Ballyduff Central National School Co Kerry

Rang I & II



Our Lemon Clock Science Experiment

Elliott’s Mom brought us a Lemon Clock experiment from holidays. We had fun today making it work. We had two pieces of copper, two pieces of zinc, one white wire, a digital clock with a black and red wire and a lemon. We managed to get the clock working. The copper, zinc and lemon helped to create power like a battery. It was fun.



Our School Tour to the Eclipse Centre in Kenmare

We did lots of activities like archery, tug of war, obstacle course, treasure hunt, maze and several others. It was a great day as you will see in our photos. We were very tired on the way home.


We had fun at our hurling blitz in Ballyheigue

Our Friendship Bracelets made from wool


We used clothes pegs to make crosses for Easter

Library Book Characters On World Book Day

We were so excited today – we got letters from

our penpals in Kilconly N.S.

 Getting the vegetable patch ready for planting

We made yummy pancakes on Shrove Tuesday

It is February 1st and spring has arrived. We made some Saint Brigid’s crosses using pipe cleaners.

Hurrah our plants are growing!!!

January 2017

Here are some photos from our nativity play

Santa Claus Visited First and Second Class

Yummy Gingerbread Men

We read the story of Finn’s Dream about chasing the gingerbread man.

Then we made gingerbread men at school.

We decorated them with skittles. They were delicious!

Some experiments during Science Week

We had a visit from super furry animals!

We did lots of experiments during science week.

It was fun!

We made Hallowe’en masks with plaster of paris.




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We made lovely brown bread using our buttermilk.

We made butter using an old churn and some cream

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Our New School Year 2016 / 2017

We planted some Autumn bulbs!


Surfing in Ballybunion was cool!

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We even saw a jelly fish!

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Our Football Blitz in Coolard – June 3rd 2016

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This insect is called a May Bug – have you seen one?


We made Dinosaurs!



We Won Lots Of Medals!






Second Class Received their First Holy Communion


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We planted Peas, Cress and Spinach in cartons

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We measured the cress every day and coloured in a block graph.

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Look! Our Onions and Carrots are Growing – April

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Gardening Time

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Ballyduff Winners of Village with a Vision

Congratulations to Bud’s Resource Centre and everyone involved! Daithí O’Shea called to see us and we took lots of photos. We are very proud of our village.


World Book Day Activities 2016

We performed a drama called The Book Parade and we told everyone to visit the library and take out a book instead of playing on the play station or watching TV. It was fun!

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Fifth and Sixth Class made up Mr. Men books and they read them to us in the school hall. They were really good and we enjoyed it.

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Then we made up a story with Michael D Higgins in it and our teacher made it into a book for each of us. We read our books for fifth and sixth up in their classroom. It was scary but exciting!

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First Class Voted in the General Election 2016!

We chose 1,2,3 to pick the people we liked in the General Election. We took turns as being the Presiding Officer and the Poll Clerk. We used the polling booths that our Moms and Dads will use. It was fun. Here are some photos:

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We enjoy working with magnetic shapes and tangrams

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The Food Dude’s Arrived

Over the next 16 days we will be tasting lots of different fruits and vegetables. We will get two lunch boxes each to bring in some fruit and vegetables for our lunches. We are going to be really healthy and strong!

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Geoff Hunt’s Visit to First and Second Class

Geoff Hunt visited first and second class and we learned about the robin, the blackbird and the blue tit. The robin likes to eat spiders, the blackbird likes worms and the blue tit likes caterpillars. We heard their songs and we coloured pictures of the birds. It was fun.

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Some Experiments in Rang I

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Santa’s Visit to First Class






  Our Nativity in School December 2015

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 We made gingerbread men!

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Artefacts and Vintage Items

Our teacher brought in some vintage items and we told third and fourth class all about them. Do you recognise any of these artefacts? Which one do you think is the oldest?

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 Sports Day was Fun!

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Be Friendly Week

Fifth Class girls painted our nails for Be Friendly Week!

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We made FOSSILS!!!

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Our School Tour to Mallow

We had lots of different activities for example – human football, zorbie ball, air mountain, hockey, obstacle course and disco dome. It was a really fun tour!

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In The Olden Days

Below is a seed fiddle which was used to sow seeds long ago. The long stick went back and forth like the bow of a fiddle.

In the next photo are wooden wash paddles that were used to wash heavy clothes such as blankets.

The last photo is a little griddle which as used for baking bread.

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We planted flowers for “Ballyduff in Bloom”



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Look! We won more medals and trophies!!

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Our Holy Communion Day on Sat. April 25th


Our Vegetable Patch

We planted onions, carrots and courgettes. We hope to eat them when they grow. We will also plant some beetroot and potatoes.

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Edel Charlie planting onions

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We Won lots of medals, certificates and trophies!

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Rehearsing for Snow White and the Eleven Dwarfs

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We made birds using collage

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We made Hallowe’en Masks


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We Made Butter using an old fashioned churn



We used cream. We all took turns turning the churn. It didn’t take long. When the butter was made there was a mug of buttermilk left over. We put salt in the butter to make it tasty. Next day we used the buttermilk to make brown bread. It was yummy!


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Bowl of butter

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This is the bread we made using the buttermilk

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Some Geoboard Designs That We Made

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Three Cheers For Kerry!!!

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We Enjoy Being Reading Buddies

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Our Nativity Play

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Halloween Fun 2013




Dressing up is fun!

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Do we look scary?

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We had fun dressing up.

We had fun dressing up.


All kinds of costumes!

All kinds of costumes!


Skeletons and Witches

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These are some photos of our recent school tour. We visited the Wetlands and the Geraldine Museum in Tralee.


We made our Holy Communion on May 18th

Our Sports Day Was Fun!


 Here are some experiments we tried



Brianóg Brady Dawson Visited Us

Show and Ask

During Show and Ask we bring different items into class and all the other pupils ask us questions about them . It is fun. We show them to the other classes too.

Can you guess what these items were used for?

The one on the left is called a Seed Fiddle and it was used for sowing grass seeds.




 The one on the right is a wash board and it was used to wash clothes before washing machines were in use.

We planted some trees with our Caretaker, Richie and we planted some onions

 and cabbage with our teacher


Santa’s Visit to First and Second Class

Our Nativity Play Cast

Maths! Maths! Maths!

Parents, please follow the links below to view videos and tips that help with Maths in 1st and 2nd class.

Super Furry Animals from Killarney National Park

Super Furry Animals came to visit us from Killarney National Park and they were incredible. Did you know that a blue whale is covered in hair in its Mom’s womb but when it’s born all the hair has disappeared?  What is a baby hare called?  What is a baby rabbit called? We got to hold all the mammals and we found out that there are only 32 species of mammal in Ireland but there are much more in the world. Animals have different adaptations to help them survive in the wild for example the badger had sharp teeth and claws and a scary black and white face to frighten predators. A Mammy hare only spends 2 days looking after her young and then she hides them one by one in different places to protect them from foxes and other predators. We had a really fun time!

We had fun working with magnets and discovering which materials are magnetic and which are not. We learned about magetic north and had lots of different activities. It was very interesting.

We were learning all about dinosaurs and we made some fossils during Art.

We had fun making magic crystals and one person took them home to see how fast they grew!

The Olympic Torch was in our school recently.

We made Hallowe’en masks using paper machè


 First Communion class, with Fr. Brendan Walsh and  teacher Ms. Maura Enright, on

Saturday the 12th of May 2012

Some Photos of First and Second Class Activities