• 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.

February Fun with 5th & 6th Class

Date posted: 6th March 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Drama, Fundraising Activities, Geography, History, Irish, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, Sports, Visual Arts |

February has flown by once again in the senior room, take a look and see what we’ve been up to this month.

We took part in the Operation Transformation 10 @ 10 on the 10th of Feb. We’ve also tried to keep up doing some exercise between classes since then.

In art we painted in cold colours and made white tree silhouettes. We also enjoyed mixing primary colours to make secondary colours and created symmetrical designs.

In drama we created sock puppets and performed a sketch with these which we made up ourselves.

In Irish we were reading all about the things we do every day. We then wrote up accounts of our own day and illustrated them.

In geography we learned all about the moon, did you know that when the moon is waxing it’s getting bigger and when it’s getting smaller it’s waning. We drew all the different phases of the moon. 

In music we learned ‘O Better Far to Live and Die’ from The Pirates of Penzance. We drew our own impressions of the pirate from the song.

We have been learning all about the Normans in history and we wrote diary entries from the point of view of Strongbow. He was a Norman who sailed into Bannow Bay in Wexford and conquered Waterford and later Dublin.

He also married Aoife who was the daughter of the King of Leinster, Dermot Mac Murrough. We looked at the painting ‘The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife’ by Daniel Maclise in art class.

Finally the pupils let their creative talents shine when they came to school in a variety of costumes for World Book Day!

Date posted: 6th March 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Drama, Fundraising Activities, Geography, History, Irish, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, Sports, Visual Arts |

2017 Here We Come!!

Date posted: 14th February 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

The Junior Classroom have started the New Year off on a great note! In History, the children made their own Class Resolutions and drew pictures to illustrate them!!

The children also completed a worksheet on their hopes for 2017. Many of the children hope to try eat new foods and also try new things this year!

Following the Christmas break, the children explored their senses in Science and completed a worksheet depicting their senses at Christmas!

In Art, the children made their own penguins out of toilet roll inserts. Did you know that there is a penguin called the Macaroni Penguin! He has a crazy hairstyle so you may recognise him in our photograph below!!

The children have been learning about the uses of Water as well as places where water is found. We learned a poem called “Water” and the children drew lovely pictures to illustrate the poem.

In support of Literacy, the children visited the local library for a storytelling session and also got the opportunity to pick some new books for our classroom library.

The children took part in an Art competition for the local pantomime “Jack and the Beanstalk” Didn’t they do a great job designing a poster for the fairytale!!

Finally in Maths, the children made a 2017 calendar for our classroom which they designed and coloured themselves!!

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

Date posted: 14th February 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

New Year and plenty of cheer in the Senior Room!

Date posted: 6th February 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Irish, Our Work on Display, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

We have been very busy during the month of January, we’ve enjoyed having Mr Chadwick as well as Ms Power teaching us. Take a look and see all the different things we’ve completed so far this year.

To begin with we reviewed 2016 and wrote up our New Years Resolutions for 2017.

In Gaeilge our topic was ‘An Aimsir.’ We looked at different weather based pictures and wrote up what was happening in each.

In Art we created our silhouettes, can you guess who’s who?!!

We also created our own sports jersey.

In Geography we have enjoyed learning lots about Greece including their climate, food, plants and culture.

Our topic in Science was Boglands of Ireland. We looked at all the diverse plants and animals found there. Did you know Ireland contains 50% of Western Europe’s Boglands?

Finally in English and History we have been learning all about The Irish Famine in the 1840s. We read the novel Under the Hawthorn Tree which was set in famine times. We also found out lots about this topic in History and completed a class project based on the topic.

Date posted: 6th February 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Irish, Our Work on Display, Science, Senior Classroom, 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.

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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 |