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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.


Junior Assembly – Christmas 2015


Ms. Flynn and Ms. Brennan begin our Junior Christmas Assembly 2015.


Natasha with all her ‘Perfect’ Attendees! All students were in every second of every minute of every hour in this school term.


Natasha with all the most improved and excellent attendees. Well done everyone.

Term 1 Superstars from every class. Brilliant effort everyone!

Term 1 Superstars from every class. Brilliant effort everyone!


English award winners from each class.


Maths award winners from each class.

Santa visits St. James’s Primary School

Santa took time out of his busy schedule to visit all the boys and girls in school today.
Take a look at his list and check it twice to see if your name is on it!!!


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1916 Commemorations

On Wednesday the 11th of November two members of the Irish army arrived at our school to present us with an Irish flag and our very own copy of the proclamation of the Irish Republic.  We learnt how to look after our flag and what the colours represent. We also had a very special visitor, John Stephenson, whose grandfather fought at the GPO in 1916. He told us all about the rising and about all the interesting places in our locality where fighting actually took place. We had a great day.