Science

Science is taught as part of SESE (Social, Environmental and Scientific Education) and is integrated with geography and history. We enjoy doing experiments with the children and sometimes we participate in science workshops such as the “Discover Science” programme in the Discovery Park in Castlecomer.

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 |

A Fun-Filled Spring in the Middle Room!

Date posted: 18th March 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, English, Irish, Mathematics, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, Science, Special Occasions, Visual Arts |

This term has been jam-packed with lots of fun activities and the children have worked very hard!  1st, 2nd and 3rd Class were very lucky to have Ms. Kathy Ryan teaching them for 3 and a half weeks in February!  Thank you Ms. Ryan for all your hard work with the children!

In Art, the children learned to weave hearts to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day…

To thank the mums and grandmothers in our lives, the children made paper flower bouquets!

In Maths, the children learned all about 2D and 3D shapes.  They even constructed their own 3D shapes with various facts written down about them also..

In English, the children read “George’s Marvellous Medicine” by Roald Dahl, which they thoroughly enjoyed!  They then created their own special medicines and wrote down the ingredients and method used when creating them!

In S.E.S.E., the 3rd Class pupils completed projects on a variety of topics that interested them.  They had to present them to the class and be able to answer questions on them also.  They did a wonderful job!  As a treat for all their hard work, they each received an Easter Egg to enjoy on Easter Sunday!

To celebrate World Book Day on Thursday, 3rd March, the children dressed up as their favourite character.  The creativity was fantastic!

We also had a visit from Pat Moylan on Friday, 11th March and he spoke about the events leading up to 1916.  The children had plenty of opportunities to dress up in the clothes of that era and hold a few guns and other items!

In English, the children wrote lovely Easter Acrostic Poems..

In Gaeilge, we learned an action song called “Lá Le Pádraig” and decorated our own St. Patrick’s Day paper plates!

Happy Easter everyone!  See you all in April!

Date posted: 18th March 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, English, Irish, Mathematics, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, Science, Special Occasions, 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 |

A Great Start to 2016!

Date posted: 5th February 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Welcome back and Happy New Year to Everyone! The Junior Classroom have started off 2016 on the right foot by making New Year’s Resolutions and colouring in lots of feet!!

In support of the Strand Unit of Time in Maths, the Junior Classroom made their very own Classroom Calendar for 2016!

 Here is the front cover and below are details of what’s happening in February in our classroom and school!

The children enjoyed learning about the life and work of the Swiss Artist, Paul Klee in Art. They made their own colourful portraits using rulers in support of his highly abstract artwork!

In Geography, the children enjoyed learning facts about the Polar Bear and their habitat.

The children  experimented with mixing Primary  Colours together to  make Secondary Colours  in Science and they then made their own “Colour Wheel Creatures” to support the work covered.

During the month, we welcomed members of the Irish Defence Force to our school to speak with us about the 1916 Rising and its centenary celebrations this year.

 The children created their own “Commemoration Coin”  to mark the occasion of their visit to our school to deliver the Irish Flag!

Towards the end of the month, the children explored the theme of Transport in both SPHE  and English. They designed their own “Belt Up Mascot” for a national  competition sponsored by Bus Éireann! Didn’t they do a fantastic job!

Finally in English they learned the poem “Go. Go, Go” and drew illustrations to accompany it.

Well done Junior Room on a great start to 2016! 🙂

Date posted: 5th February 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Science, SPHE, 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 |