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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.

Spring has Sprung in the Senior Room!

Date posted: 15th March 2016 | Category Blog, Book Week, Class Work, Easter, English, Geography, History, Irish, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |


Another month has come and gone and the pupils in the senior room have been busy!

In art we made St Patrick’s Day shamrocks and painted them using different items to create various textures.

We also made Easter chicks and rabbits from clay.

For Mother’s Day we sewed the word ‘Mum’ and framed them for our mums.


In maths 6th class created 3D shapes while 4th class concentrated on 2D shapes and created different tessellations of shapes.

Spring is well and truly here and we wrote Spring acrostic poems in English. We also composed our own limericks about St Patrick’s Day.

In Gaeilge 5th & 6th class made books based on the topic ‘An t-Earrach’ and 4th wrote up information about the season.

In geography we have enjoyed learning all about rivers and the coastline. Here are the diagrams of rivers we labelled. We also learned all about the wildlife which lives in and around Irish rivers.

Celebrations are well underway to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. In the senior room we have learned lots about this topic lately. We also had great fun learning all about the Rising in a workshop by Pat Moylan.

We learned lots about healthy eating in SPHE and made our own Food Pyramids and labelled daily recommended portions in each food group.

We greatly enjoyed dressing up for World Book Day, the costumes were very inventive and a lot of work went into them!

Enjoy the Easter break everyone! 🙂

Date posted: 15th March 2016 | Category Blog, Book Week, Class Work, Easter, English, Geography, History, Irish, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Winter Work in the Senior Room

Date posted: 15th February 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Irish, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

As always there has been lots happening in our room since we came back in January. Below are some of the activities and work we have completed.

We looked back at our favourite moments from 2015 and wrote some New Years Resolutions for 2016.

4th class were working on the topic of ‘chance’ in maths and carried out lots of activities noting the outcome each time. They also predicted the outcome of different scenarios.

They also wrote character descriptions of a character called ‘Summer’ who they read about in English.

An Aimsir is the topic we have been learning about in Gaeilge and we wrote about different types of weather in the pictures.

In geography we learned all about Italy. We wrote up information about Italy and designed some tasty Italian Menus as well!!

We created these colourful butterflies in art using chalk pastels. 

In art we have also been learning how to sew! Here are some of the stitches and patterns that we have learned in the last few weeks.

Date posted: 15th February 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Irish, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

A Busy January in the Middle Room!

Date posted: 11th February 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Middle Classroom, Music |

Happy New Year to you all from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class!  We have been learning about lots of new and exciting things since we came back after the Christmas break!  To develop the children’s literacy skills, they all wrote reports about their holidays!

We also enjoyed reading the book “The Magic Faraway Tree” by Enid Blyton.  It took us a few months to get through it, but it was well worth the wait.  The children wrote book reports and scored the book out of ten.  Many gave it ten out of ten!

In Music, our theme for the month was “Toys”.  To support this work we listened  and responded to a piece of music called “The Toy Symphony” by Franz Joseph Haydn. 

We also created our own musical instruments using items from our homes and recyclable things!  Didn’t the children do a wonderful job?  They all make noise too!

In Gaeilge, we have been learning about “Ócáidí Speisialta” or “Special Occasions”.  We created our own invitations to a “cóisir” or “party”!

In Geography we have been learning all about the characteristics of Winter, which we hope has passed now for another few months!

We also learned about “The Water Cycle” and drew our own simple water cycles to consolidate this objective.

Well done on a great month’s work boys and girls!

Date posted: 11th February 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Middle Classroom, Music |

A Great Start to 2016!

Date posted: 5th February 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Welcome back and Happy New Year to Everyone! The Junior Classroom have started off 2016 on the right foot by making New Year’s Resolutions and colouring in lots of feet!!

In support of the Strand Unit of Time in Maths, the Junior Classroom made their very own Classroom Calendar for 2016!

 Here is the front cover and below are details of what’s happening in February in our classroom and school!

The children enjoyed learning about the life and work of the Swiss Artist, Paul Klee in Art. They made their own colourful portraits using rulers in support of his highly abstract artwork!

In Geography, the children enjoyed learning facts about the Polar Bear and their habitat.

The children  experimented with mixing Primary  Colours together to  make Secondary Colours  in Science and they then made their own “Colour Wheel Creatures” to support the work covered.

During the month, we welcomed members of the Irish Defence Force to our school to speak with us about the 1916 Rising and its centenary celebrations this year.

 The children created their own “Commemoration Coin”  to mark the occasion of their visit to our school to deliver the Irish Flag!

Towards the end of the month, the children explored the theme of Transport in both SPHE  and English. They designed their own “Belt Up Mascot” for a national  competition sponsored by Bus Éireann! Didn’t they do a fantastic job!

Finally in English they learned the poem “Go. Go, Go” and drew illustrations to accompany it.

Well done Junior Room on a great start to 2016! 🙂

Date posted: 5th February 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

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 |