First Class – If you would like to supplement your child’s homework.

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1. If you haven’t already, join the local library and visit it weekly.

2. Try an activity from the webmix for 1st class (see below).

In particular there are lots of Maths games on it. (There is some science too).

3. Try games such as scrabble, draughts, chess,

Monopoly and card games

4. Perhaps start an ‘extra work’ copybook.

In it you could …

5. Write a book review or a film review.

What was it? What happened in it?

Was it enjoyable?

What mark would you give it out of 10? Why?

6. Make a bookmark for your favourite book

or the most recent book that you have read.

7. Make a card or write a letter

to a family member or friend.

8. Beginning with the letter ‘A” list in alphabetical order

as many names you can think of.

(Other lists can include: places, animals, foods, sports,

hobbies, jobs people have, things you would find in school,

in the kitchen etc.)

9. Write a story or poem.

10. Compose tune. Write the words to this song.

11. Write down all the things you are good at.

12. Describe how to play your favourite sport.

13. Write down 5 facts about something that interests you.

14. Listen to some music and draw what you see.

15. List as many adjectives or describing words that

you can think of to describe yourself

16. Describe yourself for an alien. Can you write a story about meeting an alien.

17. Who is the person you would most like to meet?

What would you like to ask this person?

18. Design a useful invention.

19. List all the verbs (doing/action activities) you will do today.

20. Paint how you are feeling using colours.

21. What would you do with 3 wishes?

22. Invent your own super hero. Describe and illustrate. Can you put him in a story. What happens? Who needs rescuing? What happens in the end?

A Special Post for Mr. Geiman’s Class in Pennsylvania, USA



Hi there to the students from Mr. Geiman’s class in Pennsylvania, in the USA

who are doing the Student Blogging Challenge.

We thought you might be interested to read about the differences between

the way we speak English here, in Ireland

and the way you speak it in America.


If any of you were coming to visit us here in Ireland,

the different way

we use English might make things a bit confusing.

If you asked for a scone this is what we would give you:

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We would serve it with jam and cream.

By jam we mean jelly.

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Mmm, this looks like raspberry.

If you asked for jelly, we would give you this;

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We call these crisps

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Though we wouldn’t eat them with a knife and fork,

we might put them in a sandwich.

We call these chips:

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unless we are in McDonald’s, in which case

we call them ‘french fries’.

We think it is interesting, that

although both the Irish

and the Americans speak English,

they speak if differently.

“The Town Where Nobody Smiled”  – a story by Loman

In the town where nobody smiled the people are grumpy and sad. It was boring and depressing to live there.

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They had a cruel and evil ruler and the town was under attack from powerful and unkind God. The evil ruler had murderous soldiers patrolling the town and the powerful God had devils to torment the people.

Little Demon Neil Tackaberry via Compfight

Our hero, Super Cheeseburger came to the town’s rescue. He turned the devils into devilled eggs and the soldiers into the type of slices of toast that you dip into a boiled egg.

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The Elf – a story by Fiona

My name is Fiona. I am adventurous.

Sometimes I can be a little bit crazy and I like to imagine things.

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One bright morning I was waking up to go downstairs to have breakfast

and I saw a little door at the bottom of the wall.  

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The door was open and I could see a shadow inside.

I lay down on the carpet and I looked inside.

I saw a little tiny elf.

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He was small and I could see he was a child.

He had brown hair and blue eyes.

He had big pointy ears. He was dressed in red and white.

He was scared so he hid behind the door.

I talked to him to see why he was scared and he said that he was lost.

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He had been on the way to Elf Headquarters and he had lost his way.

He had lost his family. I asked him how far he had walked to get here

and he said ‘a long, long way’.

I had to catch the school bus. I said I’ll see you later.

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When I got home he was gone.

It could have been a dream except the little door in the wall is still there.  


A Day That I Became Famous – A Story by Loman

My name is Mr Not Famous. In fact nobody knows my name. Even my own mother has forgotten my name. And my father has moved to Africa for work. Not being famous and having nobody knowing your name has its advantages and disadvantages.

I can do whatever I want. I don’t have to tell anyone my secrets. On the other hand, I have barely any money and I have no one to talk to.

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I was walking through the woods and I found a dodo. Now as you know the dodo is extinct, so finding it immediately made me famous. There were thousands of people around my house. These were photographers and reporters and ordinary people. They wanted to see the dodo and to tell the world about it.

Then disaster struck, the dodo disappeared. I think he ran away because my dog used annoy him. So I went back to being not famous. 

Story starter – ‘Your pet start behaving like a human being. It walks on two feet and has a lot to say. What do they have to say to you?’ A story by Fiona


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My name is Fiona and I have a pet dog. His name is Teddy. He is a golden labrador. He is a young, well behaved animal. The most he had ever said to me was woof. He liked eating dog food and he loved to nap in his kennel outside. 

One summer day at noon, he was racing around the garden. He must have got dizzy because he ran into the wall. He called my name and he said

‘Fiona, I’ve had an accident. I ran into the wall and I hurt my head and now it is really sore.’

I called my Mum.

She didn’t believe me until Teddy got up, stood on two legs and said

‘Tara, I would feel a lot better if you could make me some toast and tea. I like just one spoon of sugar and I would prefer if my toast was not burned.’

We took him to the vet and he behaved like a normal dog, so the vet didn’t believe us. As we left Teddy whispered

‘I didn’t want to stay in the vet’s. I want to go home and go to bed’.

Teddy didn’t sleep in his kennel as he usually did. Instead he slept in the spare room.

Luckily when he woke up the next morning he was back to normal. Only that my Mum had seen it too, I wouldn’t have believed it. The only thing that is different about Teddy now is that he likes to eat toast!

‘A Tall Tale’ by Fiona

Hi I’m Fiona, let me tell you about what happened to me

this morning when I was going to school.

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A spaceship landed in front of my house.

I went out and there were aliens.

They were green and only had one eye.

There were a lot of them.

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I tried to hide them in my shed in my back garden,

so my Mum wouldn’t see them.

I succeeded in getting them in and gave them food and water.

When I got to school Teacher asked why I was late.

So if I had told her the truth, she wouldn’t have believed me.

‘A Tall Tale’ by Loman

My name is Loman. Pleased to meet you.

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I live in a billionaire’s mansion surrounded

by hundreds of statues, made of gold.

I am so rich I have my own plane. 

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But this particular morning,

I left the plane at home

and flew to school on my tame dragon. 

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I flew through the air

I saw a flying shark coming

in the other direction.

It stole my lunchbox.

I chased after it on my dragon.

After I got my lunchbox back, I saw a robber.

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He was stealing an old woman’s purse.

I went down and scorched his bottom.

His trousers turned to ashes and I saved the day.

Loman’s story – ‘I knew it was going to be an unusual day when my Mum said…’

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I knew it was going to be an unusual day when my Mum

came into my bedroom and said

there is a tiger in the garden.

My name is Loman.

I am not very brave.

I am not a great animal lover.

Yet there was a tiger in my garden.


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There was also a hippo in the swimming pool.

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There was a monkey in the hot tub

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and there was a rhino in the kitchen.

It turned out that the tiger this happened

because my neighbour who is a zoo keeper,

needed to put his animals somewhere,

when he went on holidays.



Fiona’s Story – ‘I never expected that one day I’d open my lunch box and find …’

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I never expected that one day

I’d open my lunch box and find a snake.

My name is Fiona. I am eleven.

It was lunchtime, in the middle of the day,


I opened my lunchbox and

I found a snake. I am afraid of snakes.

It was long and scaly and green.

He was camouflaged as he was just peeping

out of the lettuce in my sandwich.


I couldn’t understand how it got there at first.

Then I remembered, the last time I had used this lunchbox

was when I went to the zoo and we had a picnic there.


The school principal rang the zoo

and a zoo keeper came out to bring the snake back

to where he came from.

The zoo keeper explained that as dangerous

as the snake looked he actually was not poisonous.


‘A Case of Mistaken Identity’ by Alexandra again

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Let me tell you about a day that I became famous.

I am Tara, an ordinary twelve year old girl. I am very smart. I love experimenting with different hairstyles with my long blonde hair.

So I was going to a concert in London on the 23rd July to see one of my favourite pop stars Zara Larsson. She is from Sweden. You might know her as the singer of ‘Ain’t my Fault’. It is really catchy. Zara has long blonde hair too!

I was going to the bathroom and Zara Larsson’s dressing room was right beside it. When I came out of the bathroom, a distressed woman said to me

‘Where were you? The concert is about to start.’

It turned out she was the tour manager. She pulled me into the dressing room, got me dressed and put me on to this platform. It started to rise up and a few seconds later I was up on the stage.

Everyone started cheering and the music started playing. I know all of her songs so I just started singing. My voice must sound like her’s because everyone started cheering.

When the concert was over, I walked out and I signed autographs and I was trying to copy her signature. I got in a limo and went to a hotel that was huge and glamorous where we would all dream to be.

I had a very expensive dinner that I didn’t have to pay for. But I started to get a little bit nervous. Where was the real Zara Larsson?

Anyway I went to bed. In the morning I woke up went downstairs and got even more nervous, but I had breakfast. I was about leave but the tour manager caught my arm and told me we are going on a tour. I tried to pull away but she had a really good grip.

A few hours later, on the bus, We stopped to get food and the real Zara Larsson was there. I covered my track and slipped away out the door.

I think she may have saw me for a split second but she didn’t come over.

A few days later I read in the newspapers Zara Larsson explained the singer at the last concert had not been her. She said it had been a case of mistaken identity. She had found herself trapped in the back of a truck that drove away.

I felt a bit nervous, but she did say she was relieved that her fans were not disappointed.


‘A Goldfish that Talks’ by Alexandra aged nine

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I am a goldfish that talks.

My name is Bob.

I live in dirty, smelly fish bowl.

This problem is caused because my owners

don’t take very good of care of me.

Also the space is very small.

What about the food I eat?

I eat the same food every day.

It is boring.

Talking about food I don’t like the way that cat is

purring and staring at me like he wants to eat me.

What I would really like is a friend

that would play with and talk to me.

All I have is the seaweed to keep me company.

Poetry; Connections – Spring Poems by John Foster & ee cummings

We are ‘making connections’ again –

this time, between poems.

Poems about Spring.

The Three Musketeers!
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It’s Spring by John Foster


It’s spring

And the garden is changing its clothes,

Putting away

Its dark winter suits,

Its dull scarves

And drab brown overcoats.


Now, it wraps itself in green shoots,

Slips on blouses

Sleeved with pink and white blossom,

Pulls on skirts of daffodil and primrose,

Snowdrops socks and purple crocus shoes,

Then dances in the sunlight.

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In Just-                     by ee cummings


in Just-

spring when the world is mud-

luscious the little

lame balloonman

whistles far and wee

and eddieandbill come

running from marbles and

piracies and it’s


when the world is puddle-wonderful

the queer

old balloonman whistles

far and wee

and bettyandisbel come dancing

from hop-scotch and jump-rope and






balloonMan whistles




St. Brigid’s Day: February 1st: ‘We Sing A Song To Brigid’

Stained Glass
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We sing a song to Brigid, 
Brigid brings the spring
Awakens all the fields and the flowers
And calls the birds to sing.
All were welcome at her door, 
no one was turned away.
She loved the poor,
the sick and the sore,
She helped them on their way.
She laid her cloak out on the ground
And watched it grow and grow,
In wells and streams and fields of green

St. Brigid’s blessings flow.

Lyrics from Alive-O (Veritas).
Written by Clare Maloney and Patrica Hegarty

Jack’s Dragon – A Story by Jack H. who is nearly 6

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My dragon lives in this castle.

You can see his eyes.

His name is Tricky.

He makes the castle beautiful,

so people will want to visit.

Then he will gobble them up.


Tricky makes it rain.

He makes storms

with thunder and lightening.

Then people come in

to the castle for shelter

and then he gobbles them up.



Simple Advent or Christmas Prayer Service – Infants to Second Class approximately

Good morning & welcome to the hall today

for our Christmas Prayer Service.

 Nativity with Star Background Sept10
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Advent is the special time in the Church’s year

when we get ready to celebrate

the birthday of a very special baby.

What was his name? (Jesus).


Does any one here know when is Jesus’s birthday?

Yes that’s right we celebrate Jesus’s birthday

on Christmas Day.

How many more sleeps is that? (  )


Sign of the Cross


Candle Prayer;

‘Chase away the darkness.

Fill the world with light,

be a little candle flame

and shine out bright’.


We can be like ‘candles’ who share

the light and warmth of God’s love

with everyone we meet.


Why do we light a candle?

To remind us that God our Father in Heaven is always with us.


On the night Jesus was born,

there was a light in the sky over the place where He was.

Does anyone know what was that light in the sky?

It was the Christmas star shining out bright.


So now we are going pretend that we are going on a journey

like Mary and Joseph and the donkey

nd the Shepherds and the Kings

And to find our way we have to follow God’s shining star.


But first let us get ready for our journey

by making the best possible start when we say

Good Morning to God; this is the best way to start each day;


Father in Heaven, you love me

You are with me night and day

I want to love you always

In all I do and say

I’ll try to please you Father

Please bless me during the day



Yes, Christmas is Jesus’s birthday.


Hands up who is doing a Christmas play ?

What job do you have in the Christmas play?

Hands up who is an angel?

Who is a shepherd?

Who is a wise man or a wise king?

Is any one a Whoops a Daisy angel?

 I’m sure that after all your hard work your play will go well.


Who knows who told Mary that she was going to have a baby?

It was an angel who came to visit Mary

to tell her the Good News,

that she was going have a baby,

that was going to be the Mother of God. 

So stand up and spread your wings you are an angel

and we will sing ‘Mary Will You Take This Baby Boy’


Where did Mary live?

Mary lived in a place called Nazareth.

Who was Mary’s husband?

Mary was married to a carpenter called Joseph.


Mary and Joseph had to go on a journey.

Where were they going?

They were going to a place called Bethlehem.


Why were they going to Bethlehem?

They were going to be counted!

The reason they had to go to Bethlehem 

is that that was where Joseph’s family were from.


As well as getting ready for a new baby

Mary and Joseph had gone on a journey

from Nazareth to Bethlehem.

This journey is a long long journey

and there were no cars…

or buses…

or trains…

So how did Mary get there? Mary travelled on a donkey

And how did Joseph get there? He walked

The roads were rough and rocky.

The journey would have taken about a week,

so it would be like if you started walking today – Sunday

and you kept walking ….

on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

…til next Sunday.


And what happened when they did get to Bethlehem?

Well Bethlehem was full of people.

Mary and Joseph went looking but there was no place to stay.

Mary and Joseph went knocking on all the doors


Poor Mary and Joseph had no place to stay

So now it is time for us to say sorry for times

when we closed the doors to our minds and our hearts.

And if we are truly sorry in our hearts,

then God our Father in Heaven will always forgive us.


So let’s say our Sorry Prayer

O my God I thank you for loving me.

I am sorry for all my sins,

for not loving others and not loving you.

Help me to live like Jesus and not sin again. Amen


Is any one the innkeeper in their Christmas play?

What does the kind innkeeper say?

Yes, luckily one kind innkeeper said,

‘Would you like to stay in my stable?’


So let us open our doors and our hearts and our minds

like the kind innkeeper who let Mary and Joseph stay in his stable did.

That night Baby Jesus was born,

and Mary loved her baby so much

just like your parents love you

Silent Night


Shepherds were minding their sheep.

Who came to tell them that Baby Jesus was born?

Yes angels came to tell them that Baby Jesus was born.


And how did the Three Wise men find Jesus?

The Three Kings or the Three Wise Men in the East saw the star,

they followed the star and found the Baby Jesus.

‘We Three Kings’


The Three Wise Men brought presents.

What presents did the Three Wise Men bring?



and myrrh,

I’m sure Mary and Joseph would have said thank you.


And now it is time for us to say Thank You to God

God our Father I come to say, thank you for your love today.

Thank you for my family and all the friends you give to me.

Guard me in the dark of night and in the morning, please send your light.


‘Away in a Manger’

Thank you, dear Jesus, thank you

for coming down from Heaven to save us.

Thank you for Christmas time.

Help us to get ready for Your coming this year.


So as we get ready for Christmas.

Let’s remember that it is a special baby’s birthday

and celebrate as we go

 Jingle Bells.


An Chéad Nollaig


Bhí sneachta ar an talamh,

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bhí réalta mór sa spéir. 

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Bhí aingil Dé ag canadh

Choir of Angels Christmas Ornaments Crochet Pattern
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go raibh Íosa sa mháinséar. 

Holy Family Mini-Nativity oct09
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Bhí na haoirí ar na sléibhte

nuair a chuala siad an scéal.


Tháinig na trí ríthe

le hór, túis agus miorr.

School Auction Nativity Set Dec09
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Fadó, fadó i mBeithil,

i stábla dorcha lom, 

rugadh an leanbh Íosa.

An Nollaig a bhí ann. 


Muire agus Íosaf,

asal agus bó. 

Ríthe agus aoirí ann

chun ómós a thabhairt dó.


Par un matin enneigé... la lumière se penche... buvant à la source cachée...!!!
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Is maith liom an sneachta,

An sneachta bog bán,

Ag titim, ag titim,

An sneachta bog bán.

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Sneachta, sneachta,

Ag titim, ag titim,

An sneachta ag titim,

Anuas ón spéir.

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Calóga móra,

Calóga bána,

Ag rince, ag titim,

Ag luascadh san aer.

Flaky Day
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‘Oíche Chiúin’

I (heart) Christmas
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Oíche Chiúin, oíche Mhic Dé,

Cách na suan go héiri an lae.

Dís is dílse ag faire le spéis.

Glór binn aingeal le clos insan aer.

Críost ag teacht ar an saol.

Críost ag teacht ar an saol.

Oíche Chiúin, oíche Mhic Dé,

Aoirí ar dtús a chuala an scéal

Alleluia aingeal ag glaoch

Cantain suairc i ngar is i gcéin.

Críost ár Slánaitheoir féin

Críost ár Slánaitheoir féin

Tips for students: being organised in school

Third class have worked hard at being organized this year.  To make sure we remembered everything we needed for homework we used our homework notebooks.

Teacher always gives us the same homework, so it is easy to plan. We made a checklist.


We covered our homework notebooks using the checklist.


We fold the pages we have used in the homework notebook like this:


That was we can find where we have written our homework very easily:


We used tabs to mark where we are in our books and copies.


We found a see-through pencil case very useful.


We also colour coded the spines of our books and copies. It is good to be organized. It helps us do our work well.