Rang 3 agus Rang 4 explore the secrets of West Cork


On the 23rd of May, fourth class went to West Cork Secret on their school tour with Rang 3. Fortunately it was a sunny day.

First of all we got on the bus, it took over an hour to get there. Then when we arrived we met our instructor.

After than we got put into groups and went orienteering. Later we went fishing in a pond in the woods. We were looking for tadpoles and insects. After that we went go-karting and milking plastic cows.

The we did team building exercises. Then we had pizza and our lunches. After that we went on big wet water slide called, Big Mama.

Later, everyone went through the woods to do an obstacle course.

Finally. we  had a shower and got back on the bus to go back to school. We went straight home when we got back to school.

We all really enjoyed our school tour this year. We hope to go back next year again!

By Grace

Photos to follow soon 🙂



1916 Commemoration


11:30:Mass began at 11:30 and was attended by the Kent family. The children from 5th and 6th class accompanied the Castlelyons Gospel choir.

1:30:The parade started at the Community Centre and ended at the school. Pupils from 3rd,4th,5th and 6th class marched in the parade.

2:00:The speeches began, followed by performances from Kilmagner N.S. and Castlelyons N.S. Pupils from Junior Infants to 6th Class performed on the day.  Fourth, Fifth and Sixth performed the following songs:

  1. We’re True United Volunteers (accompanied by Mr. de Róiste)
  2. Oró sé do Bheatha Bhaile
  3. Grace
  4. The Foggy Dew
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Pupils from Rang 4,5 agus 6 performing to the crowds on the day.

There was Irish dancing and music throughout the day,  the crowd enjoyed all the performances.

On the day, there was also a pop-up café in the School Halla.

4:45:The Thomas Kent reenactment. This involved a reenactment of the RIC surrounding the Kent home in Bawnard. It was an amazing sight with replica guns and bombs.

The pupils and adults really enjoyed the day. It was a historic occasion.

Rang 5 Maths Fair

On Friday the 17th of June, Rang a Cúig hosted a Maths Fair in their classroom. Rang a Ceathair were guests at the Fair.

On Wednesday the 15th of June, Rang a Cúig discussed different events that could be held during the final weeks of school. Teacher suggested hosting a Maths fair, the whole class agreed that a Maths Fair was a wonderful idea.

Soon after, when the date for the fair was picked, the class wrote an invitation to Rang a Ceathair to come to the maths fair.

Rang a cúig arranged the different maths topics for the fair. The class worked with Ms. Finn to pick the math challenges. The class selected:

  1. Place Value
  2. Lines and Angles/The Circle
  3. Length
  4. Shapes
  5. Fractions
  6. Money
  7. Chance
  8. Weight
  9. Capacity
  10. Tables
  11. Area
  12. Operations

Tables were set up in the classroom for each math challenge. Two pupils from Rang a cúig were at each station to quiz the pupils from Rang a ceathair on the different maths subjects.

Rang a ceathair enjoyed the different stations, and liked the topics that Rang cúig picked.

Everyone had a great time at the Maths Fair 🙂


In preparation for their Graduation Mass, Rang a 6 decided they would like to treat their teachers, parents and guests by baking some delicious goodies.  They had lots of fun choosing their favourite recipes and preparing all the ingredients. Everyone helped by bringing in all the epuipment needed and then on the day it was ” all hands on deck “, to ensure that there were plenty of treats for everyone.  Keep an eye on the “Baking corner” of our blog for all the recipes of the day!

Two students from Rang a 4 write very informative recounts of their recent Maths Fair (17.6.2016)



By Sarah

On Friday 17th of June at 11:15 all of our class went into the fifth class room to play some maths games.

First we went to their classroom and were kindly greeted by Ms Finn.She explained a few rules and we went in to begin our adventure through maths.

Next we went to loads of different maths stations we had so much fun.Chloe and I were partners we had so much fun doing all the maths problems.

Then we went to a few other groups , my favourite group was Cathal and Angelos group,they were very enthusiastic.Their station was the measurment station.

After we all lined up to leave , we gave fifth class a big clap for there great work , but most of us were distracted whilst rumaging through all the sweets we won.

Finally we came back into the classroom and ate our lunch and of course all our sweets.

I think fifth class did amazing work ,so much time and effort went into the maths fair.

Maith thu Rang a cuig



By Clara

On Friday the 17 june 4th & 5th class got together for a maths fair.

First we all went into the portacabin (MS Finns class) and Miss Finn greeted us.

Secondly, my group (SAOIRSE & LAUREN) went around to the stations.We did 3d shapes, money,chance,operation,place value,tables and measuring lines.

Thirdly, we all went to see if we got a prize.I came 2nd in the money station and I won a highlighter.

It was a great day and I hope that I will be able to do it again next year.

Aistear in Junior Infants and Le Chéile

The Supermarket


Junior Infants and Le Chéile began ‘Aistear- learning through play’ in October with the theme of ‘The Supermarket’. This theme was very relevant to the children’s lives and so they could all make real life connections throughout their learning. The children learned a new range of vocabulary throughout the month to help them with Aistear, including; receipt, cheque, cash register, conveyor belt, aisle etc. The children took on the role of customers, shopkeepers, deli workers, butchers, bakers and shop floor assistants at the Role Play Station. They made fridges, freezers, store rooms, tills etc. at the ‘Junk Art’ and ‘Construction’ stations. They also developed their sorting skills by sorting various foods into their correct categories i.e. fruit, vegetables, poultry, grain and dairy.


The children got the chance at the end of this theme to put all that they had learned into practice when we went to the local supermarket. Each child brought €2 and got to choose and buy their own item, completely independently at the till. They absolutely loved this and were very proud of themselves for being so responsible.


You can see some of our AISTEAR photographs below.

The Post Office


Throughout the month of November, the children explored the theme of the ‘Post Office’. They learned about the job of a postal worker and began to understand more about how the postal system works. The children enjoyed writing letters to each other and ‘buying’ stamps for their letters at the Post Office in our role play area. This theme helped the children to develop their writing skills, sorting skills and conversational skills. Children enjoyed taking turns at being the postal worker and delivered letters to Mr. de Róiste and to our secretary, Carmel.

The children were very excited when the local postman popped in for a visit during AISTEAR one morning. They asked him many questions about his job and discovered that he sometimes delivers up to 400 letters a day! They also found out that he needs to get up very early in the morning to start his day and that his job can be very tiring at times. He prefers it in the summer months when the weather is sunny and bright.


Take a look at some of our AISTEAR photographs below to truly understand how much the children enjoyed this theme.

Santa’s Workshop


In December, the children’s excitement for Christmas was heightened when our AISTEAR theme was ‘Santa’s Workshop’. This followed nicely from our theme of ‘The Post Office’ as the children were writing letters to Santa and making lists. They used the class post box to ‘send’ their letters to Santa. During the Aistear stations, the children took on the role of Santa’s elves, making toys in Santa’s Workshop. They also visited Santa’s Grotto where they cooked meals with Mrs. Claus and got to tell Santa their Christmas lists. They helped Santa by sorting toys into the correct sacks for the boys and girls on the nice list.


As you can imagine, this theme really brought Christmas spirit alive in our classrooms.


The Arctic!


Back in January, Junior Infants and Le Chéile learned all about the Arctic during English, geography, science, drama and art lessons.  They also spent the month of January ‘learning through play’ at our AISTEAR stations which were based on the theme – ‘The Arctic Hotel’.


Children from Junior Infants and Le Chéile were very lucky to get a visit from Dona, a native Inuit woman, from Canada. Dona came to visit the children to speak about life as an Inuit long ago and life as an Inuit now. She also answered the children’s questions about the Arctic regions and about Inuit life.

The children impressed her with their questions and knowledge about food, clothing, animals, transport and schooling in the Arctic.

Dona brought in stone sculptures from her native country of a polar bear and an inukshuk and told the children some facts about each of them.

She read the children a modern fairytale inspired by Canadian Inuit legend called ‘Hide and Sneak’. The story touched on some traditional Inuit folklore and values about the Inukshuk and Ijiraqq . The book really engaged the children and captured their imagination.


The children loved learning about the Arctic and enjoyed interviewing Dona to find out even more information. Take a look at our photos below!

The Fire Station


Throughout the month of February, children in Junior Infants and Le Chéile learned all about the fire station as part of their ‘Aistear-learing through play’ theme.

During this  Aistear time, children learned about the fire station at  four different stations: ‘Role Play Station’, ‘Small World Station’, Sand and Water Station’ and ‘Creative Station’. Children got into role as fire fighters and used vocabulary associated with the fire station when playing at the various stations. They really enjoyed this theme, and it didn’t end there!

Junior Infants paid a visit to the Fermoy fire station where they were given a guided tour of the station by the local fire fighters. The children prepared questions in advance to interview the firefighters about their job.

They really enjoyed their trip.


Take a look at some of our Aistear photographs below to see the great fun that the children had learning about the fire station.

The Farm

Our theme for the month of April was ‘The Farm’. Children learned about the job of a farmer during history, geography and science lessons. They also developed their understanding about the farm during our AISTEAR lessons and oral language lessons that took place throughout the month. At the art station, children created farm animal masks. During the small world and role play areas, children got into role as farmers and animals at the farm. Children also began to problem solve to fix things in the farm that were broken and began to build new stables and barns to house new calves etc. that were ‘born’ during the role play session. The children developed a keen interest in this theme and are now very much looking forward to our upcoming school tour where we will be visiting ‘Leahy’s Open Farm’.

Take a look at some of our ‘Farm’ pictures below to see what the children got up to during Aistear.

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The Vet

Our AISTEAR theme for the month of May is ‘The Vet’. This theme followed nicely from last month’s ‘The Farm’ as the children were greatly interested in the animals and looking after them. During AISTEAR the children learned about the role of the Vet and the importance of a Vet for animals. They learned all about the equipment that a Vet uses and loved learning the names for some of these, i.e. Stethoscope, thermometer, syringe etc. The children took on the role of the Vet, the receptionist, the assistant Vet and the clients who brought their pets to the ‘Pet Surgery’. They further developed their vocabulary and sorting skills during ‘small world station’ and ‘sensory station’.

On 11th May 2016, the children received a visit from a local Vet and parent of one of the children, Edward Myers. The children prepared questions in advance of the visit and were excited to find out more about the Vet. Ed very kindly brought his golden retriever ‘Sandy’ with him, which was a great hit with the children. They adored petting Sandy and really enjoyed watching his eyes, ears and heart being checked by the Vet. They developed their knowledge of the Vet by asking their questions and they were given some tips on how to look after their own pets.

See our pictures below to understand why many of the children called this day ‘The Best Day Ever’.


Keep an eye out for our next theme which will begin in June!

Irish Coast Guard Visit and Water Safety Awareness Award

On Friday, 12th of February, the pupils and staff of Castlelyons National School had a very exciting morning. Earlier in the school year, Caroline Casey ( Safety Officer for  Cork City and County Council) came to the school and worked with the children regarding water safety, and how to stay safe when in the water.

The pupils successfully completed the course and the school was awarded the Water Safety Awareness Award. However, this was only the start of a very exciting adventure.

News arrived to the school that the Irish Coast Guard helicopter would come to the school to deliver and present the award.

Pupils arrived at school as normal, unaware that the Iirsh Coast Guard helicopter was in the sky making its way to Castlelyons. Staff and pupils were told to wait at Father Ferris Field, and excitment began to build among the children as they noticed some members of the Coast Guard ground crew.

Soon, attention turned to the skies when pupils heard a helicopter, a flare was lit on the pitch, the pupils began to wave as the helicopter flew above them, not knowing it was making its way to the field! The helicopter circled the area, and landed in Father Ferris Field. The helicopter landed successfully and the pupils clapped and cheered.




When the area was declared safe, the flag was presented to Robert and Evelyn from Rang 6 by members of the Coast Guard crew and Caroline Casey.

Next, the pupils were invited to take a closer look at the Irish Coast Guard helicopter. The crew briefed pupils and staff on the features of the helicopter and what the procedure is when the crew are called to  an emergency.




As well as the Irish Coast Guard, the Urban Search and Rescue K9 team came to meet the pupils. ‘Mambo’ the search and rescue dog proved to be very popular with  the Junior Infants from Le Cheile.

Both staff and pupils of the school would like to say ‘Go Raibh Mile Maith Agaibh’ to Caroline Casey , the Irish Coast Guard, the Urban Search and Rescue K9 unit and to everyone involved in arranging this wonderful event.

Both staff and pupils are aware of the important work that the Coast Guard does and appreciate everyone for making the time to come to the school and present the flag in this one of a kind experience.


Autumn Art

The pupils of Castlelyons have been embracing Autumn over the past number of weeks. All the classes have used a variety of art materials to create beautiful autumnal masterpieces.

This post showcases the works of our artists in junior infants, senior infants, Rang 1 and Rang 2.

“Every child is an artist” Pablo Picasso

image4 (3)Junior Infants and Le Cheile

Junior Infants and Le Cheile have been very busy. Junior infants created beautiful Autumn trees, the pupils used a variety of paints to reflect the change of season. The trees are proudly displayed around the classroom. Le Cheile made squirrels complete with orange, red and yellow painted tails. Hedgehogs can be found hiding in the back of the Junior Infant classroom, they are very special hedgehogs because the hedgehogs have gold glitter spikes.

image1 (12) Senior Infants 

Senior Infants created a fantastic Autumn display in the classroom. Pupils painted white plates with the colours that inspire them during this season. The plates are a great representation of the Autumn colours that surround the school. Pupils brought in leaves and other items to present below the display,bringing some of the outdoors into the senior infant classroom.

image3 (3) Rang 1

Rang 1 used warm autumn paints to create autumn print art. The pupils first sponge painted a large white sheet in either yellow, red or orange. Next, using materials such as bottle tops, the pupils dipped the materials in black paint and used a print method to create different vehicles.

image5 (2) Rang 2

Rang 2  too inspiration from the works of Pablo Picasso. The pupils created line drawings from the world around them. The pupils focused on autumn scenes, which feature pumpkins and autumn dancing autumn leaves falling from trees.