• Middle Classroom

Middle Classroom

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd class pupils are taught by Ms. Dennehy. We love to do art and craft, play sports and sing songs. Our favourite activity is baking! Here we are baking oatmeal raisin cookies. Everyone loves to help out mixing, weighing and of course eating them!

Middle Room brought to their senses!

Date posted: 3rd December 2016 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

November saw the Middle Room becoming more acquainted with their own senses. Our topic in science was ‘Sound’ and as part of that we learned all about our ears. We also looked at how sound is actually made. In SPHE we tried out Mindfulness. As part of our introduction to Mindfulness, we undertook some ‘mindful eating’, paying full attention to the eating experience and all the senses involved, sight, touch, smell and taste.

Continuing on the same theme we wrote a sensory poem called ‘Winter’. Below is a sample of some of the amazing poems that the children wrote.

 Winter

Sounds like fire burning, people laughing and snowballs.

Smells like turkey, Brussels sprouts, carrots and Christmas pudding.

Tastes like chocolate and sweets.

Looks like a Christmas feast.

Feels like Santa’s coming!

 

Winter

Sounds like children playing in the snow and people putting on fires.

Smells like Christmas dinner and Christmas pudding.

Tastes like hot chocolate with marshmallows and hot tea.

Looks like sticks being brought in and fires lit.

Feels like warm, cosy duvets.

To link with the work on the season of winter we used the technique of using a ‘vanishing point’ in art to give perspective to our drawing of a winter scene – a tree lined avenue. It was beautiful to drive into Castlecomer during the last week of November and see the trees looking just as sparkly as our pictures.

Another theme for this month was ‘Egypt’, forming a central part of our history, geography and RE lessons. The children learned some fascinating facts about Ancient Egypt. They compared the similarities and differences between life in Ancient Egypt and Modern Egypt. In Art the children made Egyptian collars which look very ornate on the wall.

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At the start of the month Dogs Trust came in to visit the children. They learned all about the work they do. They learned specifically how to safely approach a dog without spooking it.

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As we are nearing the end of November minds are beginning to turn to Christmas.The children painted giant toy soldiers for display in Kilkenny’s new Yuletide festival. They will be displayed in the gardens in Butler House in Kilkenny City.

They also made some lovely decorations to hang around the classroom. Won’t they look lovely!

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Date posted: 3rd December 2016 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

The Middle Room get into Farming!

Date posted: 3rd October 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

With the Ploughing Championships coming up, minds were on all things agricultural, so in the middle room we had a general farming theme for September.

In history we looked at the Sumerians in Mesopotamia and the beginnings of farming. We wove our own pieces of cloth as the Sumerians would have. Everyone really loved the weaving. As you can see, a distinct colour pattern was evident!

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We also created our own coil pots, one of the methods used for creating pottery by the Sumerians; the potter’s wheel was not available to them at this time.

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We learned what is needed to grow plants successfully, and that the Sumerians, in order to get water to their crops, developed technologies such as canals to irrigate their farms. We have planted our own lettuce and radishes in the classroom. We will keep some without light and some without water, but hopefully the plants getting water and light will grow and we can add something extra to our lunchboxes in a few weeks!

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We all know that a favourite topic of the farmer is the weather, so we have also been studying the weather. We measured various aspects of the weather, wind force, cloud cover, rainfall and temperature. We even made our very own rain gauge using a plastic bottle and ruler. It’s been fairly dry since we began our class records; let’s hope it stays that way!

In SPHE we have been looking at farm safety using a resource provided by the Health and Safety Authority, accessible if you click here . The children had great fun finding the hazards in each of the presentations.

HSA Farm Safety Website

Earlier in the month, as part of our start of year discussion on hand hygiene, we conducted an experiment to find out the difference in the amount of germs on

  1. Unwashed hands
  2. Hands cleaned using sanitiser gel
  3. Hands washed with soap and water.

We wiped a hand of each of the above categories across a piece of bread and placed them in a sealed bag in a dark press for a week.

Unwashed hand

Hand cleaned with sanitiser

Hand cleaned with soap and water

As you can see in the photos, sample A, the unwashed hand sample was rated ‘EEEEWWW’ – with many types of growths of many different colours being present on the bread. Sample B, contrary to our predictions, had a significant amount of growth of a single colour/type. Sample C, had minimal growths. Overall we learned that you really can’t beat good old soap and water when cleaning your hands!

In RE we looked at beginnings and endings and in keeping with this made our very own ‘Alpha and Omega’ stained glass window in the classroom. We made the paper translucent by adding oil after it was coloured in.

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Date posted: 3rd October 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Our Healthy Lunch

Date posted: 29th September 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Senior Classroom |

5th and 6th class put their cooking skills to the test last week as they prepared a healthy lunch for the entire school!

First of all they made loaves of brown bread to have.

Later on they prepared potatoes, carrots and onions to make vegetable soup and then home made potato wedges which were baked in the oven.

Everyone enjoyed eating their healthy food and chatting together.

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Date posted: 29th September 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Senior Classroom |

Sports’ Day and Health Promoting Schools Picnic

Date posted: 20th June 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Sport |

Our annual Sports’ Day took place on the 15th of June. There was great fun on the day as the children took part in relays, hurdles, egg and spoon, sack and three legged races. Take a look at the action on the day!!

Congratulations to those pupils from each room who won the ‘Best Boy’ and ‘Best Girl’ on the day for great team work and participation throughout the year, as well as Nicole who was Student of the Year!

Well done also to all the pupils who participated so well and had fun on the day, they all received a medal for their participation 🙂

As part of our Health Promoting Schools initiative we enjoyed a healthy (indoor!) picnic as the weather wasn’t suitable for sitting outdoors. We all brought a healthy lunch on the day and had delicious fruit smoothies as well.

Thank you to Jackie and Olga as well as the Health Promoting Schools committee for organising such a lovely lunch! It was great to sit down and eat together.

Date posted: 20th June 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Sport |

School Tour 2016!

Date posted: 2nd June 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, History, Hurling, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Physical Education, School Outings, Senior Classroom, Sports |

On Thursday May 26th we all enjoyed a great day out in Dublin. We went on a Viking Splash Tour around the city and on the water in the morning.

Take a look at all the fun we had!

In the afternoon we visited Croke Park. We saw the changing rooms, corporate boxes, players lounge and went up into the stands.

Finally we visited the museum and interactive games where we were able to test our skills!

Date posted: 2nd June 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, History, Hurling, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Physical Education, School Outings, Senior Classroom, Sports |