Open ended play with chalk for Art

June 1, 2019

On Friday, Third Class were allowed to play freely (with some restrictions) with chalk outside. The rain held off and allowed us to brighten up the top of the yard. There were some independent works of art and some team work at times. 

Third Class School Tour

May 29, 2019

Third Class went on their school tour today! We headed off to Cork City Gaol and once we were let out on good behaviour we had some lunch and headed off for Fitzgerald’s Park. On our way we were treated like local celebrities with everyone waving and beeping! Finally we made it to the Mardyke arena for more fun activities! I’m sure everyone will.sleep soundly tonight! 

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SALTO - Gymnastics

May 8, 2019

This was our last week of our Gymnastics sessions with SALTO. (Strand units: Movement and Understanding & Appreciation of Gymnastics). Some of the class were able to showcase their abilities and others had a chance to try and perfect, practise and test their physical strength and flexibility. And they all had great fun and an obvious improvement was seen which really impressed their instructors. Well done Third Class. And a big Thank You to the instructors. 

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April 11, 2019

Lots of predictions and tallies recorded today. Third Class figured out how to tell a raw egg from a boiled egg with a spin test. We discovered that a fresh egg will sink in water but float when placed in water in which we dissolved salt (because it’s more dense!) We could all float in the Dead Sea! 

All eggs have an air cell at the bottom and it expands when it is rotten and can float in fresh water without salt. 

We are making a rubber egg with vinegar and we have another egg in some cola to see the effect of the acid on its shell. 

8 people were able to balance their eggs on a flat surface - it was not easy! After we experimented with how strong eggs can be we blew out our eggs (which was disgusting and we demonstrated ways to separate the yolk from the white) we decorated our shells and named them!

Clodagh also made a parchute for her egg and released it from a window upstairs - and it survived its journey. 

It was an ’egg’citing day!


Óró sé do Bheatha Bhaile

April 11, 2019

Our class have been learning a little about Grace O' Malley, The Irish Pirate Queen. So we learned some of Óró 'sé do Bheatha Bhaile, which is a traditional Irish song, welcoming home Gráinne Mhaol from the sea. Have a listen!

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World Book Day!

March 15, 2019

SNCN held their book day today. Once again we celebrated it in style! Ms Burke was nowhere to be seen until sometime, fortunately Ms Trunchbull was there to keep order. 

Well done to Third Class for their creativity and continue to engage in the joy of reading.


March 13, 2019

Sheinn Alex, Cillian agus Isaac ag tionóil ar maidin l’uirlisí traidisiúnta ar son Seachtain na Gaeilge. Bhí said ar fheabhas! Is deas an rud é ceol Éireannach ’s traidisiúnta a chloistéail ó dhaoine comh óg!

Lights! Cameras! Action!

March 13, 2019

Many of Third Class attend Ms Murphy’s Drama Class after school. Today they treated us to a performance that they are going to showcase at CIT this weekend. They were amazing! 

Engineering Week

March 10, 2019

Well done to Third Class who became Egyptologists and construction engineers for the week. They did a great job finishing off painting and spraying their pyramids for display at the Engineering Week fair. Some really got into the spirit and channeled their inner pharaoh and dressed up for the occasion. Kohl lined eyes and all!

Inspired by the week that was in it Isaac made a little jitterbug from the head of an old tooth brush, a loom band and some batteries. His initiative earned him his own display at the fair. Maith thú! 

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Ancient Egypt- pyramid construction (Part 1)

March 1, 2019

This week we have been learning all about Ancient Egyptian civilisation and of course, one such aspect being the pyramids.  The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the Great Wonders of the Ancient World. 

We thought we would try and construct a pyramid of our own. We worked together in groups to design, measure, cut, glue and duct tape our creations together. We are so grateful to the 5th class volunteers for helping and advising us along the way. 

The hard part is out of the way. All that's left to do is paint, spray paint or design the outside. Come back next week to see the final result! 



The Wonder of God’s Creations

February 28, 2019

As part of Religion today we went on a Nature Walk where children were encouraged to be aware of their sens of sight, touch, smell and hearing. We took samples of leaves, twigs and other natural things we came across. On our return to class we made collages with these items. The children then wrote their own personal prayer thanking God for the wonders of Creation.

Glounthaune History Trail

February 13, 2019

Today we set off on a History Trail of Glounthaune! Along the way, we learned about a local hedge school, the Dry Bridge, Sacred Heart Church and Glounthaune Village. We were so well behaved while we were out and about that we were allowed to have our break in the local playground! 

Games and Pastimes

February 13, 2019

As part of the History strand Local Studies, our class have been looking at Games and Pastimes in the Past.

We watched 100 Years of Toys and many of the class brought in toys and games that belonged to grandparents and/or parents and even their own toys that they've had since they were very small! We had a Show and Tell and Ms Burke was getting very nostalgic when she saw some of the toys from the 80s! It was great to see that some toys and games have stood the test of time - marbles, skipping ropes, cards, dolls, chess, teddies, toy soldiers, dinkies to name but a few. Of course, as time changes we have embraced squishies, slime, fidget spinners, Play Stations etc.

We examined Flemish Renaissance artist, Pieter Bruegel's Children's Games (1560) and compared some of the games and activities to what children play today.'s_Games_(Bruegel)#/media/File:Pieter_Bruegel_the_Elder_-_Children%E2%80%99s_Games_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg

And some people think History is just memorising dates, battles and generals! 


Beannachtaí Lá Fhéile Bríde!

February 1, 2019

Today is St Brigid’s feast day, one of the patron saints of Ireland. One of the traditions associated with her is to make a St Brigid’s Cross from rushes. Traditionally, these crosses are blessed and placed above doorways and windows. 

Ms Foley and some of her 6th class pupils came to our class today to guide 3rd class in the making of these crosses. As Ms Foley prepared the rushes she told them a bit about St Brigid’s life and the story of St Brigid and the Cloak. Ms Burke told the class how in converting a dying chieftain the Cross came to be. 

Wonder if anyone is going on the biddy tonight? 

A huge thank you to Ms Foley and her gang of experts who helped us today. 

Cork Colours!

February 1, 2019

Cork’s traditional colours are red and white. They were once blue! That changed in 1919 when Cork played against Dublin in an All-Ireland Final. Before this match the British Forces stole the Cork jerseys and they had to use a local club’s jerseys - Fr Matthew’s which were red and white. They won so they considered the colours lucky and continued to use them!


January 11, 2019

Pointillism is a technique of painting with small dots of colour to form an image. Notable artists being Vincent Van Gogh, George Seurat...and evidently, my class! 

Be careful of gymnasts - they could flip at any moment!

January 8, 2019

Today we explored individual and partner balances to develop body awareness and good body tension. Many of my class do gymnastics as an extra curricular activity and it shows! They all learned a lot from each other today and had fun doing it.

Christmas Concert!

December 19, 2018

This year Third Class put on a traditional Nativity with a twist! They put a lot of practice and hard work in and it really paid off. They were amazing and really enjoyed performing. It was a great success! 

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Follow your Food!

December 6, 2018

What is more fascinating to children than gross science? Our class had an amazing interactive science experience today facilitated by an enthusiastic team from UCC (APC Microbiome Ireland) organised by one of my pupil’s Mom, which made it that bit more exciting for us! This week’s lessons may make for some interesting (and stomach churning) talk at the dinner table!

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Origami Fun

November 16, 2018

Our class novel is The BFG by Roald Dahl. In order to keep our place we designed and made eye catching bookmarks! 

‘We is in Dream Country,' the BFG said. 'This is where all dreams is beginning’.
Roald Dahl, The BFG

Harper's Island

November 12, 2018

Our class recently went to Harper's Island Wetland Centre. As you will see in the photos we had to practice how to use binoculars properly. We were on a mission to spot wintering waterbirds - the Black Tailed Godwit in particular. We had to be very quiet so as not to frighten the birds away. We were very lucky to have ornithologist, Mr Jim Wilson, to guide us. Luckily we saw a lot of different birds on the day, (although many had been scared away by some pelicans that had escaped from Fota Wildlife Park who flew in that morning for breakfast!)  Currently, we are working on projects based on some of the birds we saw on the day.

Oíche Shamhna Shona Daoibh

November 12, 2018

What did the ghost teacher say to her class?

"Watch the board...I'll go through it again".