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Learning about capacity

We took advantage of the good weather and took our learning outside.  We played with sand and water to learn about the concept of capacity.  The children were so engrossed in this activity and used lots of maths language whilst chatting with their partners.  They talked about containers being full, empty, holding more, holding less.  They measured how many spoons would fill a cup and counted as they went.  We all had great fun!

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The Hungry Caterpillar


We have been reading the story “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle.  We have learned all about the life cycle of the butterfly and have completed lots of activities based on this theme.

Today we made Hungry Caterpillar necklaces using painted pasta, beads and card.  It was a little tricky but we stuck with it and made some beautiful pieces.

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We even have our own caterpillars in our room.  We have watched them grow over the past two weeks.  We think that they might be hanging in their cocoons when we come back to school on Monday.



A trip to the garden

After enjoying a lovely lunch at the picnic tables in the garden we decided to explore the garden.


Making wishes


Close your eyes and make a wish…


We found snails stuck to the pots.


We turned over a lot of stones and logs to find lots of mini-beasts


Can you spot the woodlice?


We found slugs under the logs

Fun in the sun

The sun has got it’s hat on and we’re coming out to play, hip hip hooray!


Enjoying a picnic at little break


We had an extra few minutes on the playground.


Dining al fresco in the garden at big lunch.


Gardaí- New recruits!

When the Gardaí came to visit the boys and girls got a chance to dress up in their uniform.  I think you’ll agree that they make the cutest new recruits!

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Special Visitors in Junior Infants

Junior Infants have had some special visitors over the past couple of weeks as part of our topic “People Who Help Us”.

On Friday 15th April the Gardaí came to visit us.

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Two Gardaí visited to tell us all about their job.


We learned about the Garda uniform


We learned about all of the items on the Garda’s belt.

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We saw the lights flashing and counted how many blue lights were on the car. Can you remember how many there were boys and girls?


We even got to hear the siren. It was very loud and we had to put our fingers in our ears!

On Thursday 21st of March Nurse Sharon came into school to tell us all about her job.


Nurse Sharon told us how she helped sick people in hospital get better.


Nurse Sharon showed us how to use a torch to see if someone has a sore throat or infection.


We had a chance to be nurses and patients too!


We had our temperatures taken….


…we gave Ms Tobin an injection…


…we used syringes and wore masks…


…and Nurse Sharon showed us how to wrap bandages properly and make a sling.

On Thursday 27th April “Postman Pat” came to visit.


We learned all about being a postman and how the letters are sorted and then delivered to our houses.



The postman’s bike is very heavy and has three big bags on it to carry letters.


Junior Infants and The Jolly Postman.

Thank you so much to all of our visitors.  We really enjoyed your visits and learned lots from you.


Forth Class Full of Future Alan Sugars?

We finished our Junior Achievement Programme and were invited to Pioneer Investments, Georges Quay Plaza, to celebrate our Graduation!

This programme helped us learn a lot about business. We learned about the different types of business, how they run and how to be successful.

When we arrived we got the lift to the 8th floor and looked out over all of Dublin city. We got certificates to celebrate our hard work. It was so cool being in the fancy top-floor boardroom!

Thank you to Alan in Pioneer Investments who worked with us and held this fun party for us!

Fun in the Boardroom

A very important meeting…

Fun in the Boardroom!

Fun in the Boardroom!


Watch out world, Ms. Smith’s 4th Class are business savvy and shooting for the stars! 🙂 

First Class Mickey Mouse Club

Squeak! Squeak! 

We turned into mice for the school concert in March.

We opened up the show and did our parents, our teachers, Ms. Barrer and ourselves proud! Squeak!



We think mice are rather nice,

Their tails are long,

Their faces are small,

They haven’t any chins at all.

Their ears are pink,

Their teeth are white,

They run about the house at night!

They nibble things they shouldn’t touch,

And no-one seems to like them much!

But, we think mice are NICE!

Fairies in the Botanic Gardens

In October we were ‘away with the fairies’ in the Botanic Gardens.

For our Creativity in the Classroom with Liz the artist, we were exploring the small and magical world of fairies.

We looked all around us to see where the fairies live.

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It was really fun searching for the fairies, we even imagined what it would be like to be fairies!

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There were signs of them everywhere! We looked at their tools and some of their houses!

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We even found some friends of the fairies in the Gardens!

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The fairies had very interesting sculptures and creations.

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 We saw the beautiful flowers in the Gardens that the fairies keep safe and strong.

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Thank you Liz for taking us to visit the fairies, we really enjoyed our trip!

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Cleanest Classroom December 2014


Saint James’s Primary School Cleanest Classroom Champions December 2014

Don’t we look happy Mammies, Daddies and Guardians?

We won the Cleanest Classroom Competition in December and we are working hard to do well this month!

We are working hard to get points by putting the right rubbish in the correct bin. We also make sure our floor is tidy and that we bring home all our lunch in our lunch bags.


Our classroom bins. Yellow is for general waste. Orange is for recycling paper.

Our orange bin is our recycling bin. We only put paper in this bin.

We love recycling and having a tidy classroom!