EU Code week and Space Week collide!

This week is both EU code week (so big it gets a fortnight!) and Space Week 2017. Today we had a visit from BB8 and a lego We.Do kit. We worked in three core groups today.

Group 1 – coded BB8 through a maze – like a moon landing!

Group 2 – guided a astronaut through a maze of boxes to find a special light up box.

Group 3 – build Milo the Space rover with the Lego We.Do kit.

All our groups will move through tasks and challenges all week long relating to space and coding! Watch this space!

 

Pairead Reading

We have started Paired reading this year. Its a little like reading buddies but we have alot more structure on how it works. Pupils are paired together a reader and a listener who has to help the reader when they are stuck on a word. We are using the Pause, prompt, praise method of helping and all our listeners have been trained in how to use it.

If you would like to do paired reading at home heres a link to some ideas on how to start off: https://www.education.ie/en/Schools-Colleges/Services/National-Educational-Psychological-Service-NEPS-/NEPS-Guides/Reading-and-Dyslexia/Reading-and-Dyslexia-Shared-Paired-Reading-At-Home.pdf

Goodbye Sharon

We were very sad at the end of September, we said goodbye to our wonderful SNA Sharon McCabe. Sharon had been with us for over 2 years but is moving off to become a teacher doing the Hibernia course. We know she will be an amazing teacher and we hope she comes back to visit! Thank you Sharon for being so good to us.

JEP County Showcase Day 2017

On Tuesday we were in Claremorris at the Junior Entrepreneur Showcase day. There was lots of schools in there showcasing what they had made this year. There was some amazing ideas from rulers to plant fertilizer and knitted keyrings to smoothies. We had a great day showing our Code Hero Scratch cards. We were thrilled we even got to meet CEO of CMS distribution Frank Salmon (who bought one of our cards) and Mayo Players Donal Vaughan, Brendan Harrisson and Andy Moran!!! Aoibheann and Padraic were also on the radio speaking to Tommy Marron from Midwest – so was Mrs Mangan !!

The JEP Team 2017

Padraic and Aoibheann talk to Tommy Marron from Mid West Radio

Meeting the Mayo Players Andy Moran, Donal Vaughan and Brendan Harrisson

Presenting Donal Vaughan with a set of Coder Hero cards