Citywest & Saggart

Community National School

Junior Infants Rooms 1, 2 and 5 : Science Week

This week is Science Week in our school. Junior Infants had a very special team of scientists that came to do some fun experiments with us. Dr David Fitzpatrick from the National University of Ireland in Maynooth and his scientists visited us on Wednesday for a wonderful workshop. We got ready for the occasion and donned our laboratory coats and goggles! We grew bacteria in petri dishes, made our very own static electricity and even saw the scientists make ELEPHANT TOOTHPASTE!! For more photos please see here.    ...

Junior Infants Room 2: At the Fruit and Veg Shop

Room 2 learnt all about the Fruit and Vegetable shop last month! They had great fun singing and acting out their new rhyme ‘To Market’ , and dancing to the 7 potato song! They read a great story called ‘Handa’s Surprise‘, about a little African girl called Handa who decided to bring some fruit to her friend Akeyo but met some unexpected visitors along the way… watch it here  but turn down the volume so your Super Star can tell you the story! Room 2 got a surprise themselves, when Vinny brought them in ACTUAL fruit and vegetables to print with in art! They had great fun copying the shapes of the fruits and vegetables, and even got to try some during their ‘taste test’. Can you remember which ones you liked most? Room 2 have also been doing great learning in Maths, and have begun to write the numbers 1-5 independently. They have been sorting out all of Ms. Glynn’s collections into different sets, matching patterns, shapes, and animals, and are getting very good at it! They have been learning all about the season of Autumn in Science this term. They made lovely Autumn hedgehogs with Autumn leaves, and are getting really good at identifying the different seasons in their Autumn song! Check out the flags they made, celebrating how unique and special they all are as children of the world  ->   For more photos of Room 2 at work and play, please see here 🙂  ...

Junior Infants Room 2: Ready for Blast Off!

The Junior Infants in Room 2 have BLASTED into school this term and done fantastic learning so far! The children have been exploring the theme of ‘the family’ this month. They brought pictures of their own families into school, and have been taking turns telling all of their new friends about them! They have also been singing lots of nursery rhymes and songs about different families, such as the 5 Little Ducks , The Finger Family, and  They have reading stories about families too, using the pictures, and are becoming excellent storytellers! Room 2 have also been learning all about 2D shapes and love singing their shape song! They have become very quick at finding shapes in their environment too, in their classroom, school, yard, and even in their lunch boxes! They have been learning how to cut carefully, to colour inside the lines, and have started using pencils and practising tracing all sorts of lines so that they will become excellent writers later this year… According to the Room 2 Junior Infants however, their favourite thing of all in school is play time! They love playing with their new friends, and are getting really good at taking turns, sharing, and have really impressed Ms. Larkin and Vinny the class teddy with their clean up skills! Well done Room 2, you are SUPER STARS! For more photos of the Room2 Infants Blasting Off into school, please...

2017-2018 After School Clubs

    A warm welcome back to all clubs and a special welcome to the two new clubs setting up in the school – Nikki’s Playball Kids and Stretch and Grow! It is fantastic that the parents/guardians and children of the school have such a wide selection to pick and choose from. Below are the clubs available to enrol in at school and the start dates for each activity. All enrollments, administrations and queries must go directly through the afterschool club itself! 1: Ballet: starts 11th September 2017 Contact Mel at 0851552855 or visit www.citywestballetstudio.ie 2: Polish Classes: starts 19th September 2017 Contact Marta at 0851397274 3: Nikki’s Playball Kids: starts 29th September 2019 Contact Nikki at 0874184122 or see www.nikkisplaybalkids.ie   4: Stretch and Grow: starts 20th September 2017 Contact Jane at 0872203522 or visit www.stretch-n-grow.ie 5: Irish Dancing: starts 21st September 2017 Contact Catherine at 0879932791 6: Art: starts 22nd September 2017 Contact Agata at 0851438653 7: Hip Hop: starts 7th September 2017 Contact Sadbh at 0860744511 or see www.motion2motionschoolofdance.ie 8: Kickboxing: starts 20th September 2017 Contact Martin at 0876836167 9: Science: starts 14th September 2017  ...

Junior Infants Room 2: At school, with their grandparents!

Room 2 have been exploring the theme of ‘School’ over the last few weeks. They have been discussing all the things they do in school at the different times of day, and what they do at home in the evenings, and night time. They also designed their own school uniforms, read stories about school, and had so much fun playing ‘teacher’ in their own ‘mini-school’ in the classroom! One of the children’s favourite ways to explore the theme of ‘school’ however, was learning about school long ago. They loved becoming historians and examining evidence and pictures of school now, and school then, and presenting their findings to their classmates! Room 2’s favourite thing of all however, was having their grandparents come into their class to tell them about school long ago. They answered lots of questions, and were even kind enough to read the children stories. Room 2 performed a poem for the grandparents then about all the wonderful ways they like to spend time with them. If any of the grandparents couldn’t make it, let Ms. Larkin know and she will send you a video of the children’s performance! To see more photos of Room 2 at school...

Arts and Crafts Club

The Arts and Crafts club did phenomenal CRAFTY creative work this term! For their first project, they planned and made Valentine’s day hearts out of clay, which they incised with special messages for their loved ones using tooth picks! Following this, they made Mother’s day cards, frames, and flower bouquets using a range of materials and their fantastic imaginations! Next, they took a vote and decided to make animal masks. They did a preparatory drawing first to be sure of the colours, patterns, and materials they wanted to use to make them. Then they constructed them, and selected fabric and fibre materials to add details. Some of their masks were different from their plans, but we decided that’s OK! It’s good to be creative and change your mind as you experiment 🙂 Finally, the A&C club decided to construct hats and headdresses using 3D materials. This time they didn’t do a plan, preferring instead to let their work evolve as they went… and some VERY creepy and cool alien hats emerged! Have a look at some of their amazing work here ! Thanks to all for joining us this term, and hopefully we’ll see you again for some crafty fun soon 🙂 *The A&C club is over for this term, but we hope to run another next term- details to follow. Please note that if your child has already attended the club in Term 1 or 2, that preference will be given to new-comers first, to ensure children all have at least one turn. Many...