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The subjects taught in the Wandesforde NS are English, Irish, Maths, Religious Education, Geography, Science, History, SPHE, PE, Drama, Music and Visual Arts.

Senior Classroom Visit the Creamery House in Castlecomer

Date posted: 12th October 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, History, Local Visits, Senior Classroom |

In support of work covered on Buildings and Settlements in Geography, the Senior Classroom enjoyed a trip to the Creamery House on Friday, 22nd September.

The children enjoyed learning about the History of the house which dates back to 1750s. It originally belonged to the Wandesforde family, however in the early 1900s it became a pram making factory which brought a lot of employment to the town.

Here are some samples of some of the labels that were found between the floorboards when the house was renovated in 2015!

We also found out that a lot of the prams that were made were called after townlands like Ardra as well as provinces like Leinster! Here are some pictures of these prams!

In the 1970s, the house became known the residence for the manager of the Creamery in Castlecomer, hence why to this day it has the name “The Creamery House”

During 2014/2015, the house went under renovation and it now has a music academy on the top floor and there are other rooms being used for offices and conferences.

The children enjoyed seeing all aspects of the house. They saw the outside well which is underground and also the cellars which originally stored coal in them for their homes. Did you know there are stalactites in the cellar of the Creamery House?

They learned about the gardens around the house as well as the large orchard which would have spread up along Barrack Street. The children visited the basement of the house where the servants worked and prepared meals and washed clothes for the family living in the house.

On the ground floor, there was a large, front room which had the original floorboards and it was here where the family would have entertained its guests.

On the first floor, there were rooms which would have been the bedrooms and there was also a kitchen area where the family may have practised their cookery skills as a hobby. In this room, the builders found an old range which was fueled by coal hidden behind a wall. They refurbished the range for us all to see 🙂

The children thoroughly enjoyed the view from the top floor. It was amazing to see the view of the Discovery Park and its surrounds from such a height. We tried our best to see our school but the lime trees along the street had it so well hidden!!

Originally, you would have been able to see Castlecomer House (the Wandesforde Family home) from the Creamery House before it was burnt down in 1798 by rebels in what became known as “The Battle of Castlecomer”

Thank you to Saibhín, our tour guide and John Comerford (owner of the Creamery House) for kindly opening up the house to the children out of their seasonal hours. We really appreciate it and the children thoroughly enjoyed it too! We completed a worksheet on what we had seen and learned on our tour back at school later that day. Below are just a few photographs of some of the children’s thoughts and memories of The Creamery House.

Date posted: 12th October 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, History, Local Visits, Senior Classroom |

A New Year Begins in the Junior Room

Date posted: 10th October 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Music, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

September has been a fun filled and busy month in the Junior room. Check out what we’ve been up to below!

To begin with we drew colourful pictures of our summer holidays.

In Art we made squirrel mobiles and we had looked at these interesting animals in Science.

We’ve been revising letters in Senior Infants and learning our sounds in Junior Infants. We made colourful letters from our names using oil pastels and black paint. There were patterns etched in the paint to show the letter underneath.

We’ve also been learning all about how we’ve grown since we were babies. We have a clothes timeline in the corridor as well as photos of us as babies and now, showing how we’ve grown and changed over the years.

To show that we are all unique we made hand prints with colourful frames.

In music we learned lots of nursery rhymes, as well as singing them we coloured and  cut out pictures of them and put them in order.

We learned all about homes and houses through play. We made houses with a driveway in the sand. There were houses made from polydrons and wooden bricks with
dolls house furniture.

We also made different homes such as apartments, houses and cottages in art using lots of different materials.

Date posted: 10th October 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Music, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

Hibernating Hedgehogs!

Date posted: 9th October 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Green Flag, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Science, Senior Classroom |

As part of work on our Green Schools theme of biodiversity the senior pupils placed a hedgehog house in our grounds. We hope some hedgehogs use it as a cosy home for the winter.

We also planted an Oak tree in our grounds for National Tree Day on October 5th.

Date posted: 9th October 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Green Flag, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Science, Senior Classroom |

May and June in the Middle Room!

Date posted: 21st June 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Middle Classroom, Science, Subjects, Visual Arts |

It has been a busy few weeks in 2nd , 3rd and 4th Class and the children have put in a great term’s work!  In English, we wrote about our sponsored cycle on the 10th June…

We studied a poem called “Monsters in Pyjamas” and looked at the verbs, adjectives and nouns in the poem.  The children had great fun creating their own colourful monsters!

The 3rd Class pupils wrote postcards to their friends….

In Geography and Science, we studied soil and learned about the various types in Ireland.  We learned that there is a mixture of clay and loam in Ireland.  We looked at a soil sample from our school garden and concluded that it was clay.  We felt the texture and measured the moisture in it too.  We also found a wriggly creature in it, the earthworm, which is the farmer’s friend!

In Geography, we studied animals of the rainforest.  Each child completed a mini project on an animal of their choice.  We learned lots about this beautiful natural resource, but also learned that it is in danger due to trees being cut down on a daily basis.

In Visual Arts, we drew pictures using pastels…

We created colourful Summer t-shirts!

We drew some pictures of everyday objects or still life…

We created cool characters going surfing!

As a fun activity, we made oreo and banana milkshakes to cool us all down in this hot weather!

We hope you all have a wonderful Summer break!  Well done to all the boys and girls on their hard work this year!

 

Date posted: 21st June 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Middle Classroom, Science, Subjects, Visual Arts |

Sports’ Day 2017!!!!

Date posted: 19th June 2017 | Category Blog, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Sport, Sports |

On Friday, the 16th June, we held our annual sport’s day in Wandesforde National School!  Each year we have 5 races involving all the children.  The first race was the sprints.  The Infants had to sprint 20 metres.  1st and 2nd had to sprint 30 metres and 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th had to sprint 60 metres!

The next race was the hurdles!

 

The next fun race was the egg and spoon race!

It was then time for an ice-cream to cool us all down!

Time for some more races….next was the sack race!

And finally, the three-legged race!

With a few tumbles…….!

Each child received a medal for all their fantastic efforts!

6 children received a trophy for being a great team player and enjoying sports throughout the year!  Well done to you all!

Date posted: 19th June 2017 | Category Blog, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Sport, Sports |