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Irish

Irish is taught to all classes. We encourage the children and teachers to speak Irish in an informal way throughout the school day. We are promotiing the use of Irish with Seachtain na Gaeilge and we sent out some phrases for all parents to use with their child to develop their oral competency in the language.

Spring is in the air in the Junior Classroom!

Date posted: 16th March 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, Geography, History, Hockey, Irish, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

February and March have been very busy months with lots of celebrations to prepare for as well as all our usual hard work in curricular areas!

At the start of the month, the children decorated their own St. Brigid’s Day Cross in response to work covered in both Religion and History.

In History, the children explored the traditions of the Chinese New Year. They enjoyed making their own monkeys to celebrate 2016, the Year of the Monkey!

The children also made their own Chinese Lanterns!

On the 9th February, the whole school celebrated Pancake Tuesday by having a Healthy Breakfast together with pancakes and other healthy breakfast options! Mmmmm!

In Geography, we made our own Weather Dials to support our work on weather.

The children enjoyed a trip to our local library to return books and choose some more books to bring back to our classroom library!

In Gaeilge, we explored the theme “Bia” and to support our work, we designed our own “Ciseán Picnic”

The children made their own Noah’s Ark in Religion in response to work covered on this biblical story

In assembly during the month, we had some unexpected visitors which really put a smile on the children’s faces. Thank you to Jackie Neale for bringing in Seán the lamb, Rasher, the puppy and Annabel the rabbit!

We celebrated Valentine’s Day on the 14th February and the children worked so well at making their own “Explosive Hearts” using wool!

For Mother’s Day on Sunday, 6th March, the children made their own colourful paper bouquet and card.

In P.E. the children have been learning how to play Unihoc. They particularly enjoyed playing “Sharks” and “Snatch the Bacon!”

They even got to practise their hockey skills in their costumes for World Book Day which we also celebrated at the start of Book Week in our school!

Before our Easter Holidays, we were very busy writing our Easter Cards to our Finnish Penpals and we also had to complete our entry for the Bishop’s Poster Competition. The theme this year was “1916: Rethink, Re imagine and Reinvent.” The children drew pictures of family and school life 100 years ago!

Finally in Art, the children made their own “Leaping Leprechauns” for St. Patrick’s Day 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everybody. Enjoy your Easter Holidays and we’ll see you all back at Wandesforde on the 4th April!

Date posted: 16th March 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, Geography, History, Hockey, Irish, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

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 Delightful December in the Senior Room

Date posted: 22nd December 2015 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Drama, Drama, English, Irish, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |


December has been an eventful month for 4th, 5th & 6th Class. In Art we created colourful winter trees and highlighted them in gold and silver. We also shaded in our Christmas stars using different colour paints.

The preparation for Christmas is known as Advent and in Religious Education we learned all about this important time of year. We also made our own Advent Wreath and each pupil put some greenery in it. To mark Advent we also have an Advent Calendar with each pupil getting a treat from it during December.

An Nollaig was our theme in Gaeilge and we made our own Cartaí Nollaig and wrote poems ‘as Gaeilge’ based on the topic An Nollaig.

In English 4th Class read all about spiders and wrote up reports about them.

They also read The Apple Tree and illustrated all the things which got stuck to the tree.

5th and 6th Class read a story called ‘Christmas’ and completed character investigation sheets about the main character Jimeen in the story.

We performed our play ‘Hosanna Rock’ in St. Mary’s on the 21st. Well done to all the boys and girls on a great performance. Finally a special visitor came to see us on Monday …… Santa!! We all enjoyed his visit and gifts! 🙂

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all in the Senior Room! See you in 2016!!

Date posted: 22nd December 2015 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Drama, Drama, English, Irish, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

November News in the Junior Classroom!

Date posted: 5th December 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, History, Irish, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Religious Education, SPHE, Visual Arts |

The Junior Classroom have once again been busy this month!

In S.E.S.E. the children have been learning about the Native American Indians and their culture.In support of this, the children made their own Paper Plate Indians and Totem Poles!

The children did a listening and drawing activity in Gaeilge based on the topic “Éadaí”

In Religion, the children enjoyed learning the story of “Jonah and the Whale” They did a great job making their own whales too!

The children learned and revised many phonics in English again this month. For the letter “Jj”, the children made their own jelly cake!
We used a strawberry and orange jelly in our jelly cake mould!

In Art, the children made their own rainbows. They had great fun colouring in with 2 crayons in their hand at once. This activity helped to strengthen and support their fine motor skills.

In Maths, the children created their own “Robust Robots” using 2-D Shapes.

We had the pleasure of having 4th Class into our classroom to read the wonderful stories they had written and illustrated with Ms. Madden!

Finally, at the start of the month, we designed our own Christmas Cards which many parents kindly bought to support the work of the children and the school. Take a look at some of the children’s work below!

Well done Junior Room for all your hard work again this month!

Date posted: 5th December 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, History, Irish, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Religious Education, SPHE, Visual Arts |