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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.

Summertime Fun in the Junior Classroom!

Date posted: 9th July 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Music, Religious Education, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Both May and June have been very busy months for Junior and Senior Infants. We started off the theme of summer by making our own Beautiful Butterflies using metallic and pearlescent paints!!

           In English, the children enjoyed listening and responding to a selection of fairytales. Didn’t they do a great job drawing their favourite fairytale?

We have been busy learning “Time” in Maths and in response to all our hard work on the topic, we made our own “Clock Creatures!”

In SESE, we conducted a traffic survey outside our school. We discovered that cars are the most frequent form of transport through our town and silver is the most popular colour too! The children worked in pairs to mark off their form of transport every time it passed!

In Art, the children made their own “Twirling Ladybirds” which we hung up to show off their swirls and twirls!!

The children enjoyed learning lots of new songs in Music too! They even made their own paper plate maracas filled with pasta, rice and lots of other materials to create different sounds to play along to the beat and rhythm of many songs!

In History the children talked about their families and their homes. In light of this,  they drew their own family inside a lollipop stick home!

We also drew pictures in response to our school tour at Dunmore East Adventure Centre. You can see from our pictures below that there was archery, caving and kayaking involved!!

Finally, just before our holidays, we made Father’s Day ties in Religion to acknowledge people in our lives who are father figures to us. The children modelled these ties which we hoped would be worn for a short while on Father’s Day!

A final big thank you this school year to all the children in the Infant Classroom who have worked so hard all year. You have been a pleasure to teach and I hope you all have a well deserved Summer Break! See you all back at school in August!

Date posted: 9th July 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Music, Religious Education, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Summer Term in the Senior Room

Date posted: 9th June 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Mathematics, Music, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

It has as always been another busy and productive term in the Senior Room. As the end of another school year approaches here are some of the things we have been studying and learning about.

In Art we made pretty Cherry Blossom Trees from tissue paper. We also created a Minibeast Scene and framed it.

After travelling to Dunmore East for our school tour we used the theme of the sea for another art lesson and created these picture frames using shells.

While studying Science we learned all about the Space and in our groups we made a Solar System.

We have also been learning about temperature, materials and rocks and soils. We did lots of experiments  including one to see how heat travels through air. The heat rising from the radiator moved the snakes! This is called convection!

We also looked at various types of soil and the layers that are found in soil.

6th Class were busy in Maths studying co-ordinates and designed their own town on a grid plotting the co-ordinates of different landmarks.

4th Class also completed lots of work making tessellating shapes and discussing and recording ‘chance’ outcomes.

In Music we listened to a song from the musical ‘West Side Story’ and designed these posters to advertise the musical.

In English 5th and 6th Class read all about the platypus and drew and labelled a diagram of one. We discovered that they are very unusual creatures!

Date posted: 9th June 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Mathematics, Music, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

May Fun in the Middle Room!

Date posted: 4th June 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Middle Classroom, Music, Visual Arts |

Now that May is gone and we are in the final weeks of the school year, why don’t you have a look at some of the work that the children in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class have completed?!

In Music, we learned all about the various genres of Music.  We learned many new words such as classical, traditional, electronic and jazz.  As part of the curriculum, we are encouraged to listen to these genres and respond to them.  The children listened to a piece of Music called “Space Smurfs” and drew some pictures!

We also revised the song “Let’s go Fly a Kite” which we learned for the Funky Kids Show.  We designed our own kites to integrate Music with Visual Arts!

The children wrote about their thoughts and feelings of Summer.  Most of the children love this season…

We created Lighthouse Scenes with waves crashing against the rocks!

We also had the opportunity to print using corks and created beautiful vases of Summer flowers for you to enjoy!

Date posted: 4th June 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Middle Classroom, Music, Visual Arts |

April Activities in the Junior Classroom!

Date posted: 3rd May 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, Junior Classroom, Music, Our Work on Display, School Outings, Science, Visual Arts |

Although April has been a short month after the Easter Holidays, the Junior Classroom have once again been hard at work!

In SESE, we planted our own sunflower seeds which are now growing so well in our classroom. Very soon, we will be able to bring our seedlings home to plant in our gardens!

In support of the work we covered in Science, the children drew their own sunflower in Art. We hope our sunflowers will look as bright and colourful as our drawings!!


In Music, the children have been learning lots of songs about different types of birds so in response to all their work, they created their own “Birds of Paradise.”

They particularly enjoyed learning how to fanfold the paper to make the birds’ wings!

We learned all about positional language in Maths & English this month. The children engaged very well in a listening & drawing activity based on prepositions!

We also went on a Nature Trail in the Discovery Park this month. The children engaged so well in finding all the aspects of nature on their worksheet.

While we were on the Nature Trail, we stopped off at the Elf Village!

We saw their homes…

their School…

the Elf Headquarters….

and of course their Sweet Shop!!

At the end of our Nature Trail, the children spent a short time together at  the Timber Tumbles Playground!

Finally, in preparation for Summer, we painted our own Spectacular Summer Suns to brighten up our classroom!

Well done again on a great month’s work!

Date posted: 3rd May 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, Junior Classroom, Music, Our Work on Display, School Outings, Science, Visual Arts |

February Fun in the Junior Classroom!

Date posted: 1st March 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Music, Science, Visual Arts |

Another month has come and gone and the Junior Classroom have been busy once again!

At the start of the month, the children paid a visit to the Firestation in Castlecomer in support of work they have covered in Geography on “People who Help Us”

The children enjoyed learning all about the equipment on the fire engine and they particularly enjoyed sitting at the front of the fire engine!

A Big Thank you to Philip, Richie and Willie for a great tour of the Fire Station. The children really enjoyed their morning there!

During the month, we celebrated St. Valentine’s Day. Take a look at the  “Love Bugs” and Valentine Postcards the children made!

As well as this, the children made their own Heart Butter Cookies as a little treat for their loved ones on Valentine’s Day 🙂

In English, the children revised many letters of the alphabet. In support of the letter “C” the children made their own “Colourful Clowns”

The children worked with clay in Art this month and made some Slithery Snakes!

In Music, the children enjoyed learning songs about “Teddies” They brought in their favourite teddy to show their friends too!

The children drew pictures for the Annual Texaco Art Competition! Here is a glimpse of some of their entries!

In Maths, the children learned about 3D Shapes and made their favourite 3D Shape!

Finally, in SESE, the children explored the theme of “Farming” and designed their own farmyard scene!

 Well done Junior & Senior Infants on a great month’s work 🙂

Date posted: 1st March 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Music, Science, Visual Arts |