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Rm. 28, Procedural Writing

Here are some examples of our procedural writing pieces ‘Making Rice Crispie Buns.’

We composed these with our partners but the next ones you will see, we will have written them independently.

We hope you like them!


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Room 28 Science: Our Natural 3D Happy Habitats!

We made brilliant projects.

We hope you enjoy them!

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Real Life Arrays in Maths! 4th Class Room 29

Arrays are ways of helping you to count visually, in particular, for multiplication: repeated addition.


Comhrá le Chéile: Rang a Trí. Seomraí: 26, 27 & 28


Léitheoireacht i Rang a Trí

Léamh le chéile sa bhaile.


The Friday Group makes Fruit Smoothies! Try these at home! Delicious!

We followed the recipe in LET’S COOK!

ISBN 978-1-4075-0482-7

For the Berry Smoothie we need:

  • 1 banana
  • Fresh raspberries and strawberries
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Milk

For the Yoghurt Smoothie we need:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 pear
  • Apple juice
  • Natural yoghurt
  • Runny honey

We started by chopping the fruits.

Next, we prepared two jugs: one with milk and vanilla and the other with yoghurt, apple juice and runny honey. Then we put the fruits into the two jugs. We took turns doing the jobs.

With the help of the adults we set up the BLENDER. It was really loud and we watched all the ingredients whiz and swirl together.


We tasted both smoothies. The milk smoothie was very smooth…. and the yoghurt smoohtie was really tangy!

We all picked our favourite. Then some of us mixed them together!

It doesn’t have to be summer to enjoy smoothies with friends! Friday was a really wet day! We had all been out to the new all weather pitch in the rain! Bishop Denis blessed and opened the pitch.

Cheers! We are celebrating in Room 18!

Try these yummie smoothies at home.


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The BAND! New Beginnings……..

Hello to all our BAND members!

We have started practicing again and we have lots of new members. We are all learning together and have started 3 new pieces:

  • Éamonn an Chnoic – Ned of the Hill (A Slow Air)
  • Do a Deer….. From: The Sound of Music
  • Edelweiss: Also from The Sound of Music

We have just started! Listen to how we are doing and when we have more practices we will record again!

Thank you for Listening…..

Éamonn an Chnoic


Do a Deer!


Edelweiss (we have learned part of this piece)

We’ll be back soon…….


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FRENCH TOAST is Friendship Toast

Today we gathered all the ingredients and things we need to make FRENCH TOAST. We decided to call it “Friendship Toast”. You can visit this website and you can follow our picture collages of how we worked together to make Friendship Toast! Try it at home. It’s YUM!

We needed:

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cap fulls of vanilla extract
  • A small jug of milk
  • Slices of bread
  • Butter for frying

STEP 1: Mix the eggs, vanilla and milk….

STEP 2: Cut the bread shapes and dip soak them in the egg mixture.

STEP 3; Fry and serve! Bon Appetite!

For serving we had:

  • Jam
  • Honey
  • Powder Sugar


Please comment on our recipe!

See you next time

3rd Class: Room 18



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Monopoly and Popcorn

Friday 8th November 2019

Today our Make and Do Together group learned the game rules for PARTY Monopoly.

While learning and playing, we also popped POPCORN from kernels .

The old fashioned way.


It was fun to see the popcorn pop through the glass lid!

Party Monopoly is fun for all. Try out these activities at home!

Send us your comments!

3rd Class in Room 18.

Look through our photo gallery to see how we worked and played together…….



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Meeting to Bake Cookies and Score Low at UNO!

The Friday group met again to play UNO… our rules!

Today we baked some butter cookies while we played and are taking them home!

We did a taste test of course!Yum!

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3rd & 4th Class Corridor Art: A Riot of Colour!

Walk along the 3rd and 4th class corridor and view the wonderful art work. 

Visit the GALLERY below to see some of our September/October Art Displays.

Send us your comments….

Enjoy our work….

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Cross Country 2019

On the 6th of September 2019 the cross country trials took place at the Sallins GAA pitch. The top 10 girls and top 10 boys were chosen to go to the race in Celbridge AC track. The race took place on the 27th of September. The girls’ race was 1km, and overall the team came in 3rd place. The boys’ race was next, and overall the team came 2nd. They ran 1.5km. We were all very proud of our performance on the day. We would like to thank Mr. Kelly, Ms. Stapleton, Ms. Dunning and Derek for helping us train for the race and on the day.

Written by Kate, Cillian, Cormac, Darragh and Aniela (6th class)

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Here we are singing “Shotgun” today in class.  See if you think we did a good job!



Garden Club: From Seed to Spoon Buffet

The Garden Club:The Garden Club met this week to celebrate our work and taste the foods we are growing


  • Our Home Grown Potato Salad
  • Leafy Green Salad with Vinaigrette Dressing
  • Leek, Potato and Spring Onion Soup
  • Strawberries and Ice Cream.

There are cabbages, kale and peas growing in the garden as well as the foods we cooked today.

We had a lovely afternoon………..


Come and join us next year……



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Time Flies By……… and Wise Men Say……


We are learning some more pieces for BAND

We are getting there! We’ll practice altogether next week!

Here’s how we are managing ….

Click on the link to hear us play:


Also we can listen to George Ezra to help us with the pace for this piece….

We started “I Can’t Help Falling in Love…….

The Celtic Folk Rock Band version can help us with this one!

Wise Me Say…..

We are practicing for a final end of year performance!



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Summer Holidays

We have been busy here in Junior Infants making a mini movie based on our Aistear theme for this term – “the airport and going on holidays”.

We made the puppets who star in the movie and we used green screen technology to put our mini movie together.

Click on the “Going on holidays” link below. We hope you enjoy the show!

Happy Holidays!

Going on holidays


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NINJA STRESS BALLS! Third Class: Room 28


We have been working really hard over the last weeks.

So…. today we made NINJA STRESS BALLS to help us relax.

We followed the instructions in the video…… but we used rice instead of flour!

Much less mess!

Try make some NINJA STRESS BALLS at home!

We had fun!

Third Class Room 28


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We Remember……. In the Garden

This evening we gathered in the School Garden to remember our  friends  and family who are missed in Sallins National School.

They are forever in the Garden…..

We will never forget.


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Farming The BIG GROW Cress and Mustard in Room 28

We grew cress and mustard in our classroom.

Today we harvested and sampled our project food!

It was delicious!

We can grow herbs at home on the kitchen windowsill


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Today we played Monopoly Party. Following game instructions! Taking turns! Spending time with friends. Learning and having fun together.

Here are some moments from our game!

These are the rules!

Here is how our game looked when the time was up! We all did well and it was fun.

It would be fun to play with the family too.

Happy Holiday weekend everyone.

Friday Maths and Skills Group


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MAY DAY! In the Garden with The Garden Club!

Today is May Day. It is summertime in the garden.

The Garden Club met in the School Garden after school and got some great planting, weeding, drawing  and painting done! Very relaxing in the sunshine too!

View our GALLERY of today’s activities. We all had a lovely time. The garden is looking wonderful too!


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The Innocent BIG GROW in Room 28

Today we went to the garden to plant our pea seeds. We are taking part in the INNOCENT BIG GROW project.

Here we are in the garden classroom. We followed the  instructions on the seed packet. We used compost made by the Wormery worms in our school garden. Our seeds will germinate in the polly tunnel over the Easter Holidays!

We look forward to recording their growth!


Seachtain na Gaeilge

Last month we had Seachtain na Gaeilge.
It took place from the 1st to the 17th of March.
Each lunch break one class performed on the intercom speaking as Gaeilge (an blurb).
On the 13th of March Alexandra College pupils visited our school and we exchanged traditional Irish music.
Mr Kennedy’s class went down to Mr O’Connor’s class for a coircal comhrá.
Classes also practiced Irish dancing and on the 15th of March the whole school went to the big yard agus bhí céilí mór againn. Bhí go leor spraoi againn.


By Danny, Mark and Dominik.

Our school band performing for Alexandra College.

Alexandra College performing for us.


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6th Class Maths – Ratio (22.03.19)

This week Mr. Kennedy’s 6th class focused on  a topic called “Ratio” in maths.
In maths Ratio is a way of showing the similarities between quantities of something. We learned how to simplify a Ratio by dividing both parts by the same number. We were given baskets of different items such as lollipop sticks, cubes, counters and cards.
E.G. The ratio of apples: oranges is 4:6.
Divide both numbers by 2.


/               \

÷2                 ÷2
\               /

By: Róisín.M, Séarlait.O’C, Kalvin.C and Jessica.K.










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Baby Lambs Visit the School

The Junior Infants and Senior Infants were delighted this week to see four baby lambs and their two mother ewes come to visit them in the school yard.

Farmer Brian was very impressed with how good the children were and how gentle they were with the animals. He let them pet the baby lambs too, who were only three days old.

Great excitement was had by all!

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The Garden Club @ Sallins NS!

In March and April we are planting out our , vegetable seedlings, potatoes, sunflower seeds and caring for and watering the new plants. There is so much work to be done and we are very busy on Wednesday afternoon from 3 to 4 pm.

Planting in March


Kevin helped us plant a SUNFLOWER THEATER!


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6th Class Novel – The London Eye Mystery

Last term Mr Kennedy’s 6th class read the novel ‘The London Eye Mystery’. This book is about the search for a thirteen year old boy who went missing on the London Eye. His two cousins Ted and Kat work hard to find him. We thought that it was very enjoyable and interesting and we recommend it.

By Aoife, Lauryn, Aaron and Leon.





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As part of Seachtaine na Gaeilge our school took part in a seanfhocail art competition. Some took on the challenge themselves and the rest were in pairs. We had to illustrate a poster to describe our seanfhocal. When we finished our posters they were put on display and some school staff members chose the best described seanfhocal from each class. On Friday the 15th the winners from each class were announced and they went to the small hall to receive their prize.

By Kiera, Isabel, Niall and Ignacy.

Ms. Burke’s 6th class

Ms. Stapleton’s 6th class

Mr. Kennedy’s 6th class



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Daffodil Day 2019!










On Friday 22nd of March,We hosted a coffee morning in Ms. O’Connor’s room in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. If anyone wanted to come along for a treat and a drink, they would need to donate a minimum of 1 euro . These are some of the things we baked; Rice Krispie buns, Flapjacks and decorated digestive biscuits.

We counted the donated money and people donated a total of €143.20 which  is a great amount and we did not expect to get this much. Each and every penny will help those in need .

The Coffee Morning was a great success! Thank you to all who participated!

Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir!

From Róisín, Caoimhe, Bailey and Aaron!

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6th Class Maths – Length

This March Mr.Kennedy’s 6th class were studying length in maths. We went out to our school field in groups of threes and fours and measured it. We split the field into sides and named each side A, B, C, D etc. We  estimated and measured all of the 7 sides. After we measured we came back inside and added up our measurements.

The next day we started a scaled map of the field. In order to do this we divided the measurements by 1000 which was a scale(cm) of 1:1000 to fit on A3 paper. Then we did a scale of 1:500 and then 1:200. We really enjoyed studying length.

By Timofe, Josh and Sophie.


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Céilí 2019

On Friday the 15th of March every class in the school went out to the Senior Yard. We all danced to the music for ‘Shoe the Donkey’ and ‘Ballaí Luimní’ (The Walls of Limerick). Everyone had been practicing for the past few weeks, so we were  all excited to get out and bust our moves!!!
We got to dance to both songs twice. Everybody really enjoyed this experience and we hope it happens next year.
Bhí a lán spraoi againn!

Go raibh maith agat!

By: Emily, Niall, Caoimhe and Eoin.



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Sixth Class Novels (Wonder)

This term, Mr Kennedy’s sixth class are currently reading the International Bestseller ‘Wonder’ written by R.J. Palacio. It’s about a boy who can’t blend in but was born to stand out .This book has power to move hearts and change minds and wreaks emotional havoc.
The main characters are Auggie, Via, Mom ,Dad, Jack, Julian and Summer. We learn how they go through their daily lives and how they cope with their problems.
The Bookseller said it was “Tremendously moving… an uplifting, hopeful and important book” and we agree.


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Remembering Victims of the Holocaust.

Last November the 6th class pupils planted yellow crocus bulbs. During the week of January 27th, which was the Holocaust Remembrance Day, we checked them. We did this to remember all the Jewish men, women and children who died in World War Two who were forced to wear the star of David. We remember all these Jewish people who died, to make sure a genocide like this never happens again. We hope that by remembering and learning about the Holocaust we can prevent it from happening in the present or in the future.

A big thank you to Kevin who made the wooden Star of David to mark this special flower bed.

Planting crocuses, November 2018.

Planting crocuses, November 2018.

Remembering through prayer, November 2018.

Crocus bulbs in bloom ,January 2019.

Timofe, 6th class.

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Remember the Vikings! They’re Back!

We made these helmets as part of our Viking projects!


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Is breá linn Seachtain na Gaeilge.

Féach ar ár mBord Taispeána!


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Rang a Trí get ready for Seachtain ne Gaeilge Ceolchoirm

A h-aon

A dó

A trí…..

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Ceol le Chéile

We had our final practice….

Our 6 pieces are ready for the concerts.

We will be playing next Thursday night: The Sallins NS School Band, The Irish Dancers, The Sallins NS Past Pupils, The School Advanced Competition Trad Band and Our Hosts: The Alex Trad Band.  



We can continue to practice at home by playing along with out latest recordings: 6th March 2019

Here are our tunes….

Play along

Slow Air…


Buttermilk Jig


Brian Boru’s March


Foggy Dew and Minstrel Boy…



Come along on Thursday 14th March to Alexandra College.



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The 3rd Classes Estimate and Measure Millimeters

How much water is 100ml?

How much water is 400ml?

We found out.

How many yogurt pots fill a bigger bowl?

We found out!

Which container holds the least…… most?

We tried and tested!

Maths is a STEM subject

We are investigating and exploring ……

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Dé Céadaoin Arís!

We are nearly there!

On Wednesday, 13th March 2019, Alexandra College Trad Band will join us for our Seachtaine na Gaeilge Concert. They have joined us every year for the past 12 years. We all join together and play our favorite pieces.

Then on the evening of Thursday 14th March 2019 we will visit Alexandra College to join them for their annual “Ceol le Cheile”. We have great memories of these visits over the past 4 years. On the Thursday some of our past pupils will join us. They are in Secondary School and College now, and all still playing music and are studying music in school and university. Some are studying to be Primary School Teachers. We also will be joined by our friends at school who train as Irish Dancers and some of our past pupils are helping them with the steps. Our teachers are also playing with us. Come along and be part of the evening. Admission is FREE and Alexandra College give us a great welcome and a big hall for all the guests. See you there.

We are perfecting our pieces. Mr. Fell’s traditional pieces are really improving and we are great with the slow air and jig that Mr Kelly taught the group for the competition in October. We have some Marching Band pieces! Mrs. Macnamara really likes the marching bands! They are different to Trad!  Also our original Trad Group have been working on some new pieces. Please join us at 7:30 in Alexandra College: 14/03/2019

Here is how we sound today….




Come and join us!




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Tá Seachtain na Gaeilge ag teacht! Tá an Grúpa Trad ag Cleachtadh…. Éist linn!

Hi Everyone!

It’s Wednesday again. Today we practiced and recorded all our pieces for the concerts taking place in Sallins and in Alexandra College during Seachtain na Gaeilge 2019.

Listen and play along at home.

Slow Air

Munster Buttermilk Jig

Brian Ború’s March

Maggie in the Woods & John Ryan’s

Foggy Dew & The Minstrel Boy


Practice along with the music. Also tell your fiends about our concert in Alexandra College, Dublin, on Thursday 14th March 2019 at 7:30 p.m. This will be our 4th year travelling to Dublin to play in the concert. Everyone is welcome!





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See our projects on display outside Room 28

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Signs of Spring

We had fun on our nature walk to the school garden. We saw many signs that Spring is here.


Credit Union Table Quiz

Congratulations to the teams who represented Sallins in the Credit Union Table Quiz recently. They did very well and had a lot of fun!




Here’s a great clipping from the local paper!

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Here are Our Prints Hanging on the Wall outside Room 28

Here are our prints. We hope you like them. Please leave a comment if you like them. We think they’re GREAT!


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Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day from Room 3

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We are learning new polkas!

Mr Fell is teaching us three new pieces.

This is the first one we started last week: Maggie in the Woods


…..wait a bit for the music to start!

We are also learning Britches Full of Stitches & John Ryan’s

Tune in next week! We are having a big band practice and some of our past members are coming along to play with us. They are on mid term form secondary school. It will be great. We will record our session.

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