Literacy Lift Off

“Literacy Lift-Off” is an initiative which is actively used in Knockainey N.S. It is an intensive programme of reading which gives the pupils lots of opportunities to read books at their own level of competency.

It works by gradually lifting the complexity of reading through the use of levelled readers (levels 1-30). It equips our children with the necessary reading skills to develop fluency and comprehension.

This is realised by utilising a team teaching approach whereby the groups rotate between various stations – New Book Station, Familiar Reading Station, Oral Language/Comprehension Station, Word building Station, Writing Station, ICT Station etc.

The aim of Literacy Lift-Off is to make pupils constructive learners. It teaches them ‘how’ to problem-solve independently. We are seeing fantastic progress from our classes participating in this initiative.

Walk On Wednesday

This coming week 14th – 18th of May is National Walk to School Week. The Green School Committee, supported by the Active Flag Committee wish to encourage all pupils to participate and either walk, park ‘n’ stride or car-pool to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of this wonderful initiative.

Wednesday 16th of May is National WOW day and it is hoped that over 20,000 pupils will make an attempt to walk some distance on that day – 35,000 students walked on WOW Day in 2017.

To mark National WOW Day , we are encouraging pupils, all staff and parents to wear a wacky item of footwear, for example odd shoes or odd socks and walk from the community centre on the morning of the 16th May.

We wish to thank you for your continued participation in WOW –Walk on Wednesday.

Cursive Handwriting

Both 1st & 2nd classes have been learning to write in the cursive style as required by the New Language Curriculum. At the beginning it proved a challenge but now they are taking it in their stride. I’m confident that we will have beautiful cursive writers in the future. Keep up the good work!

Healthy Eating

Knockainey National School strive to promote healthy eating habits and cultivate perception around food and nutrition amongst our pupils. We encourage children to make healthy enjoyable decisions around food developing their awareness through the Laya Healthcare Super Trooper programme and the Social, Personal, Health Education (S.P.H.E) curriculum.

Our Healthy Eating Committee:
Pupils: Eoghan Clancy and Rita Terren Hogan.
Parents: Lorraine O’Brien and Eoghan O’Donnell.
Teachers: Carol Conway and Angela Murphy.

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Is breá linn an Ghaeilge a labhairt ar scoil agus bhí seans iontach againn tríd Seachtain na Gaeilge i mí Márta, chun ár gcultúr a chéiliúradh le chéile.
Is fíor an seanfhocail: “Beanga teanga í a labhairt” – It’s the life of a language to speak it.

Bhí craic agus spórt an-mhaith againn tríd ceol, dánta, rince agus dramaíochta tríd an tseachtain.

D’fhoghlaimíomar an damhsa ionsaí na hInse, an t-amhrán Oró sé do bheatha bhaile, seanfhocail agus munlaí cainte nua. Ghlac gach pháiste pháirt sna gníomhaíochtaí agus bhain siad an – taitneamh astu.

Ní dhearnamar dearmad faoi na tuismitheoirí; Fuair siad frasaí, foclóir chun triail a bhaint astu.

Seachtain den scoth a bhí ann.

Míle buíochas do chách,
Ceannairí Gaeilge: Aingeal Úi Mhurchú, Ciarán O’ Cleirigh.

Mr. Burke and Ms. O’Grady – Student Teachers

On the 9th of April, we welcomed Mr. Burke and Ms. O’ Grady to our school.

Both Fifth and Sixth classes have been learning about World War 2 over the last few weeks which they have found very interesting. We read and discussed the heartwarming story of Nicholas Winton and also learned about the concentration camp in Auschwitz.

Third and Fourth Class enjoyed a very constructive art lesson making 3 dimensional superheroes out of clay having studied 3D shapes in Maths. The children really look forward to painting them.

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