SPHE – 5th & 6th Class – Knowing About My Body

As Spring comes to an end and the  Easter holidays are upon us I have just finished teaching my sixth class pupils the SPHE strand Looking After My Body. The content objectives as taken from the excellent NCCA  Planning Tool were:     The child should be enabled to identify and discuss the physical and other changes that occur in boys and girls with the onset of puberty and understand…

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ICT Tools for primary science & maths

Spring is in the air and our school is taking part in the Greenwave project. As part of this project pupils record different signs of spring and upload them to the website. Pupils should take pictures of primroses, frog spawn, the Horse Chestnut tree, the Ash tree and the swallow. Videos and fact files are available on the site. CLICK HERE. As well as taking digital photos of the different…

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Scoilnet Maps

As I settled into completing my plans for SESE for 2014 the gale force winds and rain hammered the windows of the house. The rain and the flooding got me to thinking of the floods surrounding our school in Harolds Cross, Dublin in 2011. I was wondering how I would acquire enough maps for the 29 sixth class pupils in my class. It was then that I came across Scoilnet…

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Mission V

My class have been given a great opportunity to participate in the re-launched Mission V project. Mission V was previously run during the 2011-2012 school year.  Mission V provides the opportunity for primary pupils to learn through a game based environment. The pupils will be empowered to learn programming skills in a highly creative environment. Instead of pupils being users of ICT (using social media, playing games, etc.) they will…

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Whole class teaching using IWB

For the last couple of years I’ve being out of the mainstream classroom and thus had fallen out of touch with using the IWB for whole class teaching. ​I soon got back into the swing of things and recalled how helpful Folens Online and CJFallon’s Digital Hub are in having the curriculum books available for the IWB. The online books are available for primary and secondary. If your school has…

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The slowing computer and what to do?

Throughout this year I have spent many hours and days being told by teachers that their computer is slowing down and that the computer wouldn’t play CDs or DVDs and a hundred other things. As a full time teacher all of these IT problems eat away into my lunch breaks, early mornings and after school hours. Just as I was thinking that my summer months were going to be eaten…

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Using ICT to create resources for history in the primary classroom

We have had the pleasure of updating our primary school history policy recently and we used ICT in a number of ways to create resources that may be used within the classroom. We found ICT particularly useful in creating a bank of resources on the local history of Harolds Cross, Dublin where the school is located. Visualiser, Digital Camera & Interactive Whiteboard     We have a number of history…

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Data Protection and laptop security

Storing data on the ‘Cloud’ is encouraged as a convenient and easy way to access data on any computer/laptop that has internet access. It is common for teachers to use dropbox, skydrive and Google Drive to save plans and other data relevant to school. Teachers and school management must realise that the “schools, as is the case with any person or organisation handling personal data, must comply with the Data…

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RDS Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2013

This year our fourth class pupils displayed their science project on pulley systems at the RDS Primary Science Fair.  The Primary Science Fair is run alongside the secondary school Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2013 in the RDS every January and is a great opportunity for the pupils to display their work and be inspired by the innovative and exciting work of their peers.  The RDS Primary Science Fair provides…

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Numeracy & Transport Ireland Journey App

There is a fantastic new application from Transport Ireland called Journey Planner. There are free iPhone, Android and web based applications. I am using the web based application to teach the pupils about transport and travel. The curricular topics covered are Numeracy, Literacy, Geography, Science and SPHE. For numeracy we discussed timetables, calendars, distances travelled and cost of the journey (this part of the web page is not yet active).…

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