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Today we started new paintings and our Winter Paintings are on display outside along the corridor! Thanks for returning to see our ART!

YAY! It’s Friday!

Happy Weekend

From Room 28

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Room 28 visit the Science Projects

Everybody’s projects were great. We had great fun.It was very interesting. We learned lots of new things and facts. We are inspired. Thank you everyone who showed us the projects.

Well done everyone.

Blogged from Room 28 THIRD CLASS

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Room 18 following game rules is the way to play!

Play by the rules!

Games are fun when we all cooperate!

Have you played PICTIONARY… UNO… DOUBLE.

Play some of these activities with your friends on really cold or rainy days!

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Ms. O’ Donovan’s Room 12 makes Carbon Dioxide



MATERIALS: bread soda, vinegar

APPARATUS: balloon, a bottle


STEP ONE; Pour the vinegar into the bottle. Pour in enough to fill a quarter of the bottle.

STEP TWO: Put 4 teaspoons of bread soda into the balloon.  Next, attach the balloon to the bottle.

STEP THREE: Be sure the balloon is facing upwards. Last stand back and wait! (You may need to stand near a sink for this!)

RESULT: We discovered that the bread soda mixes with the vinegar to make a gas called carbon dioxide CO2.  This gas blows up the balloon for a minute or two. This happens because the bread soda is mainly made of sodium, hydrogen, carbon and oxygen. The vinegar changes the parts causing a gas to be released which inflates the balloon.

Here are some photographs of our experiment!




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Busy Hands.. if we make more we can learn to juggle!


We followed a video for instructions!


Ancient Greece: Myths & Legends: 3rd Class Room 26

This afternoon we designed our own Greek Vases of the Myths and Legends…

We are still working on them.

Come back next week to see how they look!

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Beebot visits Second Class

Following the Beebot’s enjoyable visit to third class, we had some fun with the Beebot, while developing our  positional language.

We recorded some directions and counted steps forward and sometimes backwards!

Thank you to third class for the very helpful post below and providing a wonderful demo.


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Recipe for Friendship by Ms. Reidy’s Second Class Room 25


First  we decided what makes a good  friend.

Next we called  these  our ingredients.

Then we drew a picture of our friends.

Last we coloured in our pictures.

Can you see what ingredients make a good friend?

Here are some samples!



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Our Lovely Winter Paintings: Room 28

Look at our lovely winter pictures! Jack Frost came…. so we did winter art. Today we did our lovely winter pictures. Come back when they are hanging up…. NEXT WEEK




Today we made a LEGO train working as a team!

Well Done!


Lego Blog made by:

Luke, Cillian & Luca


Carving a Pumpkin & Sampling Soup

Posted by Room 28



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Our Halloween Walk!

Guess Who?


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Pumpkin Soup & Jack O’Lanterns in 3rd Class

On Wednesday we made Jack O’Lanterns with Ms. Wynne. Then we made soup with the pumpkin flesh and vegetables. It was great fun.

Look at our pictures. Follow us and you can make Jack O’Lanterns and Soup at home!

Happy Halloween from ROOM 26

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Halloween Art at School


Photographs taken by: Cillian, Luke & Luca

3rd Class 2018

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For Maths Week 2018 we borrowed the BEE BOT!

It’s great. We worked it out by ourselves… how to programme it! On and Off! Sound! Forward, Backward, Turn Left/Right! CLEAR memory!

We drew a picture of our programme too!

Here is a video of BEE BOT moving from x to y following our programme!

This video was short enough to upload!

Next we used the same type of programme movements to get the Bee Bot to go to the Bank!

We did video this but the video is too big to upload. We need help to edit the video. It has to be shorter! So here are the photos instead. When the video is edited we will upload it!

Click on the BEE BOT to learn about robotics!


Click on MATHS WEEK 2018 to get involved!

Thank you Ms Wynne for editing our video so that it can upload!

THIS BEE BOT was programmed by:

Cillian, Luke, Luca and Finn from the 3rd Classes




Room 28’s Revenge of the Witches and Wizards!

Please comment kindly on our hats!


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A Short Nature Walk in School.

We went to the stairwell and took pictures of the fish. They are very cute. Then we went to the garden. We photographed some things in the garden: The Fáilte Sign! The Big Pumpkin. The Wormery. The Apple Tree……. Teacher picked an apple….

Luca washed it!

We tasted it! A little sour but YUM!

Nature walk and photos by…

LUKE, LUCA & Cillian

3rd Class


Art around the School

We went for a walk around the school. We took a TABLET with us and we took photographs of ART from all the different year groups.

Look at the pictures and tells us what you think!

Photos and typing by Cillian room 28

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Room 26 learns about Invertebrates with Nuala

Yesterday Nuala came to our classroom to teach us about invertebrates.

  • Nuala taught us a new word for mini-beasts: INVERTEBRATES
  • We learned about three kingdoms: Animals, Plants and Fungi
  • She said there are more than 80,000 types of beetles!

Then we went to the garden to find invertebrates.

We made our POOL BUG DIALS in the classroom

Finally we identified the water invertebrates!

We learned a lot! Thank you Nuala

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Room 28 Discovering Invertebrates

We went outside with Nuala and we found lots of invertebrates.

We collected them and put them in cups.

Then we got all the invertebrates in a big basin we named them. We returned them to the garden

Then we went back inside and we looked at other invertebrates on pieces of paper. We cut out the bug dials and stuck them together with glue.  After that we looked at water invertebrates and we identified them using our DIALS!

We all had so much fun.

Thank you to Nuala Madigan for giving us time and knowledge.


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We learned the names of all our water invertebrates!

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We made water invertebrate identification charts! Room 27

Here we are cutting and sticking to make our identification DIALS


Discovering Invertebrates with Nuala: Third Class Room 27 Mr. McDonnell

Today Nuala Madigan came to our class to help us learn about INVERTEBRATES

We went out to the garden.

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Sallins Thursday Trad Group

We now have our two pieces together in the Trad Style.

We start with the Slow Air and transition to The Munster Buttermilk Jig!

Listen to us play and let us know how we are doing!



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Checking the LEGO Room 18

Today we sorted LEGO in Room 18.

First we sorted the LEGO in the different colours. Then we looked for all the pieces we needed. Next we built the LEGO into different designs by following the instructions. It was great fun. We did a good job!

Look at the things we made.


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Thursday Trad Group: Competition Pieces to Practice

We had our third Trad Session today, Thursday 20th September!

Each week we record our pieces! How do you think we are doing?

We can practice at home by playing along to the recording.

Today’s recordings are:

Munster Buttermilk Jig. Up to speed!

Our new Slow Air: Ar Éireann Ní N-eosfainn Cé Hí


Click on the audio file below to practice Munster Buttermilk Jig:


Click on this audio file below to listen to and practice our new piece. We recorded the first section today.




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Today we practiced the Munster Buttermilk Jig:

We are really improving!

Listen to us play.

We can use this recording to practice daily at home!


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“Munster Buttermilk Jig”

Sallins National School Trad Group met today for first time this new school year. The group is preparing for Féile na Sollán 

The recording will help us all as we practice every day at home!

Listen and Play along!


See you next week and we’ll record our progress!


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3rd Class Passion Projects

In room 26, we have been working on creating our Passion Projects both in class and at home over the past few weeks. Every Friday we dedicated the evening to ‘Genius Hour’ where we were given the time to create projects based on something we are passionate about. We were able to learn about something we wanted to learn about and discover new information on it.

This week we presented our passion projects to the rest of the class. From art and scientific pieces to cook books and baked treats along with projects based on sport and animals, everyone designed and made some fantastic and interesting projects.

Here are some of our finished products. Have a wonderful summer!


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Room 3 – Our Year

We hope you like the video we have made about our first year at school!

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The Junior Infant’s School Tour 2018

We had a fun filled day at Stonebrook Pet Farm.

The sun shone all day and everyone had a lot of fun.


We saw a lot of animals. Here is a selection:



We fed lambs

…and goats

..more goats

We saw lots of pigs

…and hens

…more pigs

…and more hens

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Joyful June!

Third and Fourth Classes hope to bring happiness your way this month!

Here’s how!




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Mrs Moreau’s Class: Room 1 Gave Us in, 3rd and 4th, This Garden Art Idea!

How to make a beautiful COLOUR PLATE from a walk in the garden.

We each got an OVAL plate. Thank you Mrs Moreau!

We covered the base of each plate with PVA liquid glue.

In the School Garden we could see so many colours! As we walked along we stopped and collected petals, leaves and flowers on the plates. It was easy, because they stuck on!

We each have a lovely memory of the garden on this very sunny day. We will bring them home as a gift to our family.

Thanks! Mrs Moreau’s Class for the idea!

Posted by 3rd and 4th class garden enthusiasts!

Rooms: 31, 28, 27 and 26

Some of us had time to make a cooling ice-cream cone afterwards!


Green Flag

On May 23rd,  we went to the Helix to collect our Green Flag. When we arrived we registered and were given a goodie bag with badges and pencil cases. The ceremony started at 11 am. During the ceremony about 60 schools were presented with their Green Flag and their certificates. After the ceremony we were treated to lunch and muffins. We had a really good day and are looking forward to raising the flag next Tuesday.

Aoife and Eoin.



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Summer is Here! Visit our School Garden and SEE! It’s Beautiful!

Today some of us went for a walk in the School Garden!

We took the “tablet” with us to take photos for you!

There are lots of lovely things to see in the garden now!

Lots of pupils are planting and nature is wild too!



A walk by Ben and friends……

3rd Class

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Rag day for Bia le Beatha


We all looked great for rag day on Friday, wearing our favourite outfits. The money raised went to a worthy cause, Bia le Beatha.

But one t-shirt in particular had a fantastic message for us all:


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Bia le Beatha Rag Day

Hi Everyone!

Our RAG DAY this week supports the work of BIA LE BEATHA.

We are very happy to link directly to this project and raise money to help.

Click on our RAG DAY picture below to view the video of our friends in Africa. Look out for our teacher Mr. O’Neill and You will see us mentioned too!



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3rd Class are working on division with remainders!

3rd class division

Here is a good tip for division sums.

Use concrete materials!

Each cube is a litre of paint.

It made the working out easy!

Watch the blog for some more tips!



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Rocket Science from 5th class!

Today we designed and made some rockets. We had to be careful what materials we chose. We then took our rockets to the yard and tested them. We had to check that the flew first of all. We did this by using an elastic band. We then had to measure how far they each flew. We had a fun competition to see which one flew the furthest. Our challenge then was to find out why one flew further than the others. It was windy at the time so we had to be careful of that too. Such a lot of things to be careful about. We really enjoyed this activity.

Ms McGrillen’s 5th class


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Ceolchoirm 16ú Márta 2018: Ranganna a hÁon go dtí a Trí

Féach Orainn!

Táimid go leir sa halla!

Lá Fheile Phádraig faoi Mhaisa Daoibh go Leir!

Rang 3: Seomra 26

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Do The Earth A Favour Be A Water Saver.

As part of the green schools water saving committee, we decided to make a slogan competition for our water conservation flag. We asked all the classes to participate in the slogan competition .We gave each class a week to make up a slogan. We collected the slogans and it took two days to pick the winner. All the slogans were excellent but we could only choose one winner which was Tahirat from Ms Wynne’s 6th class.

Tahirat: When I first heard of the slogan competition, I didn’t actually want to participate. Then on the very last day I decided to take part. I came up with the slogan when I was reading book and it said “Do me a favour and save the world.’’

To choose the winner we gathered all the slogans and chose the top ten best slogans. We put a show of hands for the top five slogans which slogans we thought was best. Mrs. Hennessy put the top five slogans on the board. Then we wrote down a number on a piece of paper. Then everyone on the committee voted which one was their favourite.

Tahirat: When they announced that I was the winner I was very surprised and so was my classroom pupils. I didn’t think I’d win AT ALL!!! I was also very happy that I decided to take part after all.


The school adopted the slogan and use it for every announcement and to encourage everyone at school and at home to save water.

Do The Earth A Favour

Be A Water Saver.

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Green school’s blog

By: Naoise, Joe and Matthew.

We are reporting from our mini scientist’s project, the members of our project were Naoise, Joe, Leo, and Matthew. Our project was about filtering water. We then thought that the regular option would be buying a filter, we then thought if there was a way to do it at home for less money and we thought of coffee paper. After that we thought of the idea of using natural resources, and decided on that.

We looked up what resources could clean dirty water, and we found the following:

2L Bottle, which would hold our resources

Gravel, which would take out big chunks of debris

Sand, which would take out leftover bits of dirt

Activated Carbon, which would purify the water

Cotton wool, which let water through, but stopped the resources shown above.


Step 1: Prepare the plastic bottle by cutting it in half.

Step 2: Test tap water using litmus paper for acidity in water and its pH value.

Step 3: Mix the tap water and dirt together.

Step 4: Place cotton wool in the cap area.

Step 5: Layer the bottle with activated carbon, gravel and sand.

Step 6: Place the upside-down bottle over plastic cup.

Step 7: pour the dirty water mixture through the bottle [big hole] and wait for water

to filter through all the layers into the plastic cup.


We thought that the natural materials would clean the water but not 100%, as there is no water like this, there is water that’s safe to drink but even that has some beneficial irons and metals. We thought the result would be around 90% clean, and we were right our water was fine once you put some lemon in it.

Our results for our ph (potential of hydrogen) test was a 7 which is what you should aim for.

Our results for the Nitrite test was 0.1 which is acceptable and safe to drink.

Last but not least, the litmus test on the sample came out light blue which is good. We did the Litmus test on some balsamic vinegar and got orange which means that it was high in acidity.

When we brought our filter into school where we were asked to test the water in the school fish tank. We used our filter to see how effective it was. The answer was that it was really efficient; it helped the pH in the fish tank compared to the water without being filtered.

We have tested the fish tank water on a few occasions to see if the water is pure, some test results were lower while others were higher. It was pure enough for the fish to live in. Sometimes people from the other classes help with the fish tank.

Though the water has been successfully filtered , and looks clean and pure , it does not taste as nice as fresh tap water. The filtering process seems to have affected its taste . However , a slice of lemon in the filtered water improves the taste .

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Jack Frost

1st class in room 11 have been busy learning the poem Jack Frost by Cecily E. Pike. Take a look at our performance.

Jack Frost

Happy Christmas everyone

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