Daily Archives: February 13, 2017

Teaching Initiatives

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Many classes are currently taking part in new teaching initiatives. This follows recent training undertaken by teachers in Scoil Mhuire provided by the PDST  (Professional Development Service for Teachers) in the area of Mathematics.

In Junior and Senior Infants an exciting new programme “Ready Set Go Maths” is almost ready to start. This is a hands on programme where children work in groups using concrete materials and playing maths games to consolidate learning.

Station teaching in maths is also being introduced to 1st / 2nd classes. Teachers target areas of difficulty and provide many opportunities for children to work in small groups using concrete materials and play specifically targeted games to reinforce learning of specific areas.

SGLI (Small Group Literacy Instruction) is also taking place from 3rd to 6th Class in this term. This is a follow on from our very successful Literacy Lift Off programme run from Juniors to Second class. SGLI is a period of up to 1 hour focusing on all aspects of literacy. Children are grouped and read books targeted to their level as well as working on other activities such as writing, comprehension and word work.

Literacy Lift Off will resume in the last term for Junior and Senior infants.

Friends for Life

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Teachers in the senior end of the school recently took part in 2 days training in the “Friends for Life” programme. This is an evidence-based intervention programme for children that teaches cognitive behavioural skills and behavioural skills to reduce anxiety and promote emotional resilience. The World Health Organisation cites “Friends for Life” as the only evidence based programme for anxiety in children that is effective at all levels of intervention.  4th, 5th and 6th Classes are currently having lessons on this programme as part of our SPHE curriculum.

Sport!

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4th, 5th and 6th Classes recently completed three training sessions with Munster rugby. Some members of the classes will be attending a blitz on Wednesday 22nd February.

Also we are delighted to announce that Peter Casey and his coaches of Clare GAA will be coming in each Wednesday to provide hurling training to all classes. We are delighted to have him back as the children really benefit from this very high quality coaching. Training will start on February 15th.

 

Green Schools

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Following on from achieving our second green flag, our Green School committee is working hard this year on the theme of “water”.  The committee are currently working on a questionnaire relating to water usage which will be circulated to parents shortly. Your co-operation in completing the questionnaires will be much appreciated.