Claddagh National School First Class Food and Exercise Diaries

As part of their homework the children are now completing a food and exercise diary for the week. They fill out the worksheet pictured below. They include their breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. They also note how many glasses of water they are drinking each day. As well as this they write down the type of exercise they have done and the amount of time they spent at it.

This is making the children and parents more aware of what they are eating and how much exercise they are getting each week.

The children also engage in peer assessment where they review and discuss each other’s diaries.

Promoting Positive Mental Health Lesson in First Class in the Claddagh National School

Promoting positive mental health with Ms. Lee’s First Class in the Claddagh National School

The children in 1st class have been working on emotions/feelings. They follow a number of steps which allow them to deal with any emotion they experience. They use the worksheets to help them in this process.

First they must acknowledge/identify the feeling. They do this by labelling the feeling and naming times when they feel this way. Next, they identify where they feel it in their bodies. They also assign a colour to each feeling.

After this they think of ways that they can express the feeling in a positive way.

This activity is encouraging the children to acknowledge and accept their feelings while also giving them new ways to deal with their feelings in a healthy manner.

Partner school teachers who are travelling to Galway for the Learning Teaching and Training Activity in May 2016 will have the pleasure of seeing master teacher Jennifer Lee demonstrate this lesson in front of two classes!


Learning about emotions through drama

Would you be ready to meet a tender, peacemaking wolf, three little crusty pigs or a rude Snow White?
In order to prepare our students confront the unexpected behaviour of people around them, as well as to help them explore their feelings, the Drama Teacher along with the teachers of our 2nd Grade classes have successfully staged a school play named “Orpheas and his fairytales”.
This play was full of surprises as the plot was totally reversed from the versions of the classical fairytales we all know. Students really enjoyed learning about different emotions one may experience in life through the eyes of their favourite book characters!

Tania’s fairytales from erasmusathenshaid11 on Vimeo.