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Local Visits

The school is situated ideally to take full advantage of the Castlecomer Demesne and Discovery Park. This is a fantastic woodland park with a wonderful variety of nature species, including tadpoles, fish, birds and many different species of trees. Sometimes after a nature walk we play for a while in the “Timber Tumbles” playground situated beside the Discovery Park.

February Fun in the Junior Classroom!

Date posted: 1st March 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Music, Science, Visual Arts |

Another month has come and gone and the Junior Classroom have been busy once again!

At the start of the month, the children paid a visit to the Firestation in Castlecomer in support of work they have covered in Geography on “People who Help Us”

The children enjoyed learning all about the equipment on the fire engine and they particularly enjoyed sitting at the front of the fire engine!

A Big Thank you to Philip, Richie and Willie for a great tour of the Fire Station. The children really enjoyed their morning there!

During the month, we celebrated St. Valentine’s Day. Take a look at the  “Love Bugs” and Valentine Postcards the children made!

As well as this, the children made their own Heart Butter Cookies as a little treat for their loved ones on Valentine’s Day 🙂

In English, the children revised many letters of the alphabet. In support of the letter “C” the children made their own “Colourful Clowns”

The children worked with clay in Art this month and made some Slithery Snakes!

In Music, the children enjoyed learning songs about “Teddies” They brought in their favourite teddy to show their friends too!

The children drew pictures for the Annual Texaco Art Competition! Here is a glimpse of some of their entries!

In Maths, the children learned about 3D Shapes and made their favourite 3D Shape!

Finally, in SESE, the children explored the theme of “Farming” and designed their own farmyard scene!

 Well done Junior & Senior Infants on a great month’s work 🙂

Date posted: 1st March 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Music, Science, Visual Arts |

January Fun In the Middle Room!

Date posted: 4th February 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Local Visits, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

We have had a busy January in 1st, 2nd & 3rd Class!  We were very fortunate to have Mr. Stephen McCorry teaching the children for the first few weeks of the month.  Mr. McCorry did lots of lovely things with the boys and girls!  To start 2015 off on a positive note, the children designed stars and these were displayed in our classroom.  They intend to “Reach for the Stars” this year!

He also looked at the theme of Transport and the children compared photographs of New York a 100 years ago with the New York of today.  The children then worked in groups to compare these photos.

The 3rd class pupils have just started their projects on various themes.  We took a trip to the library to get some books for these projects.  While we were there, Mary very kindly read us a story!  Thank you Mary!

For SPHE, Philip, Richie and Drury came to the school.  They are members of the local Fire Brigade and came to do a presentation about fire safety to the class.  The children had to take part in various activities and received a pencil, certificate and money box for listening so well!  Thank you very much!

To support Literacy in the school, we have been reading “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” in class.  The children completed a book report on the book and we looked at all the characters in the book.  The children came up with lots of wonderful adjectives to describe the main characters in the story!

In Visual Arts, the children designed Rock n Roll Vests!  They look very stylish on the wall!

The children in 1st Class painted “Robins in Trees on a Snowy Day”…..

In Geography, we looked at various homes and materials use to build houses.  The children designed their dream houses.  There are swimming pools, tree houses, chocolate fountains….what fantastic imaginations!

The children in 2nd Class completed a mini project on an animal of their choice.  They did a wonderful job typing and finding photos for their projects!

Well done boys and girls on a great month’s work!

Date posted: 4th February 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Local Visits, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Our Discoveries in the Discovery Park!

Date posted: 26th May 2014 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Science |

The Junior Classroom visited the Discovery Park earlier this month to observe and record aspects of nature around them in early Summer!

We saw “white candles” on the Horse Chestnut Trees!

There were beautiful bluebells to greet us along our way!

We saw wild mushrooms,

cow parsley,

some minibeasts,

a gaggle of geese and

we even got to blow a dandelion clock!

No trip to the Discovery Park would be complete without a trip to the Timber Tumbles Playground!

Our Train Drivers!!

Sand Artists at work!!

Slides & swings to entertain us all!!

We had great fun with our friends!

Thank you to Mrs. Murtagh for escorting us down to the park and helping the children in their Nature Trail Activity.

Date posted: 26th May 2014 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Science |

Local History & Folklore!

Date posted: 22nd January 2014 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, History, Local Visits, Middle Classroom |

On Tuesday, 21st January, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class visited the Thomas Coogan Library in Castlecomer!  Mary, the librarian invited us down to listen to stories of local people from years ago.  She showed us a project that was written in 1938 by local school children.  The project contained memoirs and traditions in the local area. 

She also invited us to take part in a similar project this year.  Over the next few months, we must collect photographs of interest and write a similar memoir or story to accompany the photo.  Our work will then be published in a collection with other schools and hopefully children will appreciate our work in 100 years time!

We also had an opportunity to look at the census of 1901 and other items of interest.  Some children spotted their family name!

Thank you Mary for a really interesting history lesson!

 

 

Date posted: 22nd January 2014 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, History, Local Visits, Middle Classroom |

Autumn Fun in the Middle Room!

Date posted: 14th October 2013 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, Local Visits, Middle Classroom, Science, Visual Arts |

Over the past number of weeks, the children in 1st, 2nd & 3rd Class have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the beautiful season of Autumn.  As well as completing lots of Art activities in school, we also went on a nature walk to the Discovery Park.  We identified many species of trees and berries and were constantly on the look out for animals and birds that are getting ready for the Winter…

The children were each given a sheet with lots of pictures to identify the many leaves and berries found in the woodland area.  As we spotted them, we ticked them off on our sheet.  We found some horse chestnuts…

Some mushrooms…

We also walked by the 2 lakes in the Demesne…

We also spotted a pot-bellied pig and a donkey!  They both came over to say hello to us all!

After all that walking and searching, the children enjoyed a few minutes in “Timber Tumbles”, the playground in the Discovery Park.  We had a great day…

Here are some pictures of our Autumn displays in the classroom…

Well done 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class!

 

Date posted: 14th October 2013 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, Local Visits, Middle Classroom, Science, Visual Arts |