Seasonal Table Quizzes

by admin on 11/12/2014

Advent Table QuizTable Quizzes are a great way for pupils to learn so many different skills. They help with listening skills, team work, and the reinforcement of the learning content of that particular table quiz. They are also great at particular times of the year and allow the class/school to focus on a particular topic through the medium of the table quiz. [click to continue…]


RDS Primary Science Fair LogoThis January over 2,700 4th, 5th and 6th class students from across the country will be at the RDS Primary Science Fair (PSF) with their class projects that answer questions such as ‘Do cows have blue eyes?’ ‘Why don’t aeroplanes fall from the sky?’ and ‘What type of cup keeps liquid hot the longest?’

Such was the interest in the fair that a 43% increase in applicants saw the 2015 event oversubscribed by 130%, with half of the schools being first time entrants. [click to continue…]


Fit 4 Skool Website

by admin on 08/12/2014

Fit 4 SkoolFit4Skool is a new, innovative online resource to increase physical activity and healthy eating in school. It will support teachers in the delivery of the P.E. curriculum by incorporating fundamental movements and skills, warm-up games, stretches and assessments.

The content is delivered through a digital learning platform allowing the children to engage in an exciting and stimulating manner. The content is age appropriate and students can access the programme at home using their individual access codes. [click to continue…]


Edublog Awards 2014It’s that time of year again when the educational blogosphere turns its attention to the international Edublog Awards which is now in its eleventh year. Apart from Seomra Ranga (which has been nominated in three different categories), Irish blogs feature in the nominations for many of the categories. I’m also delighted that many of the Seomra Ranga nominees have made it to the final list. The following is a list of the Irish nominees [click to continue…]


Edublog Awards Best Individual BlogSeomra Ranga has again this year been selected as a finalist in the international Edublog Awards in three different categories: Best Individual Blog, Best Teacher Blog and Best Ed Tech/Resource Sharing Blog. The Edublog Awards were set up to promote and celebrate the value of blogs and social media in education. Seomra Ranga previously won the overall Best Individual Blog at the Edublog Awards 2012.

Many thanks to those who nominated Seomra Ranga for different categories this year. Now is the time to ask for your votes. [click to continue…]


Book Review: Zig and Zag: The Fridge in a Denim Jacket

November 30, 2014

This was a great book. It was hilarious because it had lots of jokes. I thought the speech bubbles were very funny. The pictures were very detailed and colourful. This would be suitable for kids aged 6 to 10. I would give it 9 out of 10.

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Edublog Awards 2014 Nominations

November 19, 2014

This is the eleventh year of the international Edublog Awards whose aim is to “promote and demonstrate the educational values” of learner and teacher blog sites for educational purposes.

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Young Inventors 2014 Competition

November 12, 2014

Primary schools throughout Ireland are being encouraged to take part in Rapid Online’s Young Inventors 2014 Competition in a bid to find the country’s next big inventor. Any pupil who is bursting with ideas and enthusiasm is encouraged to enter the competition by Friday November 21st 2014. They have the opportunity to win one of five LEGO […]

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Science Week 2014

November 9, 2014

The 19th annual National Science Week kicks off today with a host of fun and exciting science events, seminars, demonstrations and tours taking place across the country. Over 800 events will take place in Dublin, Donegal, Galway, Sligo, Mayo, Waterford, Cork, Limerick and across the Midlands aiming to entertain, educate and enthral young and old […]

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Christmas Resources on Nollaig Shona

November 8, 2014

Seomra Ranga’s website for Christmas resources, Nollaig Shona, was three years old last week. It contains lots of different resources for classroom planning for the Christmas season. There are flashcards, posters, worksheets, seasonal music, quizzes, religious resources and visual arts ideas.

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Book Review: The Secret Gift

November 4, 2014

About Ross Bentley has learned to harness his supernatural gifts but as he is drawn ever further into a web of deceit and corruption he realises he must get out. So he disappears and turns his back on the ‘Guild’ in order to escape his past. In this the third fast-paced adventure in the ‘secret’ […]

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Movember on Seomra Ranga

November 2, 2014

Seomra Ranga will be participating in the Movember fundraising campaign to spark conversation and raise vital funds for men’s health programmes. The Movember Foundation challenges men to grow moustaches during Movember (formerly known as November) in order to help with this fundraising drive.

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Book Review: The Watching Wood

October 30, 2014

The Watching Wood, by Erika McGann, is set in a school for the magical. It is full of shapeshifters and dark fairies. A girl called Grace is the main character. She has to try and get her friends out of this school to where they have been brought. Adie, Delilah (very quiet), Una (not the […]

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Book Review: Sally Go Round the Stars

October 25, 2014

Sally Go Round the Stars is an eyecatching book. My initial impression was formed by the wonderful graphics and illustrations. While they illustrate the poems, they also draw your imagination in to create a scene behind and around the characters. It encourages you to develop a narrative around the characters and the text. As the […]

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Guest Post: Revised Sick Leave Arrangements

October 20, 2014

On 1st September 2014 a revised sick leave scheme came in to effect for teachers. The Department of Education and Skills (DES) issued Circular 59/2014 which outlines teachers’ sick leave entitlements. There are a number of significant changes in the revised sick leave scheme compared to the previous scheme.

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