Spot on Sports Gaelic Football

I was recently sent a Spot on Sports Gaelic Football to try out with my class. This is a new Gaelic football which has recently been launched by Spot on Sports in Co. Kildare. The footballs will be used by the LGFA and GAA development officers nationwide this year.

Water Explorer – an online Water Conservation Initiative

WATER EXPLORER is a fun & interactive online educational resource that engages 8-15 year olds across 11 different countries to learn and ACT on global water issues. Students navigate our custom online platform to complete a series of WATER CHALLENGES, and benchmark their progress interactively with their national and international peers. This highly competitive programme is FREE for schools/youth […]

Maths in my class

There is a huge amount to be covered in the 5th class Maths curriculum and a lot of tricky concepts to be taught. I’ve received a lot of messages from teachers asking about how I teach Maths, differentiate and what I use for early finishers, groupings etc. so I thought I’d share some ideas/ things […]

Novels that deal with difficult concepts/themes

I’ve been reading a few great novels with my class over the last few months and I’ve spotted a lot of stories that deal with themes and concepts that can be difficult to explain or difficult for children to relate to. With a book, children can understand and walk in the shoes of the characters […]

Glasnevin Cemetery: School Tour Location

I spent  last Saturday morning exploring Glasnevin Cemetery – it was a place I always wanted to visit but never got around to but after a fantastic tour by a very knowledgeable tour guide (Niall) – I’ll definitely be back. Glasevin Cemetery is the largest cemetery in the country. It was also the first non […]

Preparing for a TP Student

Many teachers will have student teachers in their classrooms over the next few weeks so here are a few tips and ideas for preparing and supporting a student in your classroom. For some students, this could be their first time in a classroom setting since their own days in primary school, while others may have […]

Catholic Schools Week

I can’t believe January is nearly over. I’m looking forward to brighter mornings and longer evenings. This week is Catholic Schools Week so here are a few ideas to tie in with this years theme ‘Called to be a Family of Families’. There are lots of ideas and resources available from the Catholic Schools website.

Chess for Learning

Last October, John Conlon came to visit my school to promote Chess for Learning. My school then purchased chess sets for the children to use in the classroom and so far it has been a great success. John has kindly sent me the information regarding Chess for Learning so that more teachers and schools can […]

What’s working well so far

2 weeks back and this is the first chance I’ve had to write a blogpost. Here is a quick overview of what is working well so far since we got back to school. Table layout Our classrooms were given a deep clean during the Christmas holidays, so we had to have all the tables cleared […]

Plans for 5th Class (Term 2)

Things have been super busy for me over the last few months as we bought our first home and moved house the week before Christmas. Every spare moment has been (and continues to be) spent with the bank, solicitors, in furniture shops, measuring rooms and picking floors and blinds. I took some time off over […]

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