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English

English is taught to all children from Junior Infants to Sixth Class. Oral language, reading and writing are all encouraged and promoted throughout the school. The child’s reading and writing experience in school can contribute greatly to their cognitive, emotional and imaginative development. The children love to write stories, complete projects and post their blogs on the school website.

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

Date posted: 22nd December 2017 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, Geography, Middle Classroom, Music, Our Work on Display, Special Occasions, Visual Arts |

We have had a very busy month preparing for Christmas in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class!  We have had lots of fun along the way too!  On 7th December, we went Carol singing in the Discovery Park!

The children performed their Christmas play “Superstar” on Tuesday, 19th December.  They did a wonderful job!

We wrote letters to Santa Claus in English and went to the post office to send them.  We even got a reply from Santa at this busy time!

In English we read a poem called “Jack Frost in the Garden” and decorated our poems.  We learned all about nouns, adjectives and verbs as we read it.

 

In Art, we coloured festive candles…

We also made clay decorations as presents for our family and friends…

Santa came to visit on Thursday, 21st December with lots of goody bags for the boys and girls …

In Geography, we looked at the country of Brazil and completed a mini-project on this beautiful place.  We wrote about places to visit, things to eat, famous footballers and the Olympics that were held there in 2016.

We also created these colourful masks to reflect the vibrancy of street festivals and parades in Brazil!

In Geography, we learned about the weather and integrated what we had learned with Music.  We created these bright rainmakers that make the sound of the rain once turned gently!

 

We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

Date posted: 22nd December 2017 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, Geography, Middle Classroom, Music, Our Work on Display, Special Occasions, Visual Arts |

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Date posted: 22nd December 2017 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Drama, Drama, English, Fundraising Activities, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

December has flown by in Junior and Senior Infants and we’ve been very busy in the run up to Christmas. Here are some of the activities we completed this month.

 

To get into the Christmas spirit we went carol singing with the whole school in the Discovery Park.

In art we made owl babies by sponge painting after we read the book Owl Babies.

We painted and used crepe paper to make Christmas robins and also created a choir of singing reindeer!

In play we created Santa’s Workshop. We had great fun making toys and wrapping them, building his workshop with bricks and making our own toys in junk art.

We wrote letters to Santa and posted them and we were very excited to get a letter back which the postman delivered to us!

 

Senior Infants were working hard learning tricky words this month and practiced making them from play dough as well as writing them in sentences.

We learned lots of information about nocturnal animals such as owls, bats, badgers and foxes.

We performed in our school play ‘Superstar.’ We were angels and animals.

We learned all about the Nativity and birth of Jesus in Religion and practiced our cutting skills to create these Nativity scenes.

As a treat for Christmas we went to the cinema to see ‘The Star.’

Finally we were thrilled to receive a visit from Santa and have a Christmas party! 🙂

Merry Christmas everyone and Happy New Year from everyone in the Junior Room! 🙂

Date posted: 22nd December 2017 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Drama, Drama, English, Fundraising Activities, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

A Busy November in the Middle Room!

Date posted: 12th December 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, History, Irish, Local Visits, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, Visual Arts |

The year is flying by and we are well into December at this stage.  Have a look at what we got up to in November in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class!

In Art we created pictures with 4 tiles that are both colourful and symmetrical.  We then stuck them together to create these lovely designs!

In History and English, we learned about “Thanksgiving” in America.  We looked at a Powerpoint Presentation about the first Pilgrims that settled in America and how they travelled across the Atlantic Ocean on the “Mayflower”.  We then created our own “Thanksgiving Turkeys”, the most popular choice of food at this time of year!

To mark Science Week which was from 12th-19th November 2017, we spent an afternoon in the library with Rob and Ciara, making catapults.  The children were divided into teams, given a box, full of LEGO and instructions to make their own catapult.  They did a super job!

We then had to put our catapults to the test to see if they could launch a rubber ring at a target!  This was great fun for everybody!

When we returned to school, we wrote a report and drew a picture to display on the wall!

We were also asked to join in the “Yulefest” celebrations in Kilkenny by painting some stars that can be spotted around the city over the Festive Season.  Here is one of our stars painted by the children in the school!

In Gaeilge, the 3rd Class were learning all about “Sa Bhaile”.  They drew pictures of their bedrooms and labelled them in Irish.

Well done on all your hard work this month, boys and girls!

Date posted: 12th December 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, History, Irish, Local Visits, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, Visual Arts |

October & Halloween Fun with 4th, 5th & 6th Class!

Date posted: 3rd November 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallow'een, Local Visits, Our Work on Display, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

October has come and gone so quickly! The children have once again put in a lot of hard work. In Art, the children designed their Annual Christmas Card so creatively and so well! These will be back to the school in November for parents and families to purchase 🙂

The children visited the local library to select books for our classroom library.

In English, we have been reading the novel “Kensuke’s Kingdom” by Michael Morpurgo. The children worked so well at designing their own front cover for the novel as well as completing a character profile pyramid.

The children studied trees and plants in Science and in support of the work they covered in this area, they created their own colourful leaf collages.

The school welcomed Heritage Expert, Paddy Madden in October. He engaged the children in a very interactive and educational workshop on ecology. The children explored all the resources he had on display and they also enjoyed exploring our school’s outdoor environment and the aspects of nature we are so fortunate to have there.

Two pupils in 5th Class completed projects with Ms. Brennan over the past number of weeks. They presented their projects to the class through Powerpoint which was very impressive! Well done boys on all your hard work and for presenting 2 great projects to the class, one on the Titanic and the other on the Celts! A big thank you also to Ms. Brennan for all her knowledge, guidance and support during their project work.


We had to say a fond farewell to Santiago and Jacobo who have been pupils in our school for the past 7 weeks. They will be sadly missed by the Senior Room and Ms. Wilson. We hope you both are well settled back into school and family life in Spain 🙂

In Art, the children made their own “Abstract Apples for Autumn” having looked and responded to works of abstract art.

The children designed a Fire Safety Poster with their own fire safety message for Halloween in SPHE

In preparation for Halloween, the children created their own spooky hand puppets. They also designed their own Halloween costume for a Folens Art Competition.

The children took part in a lantern making workshop for the Festival of Light which will take place in Castlecomer on Friday, 1st December. The children made their own paper cut out pictures in preparation for the lanterns they will make back in class during November.


Finally on the day of the Halloween Holidays, the children dressed up “spooktacularly” in full Halloween costume! Well done on all your creativity. You all made a super effort once again!

Enjoy your well deserved Mid Term Break and we’ll see you all in November!

Date posted: 3rd November 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallow'een, Local Visits, Our Work on Display, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Senior Classroom start September with a bang!

Date posted: 2nd November 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Sports, Visual Arts |

September has been a busy month with new classes, new classrooms and new teachers! The children in the Senior Classroom have put in great work this month. They made their own name plates in SPHE to celebrate their uniqueness!

In Art, the children had to create their own “Starburst Hearts” by drawing 12 lines from a point and using warm and cool colours. They did a great job and they really brightened up our room during the first week back at school!

The children also showed their creativity in Art by expanding a given picture to create their own imaginative scene.

In SESE, the children made their own “Class Passports” which contain details about them such as their likes and dislikes, their role models, as well as places they might like to visit some day!

The children learned a poem  in English called New Beginnings by Helen Steiner Rice and they drew pictures to illustrate the content of the poem

In Music, the children learned the song “My Favourite Things” from the Sound of Music and created a simple factfile of their favourite things!


The school has started rugby once again this year with Youth Development Officer, Noel Devlin.

In History, the children have been learning about The Celts. They enjoyed learning about ogham writing as well as the detail they put into their work. The Book of Kells is an example of their work. The children enjoyed colouring in some templates from the Book of Kells to show the type of detail they gave to their work.

Finally, the children enjoyed learning about town planning in Geography. They became town planners and designed and named their own town too!

Well done Senior Pupils on a great start to a new school year!

Date posted: 2nd November 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Sports, Visual Arts |