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“Cheep cheep”

The middle class took inspiration from the infant room’s spring crafts for their art lesson this week.

These new spring chicks are “peckish” and are looking for food.

The children have brought their chicks home, in the hope that they will be well fed!

A Christmas Carol – 1st, 2nd & 3rd

A Christmas Carol – 1st, 2nd & 3rd Classes

Snake Spiral #scienceweek

Today’s Science lesson was an investigation into how air moves when heated and cooled.

We started the lesson by making snake spirals. We drew a spiral and decorated it with snake patterns.




We cut out the snakes and attached string.


We discovered that when we held our snakes over the radiator, the snakes began to rotate.

This was due to the hot air rising from the radiator. We did some research and learned that hot air is lighter than cold air. So hot air rises and cold air comes in to take its place. This causes air currents called convection currents.


The air above the radiator is warm air which rises to make the snake swirl.

Now we know why Mr Charlton’s and Miss Moore’s rooms upstairs are always warmer than ours!

Visit to National Museum of Country Life

We had a fabulous day at the National Museum of Country life today.

We spent most of our time learning about and examining ordinary objects made by people using the materials that they had to hand at the time; mostly straw, willow (sally) and heather.

Examining lobster pots made from sally rods and hen nests made from straw
Straw basket…and guess who is that in the straw boy hat!

All sorts of household, farming and fishing items were made using these materials:


  • Baskets
  • Chairs
  • Stools
  • Mattresses
  • Hats

Farming & Fishing

  • Horse collars
  • Hen nests
  • Cleaves
  • Rope
Relaxing on a súgán chair

We got to look closely at thatching. We noticed when we looked at the 1901 & 1911 census records for our area in class recently that every house in our community was thatched except for one!

Straw is naturally water resistant and is a fantastic natural insulator.

Handling a thatch roof…amazing craftmanship

Finally, we briefly explored the sections “Hearth & Home”, “Trades”, “Farming & Fishing” and “Life in the Community”.

laundry was a little different long ago…but we still have Persil!
a crane for hanging pots and pans over the fire
shopping trolley not required!

We found the school section particularly interesting. School life was very different from today.

The objects used in school have changed a lot. We don’t use ink wells, quills or slates and we don’t learn the catechism….and our teacher doesn’t use the strap!

sign hung during religion class…and a leather strap.
ink was used by the older children in school and slates for the juniors
Does this thing have Twitter?

Being able to see and handle historical artefacts makes for very engaging and memorable history lessons.  We’re very lucky to have such a wonderful facility so close to us.

Mid-week Magnetism #scienceweek

Day three of Science Week 2015 in Craggagh NS involved magnets and dancing paperclips!


Today we tested the strength of magnets. We investigated how magnetic pull worked over varying distances.


We used squared paper to help measure the distance of the magnet’s pull.


To make a fair test, each group used the same type of magnet and similar magentic objects.

Our next step was to investigate the effect that a barrier had on the strength of the magnet.


We discovered that a thin piece of plastic had very little effect on the magnet’s pull, so we introduced a more substantial barrier. We placed paperclips on our desks and tested how the magnet worked from under the desk.


We found that while the magnet was not strong enough to move the paperclip very far, it did make the paperclip move from side to side. We thought it looked like the paperclip was dancing!

3rd and 4th Class boys to compete in FAI Schools Futsal competition

FAI Schools Futsal for 3rd/4th Class

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The boys of 3rd and 4th classes will participate in the local Futsal competition to be held in Breaffy House Sports Centre on November 24th. Our boys have been drawn in Group A which will see them pitted against Breaffy NS, St Pats NS (Castlebar) and Snugboro NS.

The top team from this group will qualify for the County Finals.

ROUND 1 Group A Fixtures
Breaffy 1 St Pats 2 : 9:30am
St Pats 2 Snugboro : 9:45am
Breaffy 1 Craggagh : 10:00am
Snugboro Breaffy 1 : 10:15am
Craggagh Snugboro : 10:30am
St Pats 2 Craggagh : 10:45am

Win = 3 points, Draw = 1 point

What is Futsal?

Futsal is the official FIFA version of indoor soccer and the only internationally recognised small sided game. The word “Futsal” comes from the Portuguese phrase “futebol de salao” or the Spanish, “futbol de sala” which basically translates to  indoor football. The main feature of the game is the ball which is a size 4 and is slightly weighted with a reduced bounce.

The ball and rules create an emphases on improvisation, creativity and technique as well as refining ball control, passing and dribbling in small spaces.

Check out this video of Brazilian legend Falcao:

CSI Craggagh #scienceweek

Today we were practicing the science of forensics in 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

Fingerprint ananysis is probably the most well known form of forensic science.


We studied our fingerprints in todays science lesson. We discovered that there are three main types of print patterns; arches, whorls and loops.

We took samples of our finger prints using an ink pad and some paper.



Once we had taken the fingerprints, we then had to analyse them to find out our print patterns.





Beware criminals, we’ve got budding forensic scientists in Craggagh NS!

First Holy Communion – May 7th, 2016

The Sacrament of First Holy Communion will be celebrated in The Church Of The Holy Family, Kiltimagh on May 7th, 2016 at 12pm.

No dates as yet for Remember Me Together Masses or Sacrament of Penance.

View our school calendar here

Science Week 2015: Monday

To kick of science week in the middle classroom, we investigated what makes objects sink or float.


We discovered that an unpeeled orange floats in water. We thought that this was because there is air between the skin and the flesh.


We decided to peel the orange to test our theory and see if it would still float.


We found that the peeled orange sank, but not all the way to the bottom of the bucket. This meant that there was still some air trapped in the orange.

To investigate where that air was trapped, we separated the orange into segments.


We placed the segments into the bucket and found that most of them sank to the bottom.

We concluded that there was air trapped in the middle of the orange, where the segments joined together.

Our final task was to try to make the segments float. We used the orange peel like a raft for the orange segment.


Our investigation proved that trapped air makes objects float.

The orange peel pieces also floated. We thought that this was because they were light and didn’t allow water to pass through.

We are really looking forward to the rest of Science Week. Stay tuned for more of our experiments during the week!

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