This is a Powerpoint presentation of the Sara Coleridge poem, “The Months”. It is very suitable for this time of year and it’s also good for teaching about the months and seasonal changes to junior and middle classes.
I accidentally came across this book of rhymes on the internet while looking for something else. There are 24 pages of rhymes, songs, nursery rhymes, hello and goodbye rhymes, fingerplays, action rhymes and lap rhymes. It comes from the Henrico County Public Libraries in Virginia, USA. It’s a free download which I think would be great for all infant teachers. [click to continue…]
Some time ago, I became aware of an iPod app through Twitter (through Mary Farmerwho will be attending this year’s CESI National Conference) called Flickr Lunes. The app is an undeveloped app with loads of potential, created by John Johnston. It’s a really simple app to use and the pupils love it. I’ve written a separate postpreviously all about the app.
We had previously used the app to create some Lunes at Hallowe’en so this week we re-visited the app to create lunes on the theme of Spring Animals. We made a list of all the young animals that are born in spring and divided them out among the pupils. We just had to quickly revise the concept of the Lune, but the pupils had remembered it quite well. They got to work and within a couple of minutes had created great looking Lunes. We printed them out and hung them proudly on the wall. This video shows the art work completed by Rang II and Rang III using this app.
St Enda’s is no ordinary school, and Padraic Pearse is no ordinary headmaster. His pupils are inspired by his vision of freedom and an Irish Republic, and John Joe and his friend Roger see the Easter Rising as their chance to fight for Ireland’s freedom. But the two boys are horrified to learn that they [...]
A sequel to The Guns of Easter, this books tells the exciting story of Sarah (Jimmy’s young sister) and their family who are involved in the spying activities of Michael Collins during the War of Independence. Sarah, a young eleven-year-old, cannot figure out why her family is so neutral towards the war and why everybody [...]
This is the second book in the famine trilogy. At seven, Peggy made a terrifying journey through famine-stricken Ireland. Now thirteen, and determined to make a new life for herself, she sets off alone across the Atlantic to America. Will she ever see her family again? This book by Marita Conlon Mc Kenna is aimed at pupils in [...]
This is the first book in the famine trilogy where the Great Irish Famine is recreated through the story of three young survivors. Ireland in the 1840s is devastated by famine. When tragedy strikes their family Eily, Michael and Peggy are left to fend for themselves. Starving and in danger of ending up in the [...]
The dramatic story of the Norman conquest of Ireland in the 12th century. Full of battles and warfare, but a story of love, too, between an unlikely pair – wilful and wild Irish princess Aoife, and Strongbow, the greatest of the Norman knights to come to Ireland. A clash of cultures and a vivid story [...]
Timothy Finn is a boy with two dreams and a mystery to solve. The notebook that arrives out of the blue on Timothy’s birthday changes his life forever. It is a gift from Timothy’s father. But who is his father, and why has he suddenly entered Timothy’s life? His mother keeps secrets, and Timothy is [...]
It’s 1916 but Amelia Pim’s thoughts are on Frederick Goodbody and not on the war in Europe. Then Frederick enlists. The pacifist Quaker community is shocked but Amelia is secretly proud of her hero and goes to the quayside to wave him farewell. For her friend MaryAnn, there are problems too, with her brother’s involvement [...]
Ricky has withdrawn from the world into his own inner space. Placed in a foster home which is full of sunshine and goodness, he is uncertain how to become part of family life. He often retreats to his favourite hideaway, a special chair in the attic, and adopts the pose of the Moon King. From [...]