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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.

The Middle Room get into Farming!

Date posted: 3rd October 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

With the Ploughing Championships coming up, minds were on all things agricultural, so in the middle room we had a general farming theme for September.

In history we looked at the Sumerians in Mesopotamia and the beginnings of farming. We wove our own pieces of cloth as the Sumerians would have. Everyone really loved the weaving. As you can see, a distinct colour pattern was evident!

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We also created our own coil pots, one of the methods used for creating pottery by the Sumerians; the potter’s wheel was not available to them at this time.

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We learned what is needed to grow plants successfully, and that the Sumerians, in order to get water to their crops, developed technologies such as canals to irrigate their farms. We have planted our own lettuce and radishes in the classroom. We will keep some without light and some without water, but hopefully the plants getting water and light will grow and we can add something extra to our lunchboxes in a few weeks!

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We all know that a favourite topic of the farmer is the weather, so we have also been studying the weather. We measured various aspects of the weather, wind force, cloud cover, rainfall and temperature. We even made our very own rain gauge using a plastic bottle and ruler. It’s been fairly dry since we began our class records; let’s hope it stays that way!

In SPHE we have been looking at farm safety using a resource provided by the Health and Safety Authority, accessible if you click here . The children had great fun finding the hazards in each of the presentations.

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Earlier in the month, as part of our start of year discussion on hand hygiene, we conducted an experiment to find out the difference in the amount of germs on

  1. Unwashed hands
  2. Hands cleaned using sanitiser gel
  3. Hands washed with soap and water.

We wiped a hand of each of the above categories across a piece of bread and placed them in a sealed bag in a dark press for a week.

Unwashed hand

Hand cleaned with sanitiser

Hand cleaned with soap and water

As you can see in the photos, sample A, the unwashed hand sample was rated ‘EEEEWWW’ – with many types of growths of many different colours being present on the bread. Sample B, contrary to our predictions, had a significant amount of growth of a single colour/type. Sample C, had minimal growths. Overall we learned that you really can’t beat good old soap and water when cleaning your hands!

In RE we looked at beginnings and endings and in keeping with this made our very own ‘Alpha and Omega’ stained glass window in the classroom. We made the paper translucent by adding oil after it was coloured in.

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Date posted: 3rd October 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Summer Fun in the Senior Room

Date posted: 4th July 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, History, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, Special Occasions, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Another year has come and gone in the Senior Room. We have completed lots of work in different areas in the past few weeks. Take a look and see what we have been up to!

In Art we created these colourful hand print parrots and painted in a jungle background. 

We also drew fruit and vegetables from observation in colour and black and white.

Summer fashion inspired us to create these colourful flip flops and we added real sand to the pictures to give it that realistic beach feeling!

In History we spent time learning all about life in the 1960s. We looked at fashion, music, schools and pastimes.

The sun was a subject we discovered lots about in Geography and Science. We also created bright sunset collages in Art.

In Science we also learned all about our lungs and breathing and  labelled diagrams of the lungs. We did experiments to see how our breathing changed after exercise.

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In SPHE we looked at all the positive things which pupils have achieved over the years. They created these ‘Achievement Shields’ showing their skills, talents and achievements over the years.

 Finally we had our End of Year Service and presentation to 6th class. We wish Rebecca, Nicole, Alan, Emma, Ashley, Kate, Amy & Dylan all the best as they leave Wandesforde and begin secondary school next year.

Have an enjoyable summer everyone! 🙂

Date posted: 4th July 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, History, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, Special Occasions, SPHE, Visual Arts |

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 |