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Music

Music is taught by the class teacher. The children have the opportunity to learn the piano from 1st class onwards if they wish. Every second year, we have a group called the “Funky Kids Workshop” in our school to help us put on a wonderful show. Denis and Olivia from the Funky Kids group teach us songs, dances and we then perform them at a Christmas Show for parents and the school community. We also record the show on DVD for parents to purchase! Each week in Assembly, we sing a song and once a year, we attend a Children’s Choral Festival with the other schools in the Diocese.

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 |

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Wandesforde!

Date posted: 30th November 2016 | Category Blog, Christmas, Music, Special Occasions |

Christmas has started early at Wandesforde School! As you can see, we all have been very busy preparing our Christmas Shoeboxes for Team Hope.

The school has sent 46 beautifully packaged shoeboxes to children in poorer parts of the world for Christmas. Thank you to all the families who took part in this very worthwhile cause 🙂

As well as this the children have been busy designing, painting and decorating soldiers which will be on display on the Parade during Yulefest in Kilkenny!

Make sure to pop into Kilkenny with your family at the weekends during December to see the children’s artwork on display and also to explore all the Yulefest activities of music, food, craft and entertainment for friends and family. See visitkilkenny.ie for more information.

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Not only this, but the school was invited to the launch of Christmas at the Discovery Park! They got to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and went on a little walk through the Elf Village with them too!!


We then enjoyed singing some Christmas Carols together with Santa, Mrs. Claus and members of our families and the local community. It was  a great day and thank you to everybody who came along to see us on the day!!

 

Date posted: 30th November 2016 | Category Blog, Christmas, Music, Special Occasions |

Here Comes the Summer!

Date posted: 27th June 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Music, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

The Junior Classroom have been busy exploring many topics over the past couple of weeks in preparation for their Summer Holidays!

In Art, the children did a simple weaving activity using lollipop sticks and magic wool to create some colourful butterflies! 

We have been learning about garden birds in SESE and the children made their own colourful and imaginative birds too!

In Maths, the children enjoyed learning about money and they made their own money trees using coin rubbings!

Who said that money doesn’t grow on trees?!

In SPHE, the children enjoyed learning about their feelings and emotions. They did a simple drawing activity using different colours and lines to show how they are feeling!

In response to work covered in Music and SESE, the children made their own seahorses using paints and colours.

In History, the children drew pictures to recall their memories of their school tour to Croke Park and Viking Splash. Didn’t they do a fantastic job!

The children made their own “World’s Best Dad Trophy” to give to their fathers on Fathers’ Day this June!

Finally before the holidays, the children took part in a Class Summer Colouring Competition.

Well done Junior and Senior Infants on all your hard work before the Summer Holidays. Have a lovely Summer Break and I’ll see you all back at school on the 30th August!

 

Date posted: 27th June 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Music, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

A Busy January in the Middle Room!

Date posted: 11th February 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Middle Classroom, Music |

Happy New Year to you all from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class!  We have been learning about lots of new and exciting things since we came back after the Christmas break!  To develop the children’s literacy skills, they all wrote reports about their holidays!

We also enjoyed reading the book “The Magic Faraway Tree” by Enid Blyton.  It took us a few months to get through it, but it was well worth the wait.  The children wrote book reports and scored the book out of ten.  Many gave it ten out of ten!

In Music, our theme for the month was “Toys”.  To support this work we listened  and responded to a piece of music called “The Toy Symphony” by Franz Joseph Haydn. 

We also created our own musical instruments using items from our homes and recyclable things!  Didn’t the children do a wonderful job?  They all make noise too!

In Gaeilge, we have been learning about “Ócáidí Speisialta” or “Special Occasions”.  We created our own invitations to a “cóisir” or “party”!

In Geography we have been learning all about the characteristics of Winter, which we hope has passed now for another few months!

We also learned about “The Water Cycle” and drew our own simple water cycles to consolidate this objective.

Well done on a great month’s work boys and girls!

Date posted: 11th February 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Middle Classroom, Music |

We have Started School!!

Date posted: 8th October 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, History, Junior Classroom, Music, Our Work on Display, SPHE, Subjects, Visual Arts |

This September, we welcomed 10 Junior Infants into the Junior Classroom. They have all settled very well into “big” school!

Senior Infants have also settled in well to their new class!

During the month, the children have enjoyed getting to know each other and also  learning new things!

In Art, the children made their own hand print paper plate using paint!

September wouldn’t be the same without cheering on Kilkenny in the All Ireland Hurling Final!

The children made their own “Cat Masks” and they had great fun waving them outside the school gates at the passing traffic!

They also enjoyed working with clay in Art. Didn’t they do a great job making their own initial letters with the clay!

In English the children have been learning and revising many letters. They painted turtles using only corks and cotton buds while learning the letter “t”

As well as this they made their own Slithery Snakes using metallic colouring pencils.

The children have enjoyed getting to know each other through talk & discussion as well as drama games this month. In support of all this work in SPHE, the children coloured in their favourite superhero picture and became that superhero in our classroom display!!

Can you figure out who’s who??

In support of Literacy in our school, we visited Castlecomer Library and enjoyed a storytelling session with Ann Marie there!

The children also got to pick some books from the library to bring back to our classroom for storytime!

Finally in Music, the children have enjoyed performing lots of new songs together and have helped to create our very own “Classroom Singing Chair” which the children can sit on when singing, performing or conducting the music lesson!!

A Big Thank You to Mrs. Doyle for all her input in designing our Singing Chair!

Well done to all the children on a great month’s work 🙂

Date posted: 8th October 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, History, Junior Classroom, Music, Our Work on Display, SPHE, Subjects, Visual Arts |