Citywest & Saggart

Community National School

Junior Infants Room 5: I taste with my tongue!

Room 5 conducted a taste test as part of an SPHE unit on the five senses. The theme of this unit is sensory perception – how the world becomes known to us is explored through our five senses. The lessons allow the children to experience all five senses. In order to heighten the children’s awareness of them, each lesson focuses on a different sense, particularly in relation to safety. The taste test allowed the children to explore their own personal preferences and gave them the vocabulary to describe different tastes. We also discussed the importance of making sure something is safe before we eat it. Here are some pictures of our taste test. We taste tested: Jellytots/chocolate (sweet) Natural Yoghurt (sour) Lemon (bitter) Tuc Crackers (salty) Ask me which one was my favourite!...

Sports for schools… and life! Brian Gregan’s Visit to CSCNS

The children at CSCNS were extremely excited to welcome Irish International Sprinter Brian Gregan to the school on Friday, the 9th of March. The Dublin Athlete is the second fastest Irish man ever over 400m, and has represented Ireland in athletics all across the globe. Brian and his fellow sports stars led a high-energy sponsored fitness circuit with all the pupils at CSCNS, and really gave them a run for their sponsorship- money! After their work out, Brian spoke to the children about his background. They learnt that he had to overcome several challenges, including a very serious injury, to become the super athlete he is today. They asked him excellent questions, and learnt that he grew up in Tallaght, like many of them, and shared lunch with the Olypmic Games champion Usain Bolt!      The aim of the event was ultimately to inspire the pupils to get involved in sports, to pursue their dreams in spite of challenges presented to them, and to raise additional funds for P.E. equipment for the school. Many thanks to Brian and all of the athletes who visited the school in conjunction with the Sports For Schools Initiative, and to Ms Bates for co-ordinating the visit. Special thanks must also be extended to all of the parents, relatives and friends who sponsored the children who participated, and well done to them for being such enthusiastic participants. We hope they will get much enjoyment and benefit out of the new PE equipment they have helped to raise funds for at their school over the coming years. To see more photos of the CSCNS athletes please click...

Junior Infants Room 5: Maths for Fun!

The children recently had some volunteer parents visit them in the classroom to help them complete a number of Maths activities as part of Maths week. It was lots of fun for all involved and showed that learning really is FUN! See more pictures...

Junior Infants Room 2: Learning is FUN!

The Junior Infants have been learning so much over the last few weeks, and we’ve just about managed to catch a  few photos of them busy at work and play below! They loved having a doctor’s surgery in the classroom and learned all about living things, and what they need to grow. They made excellent doctors, nurses and patients! They have gotten very good at spotting the rhyming words in their nursery rhymes ‘Miss Polly Had a Dolly‘ and  ‘Doctor Foster‘, and retelling the story of ‘Zog and the Flying Doctors‘.  See here for more photos of the Room 2 Doctors and nurses!       They traded in their doctor’s surgery for a Clothes shop next, and loved designing, describing and making their own clothes and mittens to go with their favourite story, ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’ using lots of different textured materials. Ask them to sing their Smartest Giant in Town song for you, or their Three Little Kittens Ryhme. They are really good at comparing height, and spotting the shortest and tallest people in their class now, and they’ve even been building tall and short robots during play time-check them out here!    The Junior Infants particularly enjoyed Maths4Fun, when lots of their mums and dads came in and played fun maths games with them, and talked to them about all the different ways we use maths- many thanks to all of them for coming in to help us learn! This is one of their favourite maths songs so far- In On Under and they loved playing directions games, hiding and finding different objects! Take a look at...

Junior Infants Room 5: At Play

Room 5 have been enjoying playing with our different topics over the last few months. Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Play is important to healthy brain development. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them. Two of our favourite play topics have been the Clothes Shop and the School! See photos here. If you flick through the pictures, you will see some of the different play areas we have in our classroom. Here we are in the creative area making Gruffalo characters! Some of us really enjoy the construction area where we can build all sorts of structures. Another area is the small world area, where we act out different real life situations such as getting petrol. However, the role play area is our absolute favourite! Here we are acting in the school. Can you spot the teacher?...

Junior Infants Room 2: There’s no such thing as a Gruffalo!

Room 2 have gone animal mad! They have had great fun reading the story of The Gruffalo, singing their Gruffalo song, and making and painting Gruffalo’s in art during play time! Ms Larkin and Vinny are beginning to wonder if they are going to turn into Gruffalos , uhoh!!   They had Dr Hugh the Vet in to teach them all about how to care for animals, and are doing a great job of caring for their pet goldfish LoveHeart. They have also been doing super sorting in Maths, sorting sets of animals and shapes according to their different properties. Ms. Glynn and Ms. Larkin were super impressed with their sorting skills this term! Please see photos of them and all their animal adventures in the Petshop, on the farm, and in the Vet’s here!  Well done Room 2, you are super stars and super vets in...