5th Green Flag for Biodiversity

Castlelyons National School were honoured to receive our 5th Green Flag for Biodiversity!

To celebrate the arrival of the flag, we held a Green schools day, all staff and pupils wore green to mark the occasion.


A special guest also came to the school! A bumble bee, the bumble bee was very kind and awarded the children with no homework for all the hard work to earn the flag.

As an extra treat, an ice cream van came to the school to give child an ice cream.

Junior Infants AISTEAR and School Tour

The Farm

The children in Junior Infants learned about the theme of the farm during the Month of March. They enjoyed learning about farm animals and their babies, animal homes and farm produce. They helped their teacher, Miss Corcoran, to set up mini farms around the classroom for AISTEAR role play.



Interviewing a local farmer

Local Farmer, Timmy McCarthy kindly visited the class to talk to the junior infants about his job. They asked him lot of interesting questions about farming and animals. He brought in some cattle feed, ear tags, pictures of his farm, silage and a milk bucket for calves. They really enjoyed his visit and we now have a lot of aspiring farmers in our class.


Making homemade butter

The infants were so excited when Miss Corcoran told them that they were going to make butter using methods from long ago. They sequenced the steps involved in making butter in small groups. Then they began the process. First they poured cream into a glass jar and added a dice to help speed up the process. They took turns to shake the cream in the jar until it turned into butter. They rinsed off the buttermilk and added salt for taste. The next method was the old-fashioned paddle churn. Cream was added to the paddle churn and children took turns to turn the handle until the cream turned to butter. This method was quicker and much easier. The buttermilk was rinsed off and salt was added again for taste. The children’s favourite part of the process was tasting their homemade butter on fresh bread. Many agreed that it was the best butter they had ever tasted!


The Vet

Juniors learned about the job of a vet and some vocabulary associated with the vet surgery such as stethoscope, thermometer, medicine, injection etc. A veterinary surgery was set up in our classroom. Children got into role as vets, veterinary nurses, receptionists and local people bringing their animals to the vet. They learned about making an appointment, waiting in the waiting room and buying medicine for their pet’s aftercare.


Interviewing a vet

We were very lucky to get a visit from local vet, Edward Myers and his gorgeous dog, Sandy. The children asked Ed questions about being a vet. He explained to the children how to care for a pet and showed them how he checks Sandy’s heart, ears and teeth. Some children got a turn to use the stethoscope on Sandy and others got to walk her around the room on her lead. All children had great fun petting Sandy and didn’t want her to leave.


The Home

Our final AISTEAR theme of the year was ‘The Home’. Children enjoyed getting into role as mammies, daddies and kids at the home role play area. They were looking after babies, cooking dinner, folding clothes and hoovering and sweeping the house. I hope they are as helpful with chores in their own homes. Children also built mini homes out of magnet shapes and NEXUS connector blocks. They were so proud of their creations.

The children decided that they needed a car for the family of the home to get from place to place. They were so excited to paint the pop up cardboard Volvo car that was donated to the school earlier in the year by the McCarthys.

It is so big now that it has been painted and assembled, that it won’t fit out the door! There goes teacher’s plan of raffling it off!  Children loved getting inside the car and pretending they were driving it during AISTEAR role play. Take a look at the photos to see the fun that was had!



School Tour

Junior Infants went on their school tour to Leahy’s Open Farm on Friday 9th June. They had a fun-filled day incorporating a variety of activities. They saw and fed many animals on the farm, had a spin on the mini-tractors, went down the super scary ‘Big Drop Slide’, climbed to the top of the climbing frame, set up camp in the enchanted forest, made a wish in the leprechaun tunnel and explored both indoor play areas.


Le Chéile have been ‘Busy Bees’ this Summer Term


Take a look at some of the things that Le Chéile have been up to since the beginning of May.

Science Experiments

Le Chéile made patterns using the sweets ‘skittles’ on plates. They were very careful as Ms. Forde poured warm water into the middle of the plate. They were amazed to see the colours blend together so quickly. They then used filter paper to make rainbow prints from this mixture.


Role Play

Le Chéile have developed their social and conversational skills through various role plays over the past few weeks. One of which was a ‘Burger Bar’. They had great fun taking on the roles of chef, customer, waiter and manager on the till. They ordered from the menu and practiced using money when paying for their meal. They learned some new phrases that they can use in any restaurant and they thoroughly enjoyed ‘eating’ their meals at the end.


Bubble Painting

Le Chéile had loads of fun ‘Bubble Painting’ in the playground. They mixed food dye into the bubbles and blew different colour bubbles onto card. They watched the bubbles burst to make a lovely piece of art.


Dog and Puppy visits 

Le Chéile got a very special visit from our SNA Elaines’ dog ‘George’. It was a lovely surprise. George was a very intelligent dog who listened to commands and even did magic tricks. The children were particularly amazed with how he could open the classroom door all by himself. They took him for a walk around the yard and had loads of fun.


Thanks to the Hallihan family in Castlelyons, Le Chéile also got a visit from one of their newborn puppies ‘Lobo’. They adored Lobo and loved petting him. They found him very funny as he was so playful.



Recently Le Chéile cooked Spaghetti Bolognese with the help of their teacher Ms. Forde and SNAs Miriam and Lynda.  They learned about what ingredients they needed and helped to prepare and cook the Spaghetti Bolognese. They were amazed at how the mince changed colour and how they spaghetti went from hard to soft. In the end, their favourite part was eating it all!

Learning about the Gardaí

Le Chéile have been learning about ‘people who work in our community’ a lot recently. As they have already met with a Doctor, Nurse, Vet, Fire Fighter, Baker, Airhostess, Postman and Shopkeeper, they were keen to meet with a Garda. They learned about the job of a Garda and how they can help us in many ways. They learned about many aspects of the Gardaí, including their clothing, where they work, what they drive, what gear they might have etc. It was then very special when three Gardaí – Conor, Peter and Wayne came to visit us in school. They brought a Garda car AND a Garda van. Le Chéile got to try on some of their equipment including hats and handcuffs. They also got to sit and ‘drive’ both vehicles. They loved hearing the sirens go. It was a very fun day.

Thank you to the Fermoy Garda Station for facilitating this visit.

Sciath Na Scol Chorcaí

Well done to the girls team who represented the school at the Sciath na Scol Chorcaí finals in Páirc Uí Rinn on Tuesday 30th of May, the team played a great game and were excellent representivities of the school!

Dona’s Flower

Yesterday my teacher told us to plant flowers. First, teacher gave me a label. I wrote my name on the label. Teacher gave me a cup and I put the label on the cup so everyone would know it was my flower.


Next, I put the cup upside down and put four holes in the bottom, because teacher told me to do it to help the flower drain any extra water out.



Then, I got some soil from the bag, and filled my cup. I filled it up with the soil and pushed the soil firmly down.  I went to the sink, I lifted the handle of the tap to put in some water in my cup.

Teacher put different seeds out for the class, the choices were lettuce, sweet peas and flowers. I picked flowers because I love them and they smell so good.  I put the seeds in the cup and pushed the seeds down to make sure they were in the soil.



Finally, I brought my cup to the cupboard, opened the door of the cupboard and put my cup in, and closed the door.  Teacher said I had to do this so the seeds can germinate. This will help my flowers grow.



I am so excited to see my flowers.

By Dona, Rang a 3.

Easter Egg-citement in Le Chéile

Le Chéile were very busy preparing for Easter through various activities the first week in April. They made Easter bunnies during art using cotton wool, paint and photographs of themselves.


Le Chéile enjoyed going on an Easter Egg Hunt around the school to find lots of chocolate coins, chocolate eggs and sweets that Ms. Forde had hidden.


The pupils in Le Chéile also made beautiful Easter Flower arrangements. We soaked the oasis overnight and Ms. Forde cut the flowers and foliage in the morning so that they were not too big. The pupils then made their flower arrangement by pushing the stems of the flowers and foliage into the oasis. They decorated it in the end with little chicks, sheep and eggs.

Some of the finished flower arrangements.

They learned the names of some new flowers and practiced their fine motor skills while having lots of fun. 🙂


Junior Infants learn about the Fire Station

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

During Aistear time, children learned about the fire station at 3 different stations: ‘Role Play Station’, ‘Small World 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 then visited Fermoy Fire Station where they got a guided tour of the station by local fire fighters. The children prepared questions to interview the firefighters about their job. They were shown uniforms and equipment in the station and got the chance to explore both fire trucks. Each child had a turn spraying the hose and got a fire safety pack to take home.
Take a look at some of our Aistear photographs below to see the great fun that the children had learning about the fire station.

Junior Infants really enjoyed our recent history lesson when they compared clothes from the past with modern clothes. Children brought in clothes from parents, grandparents and even great grandparents to show off to their peers. They also brought in a favourite item of clothing that they wear now to compare with the style of clothes worn long ago. Junior Infants were great at sorting the clothes into two sets ‘old’ and ‘new’. They really have an eye for detail. Some of their reasons for identifying clothes as ‘old’ were; dull, boring, black and dirty. Some reasons for identifying clothes as new/modern were; glittery, bright, colourful, nice designs and clean. Take a look at the pictures below to see our lesson in action.