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Maths Week in St Clare’s

Maths week was a huge success in St Clare’s with all classes participating in exciting games and maths trails. Check out some photos of our maths adventures below.

English Language Class

A warm St. Clare’s welcome to all our newcomer pupils this year!

A warm St. Clare’s welcome to all our newcomer pupils!  The school welcomed many students from a diversity of international backgrounds this year including from Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, Thailand and Brazil.  This is along with the many nationalities of pupils who already attend the school and make St. Clare’s a really multi-cultural, multi-lingual, diverse and inclusive school.  While many of our international students are now fluent English speakers, some of our newer pupils will attend English language classes which this year will be taken by Ms. Browne and Ms Hughes.

Reading Recovery

Ms Mc Govern is doing Reading Recovery again this year, with four pupils, one from First class and three from Senior Infants. The children  doing Reading Recovery go out every day for 30 minute lessons where they do letter work, write a short story and read a new book and some familiar books each day. The children have been working so hard for this term and our making great progress so far.

We have been busy writing short stories, engaging in letter sorts and building up our reading and writing vocabulary.

Guided Reading

We have started Guided Reading this year in both first classes. Ms Mc Govern has been working alongside the First Class teachers Ms Brady and Ms Cunningham to facilitate this new initiative in first class. Both classes do guided reading for 40 minutes per day four times a week. Two groups work with the class teacher and two groups work with the SET teacher over the course of the 40 minutes. While the two groups are working with a teacher, the other three groups are engaging in independent activities which include spelling practise, silent reading, free writing, handwriting and comprehension activities. The children are really enjoying the Guided Reading sessions and are already starting to show progress in terms of their reading ability.

Guided Writing

We have now moved onto Guided writing in First class. Each First Class receives a 40 Minute slot four times a week with Ms Mc Govern Facilitating Guided Writing along with the class teachers Ms Brady and Ms Cunningham. Three Groups work independently while two groups work with the class teacher or SET teacher and this is rotated each day. In the Guided Writing Sessions the children have been focussing on improving their spelling skills and developing strategies to work out new words. They have also been working on their use of punctuation and their self assessment skills. All the children are thoroughly enjoying the new focus on writing.

Student of the Month


Dominykas 5th class received student of the month in his SET class for making great progress with his writing and Reading.