If you find all the emails, videos and Zoom calls too much then give yourself a break and just read to your child, especially if they are in the lower half of the school. If they are older, encourage them to read for 15/20 minutes every day. Let them see you reading, it’s the best way to spark their interest. They will do what you do, not what you say!

It is a great way to….

-Develop their vocabulary and language skills





….to name just a few.

We will post a few videos here each week of some of our favourite stories but there are so many out there! My Friend the Weather Monster My Big Shouting Day!! Zog and the Flying Doctors Don’t Let The Aliens Get My Marvelous Mum The Very Busy Day Dino Juniors Wide Awake The Jelly that Wouldn’t Wobble Keith the Cat with the Magic Hat The Hospital Dog Monkey Puzzle Loose Lace! Stick Man The Gruffalo

Tips for storytime

-Get comfortable.

-Turn off the TV and phone.

-It doesn’t have to be at bedtime!

-Let them choose the story.

-Speak to your child about the story, predict what will happen or recount the story if it’s familiar.

-Talk about the front and back cover.

-Explain what an author and illustrator is.

-Explain what the blurb is.

-Point out familiar words or the letters/letter pattern they are learning that week.

-Ask them what their favourite part of the book is and why.

-Tell them your favourite part.

-Predict what might happen next, after the story ends.

-Look at the pictures- name the animals, places, occupation of the characters, colours etc.

-Talk about the message in the book. Is it teaching about empathy, sharing etc.


-Get your older child(ren) to read to the younger ones!

-Let them write and illustrate their own book for younger siblings, cousins or neighbours.

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School Closure

As per department guidelines the school will be closed for the month of January. Learning will continue online. We hope you are all staying safe and well. If you need to contact a member of staff or the school office please email us. You can find all email addresses under contacts on the main website page.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

We are very sorry you can’t come and visit us this year. Here is a little look around the school at some of the beautiful art the kids have been busy with.

A Star Is Born

Our very own Katelyn McDonagh will be in the RTE Junior ad on RTE Junior at 5:24 tonight, Monday 14th. We can’t wait to see her. Well done Katelyn. We are very proud of you.

The Late Late Toy Show

Not long until the Toy Show on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. The goodie bags have arrived in school!! We will be giving them out to the kids tomorrow.

A massive thank you to the Parents Association for organising this delicious treat and fundraiser. Thanks to our wonderful parents for their support. Enjoy the treats everyone!

Competition winner casper didek

Way back in September fourth, fifth and sixth class entered Panini’s Official Premier League Adrenalyn XL 2020/2021 Trading Cards – Classroom Challenge Competition. The pupils had to design a winners trophy for the event of their choice. Ms Casey and Ms Nagle sent the entries off digitally with everyone hoping they had done enough to win the top prize- E1000 for the school, E50 for the pupil and a football shirt of their choice.

We got the wonderful news this morning that Casper Didek, in 6th class, had won the top prize in the Republic of Ireland. We are all extremely proud of this amazing achievement. His wonderful art trophy shows how talented Casper is. We suspect this is not the last prize Casper will win for his art work. He has a bright future ahead of him. There were big celebrations in school today. What a great start to November!!!


Happy Halloween

Thanks to everyone for the huge effort that went into all the costumes and face paint today. We had lots of fun and games in school and also raised lots of money for a great cause, Pieta House. In total we raised a whopping E435 so far. Have a fantastic break. We look forward to seeing everyone back rested and refreshed in November.

Discover science and maths award

Our school has achieved the SFI Discover Science and Maths Award for the 2019/2020 academic year. We will receive the plaque of STEM shortly. Well done to all the students, staff and parents for their very hard work both in school and at home during the lockdown. The school provided evidence of children’s engagement with STEM in the following areas:





STEM Showcase

Here is some feedback on our Log of Evidence:

Well done – it was a pleasure to assess your submission for this Plaque award. Your LOG presented evidence clearly explained and illustrated of all the activities you list in the application. Your observations on the experiments show that the skills of Estimation, Prediction and Measuring are being developed. I was particularly impressed with your pupil led demonstrations on the relationship between nose and taste, the elephant toothpaste, climate change PP – all very interesting and designed by learners themselves. The work you did at home during the lockdown also shows great independence. You also managed a very worthwhile Showcase despite the closure. Congratulations on achieving your award – keep up the good work and maybe consider applying for the Badge of Excellence next year

u12 County league winners

Massive congratulations to our under 12 County League winners. We are very proud of Ronan, Shay, James and Eoghan who all played on Saturday in Ballynoe. They beat Sarsfields 5-10 to 3-6 after extra time.

Contact us!!

We miss the quick chat at the gate or the catch up in the yard with our parents and guardians. Instead you can now contact each teacher on their personal school email if you have any queries or problems.

Ms Joyce-

Ms O’Brien-

Ms Quigley-

Ms Power-

Mr Clancy-

Ms Nagle-

Ms Casey-

Ms Rice-

Ms Flynn-

Mr Mulcahy-

School entry and exit

Here is a little video to show you where to go on Monday morning. There will also be plenty of staff around to help you. See you then.

Back to school

We can’t wait to see you all on Monday. Things may look a little different than normal but we are very excited to see you all again.

First Holy Communion

Congratulations to our 16 students who are receiving their First Holy Communion tomorrow. We hope you and your families have a wonderful day. We are very proud of you all here in Conna National School. We are looking forward to hearing all about it in a few weeks time!!


We had some famous friends wishing our 6th Class of 2020 the best on their graduation from Conna N.S. You can view them in the links below.

Christopher O’Sullivan

Jake Carter

Joe Schmidt

Kieran Kingston

Norma Sheehan

Nathan Carter


Happy Holidays Everyone!!!

We should all be skipping out of school today excited for the next 8 weeks!! Enjoy the summer everyone. Remember to read every day and play outside. Be kind to yourself and others. Help your parents a little, give them a little holiday too. Looking forward to seeing you all on August 31st


Massive Congratulations to all our 6th class pupils and their families who had their graduation tonight. We had a fun Zoom party and a trip down memory lane. We wish you all every success in Secondary School and beyond. Never forget how proud we are of you all.

Be The Best That You Can Be.

Virtual Sports Week

The Summer 2020 Target Table is designed to engage children in collecting their own data and seeing if they can improve
(with practice!) over the summer of 2020, on dates of their choice. The children could choose what aspects of their own sporting ability they would like to improve or perhaps pick a variety of tasks from a proposed list to practice throughout the summer. Follow the link for more information.

Virtual Sports Week

Have you ever measured your reaction time? There’s an easy way to test reaction times using just a ruler.

Reaction time is the time taken for a person to respond to a stimulus. For example if you touch something very cold, there is a slight delay between you touching it and moving your hand away, because it takes time for the information to travel from your hand, to your brain where it is processed and then a response started. Follow the link below to find out how to test your reaction time.

Maths challenge-Tables

A good knowledge of tables is crucial to success in maths. Why not take on this project for the summer and make your stairs more interesting!!

maths challenge-THE E PUZZLE

The aim of the E puzzle is to reverse the positions of the Green and Red counters in the bold grid.

There are rules of course to make it a challenge:

*There is no passing or jumping.

*Only one piece at a time can be in the same square.

You can use counters, coins, buttons anything you like.

Air Hockey

If you would like a new game to play then why not try air hockey. You can play it indoors or outdoors. Use old bowls, plant pots, tins or anything else you can think of to hit with. A beanbag or pair of socks will do as a puck. Use some pieces of wood, a broom handle or rolled up towels as the sides.

seaShell Collage

If you were inspired by the Nautical School yesterday then try a seashell collage. Glue your shells to some wood and then paint with some watered down paint. You could stick to ocean colours or use a rainbow theme. Alternatively you could paint some shells with old nail varnish. Add glitter or stickers. Varnish with clear nail varnish or glue.

Scoil na Mara-Nautical school

The Cork County Council Environmental Awareness Team have an online educational resource called Scoil na Mara. It is comprised of a series of videos exploring and celebrating the Irish seashore biodiversity and highlighting the importance of the ocean. They also have news and quizzes on their Facebook page. You will find them on Scoil na Mara Facebook page or Scoil na Mara YouTube Channel.

maths challenge-pig

  • PIG is a game for 2 to 6 players.
  • Players take turns with a die.
  • On a player’s turn he/she can roll a die as many times as they like.
  • If a roll is a 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6, the player adds that many points to their score for the turn.
  • A player may choose to end their turn at any time and “bank” their points.
  • If a player rolls a 1, they lose all their unbanked points and their turn is over.

Find more information here.

maths challenge-The Jumping Maze

How to play-Start at the black square with the “1” on it in the centre of the bottom row, and jump forward, sideways, or backwards, but never diagonally, the number of squares indicated by the number on the square. The objective is to find your way to the central square.

It is not as easy as it looks.


Are you as tired of playing hide and seek as I am?!! If so why not try playing sardines, this is hide and seek in reverse. One person is designated to hide while the others count. If you find the hidden person, you join them. Last person to find them loses. Hours of fun!


Do you have any broken toys or appliances at home? If so why not let the kids take them apart and see how they are made or if they can be fixed. It’s a great STEM project and fantastic for fine motor skills.

Maths challenge- Figure me out poster

Children will create a poster that will have others solving equations to figure them out. This activity is more suitable for slightly older children.

Kitchen Roll Colouring Patterns

This is a perfect activity to keep big and small people busy! Look at a sheet of kitchen roll and notice the tiny indented dots on it. Use pens or markers to dot some colour on each to make the patterns bright and colourful.

lego steamathon

Cork County Council are running a LEGO building competition with a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) theme every week. It is open to all ages. See the poster for full details.

Julia Donaldson

Calling all Julia Donaldson fans! Julia Donaldson and Friends are live every week with one of her books. There is reading, singing and illustrating. You will find her on the Gruffalo Facebook page every Thursday at 4pm.

Heritage in Schools Competition

The following is an email from The Heritage Council. They have a really interesting site for anyone interested in nature and the environment. They are also running a competition but the closing date is June 2nd so you only have a week if you are interested. Good luck!!

The Heritage Council, in association with Specialists from the Heritage in Schools Scheme Panel, is developing a suite of online tutorials for primary school children, their parents and teachers. These tutorials will complement the existing library of resources currently available on the Heritage in Schools website. The resources are both fun and educational and are designed to inspire and develop an appreciation and curiosity about Ireland’s wonderful natural and cultural heritage whilst supporting the aims and objectives of the SESE curriculum. 

The tutorials and other resources can be accessed at

To mark the release of the latest tutorials in the series we’re running a competition with a prize in each of the following categories.  Winners will receive a €50 One4All voucher and a free visit from a Heritage in Schools Expert for their school (to be redeemed September-December 2020).


  1. Online time machine

Task: Using the maps John D. Ruddy refers to including Geohive and Google Maps, find out what building used to be where the Letterkenny Public Library stands today in County Donegal. Write a paragraph about the building. What did it look like? Are there any photographs of it? (300 words max).

  1. Backyard BioBlitz

Task: Watch Fionn’s tutorial on Backyard BioBlitz and Albert’s Wildlife Safari and have a BioBlitz at home. Submit your records to the National Biodiversity Data Centre and send us your species list.

  1. Draw a violet or a beech leaf

Task: Follow Marina Levitina’s guidance on drawing a violet flower or a beech leaf and email a copy to us.

  1. Weave a fish

Task: Using materials you find at home weave a fish following Beth’s step-by-step instruction. Email a photo of your finished work to us.

Email entries to Please include the child’s name, age and school. Please provide written consent for images, voice or text to be shared on social media and Heritage Council websites.

Closing date for entries: Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Cork County Library

Cork County Library are asking people to share a story, poem or photo that encapsulates 2020, life in lockdown during the COVID-19 crisis. This is not a competition, submitted pieces will be stored in an archive in the Local Studies Department as a resource for future historians. The closing date is June 15th. Please see the poster for full details.

Dino Dig – Melting Ice with Salt and Water

If your child loves dinosaurs, this Dino Dig activity will be a big hit. It’s easy to set up and will have your child melting ice with salt and water to free toy dinosaurs and other treasures from a frozen block of ice. Science, water play, and fine motor development are all wrapped up in one in this fun, icy activity! If you don’t have dinosaurs you can use pom poms, cars or just about anything else that’s lying about.

Today is World Bee Day!!!

To celebrate World Bee Day, here is a symmetry activity which brings maths and art together. If you have water-based paint, paper, and a scissors you are ready to go. There is also lots of very interesting information on bees and maths here.

Look up some information on bees and see what the buzz is!

Maybe you have some of Mrs Barry’s honey at home which you can enjoy today. Or have a Teddy Bears Picnic in the garden and enjoy the sound of the bees buzzing around.

Maths Challenge- Pairs of numbers

This is such a simple exercise but an essential maths skill. Mark 1-10 on counters, blocks or paper and ask you child to make pairs of ten. Extend to 20 and beyond as they get familiar.

Getting Active

Exercise is so important for both our physical and mental well being. Put away the school books, forget about the housework and get outside for half an hour. Safe Food have a great interactive game where you spin the wheel to select an activity. The whole family can get involved. Unfortunately Marty Wheelan is not there and there is no cash prize at the end!! Our health is our wealth.

Maths Challenge-Countdown

The maths activity is a fantastic resource to engage children with mental maths. Recreate the popular TV game show from the comfort of your own home. This game will have contestants using the available numbers and the four standard operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) to get as close as possible to the target number. Follow the link below for full instructions.

Giant Wordsearch

Create a giant word search on a large glass window or door using a white board marker. Alternatively use some old wallpaper, a large box or chalk to create one.

Alternatively you can make one online. You can play online or print them off. Here is just one site. There are loads.

Maths Challenge

This quick maths activity can be played many times throughout the day and will keep young children’s mental maths ticking over.

In a twist of usual events, students will be given the answer to a maths problem and they will have to think of lots of different possibilities for what the question might be, using the basic operations.

It can easily be extended to more difficult questions for older or more able children.

Blind Man’s Bluff

If you don’t know this game your parents probably do! The person who is “it” wears a blindfold and tries to tag the other players. Be sure to play this in an area safe from obstructions and other hazards. It’s best played in a small group. All you need is a scarf, a tie or an eye mask to use as a blindfold.


Try drawing with your eyes closed. Start with some simple shapes and then move onto something a little more complex like your pet or your favourite food.

Letter Hunt

This is something for the smallies. Look at the letters in your name and then go around the house or garden and take pictures of some objects that start with that letter. Move onto the letters in brothers, sisters or parents names.

 Agamograph Art

An agamograph is a series of images that change at different angles. This work is named after the Israeli sculptor, Yaacov Agam who was born in 1928 and is still living today. Can you work out what age he is? You can create you own agamograph with some paper, colours, a ruler, glue and scissors. Follow the link to see what to do.

Party Time!

Why not have a party for a pet or a teddy if nobody in your house has a birthday this month. We celebrated our cat turning 15. We had to write out party invites, make a birthday card, decorate banners, bake a cake and arrange the (teddy) guests in order of size and colour. We also had to spring clean downstairs before our guests arrived, I still can’t believe I got away with that one! We had a disco and read her a story. We also practiced giving compliments and being grateful. Lots of learning and fun to be had.

Maths Challenge

World Cup Puzzle

There are 6 teams in a group. Each team plays every other team twice. How many games are there in total?

Maths Challenge

Space Mission

A rocket blasts off from Earth heading for Mars, getting faster as it travels. In fact, the rocket’s speed doubles every week that it’s in space. If the rocket lands on Mars in week 12, in which week was it halfway there?

Maths Challenge

World Cup Qualifiers
There are 6 teams in a group. Each team plays every other team twice.
How many games are there in total?

Straw Pick Up Game

Cut out a variety of coloured squares. Mix them up and grab some straws. Have a competition to see who can pick up all their squares first by sucking on the straw and transferring into a bowl. If you have no-one to play with then try and beat the clock.

Shadow Drawing

Try drawing your favourite toys by placing them on a sheet of paper and casting a shadow on them with either the sun (fingers crossed!) or a torch. All you have to do is draw around them and then colour in. Can you make your picture bigger or smaller by changing the angle of the light or the position of the toy?

Maths Challenge

Can you work out how many days we have been off school? How many hours did you spend on devices yesterday? How many hours outside? How many minutes did you spend doing homework yesterday? How many seconds since you had a fight with someone in your house?