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Religious Education

Religious Education (RE) is taught to all classes. We use the “Follow Me” series. Each week we have an assembly which is delivered by one of the class teachers. At Assembly, the star of the week is annouced to all children. It is a very exciting time. On a Friday, Canon Thomas Sherlock, our rector, comes into the school and teaches RE to 4th, 5th and 6th class children.

Our End of Year Service

Date posted: 3rd July 2016 | Category Blog, Religious Education, Special Occasions |

On Tuesday, 21st June the school held its End of Year Service in St. Mary’s Church, Castlecomer. The children in 6th Class coordinated the service alongside Rev. Burke and once again some pupils in the Senior Room performed some well known hymns for us on their tin whistles. The Sixth Class pupils read prayers, bible stories and a very apt poem entitled “Dream Big”

At the end of the service, 6th Class were presented with a Bible and a signed card from the whole school to acknowledge their time at Wandesforde School. We wish them all the very best as they move on to secondary school!

The school also said goodbye to 2 pupils leaving us this year in other classes. We wish them every happiness in their new schools!

Thank you to Rev. Burke for coordinating the service and to the teachers, staff and pupils for all their hard work in preparing for it. Have a lovely Summer Break and we will see you all back at Wandesforde soon!

Date posted: 3rd July 2016 | Category Blog, Religious Education, Special Occasions |

Bishop’s Poster Competition 2016

Date posted: 6th May 2016 | Category Blog, Religious Education, Senior Classroom, Special Occasions, Visual Arts |

Each year the pupils take part in the Bishop’s Poster Competition. This year the theme was “1916: Rethink, Re imagine and Reinvent.”

Congratulations to Owen who came 1st in the 4th class section and Rebecca who came 2nd in the 6th class section!!

Date posted: 6th May 2016 | Category Blog, Religious Education, Senior Classroom, Special Occasions, Visual Arts |

April brings showers of fun in the Junior Classroom!

Date posted: 3rd May 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

Another month comes to an end and the Junior Classroom have been very busy doing lots of exciting work with their student teacher, Ms Kathy Ryan. During the month the children explored the theme of transport and made their own vehicles too!

After the Easter holidays,the children drew some pictures to give us a snapshot of the activities they did over their Easter break!

In Art, the children made their own slippery snails out of old CDs!

The children did a Church Trail in St. Mary’s Church to support work they covered on the Church in Religion.

They also made their own cross out of clay and metallic paint too!

In support of work covered on the Life Cycle of the Bee, the children made their own life cycle wheel.

They also had great fun trying on Ms. Ryan’s father’s bee suit and seeing a real honeycomb!

I think we might have some bidding beekeepers in our midst!

In English, the children revised the letter “c”  and made their own colourful crowns 🙂

The children also visited and explored the Discovery Park  to find various aspects of Spring which they have been learning about in SESE. Here are a few photos of the children on their Nature Trail!

In support of the work they covered on Spring, the children printed some Spring flowers using plastic bottles!

After a great month’s work the children enjoyed a short visit to the playground in the Discovery Park.

Well done everybody on a great month’s work! 🙂

Date posted: 3rd May 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

Spring is in the air in the Junior Classroom!

Date posted: 16th March 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, Geography, History, Hockey, Irish, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

February and March have been very busy months with lots of celebrations to prepare for as well as all our usual hard work in curricular areas!

At the start of the month, the children decorated their own St. Brigid’s Day Cross in response to work covered in both Religion and History.

In History, the children explored the traditions of the Chinese New Year. They enjoyed making their own monkeys to celebrate 2016, the Year of the Monkey!

The children also made their own Chinese Lanterns!

On the 9th February, the whole school celebrated Pancake Tuesday by having a Healthy Breakfast together with pancakes and other healthy breakfast options! Mmmmm!

In Geography, we made our own Weather Dials to support our work on weather.

The children enjoyed a trip to our local library to return books and choose some more books to bring back to our classroom library!

In Gaeilge, we explored the theme “Bia” and to support our work, we designed our own “Ciseán Picnic”

The children made their own Noah’s Ark in Religion in response to work covered on this biblical story

In assembly during the month, we had some unexpected visitors which really put a smile on the children’s faces. Thank you to Jackie Neale for bringing in Seán the lamb, Rasher, the puppy and Annabel the rabbit!

We celebrated Valentine’s Day on the 14th February and the children worked so well at making their own “Explosive Hearts” using wool!

For Mother’s Day on Sunday, 6th March, the children made their own colourful paper bouquet and card.

In P.E. the children have been learning how to play Unihoc. They particularly enjoyed playing “Sharks” and “Snatch the Bacon!”

They even got to practise their hockey skills in their costumes for World Book Day which we also celebrated at the start of Book Week in our school!

Before our Easter Holidays, we were very busy writing our Easter Cards to our Finnish Penpals and we also had to complete our entry for the Bishop’s Poster Competition. The theme this year was “1916: Rethink, Re imagine and Reinvent.” The children drew pictures of family and school life 100 years ago!

Finally in Art, the children made their own “Leaping Leprechauns” for St. Patrick’s Day 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everybody. Enjoy your Easter Holidays and we’ll see you all back at Wandesforde on the 4th April!

Date posted: 16th March 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, Geography, History, Hockey, Irish, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Junior Classroom!

Date posted: 30th December 2015 | Category Blog, Christmas, English, History, Junior Classroom, Religious Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

The Christmas Preparations have begun at Wandesforde National School. To begin with, Junior & Senior Infants enjoyed a short trip to the Post Office at the start of December to post their letters to Santa!

The children then enjoyed putting some decorations on the Christmas Tree in the school hallway!

At the start of December, the children enjoyed learning about various aspects of Farming from Vincent O’ Sullivan, a local Heritage Specialist. They got to see and use a churn and even made their own butter!  

Not only this but they also got to use a mill which ground the grains of wheat into flour!

In Support of the work covered on “Friendship” in SPHE during November, the children made their own ‘Friend ‘ship’ & wrote down the qualities they like in a friend on their ship.

In Gaeilge, the children designed their own Christmas Jumpers. Didn’t they do a wonderful job 🙂

The children worked with clay in Art and made Christmas Owls in support of work covered on owls and nocturnal animals in SESE this month!

They also enjoyed making their own reindeer using toilet roll inserts!

In support of work the children covered on “Light” in Science, they made their own Christmas Candles.

The children also did an In-Class Colouring Competition of Christmas Wreaths. Well done to all the children for such bright and colourful work!

As a little treat before the Christmas Holidays, the children decorated their own Christmas Cupcakes. Mmmmmm!!

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Finally, Christmas would not be Christmas without the Nativity. Junior & Senior Infants played the role of donkeys, cows and sheep in our School Carol Service. A big thank you to all the parents for doing such a fantastic job on their costumes!!

Happy Christmas everybody and best wishes for 2016 . See you all in the New Year!!

Date posted: 30th December 2015 | Category Blog, Christmas, English, History, Junior Classroom, Religious Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |