Category Archives: 3rd Class

3rd & 4th Class Swimming Lessons – Checklist

Below are the items children need to bring with them every week to their swimming lessons.

  • Swimming togs/shorts – to make it easier for your child we would advise they wear their swimming togs under their school clothes when coming to school every Thursday so they are ready on arrival to the pool.
  • Change of underwear and/or vest
  • Towel
  • Swimming hat (compulsory)
  • Goggles (optional)
  • Plastic bag to put wet swimming togs into
  • Arm bands if your child cannot swim as the pool is 1.5m deep
  • Swimming socks (optional) to avoid verrucas

The first lesson will comprise of the children being grouped into levels of ability. Your child will be able to tell you what group they are in after the first class.


Thank You,


March in Katie’s Third Class

The boys and girls in Katie’s third class have been very creative this month. Mother’s Day was celebrated on the 11th of March. We designed and created beautiful pop up cards for all of our mothers. Everyone put a lot of effort into their card and were very excited to give them to their mothers on this special day.


As March 17th was St. Patrick’s Day, we learned about St. Patrick and discussed how the day is celebrated not only in Ireland, but all over the world. To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we made hats using different construction joins. The boys and girls were very excited to model their creations!


We were busy in science this month learning about light. We investigated different types of mirrors and completed experiments about reflections and how mirrors work. We also learned why the word ‘ambulance’ is written backwards and wrote our own names backwards to see how they looked in the mirror.



In geography this month we completed our lessons about Africa. We learned about African masks and talked about the purpose of these masks. We looked at the different types of materials used to make the masks. The boys and girls made colourful masks of their own using card.

February in Katie’s Third Class

We have had a very busy month in third class. We learned all about the Chinese New Year through different subjects. We completed lots of activities based on the Chinese New Year. In drama we learned the story of the Nian. The class then created still images based on the villagers trying to defeat the terrifying monster!


In art we spoke about this year being the Chinese New Year of the Dog. The boys and girls were very keen to find out what animal was celebrated in the year they were born. They were born in either the year of the ox or the year of the rat! The children made lovely bookmarks to represent the Year of the Dog.


The boys and girls had lots of fun completing different activities during Friendship Week this month. Each child had a secret friend for the week. They made ‘pass the compliment’ pictures, created beautiful friendship bracelets and played co-operative games in P.E. The children had a lot of fun and hoped that every week would be like friendship week!



January in Katie’s Third Class

We have been very busy in Katie’s third class this month. We have been learning all about Ancient Rome in history. The boys and girls have been working on group projects, making constructions of Ancient Roman buildings, designing Roman inspired mosaics and putting together a book about Ancient Rome.



We began learning about ‘chance’ in maths this week. We talked about the ‘chance’ of different scenarios occurring and made predictions about the weather. We completed dice activities to investigate the likelihood of different numbers appearing!


Science has been very exciting this month as we have been learning all about heat. We did lots of different experiments to investigate conduction, insulation and convection. Today we completed an experiment to investigate how heat causes molecules to move faster.


First Student Council Meeting

Today was a historic day at Ashbourne ETNS, we held our very first student council meeting. Róisín sat in our first meeting to hear all our great ideas for what we would like to do over the next few months. All of the children had collected ideas from their class mates and also had their own great ideas.

We have decided on what we would like to focus on for the next few weeks so watch this space…..