St Laurence's National School, Chapelizod

                                Under the patronage of the Church of Ireland

Pupils from 3rd to 6th class continue to be busy with a variety of new projects! Here are some recent learning activities from the Senior Classroom...

Christmas 2020

Since our usual production at St Laurence's Church wasn’t an option this year a Nativity Puppet Show by both classes was recorded for families to enjoy instead. The Senior Room put their creative abilities to great use, making the puppets for the main characters and the backdrops for the puppet theatre! After many takes and help from Reverend Ruth with the editing we managed to get in over the line in time!  Phew!  We also had a Christmas Jumper Day in aid of the Make a Wish Foundation. Thanks to all who contributed.

Creative Schools                                                                   (Term 1 2020)

Continuing on from last year, the Senior students are loving ukulele lessons with Shane McGrath every Wednesday afternoon. The pupils also very much enjoyed a creative writing workshop with film maker Helen Flanagan as a precursor to further exploration of script writing and film making. The drama game ‘The Magic Box’ proved popular as did ‘Unfortunately Fortunately’. We look forward to working more with Helen in 2021.

Normans in Ireland                                                            (Term 1 2020)

We learned about the Middle Ages in History this term and in particular the background to the arrival of Strongbow to Ireland. The students put their construction skills to use to recreate the features of a typical Norman Castle. In literacy we imagined what Dermot McMurrough might write in his diary after his visit to England to seek the help from the Normans. We also discussed the arrival of the Normans in England and tried to recreate parts of the Bayeux Tapestry.

Counties of Ireland Project                                             (Term 1 2020)

We were exploring counties of Ireland in Geography this term. Each student researched a county in depth. The standard of the research, IT skills in creating PowerPoints and their presentation skills were all very impressive. We were delighted to put our brand-new interactive whiteboard to use for the presentations also!

Halloween 2020

We celebrated the half term mark with a Halloween party and some fancy dress. Some highly creative costumes were on display!

Science Week and Maths Week 2019

Senior Room pupils got to experience life as third-level students recently, with two trips facilitated by the Maths and Science Departments at DU Kevin Street. The children got to complete practical Problem-Solving challenges and participate in a "Beautiful, Biased Brain" psychology talk. We hope they all went home full of new facts and enthusiasm for these subjects! 

Country of Choice Project

3rd to 6th Class studied Japan as their country of choice this term, and we really enjoyed examining some artefacts brought in by the pupils and their families, as you can see! The children painted beautiful Japanese landscapes as part of their study of this country, inspired by the work of Japanese artist Hokusai.

The standard of Homework projects continues to impress, with pupils shining in their creativity, research and presentation skills. We have gained fascinating insights into different places of Historical interest, been wowed by Design skills, got motivated by projects and podcasts about the people that inspire us, worked out to a variety of Circuit activities and completed many a Cuardach Focail! Keep up the great work, and thank you to all the parents for your involvement and emails.