Cloneen NS is constantly reviewing its strategies and methodologies to ensure the best pedagogical practises are in operation. We are now increasing our self-directed learning, learning through play and team teaching. All the staff participated in Professional Development to update themselves on these areas in particular.
It is still wonderful to hear the children request ‘Fun Irish’ unaware that the ‘stations’/ ‘games’ consist of grammar; writing; verbs; reading; questioning etc. It is a constant pleasure to witness the enthusiasm, energy and learning that is present in the classroom, where all the children are participating at the level comfortable for them.
Reading Buddies & CAPER
1st, 2nd, 5th and 6th class participate in our Reading Buddy initiative. It is a great opportunity for 1st and 2nd class to read to another pupil.
1st & 2nd class also enjoy a six week run of CAPER – Children And Parents Enjoying Reading. Many parents and grandparents come in to play a variety of literacy themed games with the children.
Maths for Fun
Many thanks once again to the parents who give selflessly of their time to join our children in enjoying some Maths games at different stations in the classroom.
This is where children are divided into small groups each group working independently on a particular area of that subject. It has many advantages as children with different learning styles have the opportunity to learn their way – be it kinaesthetically, visually, using auditory methods, talking it out, etc
End of Year Projects
Our end of each year, Jerry focuses on one project which appeals to the ‘hands on’ type of learner.
Projects to date include an historical catapult, a Christopher Columbus replica ship and our very own castle!
In November every year classes from 3rd to 6th come together to create and demonstrate science experiments to the rest of the school, Here’s to our next young scientist.
Integrating our oral language, writing genre and measurement in Mathematics
On Pancake Tuesday, the whole school is a hive of activity as all classrooms are involved in making delicious pancakes. The Infants loved the idea of making, measuring and stirring all the ingredients and really love eating the end result!
NCCA – visit our school
Tracy Curran – who is involved in the development of the New Maths Curriculum came to the school with a photographer from the National Council for Curriculum Development (NCCA). They visited the classrooms, the school yard and the sports field to capture the children doing ‘active maths’ and some of these photos will be used in the revised maths curriculum as examples of how children can enjoy maths.
If you click on to the www.ncca.ie website you might recognise somebody on the home page!