September 2017

We welcome back our new First and Second Class and we hope they had a lovely summer!     

Our First and Second Class have been working very hard since they have come back to school. Here is a sneak peak of what we have been up to since we came back!

Our Second Class have a big year ahead of them as they begin their preparation for First Penance and First Holy Communion. We have been reflecting and looking back on other sacraments the children have made - the Sacrament of Baptism. Some children brought in some great photos to share with the class of when they were a baby!

In Science we have been exploring the five different senses and the children created their own class poem about the five senses. Take a look!

In History, we have been looking putting our life in chronological order starting right from birth. The children in groups made out their own timeline of stages and events in their lives with some photos included of some of the children's first day in school here in St. Fintan's Boy's National School.

We have also been looking at different types of homes that our children come from in Geography, Gaeilge, and English. We looked at the poem called My House and afterwards, the children made their own poems in groups of the local church, the local shops, a house and our school. They then designed their own mini-Mountrath - open the buildings to find the poems they created!

In Art, we have looked at how each and every one of us is unique and special but yet are a team together here in First and Second Class. After looking at the story of the Crayon that Talked, the children made their own box of crayons with each child designing their own crayon of their favourite colour and self-portrait in the centre of the crayon.

In S.P.H.E., the children have been exploring friendship and the many different ways we can be kind to one another which can help us to make and keep friends! The children wrote one way of being kind to our friends on each petal of their good friends flowers. 


In Science we have been looking at the story of the Three Little Pigs and exploring the different materials that would make the most "durable" home. The boys certainly know what kind of houses they will be getting when they are older - here is them huffing and puffing like the big bad wolf!

Also, we have been looking at the Water Cycle and how water can become "polluted" in our environment. We have discovered "filtration" and have been experimenting home-made filters in the classroom. The boys were surprised to see the dirty, polluted water turn more clearer after their filtering!


In History we have been exploring the local town of Mountrath. We welcomed Willy, our caretaker, into our school to tell us all about what it was like in Mountrath growing up many years ago! He was a great guestspeaker to have and the children were very interested and inquistive. Here we took a photo with Willy. We can compare it to a photo of Willy and his class from when he was a child growing up in Mountrath. Spot the differences!




In Visual Art, the boys looked at 'Pointilism' and made autumn leaves for our autumn trees using earbud sticks!
On the run up to Halloween the boys painted their Halloween night skies and put in some spooky cool silhouettes of Halloween creatures and figures. The boys also made some creepy spiders. Oíche Shamhna Shona daoibh!
In Maths, the boys have been learning all about 2D shapes - the square, the rectangle, the triangle, the circle, the semi-circle and the oval in school. 
Also in Maths, the boys have learned about Data and gathering Data also. We gathered data on the boys' favourite superpower character (spiderman, batman, wonder woman, and superman). We represented as a human graph in the classroom. We found that most of the pupils in St. Fintan's B.N.S. walk to school while the least amount of pupils cycle to school! We also found that the boys favourite animal is the dog and the least favourite animal is the snake. We also made representations of other data gathered using block graphs, tally charts, tables, and pictograms. 
In English, the literacy stations are continuing every morning. The boys are doing their reading with our new reader books to the school, they write sentences from dictation, they do comprehension worksheets based on their reader book, they do some fun literacy games, they go over their spellings for the week, sight words, and phonics. We hope our boys are practicing their reading at home every night - practice makes perfect!
In Gaeilge, the boys have been learning all the vocabulary related to School - An Scoil and Halloween - Oíche Shamhna. Cuir ceist orthu sa bhaile - Ask them a question at home!


Highlighting Science Week, the boys from St. Fintan's B.N.S. went to Scoil Bhride to learn all about Dinosaurs.
Also in Science, the boys tested different materials that would be best suited in making the perfect teabag. They found that the kitchen blue cloth, kitchen towel paper and coffee filter paper to be the best with tissue, clingfilm and tinfoil to be the worst. There mouths were thirsty for a cup of tea going home with all the hard work they were doing!
In SPHE the boys were looking at ways to keep healthy. We looked at healthy eating and the food pyramid (carbohydrates, fruit and vegetables, dairy products, meats and eggs, oils and spreads). We also looked at the effects of unhealthy eating habits can damage bodies including our teeth. We learned different types of teeth - the incisors, the canines, the molars, the pre-molars, and the wisdom teeth. We learned our first set of teeth is called milk teeth. Wisdom teeth have no more functions in our body since humans have evolved. We learned how to brush our teeth properly. We also learned about teeth decaying from too much unhealthy food in our diet. We did an experiment with an egg shell acting as our tooth. We left three hard boiled hen eggs soak in vinegar, water (control), and a fizzy drink (coca cola) over night. This is the results! The egg shell with the vinegar dissolved, the egg shell with the fizzy drink changed colour and decayed and the egg shell with the water stayed the same. End result = Drink more water!
The boys this month are also looking at food around the world. They also looked at food in the past. Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who completed their interview with their child or grandchild on what types of food you ate growing up. The childen were very interested in looking at the differences between the past and present.
Keeping on the subject of Food, the children are looking at Bia / Food in Gaeilge. The boys know a lot of vocabulary in Gaeilge about Bia. Ask them a question - 
An maith leat ______ ? Is maith liom _____. / Ní maith liom _______.
Cad atá uait don bhricfeasta / lón? Tá _____ uaim don bhricfeasta / lón.
In Maths this month, we have looked at length. Here is a picture of the boys getting into line from tallest to shortest in the classroom. Children were estimating and measuring the lengths of lots of items using their fingertips, handspan, armspan, cubes, lollipop sticks, books, metre sticks and rulers. They had great fun!
The boys also learned all about money. The boys played shop through Gaeilge and exchanged coins for items. They played Interactive Whiteboard Games to add and takeaway coins to get a sum of money. 
Also, the boys learned all about 3D shapes this month. They revised their 2D shapes from last month. They learned about the cone, sphere, cylinder, cube and cuboid. Here's some photos of the boys making their own cubes and cuboids using spaghetti and marshmallows.
In Religion, the boys have been making rosary beads and saying a decade of the rosary to mark October as the Month of the Rosary. In November, the boys are looking at the Feast of All Souls and the Feast of All Saints. We looked at St. Therese story from Lisieux. We looked at the importance of doing good deeds with love and how we feel much better after being kind and helpful to others. The boys are also rehearsing their prayers for First Penance and Holy Communion. 

Photo Gallery: 1st & 2nd Class



Photo Gallery: 1st & 2nd Class Art Work



June 2016

Hi all,
We have been very busy in 1st & 2nd over the last few months.  On the 29th of May 2nd class made their Holy Communion.  The boys did a great job and they all had a lovely day.
Mr. Carroll was in working with us for a while and we did lots of fun lessons.  We read the novel Mr. Fox, we wrote some poetry, we learned about 3D shapes and we learnt the story of Fionn MacCumhaill in History.  In Irish we learnt about Sa bhaile and some poetry.  In Art we did a lesson on blow painting and it was really fun.  We enjoyed all Mr. Carrolls lessons.
At the moment we are learning about France because the Irish soccer team are there playing in the Euro's.  We made soccer buddies in Art and we came up with some very creative characters.
In Geography we have been learning about Brazil and the different sports of the Olympics. 
We had out school tour last week in Kilcullen and we had a great day.  We did lots of different activities such as, obstacle course, disco dome, i pad orientering  etc.
In 1st and 2nd we had 2 new boys join our class.  We love making new friends.  We are very excited about the summer holidays.  Sports day is this week.  We hope everyone has a lovely summer.

Green Schools

We are currently getting ready to apply for our second green flag.  We have been very busy over the last two years making the boys in the school more  aware of different ways to keep energy efficient.  We have recently been to the girls school on a Science afternoon and we learnt abour renewable energy and the water cycle.  We also made kites as part of our Green Schools work.  We have done lots of work in all the class rooms also.  We have our Green School bisit on Monday 6th March to oversee all our hard work so here's hoping we do well.

January/February 2017

We have been working very hard up in first, second and third since Christmas.  We learnt about the Giant's Causeway and the myth about the legend of Fionn MacCumhaill.  We painted some of our own Giants. 
We went to Mass for St. Brigid's Day and learnt about the good work she did setting up her church in Kildare. We wrote and drew some cominc strips on her story.
Second class are getting ready for their First Penance.  
We are still hurling with Dan and learning lots of new skills. 
We had rugby with Paul and really enjoyed that. He will be back again in May.
Third class started swimming.  We all did pair reading with the older boys as part of World Book Day.

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