Ballymana National School, NS, Craughwell

4th Class

Welcome to our fourth class blog

I hear and I forget.

I see and I remember.

I do and I understand.

 – Confucius

Clay workshops

We’ve been working with clay over the past month. We found some very useful videos from Mrs. Clay to help us improve our skills and techniques. Click on the menu tab to see the full playlist!

Here’s a link to the videos.

Why not try working with clay at home too?! (Air dry clay 12.5kg costs less than €15 – cregal art, crafty art, Loughrea School and office supplies  etc. – maybe you could share a bag with your friends and family?)

You will be able to take your time and let your imagination flow.

Don’t forget to bring your creations in for us all to see or take some pictures of your work.   

Puppet making

We used recycled materials to make lovely puppets!


We made a quick stop photo animation using our lovely clay figures. Check it out below!


Ag cur sneachta

Bhí brat bán sneachta ar an talamh i mBailemeanach!

Rinneamar fir sneachta!

Scríobhamar scéalta faoi.


Maths Christmas Challenge

We used all our maths skills to plan a Christmas party.

It was great fun working out the problems and working together.


Letters from down under.

Our letters arrived from Perth, Australia today.

We were very excited. We were very curious about our new pen pals.

They had very artistic pictures and lots of information about life in Australia.

We started to write our letters back straight away!!



Is maith linn bheith ag siopadóireacht agus ag canadh.

Éist lenár n-amhrán nua.

Tá an “password” ag na páistí!


Science Week

We had great fun carrying out experiments during Science Week.

A big thank you to Ciarán’s Mammy for the lovely science week rulers. 


We used clay to sculpt animals.

We practiced different techniques for joining clay.

Halloween in Ballymana


Art and Craft

Paul Klee – contrasted colour and black.

Here are some of our Paul Klee inspired work.


We explored line and shading and completed portraits of famous people


We used wool to make worry dolls and to weave beautiful God’s Eyes…


Bhaineamar an sult as an amhrain seo.

Éist leis!


We used chalk pastels to draw portraits of each other to decorate the hall outside our classroom.


Maths games

We used concrete materials to explore place value


Dice games are great! We can consolidate our maths concepts and have fun!