Happy New Year everyone!
This New Year has brought with it a new adventure of distance learning. This year we are using the platform Seesaw and Zoom! These are new to our class and we are learning many new tips and tricks together each day. We enjoy meeting each other virtually and seeing all our friends and teachers. Each day we can complete our work at home and upload it to our class Seesaw.
Our theme for January is the amazing Antarctica.
- We have been exploring the continents and winter animals such as penguin’s, seals and sea lions.
- We have investigated how to keep ice from melting and recalled the journey of great explorers such as Tom Crean and Captain Robert Falcon Scott.
- Stories such as “Snow Penguin”, “Sophie Scott goes South” and “Tom Crean” have aided our learning of this amazing continent.
- We have kept fit and energised by following PE with Joe Wicks.
- We have also been writing our own diary entries about our time at home during this lockdown. We have focused on adjectives and writing in the first person.
Here are a number of examples of Antarctic work.
As we come up to Christmas it has been very busy.
In our Elves workshop we have been busy wrapping, making and designing presents to help the elves.
We have designed our very own sleighs to help Santa be more efficient in travelling around the world.
We used our skills of letter writing to create Christmas cards for those at Fanad Day Centre, as we cannot go to sing for them this year. We designed each card ourselves and sent them using our post box.
During the month of December we began to think on those less fortunate than we are. There are many who are hungry and cannot afford to buy food. Together we donated a wide variety of foods to donate to our local food bank in Letterkenny. We want to thank everyone who helped us with our food collection and it was received with open arms on the 22nd of December.
As we could not hold our annual Christmas show this year we chose, practised and recorded a number of our favourite songs and poems for the first ever Drumfad Junior Room Virtual Carol Service. After many recordings we each one just right and sent home our Virtual Carol Service to each of our families.
We would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a happy new year!
September to November 2020
This term has been incredibly unique and exciting with many things taking place to help us return safely.
As we started back to school in September we have new do many new things to keep us all safe and well. We try our best to keep ourselves and our areas clean and stay within our class pods.
We have also had lots of fun!
We have created our very own Post Office. It is here we have sorted mail, delivered packages and processed many applications for passports.
We made post boxes from our old cereal boxes. We chose our own numbers to put on them also.
We examined the parts of a letter. We wrote to Ms Nairn to ask her how she was and her new baby Sophia.
We began playing again with our friends with all of the amazing resources in our classroom.
We were all delighted to receive a Secret Santa card just before Christmas!
We had a very busy December preparing for our fabulous Christmas play! Apart from the play we had a chance to decorate our school in Drumfad for Christmas amidst all the dancing, rehearsals and stage preparations!
The Reverse Advent Calendar
We made a fantastic effort with our families to bring in as much food as we could for the Food Bank in Letterkenny. Here we are before we sent it all away.
We were so proud of all the Christmas Boxes we made and brought in. We thought of all the boys and girls who are much less fortunate than ourselves
Traditional Games With Steffi
Fanclastic with Donna
As part of Wainsfest the Junior Room had a great opportunity to take part in the Fanclastic workshop in the Milford Library. We got to make robots and different characters from the pieces
We had a lovely Harvest Assembly with Reverend Susan. She taught us some lovely lessons.
Dance With Tanya
We had our first dance lesson with Tanya today. We had great fun. We look forward to learning some new moves and hopefully can use our dances in our Christmas play! We can’t wait for our next lesson.
What a busy, wonderful September we all had in the Junior Room in Drumfad. It was great to see all our friends after a lovely summer.
We welcomed our two new pupils Liam and Ava-Marie into our classroom. They have had a great time getting to know all the children. Here they are along with their classmates on their first week at school.
We have been learning all about Autumn in class. We learned lots of different facts about animals especially hedgehogs and squirrels so far. We completed some Art activities on Kandinsky and we studied his unique style and use of colour. We designed Kandinsky apples and displayed them in our classroom.
We went on an Autumn Adventure walk and we looked closely for signs of autumn in our environment. We collected lots of items to bring back to school.
We started back our football lessons with Manus again on a Wednesday. We are keeping extra active this year as we are working towards getting our next Active flag for the school this year. We will be moving and active often.
We had a wonderful visit from Smiley Eiley. She taught us some wonderful facts about keeping our teeth clean and healthy. We also learned very interesting information about the amount of sugar that is in some of our favourite drinks and treats! We saw some horrible pictures of the damage sugar can do to our teeth and why we must be careful not to eat too many sweets or drink too many fizzy drinks. Smiley Eiley left a lovely book for us to read with our teacher about The Tooth Fairy.
As part of Active Week in Drumfad N.S. we had lots of activity going on!! We started off with basketball with Bernie on Monday, Sports Day on Tuesday, Gymnastics on Wednesday and Golf on Friday. We had so much fun and we are feeling super fit after all that exercise this week!!
Here we are at Citadel Gymnastics on Wednesday. We stopped off in Ballyare at the ISPCA Animal Rehabilitation Centre as a surprise on the way home too. There, we heard some sad stories about animals being neglected but we also met some beautiful cats, kittens, dogs and donkeys.
We had a great day out with Aengus Kennedy in Greenfort Gardens. We had great fun exploring the gardens and walking through the forest. We were very adventurous and used little pots to catch bees to study them. We then released them again. We made a house for a mouse in the forest and we enjoyed a picnic in the garden. A fantastic day out was had by all!
Ulster American Folk Park Tour
We had a great day out to The Ulster American Folk Park at the end of May. We met the lovely children from Tamney school there and we all went in groups together to see the old houses, schoolhouse and buildings from the famine times. It was very interesting to see how they heated their houses, how they washed and ironed their clothes and what food they ate. Here are some of the interesting photographs from our day!
We had a great term of basketball lessons with Bernie Gallagher. We learned so many skills and tricks such as ‘Jump Stop Triple Threat’, layups, dribbling, travelling, pivoting etc! We had so much fun with Bernie.
Brendan Little Workshop
We had a lovely morning when Brendan Little came to visit. He took us on a nature walk and showed us all kinds of beautiful things around our school gardens which are full of life!!
We were so lucky to get a beautiful afternoon for our capacity lessons outside! We had great fun while learning at the same time!
Bricks for Kids
We had a fun-packed day on Friday 29th March! We welcomed the children from Tamney school into our room. We were so happy to see them again. They joined us for the Bricks for Kids workshop in which we made helicopters with motors and propellers that spun around. We had to follow the steps on the pack and work as part of small teams to create our piece! After we were finished and waiting on the senior room boys and girls, we got to work painting the background for our ships we had made in a previous session. They will be on display for our exhibition in May!! Watch this space for photographs of all our beautiful art work.
Our Aistear theme this month was The Jungle/Rainforest! We learned so much while studying this theme!! We all really enjoyed seeing our classroom transform into a jungle for the month!
Here we are at work and at play throughout the month….
We completed our swimming sessions for 2019 in March. We all had great fun while we were learning. Here we are with our lovely certificates
As part of the Ulster Scots programme this month we had some lessons on Highland Dancing…..
We had another fantastic afternoon learning all about the bagpipes!!
Music with Moira
Moira was back with us again for some more Music lessons! On a beautiful sunny day in March she took us outside and showed us how to march like we were in a band. We all assembled in the yard and marched to the beat of the drum…. we can’t wait to see what next week’s lesson will bring!!
Charlie Gallagher – History workshop
We had great craic during an afternoon History lesson with Charlie Gallagher! He brought History to life for us and told us of times in the 1600’s. He brought humor to his lesson and really captured our imaginations.
Denise Blake Poetry Workshop
We enjoyed our time learning and creating poems with Denise for the past six weeks. She opened up our imaginations and we wrote poems we didn’t know we could!! Thank you Denise we really enjoyed your time with us.
We visited our friends in Tamney NS again to take part in an Art workshop with Bernie Wilson. This time we got to make cottages from the famine times out of clay. Bernie taught us so many techniques and how to make our cottages unique. Here we are enjoying our project. When we finished we got to participate in team-building exercises together!
The children had a lovely morning listening to Colm’s tales of life found on our shores and in our seas. He showed us beautiful but incredibly delicate seahorses, some fascinating and detailed shells and some horrible plastic items left behind by humans on our shores.
We were super proud the day our grandparents and older friends came to school to see us. We all had a question we asked them about life when they were young. The grandparents and friends brought some ancient items to show us from the past. It was such an interesting morning! We then played lots of board games and we even taught our grandparents a lesson or two in our classroom!!
The Junior Room had a very interesting morning when Angela from Anyone For Science came into our classroom. She did a really interesting lesson on Static Electricity and we had some very eager scientists wanting to try out the different experiments!! By using balloons and polystyrene plates we were able to move energy from our bodies to different materials. Here we are finding out how it all works……
The boys and girls in the Junior Room went on a trip to Tamney school. There we met the other pupils and together we did a wonderful art project with Bernie Wilson. The theme of our art project was The Great Famine. Bernie taught us how to sketch onto polystyrene material and print pictures using ink and rollers. We were amazed at how the pictures turned out!! We will be back next week for another fabulous art lesson. After the lesson we made some new friends with the other pupils and had some interesting discussions in groups together. Here are a few pictures from our day….
Súgradh Le Chéile
The Junior Room got off to a great start for 2019. As usual our month was jam packed full of wonderful learning. Here is a snippet of our learning, exploring, experimenting and creating ……..
We had a lovely time during our Súgradh Le Chéile. We were so excited to have our parents/guardians with us as we played together. The adults and staff at Drumfad had fun too! We all played and later on, had delicious cakes and treats to celebrate.
The Junior Room were exploring the Materials strand in Science in January. They learned about the properties and characteristics of materials. They increased their understanding of the properties of an everyday phenomenon….. the mixing of soap and water to create bubbles. Here we are experimenting and afterward we wrote up the results of our experiment. We made our bubble wands out of pipe cleaners.
In January the Junior Room was transformed into An Architect’s Office!! We learned all sorts of wonderful things about architects, engineers, builders, blueprints, measuring, planning, drawing and constructing buildings. We studied the Architect story of ‘Iggy Peck Architect’ by Andrea Beaty in which a young boy had a great love for architecture and designing buildings.
The Junior Room then carried out a project and became architects, engineers and Builders during our Aistear time. Here is a glimpse of what we got up to ….
We had a super busy month in Drumfad NS with all sorts of wonderful activities happening!!
-We enjoyed taking part in a fantastic workshop with Jumping Clay! We made a ‘Santa Getting Stuck in the Chimney’ out of clay. We were so proud of the finished product 🙂
-As part of our procedural writing during our English lessons we learned how to lay out a step-by-step guide on making hot chocolate. We learned new vocabulary and then we had so much fun making it and most of all drinking it!! We divided out the marshmallows by using our maths skills and measured and poured enough warm milk for 20 children (and 2 adults!!) We dissolved chocolate powder into our mixture and everyone helped to do the dishes afterwards 🙂
-We became quite the engineers in the Junior Room this week! We wanted to create Santa’s Grotto and make it big enough for all the elves and Mrs. Claus too! We were teamed up in pairs and were given toothpicks and gum sweets to create our buildings. We weren’t given any instructions so we had to problem solve and discuss with our partners how to construct! We soon realised that we needed a good foundation if we wanted a solid, steady structure. We also realised that we didn’t have enough sweets but we had more than enough toothpicks so we had to divide each sweet into two pieces. We were super impressed at the hard work and effort we all put into our projects!!
-We enjoyed learning all about where our letters go when we post them. We were so creative with our Christmas cards and thought it would be a great idea to send them home through the post to our families as a surprise! We learned how to write our addresses and attach a stamp to our envelopes. Our families received our cards just in time before the holidays. Here we are in our class groups just before we posted our cards…
A big congratulations to Miss Éabha Doherty in 2nd class who won a medal in the Gymnastics competition in the Letterkenny Community Centre! Well done Éabha.
1st and 2nd class have finished knitting their decorations just in time to put on their Christmas trees at home!! Thank you Marjorie and Helen. They turned out beautiful …
Everyone in the school really enjoyed our Secret Santa cards. We all received a lovely Christmas card and we had fun guessing who the senders were! Here we are opening our cards all together ….
The children in 1st and 2nd class have been enjoying knitting lessons from our two wonderful helpers Marjorie and Helen. They are very busy making decorations for the Christmas tree. They hope to be finished their projects just in time for Christmas. It was difficult to get started but now we are well on our way (with a little help from grannies and mammies at home too!! )
After Halloween we held a Bake Sale in our school. We became bakers for the day and baked buns and cakes to sell in the sale. Our baking and treats were bought straight away and tasted yummy!! Here are our buns all wrapped up waiting to be bought…
1st and 2nd class made a Chocolate Biscuit Cake. They really enjoyed putting all the ingredients together. The melting chocolate smelled delicious and we were very very tempted to lick the spoon and bowl when we were finished! We remembered what Esther had told us during our Health and Safety about spreading germs so we just washed our hands and equipment instead when we were finished.
We were very lucky to have the opportunity to enjoy a workshop with Aengus Kennedy based on Energy. Aengus’ lesson was packed full of fabulous facts and ideas and we had so much fun while we were learning! It was an action packed morning in the junior room. We made rockets and carried out little experiments along the way….
We have had an eventful October packed with lots of wonderful learning! We had a fruit and vegetable shop in our room as part of our Aistear integrated learning. We had a great time learning about all the different types of fruit and vegetables we can have. We acted out different roles in Role-play such as shopkeepers, customers, delivery drivers, construction workers, farmers to name but a few. We integrated our theme with Maths, Geography, English and Irish. Here are some pictures of us having lots of fun as we learn…
Our next Aistear theme is The Café so watch out for lots more interesting lessons!!
During Maths week at Drumfad N.S. we had lots of interactive activities happening! We enjoyed a maths quiz, maths games, a maths trail and some maths art! Here are 1st and 2nd class enjoying their Maths Trail with the senior room children.
We had a very spooky Halloween in Drumfad NS. We all put in a huge effort with our costumes and gave the staff at school quite a scare!!!
Earlier that week we had a spooktacular lesson on potion writing! We all used very interesting language to create a recipe for a magical potion. We had all sorts of strange objects being added to the cauldron! Here we are writing our potions.
Our Harvest Assembly was a wonderful experience! We all performed super well on the day. Here we are during rehearsals. As you can see from the pictures, we have lots of lovely poems and songs to perform for all of our family and friends!
Our Junior Room has been transformed into a hospital for our current Aistear theme!! We have had so much fun learning all about how a hospital works, listening to interesting stories about trips to the hospital and we even had a chance to use real hospital equipment like stethoscopes, oxygen masks, bandages etc. Here are just a selection of the photos to show you all the work we were doing!
We had a very busy waiting room with receptionists who were run off their feet answering phones and keeping files, a busy staff of doctors,nurses and surgeons not to mention patients. We had radiologists at hand to read the X-Rays. We also had a construction site at the hospital where our builders were building a new wing.
We thoroughly enjoyed our Aistear theme At the Hospital. Stay tuned for our next theme: The Fruit and Vegetable shop……
In other news we have also been learning a lot about autumn this month with more to come during the month of October. We made a lovely display of our artwork. We used sponges and did sponge painting using autumn colours for our background. We then drew and cut out silhouettes of hedgehogs and squirrels on black paper. When the paint had dried we stuck them on and made branches for our animals to rest on.
We have had another busy term here in Drumfad filled with lots of fun activities.
We have been experimenting with different colours and prints.
This month we have been working very hard at our Vet Clinic during Aistear. We had lots of sick animals come to visit.
In November we set up a bakery in our classroom. It was great fun!
Some of our tasty Gingerbread Men.
Here we are opening our ‘Secret Santa’ cards!