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History is taught to all classes. The older children enjoy learning about various eras in history and completing projects on them too.

Senior Classroom Visit the Creamery House in Castlecomer

Date posted: 12th October 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, History, Local Visits, Senior Classroom |

In support of work covered on Buildings and Settlements in Geography, the Senior Classroom enjoyed a trip to the Creamery House on Friday, 22nd September.

The children enjoyed learning about the History of the house which dates back to 1750s. It originally belonged to the Wandesforde family, however in the early 1900s it became a pram making factory which brought a lot of employment to the town.

Here are some samples of some of the labels that were found between the floorboards when the house was renovated in 2015!

We also found out that a lot of the prams that were made were called after townlands like Ardra as well as provinces like Leinster! Here are some pictures of these prams!

In the 1970s, the house became known the residence for the manager of the Creamery in Castlecomer, hence why to this day it has the name “The Creamery House”

During 2014/2015, the house went under renovation and it now has a music academy on the top floor and there are other rooms being used for offices and conferences.

The children enjoyed seeing all aspects of the house. They saw the outside well which is underground and also the cellars which originally stored coal in them for their homes. Did you know there are stalactites in the cellar of the Creamery House?

They learned about the gardens around the house as well as the large orchard which would have spread up along Barrack Street. The children visited the basement of the house where the servants worked and prepared meals and washed clothes for the family living in the house.

On the ground floor, there was a large, front room which had the original floorboards and it was here where the family would have entertained its guests.

On the first floor, there were rooms which would have been the bedrooms and there was also a kitchen area where the family may have practised their cookery skills as a hobby. In this room, the builders found an old range which was fueled by coal hidden behind a wall. They refurbished the range for us all to see 🙂

The children thoroughly enjoyed the view from the top floor. It was amazing to see the view of the Discovery Park and its surrounds from such a height. We tried our best to see our school but the lime trees along the street had it so well hidden!!

Originally, you would have been able to see Castlecomer House (the Wandesforde Family home) from the Creamery House before it was burnt down in 1798 by rebels in what became known as “The Battle of Castlecomer”

Thank you to Saibhín, our tour guide and John Comerford (owner of the Creamery House) for kindly opening up the house to the children out of their seasonal hours. We really appreciate it and the children thoroughly enjoyed it too! We completed a worksheet on what we had seen and learned on our tour back at school later that day. Below are just a few photographs of some of the children’s thoughts and memories of The Creamery House.

Date posted: 12th October 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, History, Local Visits, Senior Classroom |

A New Year Begins in the Junior Room

Date posted: 10th October 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Music, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

September has been a fun filled and busy month in the Junior room. Check out what we’ve been up to below!

To begin with we drew colourful pictures of our summer holidays.

In Art we made squirrel mobiles and we had looked at these interesting animals in Science.

We’ve been revising letters in Senior Infants and learning our sounds in Junior Infants. We made colourful letters from our names using oil pastels and black paint. There were patterns etched in the paint to show the letter underneath.

We’ve also been learning all about how we’ve grown since we were babies. We have a clothes timeline in the corridor as well as photos of us as babies and now, showing how we’ve grown and changed over the years.

To show that we are all unique we made hand prints with colourful frames.

In music we learned lots of nursery rhymes, as well as singing them we coloured and  cut out pictures of them and put them in order.

We learned all about homes and houses through play. We made houses with a driveway in the sand. There were houses made from polydrons and wooden bricks with
dolls house furniture.

We also made different homes such as apartments, houses and cottages in art using lots of different materials.

Date posted: 10th October 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Music, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

March Madness in the Senior Room!

Date posted: 7th April 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, English, Geography, History, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |


We have had a very busy and productive few weeks in the Senior Room. In Science we read all about various types of rocks and went around the school grounds naming and sketching different rocks.

We also learned all about our eyes and ears and labelled diagrams of them.

In art we made colourful shamrocks for St Patrick’s Day and bright Easter Wreaths.

With Spring now here we also painted different shades of pink, green and blue and created these pretty flowers.

For Mother’s Day we made and decorated cupcakes for our mums.

We learned all about Guide Dogs and the work they do in English. We designed these posters to inform people how they should behave around these dogs.

The Titanic was our topic in history and we found out lots of information about what happened to this majestic ship, as well as the people on board, including crew and passengers. We wrote in the information we learned around pictures of the ship.

Finally in Religion we learned all about the events of Holy Week. We made wheels with each day of the week represented on them and wrote acrostic poems all about Judas.

Date posted: 7th April 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, English, Geography, History, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

Projects 2017!!!!

Date posted: 26th March 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Middle Classroom, Science, Subjects |

During the months of January and February, the children in 2nd, 3rd and 4th Class were very busy completing projects on various topics.  They put a huge amount of work and research into these and included the following things as specified in the brief: contents page, introduction, bibliography and conclusion.  When they were completed, they had to stand up in front of the class and present their work to the other children and answer lots of questions.  They did a wonderful job and learned lots of new facts!

The 4th Class boys completed their projects on Dublin Zoo, Africa and The Vikings!

The boys in 3rd Class completed their projects on Italy, Greek Gods and Goddesses, The Bronze Age, Rugby and Manchester United.

The girls in 3rd Class completed their projects on Ballet, The Guitar, Dogs, Dolphins, Horses and Shoes Throughout the Years!

The children in 2nd Class completed their projects on a poster and they did a great job too!  Their topics included Owls, Silage, Chickens, Zebras, Malamute Dogs, The T-Rex, Snow and Toys Throughout the Years!

Well done to all the children on their hard work and efforts!  Each child received a certificate and Easter treat as a special reward!

 

Date posted: 26th March 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Middle Classroom, Science, Subjects |

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 |