Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Leckaun N.S. Dáil Visit

Pupils from class upwards were invited guests of Senator Michael Comiskey, Dáil Eireann on Tuesday June 12th. Senator Comiskey, a former pupil of Leckaun N.S., along with his wife Elizabeth, hosted pupils on their Dáil Chamber and Senate Chamber visit. Pupils also dined in style at the Dáil restaurant whilst viewing Dáil and Senate proceedings live on flatscreen televisions within the dining area. The full attendance of elected members in both chambers for lively and heated Tuesday morning sittings provided an ideal opportunity for celebrity spotting for all the pupils. The visit to various ministerial and Senate offices and state rooms was greatly appreciated and enjoyed by all.

Booklists 2012

Manorhamilton Show Art 2012

Well done to two of our students who won awards for their pictures entered in the Manorhamilton Show Art Competition. These pictures will be on display in one of the tents on the show day Saturday July 28th.

Click here to view movie slideshow of all entries for Manorhamilton Show Art Competition 2012. Music provided by C.C. - Senior Room Leckaun N.S.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Itchy Bear by Neil Griffiths

Poor bear had an itch and nowhere to scratch it. In his search to find somewhere to scratch, several surprises await him!Each time the bear finds a place to scratch it seems that someone nearby is disturbed and bear finds himself interrupting a digging mole, a snoozing owl and various other creatures. He finally finds a spot for a jolly good scratch but unfortunately he's picked an apple tree and as he begins to scratch a huge pile of apples falls down on his head. Poor bear!
View a sample of inside the book by click here.
For printables and activities on Itchy Bear for school or home click here.

Itchy Bear by Neil Griffiths from Leckaun National School on Vimeo.

Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore

Sid was a cat who lived on Aristotle Street at number one, number two, number threenumber fournumber five, and number six. Each person who lived on Aristotle Street thought they owned Sid. From six owners came six dinners. 
One day Sid got a cough and each owner takes him to the Doctor. He has to take the same medicine six times. The Doctor notices and calls up the owners of the black cat.
They all start to feed him only one dinner, and he moves to anther street were they don’t mind over feeding Sid.

 Click here to go to the Six Dinner Sid story on  the ITV Signed Stories website.

Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore from Leckaun National School on Vimeo.

Junior Room Booklists

Junior Infants Booklist 2012
Senior Infant Booklist 2012
1st Class Booklist 2012
2nd Class Booklist 2012

Please view updated booklists on most recent post here.

Happy Holidays!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Oxford Owl Summer Sports Page

On your marks... get set... go...! There's no doubt that our summer of sport has begun! To help you get your children into the sporting spirit and 'actively' enjoying their reading and maths, take a look at the special Oxford Owl Summer Sports page
You'll find brand-new FREE sporty eBooks to explore with your child, new activities to download and share and a special maths challenge - all with a sporting theme. So, join in with the spirit of sport this summer and visit Oxford Owl now for learning at home that's guaranteed to be fun!

Oxford Reading Tree Traditional Tales Storyteller Videos

For Parents
Top Tips for Getting Started with Phonics (click on Ruth Miskin's movie when page opens)
Julia Donaldson's Top Tips for Reading with your child.

Here are the free ebooks
Sport is Fun 
Sports Poems
Against All Odds
Sport - Now and Then
Training Like an Athlete
Olympic Dreams

Monday, June 18, 2012

Florence Nightingale

The Lady with the Lamp
Click here to find our more about Florence Nightingale from Woodlands Junior website.

Click here to find out more about Florence Nightingale from BBC kids website.

Our school Garden

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Signed Stories

Handa's Surprise by Eileen Browne click here
Dear Zoo by Rob Campbell click here
Mr. Pusskins by Sam Lloyd click here
Peepo by Alan Ahlberg click here
Silly Suzy Goose by Petr Horacek click here
Each Peach Pear Plum by Alan Ahlberg click here
Wriggle Piggy Toes by John Agard click here
Bringing down the Moon by Johnathon Emmett click here
Little Beaver and the Echo by Amy McDonald click here
The Three Billy Goats Gruff click here
Stone Soup by Jess Stockman click here
Little Rabbit Foo Foo by Michael Rosen click here
Farmer Duck written by Martin Waddell click here
A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson click here

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Model of Room

This is a room I designed using plasticine and a shoebox lid. I made a comfy couch in one corner. You can watch television on the flat screen from the couch. There is a bed, toilet and sink in the room. We took the picture using our classroom visualiser.

The Mixed Up Chameleon by Eric Carle

Visit the Eric Carle Website here to find out more about his other books. Which ones did we read this year in Leckaun National School.

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

Here are some links to the Gruffalo Games available on
Gruffalo Chorus click here
Pick a Pair click here
Spot the mouse click here
Witch words click here
Gruffalo song clips click here
Gruffalo Gallery click here
Information about Julia Donaldson the Author of the Gruffalo.
Information about Axel Sheffler Illustrator of the the Gruffalo.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Sunflowers find new homes

On Monday we repotted the sunflowers and sent them home with each child.
Sunflower growing instructions

In a hot summer it can take only 60 days from sowing the sunflower seeds to the flowers blooming! How tall can you grow yours?

You can either plant your seeds directly into the garden from April or, to get really tall plants you could plant them earlier indoors – anytime from March onwards. This is what we did in our school. The weather however was very cold at times in April and early May. This stunted the growth of our seedlings and indeed everything in the garden.

To sow outdoors
Sow thinly, 12 mm (1/2 inch) deep in drills 30cm (12 inches) apart

The soil should be well composted and raked finely

Germination takes only 21 days

When large enough to handle – thin the seedlings to 30cm (12 inches) apart

To sow indoors – for earlier flowering
Use 7.5cm (3inch) pots (yoghurt pots would be ideal) and a good sowing compost

Plant one seed per pot – about one inch deep

Add some water to the pot

Cover with polythene to retain the heat

Remove the cover when leaves appear

Instructions for Children Replanting the Sunflowers
When the seedlings are large enough to be handled re-pot them, or plant them outside when all risk of frost has passed. The seedlings would prefer to be acclimatised gradually to life outside. They prefer a sunny open site, but will grow in most sites and soils.

To really thrive they will need plenty of direct sun and good drainage

When the 2nd set of leaves appear you can feed them once a week for three weeks and then once a fortnight

All your sunflower plants will need to be staked, and tied so that they grow tall and strong. To do this, tie them every six inches with soft ties with bamboo stick or similar.

Remember – your plants can grow up to 12 inches every day

Happy growing!

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Tom Crean - Antarctic Explorer

We are learning about Tom Crean in our SESE History. We found a good website on Teachnet giving us information about Tom Crean. We have read the book Tom Crean's Rabbit during the year. There is also a book for senior classes called Tom Crean Ice Man.

Tom Crean-Antarctic Explorer from Cormac Cahill on Vimeo.

To see a Teachnet Project on Tom Crean click here