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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.

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.

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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 |

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Wandesforde!

Date posted: 30th November 2016 | Category Blog, Christmas, Music, Special Occasions |

Christmas has started early at Wandesforde School! As you can see, we all have been very busy preparing our Christmas Shoeboxes for Team Hope.

The school has sent 46 beautifully packaged shoeboxes to children in poorer parts of the world for Christmas. Thank you to all the families who took part in this very worthwhile cause 🙂

As well as this the children have been busy designing, painting and decorating soldiers which will be on display on the Parade during Yulefest in Kilkenny!

Make sure to pop into Kilkenny with your family at the weekends during December to see the children’s artwork on display and also to explore all the Yulefest activities of music, food, craft and entertainment for friends and family. See visitkilkenny.ie for more information.

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Not only this, but the school was invited to the launch of Christmas at the Discovery Park! They got to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and went on a little walk through the Elf Village with them too!!


We then enjoyed singing some Christmas Carols together with Santa, Mrs. Claus and members of our families and the local community. It was  a great day and thank you to everybody who came along to see us on the day!!

 

Date posted: 30th November 2016 | Category Blog, Christmas, Music, Special Occasions |

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Junior Classroom!

Date posted: 30th December 2015 | Category Blog, Christmas, English, History, Junior Classroom, Religious Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

The Christmas Preparations have begun at Wandesforde National School. To begin with, Junior & Senior Infants enjoyed a short trip to the Post Office at the start of December to post their letters to Santa!

The children then enjoyed putting some decorations on the Christmas Tree in the school hallway!

At the start of December, the children enjoyed learning about various aspects of Farming from Vincent O’ Sullivan, a local Heritage Specialist. They got to see and use a churn and even made their own butter!  

Not only this but they also got to use a mill which ground the grains of wheat into flour!

In Support of the work covered on “Friendship” in SPHE during November, the children made their own ‘Friend ‘ship’ & wrote down the qualities they like in a friend on their ship.

In Gaeilge, the children designed their own Christmas Jumpers. Didn’t they do a wonderful job 🙂

The children worked with clay in Art and made Christmas Owls in support of work covered on owls and nocturnal animals in SESE this month!

They also enjoyed making their own reindeer using toilet roll inserts!

In support of work the children covered on “Light” in Science, they made their own Christmas Candles.

The children also did an In-Class Colouring Competition of Christmas Wreaths. Well done to all the children for such bright and colourful work!

As a little treat before the Christmas Holidays, the children decorated their own Christmas Cupcakes. Mmmmmm!!

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Finally, Christmas would not be Christmas without the Nativity. Junior & Senior Infants played the role of donkeys, cows and sheep in our School Carol Service. A big thank you to all the parents for doing such a fantastic job on their costumes!!

Happy Christmas everybody and best wishes for 2016 . See you all in the New Year!!

Date posted: 30th December 2015 | Category Blog, Christmas, English, History, Junior Classroom, Religious Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

A Merry Christmas from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class!

Date posted: 22nd December 2015 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Special Occasions, Visual Arts |

December has been a very busy month in the run up to the Christmas Holidays!  In English, the children wrote their letters to Santa Claus!  They then went to the local post office to post them!

In Visual Arts, we had so much fun making Christmas decorations and cards for friends and family!

In Religious Education we wrote prayers asking God to bless those less fortunate than us, especially over the Christmas season and we wrote prayers for friends and family.

On Monday, 21st December, we had our Christmas Play “Hosanna Rock!” in St. Mary’s Church.  The children did a wonderful job!  We then had a party back in school and Santa came to visit the children!

Merry Christmas everybody!  See you all in the new year!

 

 

Date posted: 22nd December 2015 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Special Occasions, Visual Arts |