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The Squirrel

This week in school we were learning about squirrels.

A squirrel is a rodent. There are 280 different types of squirrels in the world. Most squirrels are red, brown and grey in colour. A squirrel had four legs, big eyes and a bushy tail. It has sharp toes to climb trees. A squirrel has padded feet and this helps the squirrel to jump very high. Some squirrels can jump 20feet! A squirrel has four front teeth that never stop growing. A squirrel builds a nest in a tree. This nest is called a drey. A baby squirrel is called a kitten, and when they are born they are blind. Squirrels eat nuts, fruits and seeds. During the winter they hibernate; this means that they go for a very long sleep during the winter months when the weather is cold. When squirrels are frightened they run back and forth in different directions to confuse the animals that are attacking them!


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Our Nature Walk

On Wednesday 18th of September we went on a nature walk near our school with our teacher M.Jennifer. All the boys in junior and senior infants went on the walk.

First of all we got our coats because it was windy outside. Then we lined up and walked outside with our teacher. We started to look at the leaves on the ground and on the trees. We saw that the leaves were changing colour. The leaves we saw were red, orange, brown, yellow and some were still green. After a while we went back inside with our leaves.

Back in our classroom we used the leaves to make leaf rubbings. We put the leaves under a sheet of paper and then we rubbed chalk on the paper to make the leaf pattern.

We enjoyed our nature walk because we got to go outside and pick up leaves. We like autumn.


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We are learning about magnets. Magnets have a north and south. They attract each
other – this means they stick together. Magnets stick to things that are made
out of metal. We tested objects in our classroom such as the table, scissors, a
fork, coins, paper clips, keys, a book, a pencil and a can. The magnets did not
stick to the book or the pencil because they are not made out of metal. We had great fun using magnets.


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What we learned about Fossil Fuels…

Fossil Fuels are coal, gas, oil and turf. We need fossil fuels to make electricity. But when fossil fuels are burnt they also create a gas that heats up the world, and all the extra heat might melt the polar ice caps where the penguins and polar bears live.

Don’t waste electricity!

Junior and Senior Infants

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Oisín in Tír na nÓg

This week Junior & Senior Infants learned about Oisín in Tír na nÓg.

Long, long ago in the green hills of CountyKerry lived a great giant called Fionn Mac Cool. He had a son called Oisin. He was a great warrior and poet. One sunny morning when the Fianna were hunting they saw a beautiful elegant horse galloping closer to them. On the horse’s back rode the most beautiful girl. Her name was Niamh. She had long fair hair as golden as the summer sun. Her dress was a lovely pale blue colour, studded with stars. Immediately the Fianna couldn’t help but stare at this beautiful girl. “Who are you and where have you come from?” asked Fionn. “I am Niamh from Tir Na Nog, my father is the King. I have heard as lot about the great poet and warrior Oisin,” answered Niamh.

Niamh, the princess of Tir na Nog, wanted Oisin to go with her in the peaceful land. “Tell me” Oisin said in an amazed voice, “What sort of land is Tir na Nog?” “Tir na Nog is the land of youth” replied Niamh. “It is a happy place with no pain or sorrow” she said. “Any wish you make will come true and no one grows old there. If you come with me you will find that all this is true about the great land of Tir na Nog” Niamh said in a desperate voice. She really wanted Oisin to go and live with her in Tir na Nog. Oisin mounted the beautiful white horse and cried his goodbyes to his great father and friends. He promised that he would return to Ireland soon. The horse galloped off over the water moving as swiftly as a shadow. The Fianna were upset to see their hero go, but Fionn Mac Cool the great warrior reminded them of Oisin’s promise to return back to Ireland soon.

Oisin decide he would go with Niamh. After a while he missed his father deeply. Oisin did not know how long he had been away. Oisin thought he had only been away for a few years but he had actually been away three hundred years. At first Niamh did not want him to go back to Ireland but he pleaded with her and she let him.

“Take my white horse” offered Niamh. “Whatever you do, do not touch the soil of Ireland” said Niamh. “If you do you will never return to me or Tir na Nog again” whispered Niamh. Oisin set off over the deep, clear sea. After a while he reached Ireland.

When Oisin went home he saw some men trying to life a very big rock. He leaned over to help them, and with that he fell off the beautiful white horse. It ran way into the trees and Oisin hit the soil of Ireland. Suddenly, he was an old man. He asked a man if he knew where Fionn Mac Cool lived. The man explained to him that Fionn had died many years ago.

Oisin was heart broken. Oisin went on telling his story of Tir na Nog and his father Fionn and the Fianna.

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