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Christmas

Christmas is a busy time at the school. We send the Christmas shoeboxes in November, we are then busy practising for our Christmas play and Carol Service, sometimes we go carol singing or have a Christmas fair. We also have a Christmas party and Santa comes and if we are good, we each get a goody bag.

Happy Christmas from the Junior Classroom!

Date posted: 4th January 2017 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |


The past couple of weeks has been busy once again! During November, the Junior Classroom attended a Science Workshop in the Library on the theme of flight. The children really enjoyed the presentation and made their own very colourful kites too!

During the month, First Class were very busy assembling some board games and learning how to follow diagrams & instructions!


They also worked imaginatively to create some Leaf People! They even gave their leaf character a name!           

In SPHE, the children listened to the story of “The Rainbow Fish” and in response designed their own rainbow fish by making prints using celery sticks!

The children also participated in a DogsTrust workshop where they learned how to behave around dogs as well as how to look after dogs.


Heather from Dogs Trust left some pictures for the children to colour. Didn’t they do a great job!

They also enjoyed listening to stories created by pupils in 6th Class.

In SESE, the children enjoyed participating in a workshop on printmaking by Heritage Expert, Orla Bates. They printed various species of birds using ink and lino prints!

                    

We displayed our printed birds on the Class Christmas Tree!

In preparation for Christmas, the children donned their Santa Hats and visited the Discovery Park to meet Santa and Mrs Claus as well as sing some festive carols!

This year the school was invited to participate in designing & painting colourful soldiers for Yulefest, Kilkenny. The Junior Classroom painted a girl soldier which was on display in the Design Centre during the festival.

In preparation for Christmas, the children made their own Colourful Christmas Clay Magnets!

The children practised their paper cutting & paper folding skills while making their own 3D Christmas Candles and Christmas Bells!



The children also posted their letters to Santa!

Finally, in Religion, the children learned all the names for Jesus in the Bible and displayed them on the Christmas Tree!

Well done to all the children for all their hard work in the lead up to Christmas. Have a wonderful Christmas break and we’ll see you all in the 2017!!

 

 

 

 

Date posted: 4th January 2017 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Merry Christmas from 5th & 6th Class!

Date posted: 22nd December 2016 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, History, Irish, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, School Outings, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

The pupils in the Senior Room have had lots on in December to keep them busy!

We lit candles in our candle holders which we painted back in November.

We created Nativity scenes and Christmas snowmen in Art.

In History we were fascinated to learn all about life in Medieval Times. We learned lots about society, life in towns and the country and daily life. We wrote up what we found to be most interesting from that time.

In Religious Education we learned all about Advent and made our class Advent Wreath. We lit a new candle on it each week.

We also made colourful Nativity lanterns.

In Gaeilge we wrote a cinquain (5 line poem) based on the topic of An Nollaig.

Finally we had great fun at the cinema, we went to see Moana and at our Christmas party, especially when a special person appeared!!

Merry Christmas everyone, see you in 2017!

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Date posted: 22nd December 2016 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, History, Irish, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, School Outings, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

The Middle Room bring the house down and build a crib!

Date posted: 21st December 2016 | Category Blog, Christmas, Drama, English, Funky Kids, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Visual Arts |

The highlight of December activities had to be the Christmas show where the Middle Room performed a mix of modern and classic musical numbers, including some from Frozen and Oliver. All the children’s practice and hard work paid off  as the children brought the house down for both shows. Well done all!

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Art during December was all about making a Christmas Crib diorama. The children covered a shoe box, created a background scene and created clay figurines for their crib. It was like Santa’s workshop every week during art!

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The budding writers in the Middle Room penned some Christmas stories and poetry. The children spent a lot of November planning, editing and writing stories about a mysterious person on a roof. We eventually ‘published’ the stories in a book entitled ‘The Man on the Roof and other stories’. The book is available in the classroom for everyone to read.

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The children in 3rd and 4th also wrote some diamante poems about The Grinch and Santa also. A diamante poem is a concise poetry form that extracts the essence of two opposing things and uses the children’s knowledge of nouns, verbs and adjectives.

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For example

Grinch

Selfish, nosy

Stealing, bullying, tripping

Lair, dogs, elves, reindeer

Laughing, giving, sharing

Jolly, fat

Santa

Second class wrote an acrostic poem about Santa.

The children also enjoyed their trip to cinema to see Moanna (the teacher’s also enjoyed the trip). The children gave the film their 5 star seal of approval.

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And finally, just to wish everyone a very happy and peaceful Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh go léir.

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Date posted: 21st December 2016 | Category Blog, Christmas, Drama, English, Funky Kids, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Visual Arts |

November News from 5th & 6th Class

Date posted: 7th December 2016 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, Local Visits, Our Work on Display, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

November has been another fun and busy month in the senior room. We began the month by learning all about keeping dogs as pets and safety around them when The Dog’s Trust came to visit.

In Art we created candle holders from jars, we painted them in bright and vibrant colours!

We also looked at the artist Piet Mondrian and created our own paintings in his style.

It was interesting to read all about polar bears in English and learn more about these fascinating animals. We wrote up the information we learned.

We were delighted to be invited to paint up a Nutcracker character to go on display in Kilkenny as part of the Yulefest celebrations in the city. Here is our Wandesforde Nutcracker!

Finally as November drew to a close we went to the Discovery Park to greet Santa and Mrs Claus as they arrived and sang some Christmas Carols.

Date posted: 7th December 2016 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, Local Visits, Our Work on Display, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

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 |