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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 and 2009 we put on a show each year with the help of The Funky Kids; In December 2009 the teachers devised a Christmas play and in February-March 2011, they are all enjoying a musical workshop. Our show will take place on Friday 25th March 2011. Everyone is very excited about the show…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 |

Autumn and Hallowe’en with 4th, 5th & 6th Class

Date posted: 28th October 2013 | Category Blog, Drama, English, Hallow'een, History, Irish, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

October has been a busy month in the senior classroom. We have been busy working on the themes of autumn and Hallowe’en. In English we wrote stories with a spooky theme for Hallowe’en. The boys and girls came up with some terrific and terrifying stories!

 

In science class we learned about materials and recycling, we looked closely at the recycling process for aluminium and glass. We then designed clothes from recycled materials.

In history we have studied Ancient Greece and learned lots of interesting facts about life in Athens and Sparta. Continuing this theme we invented a Greek character in drama and spoke in role as this character.

 

Returning to the theme of Hallowe’en in art we made these spine-chilling spider webs using silver paint and egg cartons for the spiders.

 

We also made colourful autumn trees using match sticks and tissue paper.

 

In Gaeilge we drew these Oíche Shamhna themed pictures after listening to instructions in Irish.

 

Well done 4th, 5th & 6th class on all your hard work! Wishing everyone a very Happy Hallowe’en,  enjoy the break!

 

Date posted: 28th October 2013 | Category Blog, Drama, English, Hallow'een, History, Irish, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |