• Geography

Geography

Geography is taught to all classes. We use the Interactive Whiteboards, computers and software when teaching geography. We are very lucky to be situated 5 minutes from the Discovery Park in Castlecomer where we often go on nature walks.

The New Year has started off well in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 3rd February 2012 | Category Blog, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Science, Visual Arts |

The Junior Classroom have had lots of fun during the first month of 2012. To start off the new year we made our own New Year’s Resolutions!

In SESE, we have been learning all about the colours of a rainbow so we made our own colourful “Rainbow Clouds”

We then experimented with white light to show how it is made up of all the colours of the rainbow.

The children had great fun making “Colour Wheel Spinners” to show that when all the colours of the rainbow are blended together they will create white light too!!

       

Toys have been a central theme for us in many subject areas this month. We learned a lot about the toys from long ago. Take a look at what roller skates used to look like!

We made our own toys too! Look at our pinwheels and paper helicopters below.

We had great fun watching them spin around in the air!

Finally on the 26th January, we celebrated Australia Day with our classmates. We learned all the names of Australian animals like the possum and wombat and of course we learned sbout snakes!

Have a look at our slithering sss…snakes!

The children also enjoyed learning about Aboriginal Art in Australia which inspired us to make our own dot patterns of our handprints using cotton buds! Didn’t the children do a fantastic job in their appreciation of Aboriginal Art and Culture!

To finish the month on a high note, the children learned the words of the well known Australian song “Waltzing Matilda”. They were, as always, very enthusiastic singers and so they performed the song over the phone to Ms Wilson’s brother in Australia! They really enjoyed hearing their recorded performance and of course getting a message back from Australia saying how great they were!!

 

 

Date posted: 3rd February 2012 | Category Blog, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Science, 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 |

Autumn Nature Walk

Date posted: 10th October 2011 | Category Blog, Geography, Local Visits, Senior Classroom |

On Friday October 7th the senior room went on a nature walk to the Discovery Park. In geography we have been studying Irish trees and we tried to spot the ones we’ve been studying!

We were divided into groups and given worksheets and clipboards. We had to tick any trees we spotted and note anything interesting we saw.

We also looked at some of the unusual sculptures around the park!

4th Class

 

5th Class under a Yew tree we spotted

6th Class

We spotted lots of different trees and admired the autumn colours all around. Our work is on display in the school hall, if you’re in please have a look!

Date posted: 10th October 2011 | Category Blog, Geography, Local Visits, Senior Classroom |

September has been busy in the Junior Classroom!

Date posted: 7th October 2011 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, Junior Classroom, Visual Arts |

Junior Infants, Senior Infants and First Class have been busy this September!

To begin with, all the children started off  the year as Superheroes and Princesses!

We then supported the Kilkenny Team with our Liam McCarthy Cups!

During the month, we learned the letter “s”  so we made our own “Scarecrow Paper Bags”

In Irish and English, we learned about “The Gingerbread Man” so we had great fun designing our own “Buachaillín Sinséir” in art.

To celebrate Autumn, the children made their own Paper Plate Mouse after learning the poem “I think mice are rather nice”

Finally, the children made their own Handprint Autumn Tree. Who would ever think that paint on hands could make such beautiful art!!

Date posted: 7th October 2011 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, Junior 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 |