Sunday, December 27, 2009

Meet Our Class Pet - Brodie

Hi my name is Brodie,
I am your class pet and I love going home to all your houses.
I have been to some of the children's houses.
I love meeting all your families and seeing your homes.
I feel so lucky to be your class pet.
I was a very lonely dog before I came to your class.
I used to get into fights.
Now I use brains instead of brawn.
All the clever boys and girls know what that means...
Problems can only be solved by talking them through and NEVER by using my paws (or your fists!)
But I bet you already know that!
Remember to treat me nicely when I come to your house and don't forget I love being the centre of attention!
See you soon,
Lots of love,

Colouring Pages

Many of you amy remember when we looked at this site for colouring pages. (in America they spell it "coloring") There are a great selection of pictures that you can colour, click here to go directly to Christmas coloring pages. Here's one I made of Santa's workshop earlier! Enjoy!

Let it Snow!

Happy Christmas to all the children in Our Lady of Mercy. I hope you all enjoyed the snow and that Santa Brought everything you wished for. Get a penguin to write something (maybe your name?) in the snow... click here.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Nativity Story

Click on the link to go onto website to read the Nativity Story...
To view the story click here...

Whiteboard Competition Finalists!

Many congrats to the children in our class who were announced as finalists in the Whiteboard Project in conjunction with The Sligo Weekender and Sligo Supply Centre.

**Best of luck Shane, Carlos, Luke and Dylan with the draw next Tuesday night!**

Christmas Slideshow

Check out this SlideShare Presentation:

BBC Schools Games

Lots of children are asking for more games...
Here are some games from the Oxford Reading Tree...
To try them out click here...
Maths Games click here...
English Games click here...
National Geographic Kids for videos, games and more click here...

John Joe from the Late Late Toy Show

Everybody remembers this part of the Toy Show. What a clever little boy!

Christmas slideshow

Here is a slideshow of Christmas pictures.


Check out this SlideShare Presentation on Winter

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Class Portraits Visual Arts

Here are some of our class portraits. Can you see your one in this?
Click here to view our pictures on the school website!

Mapping Geography

I just came across a great website for mapping. Lots of you are already using google earth. Here is another website that you can use google maps and... scribble on them... really it means you can mark out your journey or a place of interest on them and then send it on to a friend or even put it up on our class blog. Maybe some of you could send me on your own scribble map? Enjoy!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Our Class Advent Wreath

To do your own online Advent Calendar click here!


Long ago, before Jesus was born, during the dark days of December, the people of Eastern Europe gathered wreaths of evergreen branches and lit fires as a sign of hope and a reminder that spring was on its way. This tradition was adopted by the Christians and by the 1600s the Advent Wreath was used throughout Germany to mark the time spent waiting for the birth of the Christ child at Christmas. From Germany this tradition spread to the rest of the world.


Usually the Advent Wreath is made of four candles, three purple and one pink. They are lit in the following order; week 1 and 2 purple, week 3, pink and week 4 purple.

The candles remind us that Jesus is the light of the world. The colour purple is used because long ago purple dye was very expensive and purple became a colour that was associated with royalty. Advent is the season of the coming of the King. The pink one is lit on the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday. Long ago Advent was a time of fasting like Lent. On the Third Sunday there was a break from this fast and the priests wore rose or pink coloured vestments. So that tradition became a part of the Advent Wreath. As we light the candles each week we are made aware of our journey through this season. Placing the candles in a circle is symbolic of God’s love for us, a love that has no beginning or end. The use of the evergreen leaves around the candles reminds us that God’s love is everlasting.

Show Me Five!

We can focus on our work by keeping our:
  1. Eyes open
  2. Mouth closed
  3. Eyes on teacher
  4. Arms folded
  5. Feet on the floor

To view our Code of Behaviour click here.

Pictures from around the classroom

Here are some pictures of our class. Do you recognise any of the posters?
  • The first picture is our full yard sticker chart. We have a movie afternoon when we are good in the yard.
  • The second photo is a picture of the door into our class. We put up the names for all those who have died and on the last Friday of the month of November these names were brought up to the altar of the church.

Sunday, November 29, 2009


Create and print your own word games based on a user-specified list of spelling words: word search, unscramble, which word?, sentence unscramble, missing letters and more.

This really is a great resource for children to practice spellings at home. Try it out here!
Unfortunately we can't use it for Litriu Gaeilge!

Here are some sites for English Games! Try it out here!
Here are some sites for some Maths Games! Try it out here!
Here are some sites for some Gaeilge Games! Try it out here!
Here are some sites for some SESE Games! Try it out here!
Here are some sites for Early Learners Games! Try it out here!
Here are sites to other Games! Try it out here!

That will keep you all busy!;)

Christmas Quiz

In preparation for the Christmas the three 3rd classes are organising a quiz. Many of the questions are being taken from the Seomra Ranga Christmas website. If any child would like to look at the quiz questions (& answers!!) click here!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Geography - The Counties

We all are enjoying learning the different counties in Ireland.
Here are an interesting video on youtube.
This is a video showing different scenes from around Ireland.
This is another video of Sligo... I'm sure lots of kids will recognise the opening scene!
This one is more of an historical video... notice the cars driving down O' Connell Street - it must be an old video! click here!
If any child in the class has any ideas on what you would like on the class blog please ask Ms. Leydon.

Ancient Egypt

In our History at the moment we are learning about Ancient Egypt.
Here are some links to sites that may be of interest.
Mummy Maker Game
Pyramid Challenge
Information and other links about Ancient Egyptians click here!

Here is also a link for ideas on starting a project on Ancient Egypt.

Christmas Carols Karaoke!

Hey there everyone,
Going to try and blog on this a bit more. Was getting together all the songs for our Christmas carol singing next month. Came across some good karaoke on youtube so the pupils can practice at home! Click on the link to try it out...

Hope you like these... happy singing!
Ms. Leydon

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Cheaper interactive whiteboard using wii remote

Just some food for thought around using the Nintendo wii

watch video

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Happy Midterm!

Hope everyone is enjoying the holidays?
The evenings are getting darker with the having gone back last weekend... al the spookier for next weekend. So it will be out with the costumes again on Saturday!

Here are some Halloween funnies to keep you all amused in the meantime!

Q. What do goblins and ghosts drink when they're hot and thirsty on Halloween? A. Ghoul-aid!!!

Q. What is a Mummie's favorite type of music? A. Wrap!!!!!

Q. Why do demons and ghouls hang out together? A. Because demons are a ghouls best friend!

Q. What's a monster's favorite bean? A. A human bean.

Q. Why can't the boy ghost have babies? A. Because he has a Hallo-weenie.

Q. What do you call a witch who lives at the beach? A. A sand-witch.

Q. Where does a ghost go on Saturday night? A. Anywhere where he can boo-gie.

Q. What did the skeleton say to the vampire? A. You suck.

Q. What do ghosts say when something is really neat? A.Ghoul

Q. Why was the girl afraid of the vampire? A. He was all bite and no bark.

Q. Why didn't the skeleton dance at the party? A. He had no body to dance with.

Q. Where does Count Dracula usually eat his lunch? A. At the casketeria.

Q. What happens when a ghost gets lost in the fog? A. He is mist.

Q. What instrument do skeleton play? A: Trom-BONE.

Remember the starfall pumpkin activity... click on the link: