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26 Sep

Welcome back to school every one! We’re thrilled to be starting the year together again.

We celebrated Roald Dahl Day together.

We were so excited to start our Twitter and blogging adventure in 4th Class. We started the year with a good look at internet safety.

We are enjoying a dodgeball tournament this month, and we’re back running every Friday.

We’re working on our writing and reading strategies.

We started the ClassDojo empathy series.

We are really enjoying our literacy games!

Our Guided Reading sessions are going well too!

We’re also doing great work in Maths.

We started our Go Noodle brain breaks too.

And we’re reading the best book ever!

We set our attendance goals for the year!

We also started our Friday tests.

We LOVE Art class in 4th Class.

All of this work meant that we deserved some golden play time!

We’re hard at work on our SAlfies.

Our library corner is growing all the time.

We have started looking at local history too.

And our meditation and mindfulness sessions are so popular.

Phew! We’re off to a busy start! See you soon for another update!

From 4th Class.

21 Jun

In Senior Infants, we’re very proud of our two Green Schools reps – Aaron and Joey!

Lately, we’ve been learning all about litter and the importance of keeping our environment clean. We went on a walk to see if we could find litter in our local area and members of our class have been helping Ms Ward and the Green Schools team to do litter picking. We also designed posters to encourage our school community not to litter. Here are some photos of our activities!

Here are our posters!

19 Jun

Singing Club 2017 from St Peter’s, Bray on Vimeo.

Congratulations to our fantastic singing club who created this music video recently. Keep an eye out for our special guest, Adam Nolan! Thanks to Paddy for directing our video and for our lovely end-of-year party!

16 Jun

We have experimented with baking and cooking this year, overall, I think we have some budding chefs in the 6th Class Classroom! I’m not sure if many of the tasty treats made it all the way home for parents to taste!

Throwback to the time we got so engrossed in our science experiment and (with a broken clock!) managed to spend an extra 15 minutes in school…every pupil’s dream!!

Halloween was a lot of fun with great art projects like these! The class created 3 full- size creatures to terrify the guests at the Halloween Disco! (I’m not too sure how James feels about being the monster model in this snap…!)

What an amazing memory that will stay with us for a long time! Spending weeks measuring our own feelings and emotions, and comparing these statistics with differing weather conditions was all worth it to be given a fantastic report and award by none other than Evelyn Cusack!

The final result of weeks of hard work!! I could not have been more proud or impressed with the children’s diligent efforts and amazing manners and presentation skills on the day. They really did the school proud.

We have gone on some really fun trips this year, most notably to Sealife! Look at how enthralled Dylan is with the stingray! (or is the stingray enthralled with Dylan?!) Having an aquarium in the classroom for a few weeks was also another exciting treat!

I can’t forget to mention all of the amazing sports trips we have been on (with great thanks to Paddy and to John for training us)! Rain or shine, the Peter’s boys and girls were out doing us proud several times this year, always with a great attitude and super team work!

6th Class is a huge year as we spend a lot of time preparing for the celebration of Confirmation. This image from the Service of Light only gives a snapshot of the amazing art produced by the children. What you can’t see or hear here is the children’s amazing behaviour on the day and the beautiful singing and readings from the pupils. A really nice memory and a terrific day all round!

We have had some fun in the classroom, for example using marshmallows to create 3D shapes! Some really impressive work, even an octahedron was made!! (I am still finding mini-marshmallows everywhere in the classroom…!)

When the kids earned a thousand points we had a great day making and eating pizzas and watching movies! Some terrific chefs in the 6th Class Classroom, future careers are being forged!

A shout out to the three children who showed up to school the day after Confirmation!! Well, I thought they deserved a treat so off we went to Lidl to buy lots of goodies for a movie afternoon!

6th Class are so lucky to be able to experience the new Computer room/Library before they leave for Secondary school! It is really fun to explore and learn using interactive methods and the kids LOVE it!

What an amazing day spent at the park just last week! Thanks to Paddy for setting up lots of fun activities, a great day had and a lovely memory made.

12 Jun

In March, Dylan and Adem (3rd Class) and Kyra and Carla (2nd Class) made their way on the Dart to the Royal Irish Academy of Music, in Dublin City Centre.

They had worked hard every Tuesday for months, after school, on their poem, mime, story, reading and theory, in preparation for their Grade 1 and Grade 2, Speech and Drama exams.

After the exam, Dylan, Adem, Kyra and Carla enjoyed some treats in a lovely little cafe beside the Academy, before hopping on the Dart back to Bray.

Their results arrived last week and all 4 of the boys and girls did incredibly well! They should be SO proud of themselves and this wonderful achievement.

Congratulations to these boys and girls!

12 Jun

Junior Infants are coming towards the end of their first year in St. Peter’s, and what a year it has been!

Last week, we had a chat about our favourite memories of our first year in school, with some recounting their first day in school to others chatting with excitement about Sports Day, the day we each made rockets for Space Week, our time spent in our Aistear areas and so many more special moments besides. Garylee exclaimed “I want to stay in this school forever” … he will have to be reminded of that at the Sixth Class Graduation in years to come!

You can see the work completed by each of the children outside the Junior Infant classroom on their favourite moments of the school year. Feel free to pop in and have a chat with your child about their work.

I scrolled through my many photos of this wonderful class and all they achieved in this special, first year in school. I remembered fondly our Christmas Play, the Three Little Pigs and the time we had a visit from the doctor and Ella dressed up in the Dr. Maria’s scrubs! Or the time Oisín was the first child to get to spend some ‘chill’ time in the classroom tent. Then there was the time we worked together in small groups, to respond to an illustrators design work, as part of an Art project one Friday morning. With so many memories I will forever hold dear, it’s hard to recap an entire year in only one blog post!


I’ve put together some photo collages below. I hope you enjoy them. Don’t forget, lots of photos exist in previous blog posts – just search Junior Infants on the blog and you can take a trip down memory lane in recapping some of the highlights of 2016-2017.

Thank you, very specially, to all the parents of Junior Infants and everyone who helped me in and outside the classroom throughout my year with this amazing little class!

I hope everyone has a lovely, happy summer!

Ms. Farren

8 Jun

Wow, how busy have we been? We’ve already packed so much into our last term! Read on to find out more!

We made a video about friendship!

We also made news recordings!

Breaking news from St Peter’s, Bray on Vimeo.

Breaking news from St Peter’s, Bray on Vimeo.

5th Class Breaking news from St Peter’s, Bray on Vimeo.

Breaking News from St Peter’s, Bray on Vimeo.

We’re working on our coding!

We’re also keeping up our reading workshops!

We’re working on our mindfulness!

However, there is always time for tea!

We were learning about China and we built a terracotta army!

We also built homemade catapults in a STEM lesson!

We’ve had great fun with Frankie in Music class!

Some inspectors came to visit our class and they loved our work! They were very kind to us.

Our Roots of Empathy journey came to an end!

We learned all about how to look after our teeth.

We now watch the news everyday. It helps us to learn about the world.

We prayed to Mary every day in May.

Our students have shone in their local community!

We put together our Science project for the school Discover Primary Science entry.

It has been a sporty couple of weeks!

We’re cycling 60km every day as a class!

We’re designing t-shirts!

As always, past pupils came to visit!

We celebrated Tech Week 2017!

We relaxed with some brain breaks!

We’ve been working on our dramatic performances!

We are simply in love with our new computer room!

We learned about new saints!

We’ve been as creative as ever!

Phew! Can you believe we only have 2 and a half weeks left together? Bring on the summer fun!

8 May

Welcome to our submission for the Discover Primary Science and Maths award for 2017. This is our 12th year taking part in the Awards! Once again this year we are applying for the Plaque of STEM Excellence. This award is given to schools that carry out extensive work in science, technology, engineering and maths, all of which are very important in St. Peter’s.

This is the 3rd year that we have had Junior and Senior Infants taking part in the award! It is great to see the young scientists have so much fun learning about Science and Maths.

Yet again, a huge amount of work has gone into this. Every class in the whole school has taken part in this application, well done to all the pupils and teachers! For the fifth year in a row, we are using our blog to submit our award and to link back to our activities that have taken part during the year. Our SFI Award number this year is WW026.

Step 1: Science

For this step, we carried out six hands-on Science investigations under the four different strands in classes throughout the school. We also tried to include Maths in these investigations where possible, linking in with Step 4.

  • Energy and Forces: 1st Class learned all about floating and sinking. They used this new information to help them make their own boats! Read all about their experiment here.
  • Living Things: 2nd Class conducted an experiment based on their bodies, focusing on their hearts and their pulse. You can read all about their experiment here.
  • Environmental Awareness and Care: 3rd Class investigated solar energy, and were very lucky with the week they chose as the sun was shining! You can read about their experiment here.
  • Materials: Senior Infants used their STEM lesson to try and help Humpty Dumpty out! Read all about their great teamwork and solutions here.
  • Environmental Awareness and Care: Junior Infants learned all about our environment and how they could help Sandy Shores. You can read all about their great work here!
  • Materials: 4th Class were experimenting with sound and materials. You can check out their fun investigation here.

Boys and girls from 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th class took part in the First Lego League again this year thanks to Mr. Kinsella and Ms. Byrne, in partnership with Salesforce. You can read all about the huge effort that went in to planning for their trip to Galway here.

You can also read all about our Space Week activites here and here!

6th Class also took part in the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, which you can read all about here.

Step 2: Technology

In the second step, we had to ensure that technology was used by our pupils. As a previous winner of the Junior Spider Awards, technology has become a part of every-day life in St. Peter’s. We were also awarded the Digital School of Distinction award, which showcased the effort and time we put in incorporating technology into our daily school lives.

For example, for Space Week, we recorded a poem with a pupil from each class taking part in our podcast. You can listen to it here.

Mr. Kinsella and Ms. Byrne ran an after school club which culminated in our school taking part in the FIRST Lego League in Galway. It was a superb experience for the boys and girls which you can read about here.

Throughout all the other classes in the school, pupils of every age have also used cameras, laptops, animoto, and this blog, as well as apps such as vine and twitter, to showcase the work that they have been doing during the course of the year. As you can see from our submission this year, we have continued to implement technology in our day-to-day teaching and learning, with Maths and Science at the forefront of this. You can check out all of our tweets from the year @stpetersbray!

Step 3: Engineering

For the third step of our application for the DPSM Plaque of STEM Excellence, we have had a big focus on the Design and Make element of Science. Last year, our staff worked in conjunction with St. Patrick’s College regarding professional development in STEM. A big part of this focused on the Design and Make process, and helped us make sure STEM was an integral part of our engineering activities. An example of how we look to incorporate STEM into our lessons can be seen here, where Senior Infants looked to design and make ways to help Humpty Dumpty!

We include two examples of our Design and Make lessons as part of our application. As you can see from our blog post by 5th Class here, we have numerous examples of engineering taking place in our school across many classes during Engineers Week.

Step 4: Maths

Throughout our Science investigations, we incorporated Maths where possible, For example, 2nd learned about data and used charts to record their results here, and 3rd Class used mathematical skills to record their solar science experiment, which you can read about here.

Step 5: STEM Showcase

6th Class took part yet again in the BT Young Scientist Exhibition in the RDS in January this year. This year they investigated if the weather affects our learning. As always, they put a lot of effort into their submission, and presented it brilliantly on the day. You can read about their work here.

We hoped you enjoyed reading our submission!

6 May

6th Class took part in the RDS Young Scientist Fair once again. Our theme this year was our climate, specifically looking at the question of “Does weather affect our ability to learn in school?”.

After we had agreed on the theme and question for our Science presentation, we began by making our predictions. Some of the pupils thought they weather would affect us in school. For example, Leanne thought the sound of rain is very relaxing so that in turn, might help us concentrate better in class. Abbie also made the point that sometimes people get headaches when it is too hot and that it makes it hard to get your work done then.

However, not everybody agreed on this. This provoked great debate amongst the class, with Finn arguing that once curtains are closed and you have music on, you are unaware of the weather outside so how can it affect your work. Other children in the class made the point that “weather can’t get to our brains!”.

Following our class discussions we agreed that we had to conduct an experiment to try and help us come up with a scientific outcome to our question. For this, each pupil had their own learning journal for the project. They recorded what type of weather it was outside each day, recording specific details regarding the weather such as what direction the wind was blowing from. Each pupil had questions to answer for each day in their learning journal. These questions included how they felt and self-assessed the quality of their work for the day.

To gather specific information on the weather for our learning journals, we decided we needed to construct our own weather instruments. We wanted to make a rain gauge to measure the amount of rainfall each day, a barometer to measure the air pressure, a wind vane to measure what direction the wind was blowing each day, and an anemometer to measure the wind speed.

One group in the class made the rain gauge. For this they got a two litre bottle and cut off the top quarter of it. We turned the quarter of the bottle upside down and used it as a funnel for the rain water. We made sure it wasn’t blown over by the wind by putting stones in the bottom of it. We used permanent marker to mark off the different heights in centimetres along the side of the bottle.

Another group made the barometer. They took a jam jar and put a balloon over the top of it. Two straws were then sellotaped together to the balloon. A cardboard arrow was cut out and attached to the straws. As the air pressure changed in the jar, the arrow would move on the straws to show us that the air pressure had changed.

A third group made the ameometer, using a pencils and cups. It was tricky to stick them altogether. One of the cups had an “x” put on it so that we could count how many times the cups rotated in a minute in the wind. We chose a minute to help make it a fair test, to help factor in sudden gusts of wind.

The fourth and final group made a wind vane. They used a paper plate, which was labelled north, south, east and west. When the pencil blew in the wind, it showed which direction the wind was coming from.

For 2 weeks, during the months of December and January, we recorded the weather each day, along with our answers to our learning journal questions. After we had completed the two week period and had collected all of our data, our next job was to analyse it using the whole class data.

Our observations from the data recorded were that our concentration levels were found to be low on windy days. It was also found that we couldn’t release our energy on rainy days which in turn affected our learning outcomes in the classroom. A third observation was that when it was sunny, we found it hard to concentrate because some of us couldn’t wait to get outside to play!

On January 12th, we took our findings with us into the RDS Young Scientist Exhibition. Five pupils were chosen to represent the school. We had spent days doing mock interviews and presentations in school to prepare us for the busy day ahead of us. We also spent a lot of time preparing the backdrop for our stand at the Science fair which helped us display our project and our findings. We also made a Science quiz for visitors to take, to help them interact with our project.

The judges were very impressed with our research, including RTE Weather Presenter Evelyn Cusack. Ms. Cusack took our weather quiz and was the only person to get top marks on in during the day. We were delighted when she presented us with our trophy, a great reward for all the hard work put in by all the boys, girls and our teacher.


6 May

First class have been learning about summer, the beach and boats in Bray harbour. Our focus was how boats float in the water. We discussed the importance of boats as the transport of goods/people, but in order to do so the boat must float. Firstly we brainstormed the properties of making a boat. We discussed materials that would be good or bad to float and why. We linked the Titanic which sank and concluded our boats would require good construction without any holes to avoid sinking.

In order to predict we needed to understand floating and sinking so we investigated with an orange. Once placed in water it floated at first and when pealed and re-tested it sank. This led us to discuss heavy, light, shape and size.

Next we begin investigating. After measuring the blu tack to ensure we all got the same amount we begin to conduct our fair test. The pupils predicted and recorded how many peas their boat would hold before they begin to pull and stretch the material.

Some begin to focus on making pretty looking boats and even added oars. This focus on the apperance of the boat rather than size and shape led to an interesting discovery when they tested their creations.

In testing our boats we had some difficulty in getting them to float. Some just sank as soon as their passengers (peas) were added.

We took some time to re-design our boats with a focusing on floating instead of looking like a typical boat. We improved them by experimenting with different shapes and curling the sides to keep the peas on and eventually got them floating.

Each group recorded their results in a table and we compared each group’s findings to conclude our experiment.

First class really enjoyed making boats!