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Drama

The children at Wandesforde school partake in many drama activities. An external provider comes in each Spring term to teach the children for a number of weeks. In 2008,2009 and 2011, the children put on wonderful shows for the parents and school community. Our next show is planned for Christmas 2012, so, watch this space!

Another Successful Book Week!

Date posted: 11th April 2015 | Category Blog, Book Week, Class Work, Drama, Drama, English |

Book Week at Wandesforde National School continues to be as successful as ever. This year, Irish author, Liam Farrell visited our school during Book Week to further support the children’s interest and enthusiasm in literature. Below is just a glimpse of Liam’s fun and interactive workshops with the children!

Liam impressed the children in the Junior Classroom with his wolf costume!

The Middle Classroom enjoy listening to Liam in character as

“The Big Good Wolf”

The Senior Classroom listen attentively to Liam’s workshop on storywriting!

Thank you Liam for giving us all a very lively, engaging and  motivating storytelling and storywriting workshop. The children really enjoyed your time with them at Wandesforde! Thank you also for giving out the certificates for “The Best Dressed Book Character”  in each class!

Junior Infant Winner dressed up as a Dinosaur!

Senior Infant Winner dressed up as Pinnochio!

1st Class Winner dressed up as Little Red Riding Hood!

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2nd Class Winner dressed up as Augustus Gloop from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

3rd Class Winner dressed up as “Wally” from the Where’s Wally Books!

4th Class Winner dressed up as Sherlock Holmes!

5th Class Winner dressed up as Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games!

6th Class Winner dressed up as Indiana Jones!

Congratulations to all the winners who each got to pick a free book from the Book Fair. Well done to all the children for dressing up so creatively during Book Week. Your costumes were so creative and we hope you enjoyed being in character for the day!!

Finally, our Book Fair total this year was a whopping €849.17. Thank you to all the families who supported the Book Fair.  A big thank you also to all the school staff and children who helped out in any way during Book Week. Your support is very much appreciated!. The school now look forward to receiving  €510 in Book Commission for our classroom libraries!!

Date posted: 11th April 2015 | Category Blog, Book Week, Class Work, Drama, Drama, English |

Happy Christmas Everybody from the Junior Classroom!

Date posted: 23rd December 2014 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Drama, English, Funky Kids, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

December has been a very busy month for the school. We had our Funky Kids Show the week of the Christmas Holidays which the children really enjoyed!

The children did a fantastic job on both nights! Well done to you all! Thank You to Denis and Olivia for all their time, patience and energy in the production of yet another great show!

In preparation for Christmas, we first posted our letters to Santa in the Post Office.

 We also drew Christmas Pictures for our penpals in Finland

and we played “Reindeer Drive” with our partners in Maths.

We listened to the story of “The Gingerbread Man” in English and explored the theme further by making our very own Gingerbread Men!

Firstly, we made the dough and then used cutters to create the shape of the Gingerbread Man!

We all had a job to do in baking these delicious treats!

In Art, we painted and designed our own Gingerbread Men using metallic paints!

This month, the children have also been learning about penguins and their habitat in SESE. In support of this, we made penguins using toilet roll inserts!

Did you know that a baby penguin is called a “chick”

In R.E. the children created their own Angels from the Christmas Story!

You might just recognise these angels!!

Finally, the children upcycled some old CDs to make their very own Sparkly Christmas Tree Decorations!

Well done to all the children on a great month’s work. Enjoy the Christmas Break and we’ll see you all in 2015 🙂

Date posted: 23rd December 2014 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Drama, English, Funky Kids, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

November News in the Junior Classroom!

Date posted: 2nd December 2014 | Category Blog, Drama, Drama, English, Funky Kids, Geography, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

During November, the Junior Classroom have enjoyed learning all about the weather in SESE. We have been busy recording the daily weather on our weather chart!

 We also made some beautiful rainbows to brighten up our classroom this Winter, using rolled up coloured crepe paper and cotton wool!

In SPHE, the children have been learning about “Feelings” They expressed their feelings of anger, sadness, happiness and fear using various colours and lines 🙂

During the month, the children investigated 2D shapes in Maths. In support of this, they traced around some 2D shapes and using a ruler they joined them to a vanishing point!

Didn’t they do a fantastic job!

In English the children have been learning many letters again this month. For the letter “w” the children designed their very own “Woolly Winter Hats”

The children also designed and experimented with their own helicopters in Science to see which fly the best and why.

We discovered that the smaller the helicopter, the quicker it reaches the ground first. The bigger the helipcopter, the slower it falls! 🙂

In support of literacy in our school, the children went on their first trip to the library in Castlecomer this school year! The children particularly enjoyed the storytelling workshop.

Thank you Mary!

The children also got the opportunity to explore the library and pick some books to bring back to our classroom library!

Finally, we have been very busy practising our songs and preparing our costumes for the Funky Kids Show in December.

Here is just a sneak peek of some of our creative efforts!!

We are all looking forward to the Funky Kids Shows and we hope you are too!! See you all in December 🙂

Date posted: 2nd December 2014 | Category Blog, Drama, Drama, English, Funky Kids, Geography, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Happy Halloween from the Junior Classroom!

Date posted: 31st October 2014 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Drama, English, Hallow'een, Junior Classroom, Music, SPHE, Visual Arts |

October has once again been a busy month! We started off the month making Floppy Scarecrows in small groups, in response to a poem called “The Floppy Floppy Scarecrow” in English!

In SPHE, the children have been learning all about themselves. They made their own identity card with their own photograph, handprint and fingerprint!

In the SESE subject areas, the children enjoyed participating in a hands-on workshop based on Rocks and Soil with the heritage expert,  Una Halpin. During the workshop, the children explored various rocks and also the types of rocks we have around the school environment.

The children also enjoyed all of the preparations for Halloween from eating the “bairín breac” in Gaeilge…

dressing up in their Halloween costumes …

 playing a Halloween Maths Game called “Spider Drive” with their partner…

and making their own “Marvellous Monsters”.

Finally in Art, the children made their own “Patterned Pumpkins” using printing wands.

    Didn’t they do a great job!

Happy Halloween Everybody!!

 

Date posted: 31st October 2014 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Drama, English, Hallow'een, Junior Classroom, Music, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Irish Author, Martina Murphy visits our school!

Date posted: 17th March 2013 | Category Blog, Book Week, Class Work, Drama, Drama, English, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Senior Classroom |

On Friday, 15th March 2013, the school welcomed Irish author, Martina Murphy to further support literacy development in our school. Martina’s visit coincided with our “Green Day” for St. Patrick’s Weekend which made it all the more enjoyable and of course memorable for the children! During the day, the children actively engaged in storytelling and drama workshops with Martina.

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Writers in schools 032 Martina presented each pupil with a Certificate of Achievement to acknowledge their own literature in our “We are Writers” Book!

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Junior & Senior Infants

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First & Second Class

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Third, Fourth, Fifth & Sixth Class

Thank you Martina for sharing your work with us and in so doing, encouraging the children to further engage in all aspects of literacy! 

 

Date posted: 17th March 2013 | Category Blog, Book Week, Class Work, Drama, Drama, English, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Senior Classroom |