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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.

Our letters to Santa!

Date posted: 9th December 2011 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, Middle Classroom |

The 2nd and 3rd Class pupils wrote their letters to Santa last week.  On Monday, when the weather was better, we set off to the local post office to send them on their long journey to the North Pole!

We waited patiently all week for a letter and on Wednesday it came!  Santa and Mrs. Claus wrote back and thanked us for the letters and the pictures we included!  Santa said he was very busy making toys, feeding the reindeer for their long journey on Christmas Eve and packing the sleigh!  He asked us to leave out carrots for the reindeer and cookies and milk for him!

Come and read the letter from Santa on Wednesday 21st December at the Christmas party!  It really made us all smile!

Date posted: 9th December 2011 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, Middle Classroom |

2nd & 3rd Class Read “Brush – A Tale of 2 Foxes”

Date posted: 5th December 2011 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, History, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

The children in 2nd and 3rd class read a book called “Brush – A Tale of 2 Foxes” over the past few weeks.  It was written by Pierce Feiritear and illustrated by a 14 year-old boy called Conor O’ Brien.  It’s a story about 2 young foxes, Misty and Ash, who try to help feed their family during the cold Winter months and get up to all sorts of mischief on the way!  We really enjoyed reading the book and the children completed a book review and scored the book out of ten.

2nd and 3rd class pupils love writing stories.  In English, 3rd class wrote wonderful stories about animals!  They used great adjectives and verbs when writing their stories!

In SPHE, we completed a lesson called “Flower Power”.  We discussed our possibilities and strengths and recorded them on petals on flowers.  Some boys and girls are really good at soccer, others are really good at being a friend and sharing.  Our flowers are now on display in the classroom on our SPHE wall.

In SESE, we learned all about volcanoes, how they work and lots of facts about them.  We integrated the SESE lesson with Visual Arts and completed “Exploding Volcanoes” with lava, rocks and fire exploding from the craters.  Have a look at our work!

In History, we learned all about Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving was first celebrated in 1621 in America.  Turkeys are eaten at Thanksgiving, just as we eat them for Christmas in Ireland.  We used our handprints to make “Thanksgiving Turkeys” in Art!

 

Date posted: 5th December 2011 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, History, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

November has been busy in the Junior Classroom!

Date posted: 1st December 2011 | Category Blog, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Visual Arts |

The Junior Room experimented with papier mache this November and made our own homemade maracas out of yoghurt cartons. Have a look at all the hard work we did with paper and wallpaper paste!!

Here are our painted maracas in action!

 

 In Maths, we made a Class Calendar for the Junior Classroom. Each child was given a month to draw a picture on and then we marked all our birthdays in on our very own calendar! It was great fun to do and the end result looks fantastic! Here are some photographs of the calendar for the next 2 months!

 

 

The children also learned about Healthy Eating in SESE. We decorated our own fruit and vegetables using pieces of magazines. We learned lots of interesting facts about Fruit and Vegetables too. Did you know that tomatoes and peppers are actually fruit and not vegetables!!

We also integrated Maths into our work on Fruit & Vegetables. We made our own Bar Charts displaying the preferred fruit & vegetables of the children in our classroom! Here are the results: carrots are the favourite vegetable and apples and grapes are the favourite fruit!!

 

In art, we looked at Vincent Van Gogh’s painting “A Starry Night” and we learned some interesting facts about his work. The children really enjoyed using new metallic colouring pencils to colour their own drawing of his painting on black sugar paper. Have a look at the children’s fantastic drawings!

 

 The children also learned lots of new letters and words in English. The letter “p” inspired us all to make our own mini pizzas. We chose fruit & vegetables to put on our own pizzas and of course we had great fun eating them!

 

 

 

 

As it’s the first month of Winter, the children had to get started on something cool in SESE!!We learned about the history & culture of the Inuit People and so we designed our own parka for an eskimo!

 

 

 

Date posted: 1st December 2011 | Category Blog, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Visual Arts |

Happy Hallowe’en!

Date posted: 28th October 2011 | Category Blog, English, Hallow'een, Irish, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

It has been a busy few weeks in the senior classroom. We have been doing lots of work on the topic of Hallowe’en.

In English we wrote essays on Magical Spells and Scary Nights.

In art we made sparkling fireworks from kitchen rolls and splatter painted a colourful background.

In Gaeilge we read a story about Oíche Shamhna and drew these spooky pictures.

Happy Hallowe’en to all, enjoy the break!

 

Date posted: 28th October 2011 | Category Blog, English, Hallow'een, Irish, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

May Activities in the Infant Classroom!

Date posted: 17th June 2011 | Category Blog, English, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Visual Arts |

Not only did we learn about Minibeasts during May but we also learned a lot about houses. We even got to make our own 3D houses!

Gavin brought in his play mat and we all got to place our houses on it!

We will be advertising these houses and all their features soon when we all become auctioneers at the Wandesforde Estate Agents!

We also painted our clay nameplates which we made with Hilary Jenkinson earlier in the month. We used metallic paints to give them an extra sparkle!!

Summer Stained Glass Windows was another activity we did during May. We coloured in summer pictures and then we put baby oil on the back of them to make them see through. We can’t wait for our Summer Holidays!

In English, we wrote and designed our own picture story. Some of them are about our family, others are about our friends! We really enjoyed practising our handwriting and drawing the pictures!

We also were busy working on the topics of  “Bia” agus “ag Siopadóireacht” in Gaeilge. The children created their own “boscaí lóin” and their own “dinnéar” in support of work covered on these topics!

Date posted: 17th June 2011 | Category Blog, English, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Visual Arts |