacnoise, an ancient monastic site near Shannonbridge, Co. Offaly. We were given a tour of the grounds and we even got to tell our secrets into the ‘Whispering Arch’!!! The Senior Room are learning about the Vikings at the moment and this field trip certainly brought their study alive.

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Welcome Back!

Welcome back to a busy and exciting year here in Drumraney N.S. We hope everyone had a restful summer. We extend a warm welcome to our five new Junior Infants; Breandán, Caoimhe, Elliot, Kitty and Seán and wish them every success and happiness in their new school.

 

School Tour 2016

On Thursday 9th of June we went on our school tour. The Senior room went to Lilliput Adventure Centre and the Junior Room went to Belvedere House and Rock and Bowl in Mullingar. We really enjoyed the day as you can see from our pictures.

 

Vikings Visit Drumraney N.S.!

Vikings Visit Drumraney N.S.!

On Friday 20th May archaeologist and Viking studies expert Derek Gallagher visited Drumraney NS. The children learned a lot about what the life of a Viking warrior was like including what weapons they used and what they wore. The children got to examine replicas of shields, swords and arrows. They also got to try on costumes and many looked quite ferocious as Viking warriors! Viking ladies wore colourful clothes and decorative jewellery. The colours for dying the clothes were extracted from vegetables such as onion skins! The more colourful your clothes and elaborate your jewellery the wealthier you were. Children also got to try writing with a quill and realised what a difficult and laborious task writing was at the time for the monks. Our school band got to play quite unusual instruments on the day! Have a look at pictures from the day.

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