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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.

A Great Start to the New Year in the Junior Classroom!

Date posted: 6th February 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, History, Irish, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Science, Visual Arts |

The New Year has well and truly begun by now and it has been a topic the children have enjoyed this January. In support of it, the children made their own New Year’s Hat for all the celebrations!

In History, the children enjoyed drawing pictures to give the class a snapshot of their Winter Break!

The whole class made a Class Calendar for the New Year in Maths and they then recorded their birthdays and school holidays on it so we can see what’s happening in the weeks and months ahead!

In Geography, the children explored the theme of Winter and designed their own snowflakes using glitter. They also practised their cutting skills!

The children have had great fun learning about flight in Science. In particular, they really enjoyed making their own loop airplanes which they tested outside just to see how far they can travel!!

In Gaeilge, the children have been exploring the theme “An Aimsir” They drew their own pictures of the different weather forms as a listening and responding exercise!

 During the month, the children participated in the Local Deenside Players’ Art Competition for the Pantomime “Pirates of the Caribbean”. They all did a fantastic job on their pictures as you can see from the pictures below!

A big congratulations to Aoife Cafolla in Senior Infants who was one of the winners in the competition and whose artwork is now printed in the pantomime programme!

In Maths, the children engaged in a new number game called “The Dice Game” which they thoroughly enjoyed playing with their friends and family!

Finally in SPHE, the children made their own family shields showing pictures of what makes their families special!

Well done to all the children on all their hard work this January. It’s been a great start to a New Year!

Date posted: 6th February 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, History, Irish, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Science, Visual Arts |

Christmas Fun in the Senior Room!

Date posted: 19th December 2014 | Category Blog, Christmas, English, Irish, Religious Education, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

December certainly has been busy with lots of activities completed by the senior pupils this month. At the beginning of the month we baked delicious brownies.

In English we read all about polar bears and wrote up some facts that we learned.

In Gaeilge we were focused on the topic ‘An Nollaig.’ We learned the poem Oíche Nollag and illustrated around it listening to the instructions in Irish.

We also learned about the Jesse Tree in Religion. A Jesse Tree  tells the story of God’s relationship with the world up until the birth of Jesus. Each symbol represents a story from the Old Testament and each star represents a pupil in our class.

We were busy in art class too. First we painted these frosty winter trees.

We made these wreaths using tissue paper and bells made from glitter. We also made our own baubles to hang on our trees at home!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from 4th, 5th & 6th Class!

 

Date posted: 19th December 2014 | Category Blog, Christmas, English, Irish, Religious Education, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

Autumn Fun in the Midddle Room!

Date posted: 26th October 2014 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Fundraising Activities, Geography, Hallow'een, Irish, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

September and October have been full of fun and activities in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class.  The Summer holidays are a distant memory for us all now and we have certainly settled back in to our new classes!  2nd and 3rd Class children wrote about their Summer in English, while the 1st Class pupils drew a “snapshot” of their Summer memories…

In SPHE we discussed friendship and the many things our friends do to help us in school and in our lives.  The children drew wonderful pictures and we created a poster…

In Visual Arts we created “Funky Faces” and “Slithering Snakes” .  Don’t they look great on the wall?

We were very fortunate to have 2 visitors to the school in the last few weeks, providing their expertise and knowledge through a workshop for the children.  The first visitor was Fiona from Dogs’ Trust, a charity that you all may know, that encourages families to provide a home to abandoned dogs.  We learned lots from Fiona about how to care for these loving pets and also received a pencil and a picture to colour.  Thank you Fiona for visiting Wandesforde National School!

Our second visitor was Una Halpin, who came to the school to do a workshop on rocks and fossils with the children.  The children had ample opportunities to freely explore the various rocks, gems and fossils that Una brought in her suitcase!  Thank you Una for a very informative lessson and thank you to Ms. Wilson for organising this workshop through the Heritage in Schools Scheme.

During the month of October the children dug up the vegetables in the school garden…

Mrs. Dooley and the 6th class children made wedges for the whole school.  Thank you all very much!  They were delicious!

As Hallowe’en is approaching, we had to all have some “Bairin Breac”, and of course all the children wanted to find the “Fainne”…

Well done to this lucky pupil, who found the ring!

We all got dressed up on Friday, 24th October and had a non-uniform day to rasie money for the school tour next year.  Can you spot any vampires or witches in the picture?

And finally, here are a few pictures of the Hallowe’en art completed by the children over the past few weeks.  We hope you all enjoy the mid-term break and see you all in November!

Date posted: 26th October 2014 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Fundraising Activities, Geography, Hallow'een, Irish, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Marvellous March!

Date posted: 2nd April 2014 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, History, Irish, Mathematics, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

As always we have been working very hard in the Senior Room during the month of March. We’ve completed lots of work in different areas.

In English we finished reading our novel ‘Under the Hawthorn Tree’ by Marita Conlon-McKenna. We really enjoyed it as it was based during The Great Famine, a topic we also learned about in history. 4th class made ‘Magic Ball’ predictions as to how they thought the story would end and later we all wrote a ‘Book Review’ about the novel.

In Gaeilge we listened to instructions from our teacher and created these beautiful pictures based on the theme ‘An tEarrach.’

In art we learned all about the artist Matisse and made these paper collages inspired by his work!

 

In maths class 5th and 6th class were learning all about circles and 4th about tessellating shapes. Here are some circular designs created by 5th class and interesting tessellating shapes created by 4th class.

Finally in science we learned all about rusting. We carried out experiments using different metals and normal and salty water to see what metal rusted and which water caused more rusting to occur.

As you can see there was rust on some metals but not all and salt water definitely caused more rusting!

Date posted: 2nd April 2014 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, History, Irish, Mathematics, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

A busy start to 2014 for the Senior Classes!

Date posted: 1st February 2014 | Category Blog, Geography, Irish, Music, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

We have made a great start to 2014 in the Senior Room, with the boys and girls completing lots of work through the month of January.

In music we made and played our own musical instruments.

4th Class

 

6th Class

5th Class

In art we drew our names and painted them in rainbow colours

We also studied the topic ‘An Aimsir’ in Gaeilge and drew these pictures in response to instructions from the teacher.

In geography 5th and 6th class learned about the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the CN Tower in Toronto. They wrote about these two towers and illustrated their work.

Date posted: 1st February 2014 | Category Blog, Geography, Irish, Music, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |