Learning about Minibeasts

Minibeasts in Mrs. Mc Guirk’s Room!

We have been busy learning about the characteristics of different minibeasts this month! We learned about many different minibeasts that we find in nature. We wrote about their defining traits and picked our favourites and did our own research to find out 5 Fabulous Facts about them.  We shared our findings with the class ‘as reporters’ on our own Nature Show called ‘Creepy Crawlies Unveiled’!  We then went outdoors and went on a search for which minibeasts we could find. The children completed worksheets in groups to identify which minibeasts they had found. We also decided to draw our own imaginary minibeasts.  Have a look at some of the things we got up to below!


John ‘The Runner’ McGeough One Mile Race

Congratulations to Seán-Óg and Lucy who completed the John ‘The Runner’ McGeough One Mile Race in Blackhill on Friday 3rd May 2019. Seán-Óg completed the race in 5 minutes 30 seconds, and Lucy completed it in 12 minutes. Both children were quite close to John McGeough’s time of 4 minutes 30 seconds.

We are so proud of you both!

Basketball in Our School

Today (9th May 2019), all classes commenced basketball sessions with our coach Enda.  This will continue for the next five weeks. The children are really enjoying themselves as well as developing lots of basketball skills.

School Tour 2019

Staff and pupils were full of excitement on Thursday 1st May 2019 as we set off on our annual school tour. Our destination was the ‘Crystal Maze Outdoor Activity Venue’ in Kilmainhamwood. The children got involved in several physical, mental, skill and water-based challenges, based around Ireland’s largest hedge maze. The day was enjoyed by all and everyone arrived home in great form after their fun filled day of activities.

Our P.E. Storeroom

Before we began our Active School Campaign, pupils were selected to help tidy our storeroom and sort and label equipment into boxes. Every Friday children from the Active Schools Committee are responsible for ensuring all equipment is stored and labelled correctly. They also remove any broken equipment. These pupils also make a list of equipment and how much of each item there is at the end of the school year. Any equipment we need is then ordered and replaced accordingly. It has been great to see all equipment being used by all our pupils in a variety of games and activities. Teachers are also learning new games ideas that can be incorporated into our P.E. Lessons from the pupils.

60 Minute Physical Activity Challenge

We dedicated a total of 60 minutes to physical activity both in school and at home as part of our Active School Campaign. We really have kicked 2019 off to a Healthy Start!

Hallowe’en Themed Active Schools Event

On Thursday 25th October 2018 (Day of Our Halloween Holidays), all our children got the chance to dress up for  Temple Street Children’s Hospital and take part in various Halloween Themed activities! Have a peek below to see what they got up to.  As always, well done to our Active Leaders who supervised and organised our stations!

Valentine’s Day Orienteering

Today the boys and girls got involved in  a Valentine’s Day themed relay! They got to practice their maths while doing some exercise at the same time!

Trying out Mini-Me Yoga!

In December, teachers completed a ‘Mini Me Yoga’ Foundation course with Natalie Boyle. Today the children in Mrs Mc Guirk’s room got the opportunity to engage with yoga in a fun and active, but meaningful way. This is another step towards helping increase the overall mental health and well-being of both pupils and teachers as part of our Health Promoting Schools Campaign and Active Flag Campaign.

Here are some of the many benefits of teaching yoga to kids:

Yoga helps kids to:

  • Develop body awareness
  • Learn how to use their bodies in a healthy way
  • Manage stress through breathing, awareness, meditation and healthy movement
  • Build concentration
  • Increase their confidence and positive self-image
  • Feel part of a healthy, non-competitive group

The children enjoyed their session today and I can definitely see the children reaping the many rewards listed above!

Active Week 2019

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Active Schools Week took place this year in our school between Monday 27th and  Friday 31st of May 2019. We engaged in many fun active events at school and at home. All children were encouraged to wear comfortable sports gear and footwear for this whole week. Have a peek below at some of the events we got involved in.