Run Around Europe Challenge

I spotted this challenge on ‘Irish Primary PE Association’ Facebook Page’ yesterday and thought it was a great idea.   We started the challenge today and will continue every day for the next few weeks. Today we managed 86 laps as a class so tomorrow we’re aiming for a little bit higher! After break, we […]

The Marrog

The Marrog is a fantastic poem by R.C. Scriven that we have been looking at over the last few days. Here are some activities that we used and some that I plan to use with the Marrog as inspiration. Rhyming words The children can write a list of all the rhyming words in the poem. […]

Learning Logs

Learning logs are a great way for children to reflect on their week in school. I use learning logs every Friday afternoon. It takes about 15 minutes for children to answer some questions for their learning log.

Literacy Stations

I love using literacy stations in my classroom. This was something I learned about in the U.K. and they have become more popular in recent years in Ireland. I usually have 4 literacy stations at any time. I have experimented with different activities and groupings over the years and my favourite stations are; Reading with […]

The first full week

The first full week of school was tough, very tough. I was exhausted by Tuesday and still had three¬†more days to go. This blogpost is just a quick overview of things that worked well for me this week and things that I need to change. Classroom Layout I started the year with 3 groups (2 […]

Dancin’ Time (A review)

I was recently sent ‘Dancin’ Time’ an Irish and folk dance resource pack for primary teachers. The resource is available directly here. What’s included in the pack There is a DVD of the dances (Infants – Sixth Class). 4 CD’s (Infants, First and Second, Third and Fourth and two for Fifth and Sixth) Booklet with […]

Day 1…

Today was our first day back, we had no children just whole staff meeting, hand overs with previous teachers, organising resources, year group meetings, sorting books/copies and art supplies, finishing classroom organisation/decoration etc.

Irish Primary Teacher 2017-2018

And just like that we’ve reached the end of the summer holidays. This time tomorrow, I’ll be in school. Tomorrow is a day of meeting, planning and organising for the year ahead. The children won’t be joining us until Thursday. This is just a quick overview of my plans for the next year. School I’ll […]

Trying to be organised

As the new school year fast approaches, I’m trying to think of ways to keep myself as organised as possible. I usually start the year with great organisation but after a couple of weeks, I let things slip and soon my desk looks as though a bomb has hit it and I can’t find things […]