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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.

Fantastic February Work in 4th, 5th & 6th Class!!

Date posted: 2nd March 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, History, Irish, Mathematics, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

The shortest month of the year has flown by and once again the senior pupils have been busy completing work in lots of different areas.

In History we learned all about different explorers including Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan & Vasco De Gama. We also mapped their various journeys around the world!

We studied 3D shapes in Maths and made our own cones, cubes, pyramids & prisms. 6th class made isohedrons which have 20 sides!

In Art we made clay tiles and etched designs into them before painting them in bright colours.

We used our knowledge of symmetry from Maths to create these colourful symmetrical designs!

We were busy in English, 4th class read a story called ‘Glooskap and the Giant’ and illustrated these scenes from the story. They added their own adjectives to the pictures.

5th & 6th class designed posters for a concert they read about in their readers.

In SPHE we were learning about Staying Safe and after discussing the topic groups designed posters to show how people can stay safe at different activities.

Finally in Gaeilge we were learning about the topic ‘Mé Féin’ and drew these pictures of activities we do through the day from instructions in Irish.

Date posted: 2nd March 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, History, Irish, Mathematics, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

2015 gets off to a busy start in the Senior Room!

Date posted: 11th February 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Irish, Mathematics, Music, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

January certainly has been full of fun and different activities in the Senior Room. In Art we made frosty winter branches from tin foil and parchment paper

We also experimented drawing different types of lines and created these colourful patterns.

Weather was a theme we studied in Geography, Gaeilge and Art. We made these thunderstorm scenes and drew pictures, reading the instructions ‘as Gaeilge.’

In English 4th class wrote up their New Years Resolutions for 2015. They also enjoyed reading about spiders in their readers, writing acrostic poems on the topic and information about different spiders.

In Maths they worked on Symmetry and completed these symmetrical pictures!

We studied the Digestive System in Science and each group in the room drew the Digestive System.

We listened to a piece of music called ‘The Snow is Dancing’ by Debussy and drew pictures in response to the music.

Happy New Year to everyone from 4th, 5th & 6th Class!!

Date posted: 11th February 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Irish, Mathematics, Music, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

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 |