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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.

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 |

Hallowe’en fun for 5th and 6th Class

Date posted: 28th October 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Green Flag, Hallow'een, Irish, Local Visits, Our Work on Display, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

Hallowe’en is just around the corner and the pupils in 5th and 6th class have been doing lots of fun and creative work around this topic.

In English we wrote Spooky Stories with a Hallowe’en theme.

 

Art has been all about spiders and fireworks, here are our finished pictures.

In Geography, Science and English we have been learning all about the Rainforest, we wrote up information on the importance of rainforests and labelled diagrams of the layers of a rainforest.

We also conducted an experiment to see how water travels to the leaves in a plant. We could see this process in action by adding red food dye to the water.

Ar an bhFeirm was the topic we covered in Gaeilge. The pupils wrote up a story in Irish about a day on the farm.

We are now working on our 5th Green Flag and the theme is biodiversity. With this in mind the senior pupils went on a nature walk to the Discovery Park and noted all the different aspects of nature they observed.

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Finally we enjoyed baking Hallowe’en cupcakes on Friday as a treat before the holidays.

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As you can see we also had fun dressing up for Hallowe’en!

Date posted: 28th October 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Green Flag, Hallow'een, Irish, Local Visits, Our Work on Display, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

Our First Month Back at School!

Date posted: 7th October 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Irish, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

September has been busy for us all settling back into school after our Summer Holidays! We welcomed 4 new pupils into Junior Infants: Anya Morris, Alish Cooney, Theo Neale & Clinton Griffith. We also welcomed back Senior Infants and First Class into the Junior Classroom 🙂

To start off the month, the children made their own LiamMcCarthy Cups in support of Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Hurling Championships. They had great fun waving their cups at the traffic passing through the town!!

In SPHE, the children have been learning about what makes them special. They drew a picture of themselves in response to all the work they covered on this topic.

In SESE & Religion, we have been exploring the theme of Harvest through story, poetry and song singing. The children created their own very colourful fruit & vegetable baskets for Harvest. Didn’t they do a great job 🙂

We also enjoyed cheering on the cyclists in Rás na mBan when they passed through Castlecomer during the month. An Post very kindly gave us t-shirts to wear on the day and also some flags to wave at the cyclists as they zoomed past us!!

In English, we have been learning and revising many letters this month too. The children made their own scarecrow for the letter “s” using rolled up crepe paper.

The children drew pictures to give us a snapshot of their Summer Holidays as an activity in History at the start of the month.

 During the month the children enjoyed decorating their own cupcake as a little Friday treat 🙂

The Junior Classroom paid a visit to our local library for a storytelling session with Mary!

Mary has asked us to take part in a storytelling workshop on the work of Roald Dahl so over the next few weeks, we will be visiting the library to listen to some of his stories. So far, the children have listened to excerpts from  Matilda and have really enjoyed getting to know the characters’ names as well as  Roald Dahl’s language which believe it or not is  called GOBBLEFUNK!!

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While we were at the library, we also picked out our own books to bring back to the classroom library. Mary also gave all the children a form for membership of the library. Some of the children in the Junior Classroom have already become members and now have their very own library card!

Well done to all the children on a great month’s work in the Junior Classroom!

Date posted: 7th October 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Irish, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |