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SPHE (Social, Personal and Health Education) is taught to all children. It is integrated with Religious Education and Assembly on a weekly basis. Moral values and good practices are promoted in these lessons.

November News from 5th & 6th Class

Date posted: 7th December 2016 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, Local Visits, Our Work on Display, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

November has been another fun and busy month in the senior room. We began the month by learning all about keeping dogs as pets and safety around them when The Dog’s Trust came to visit.

In Art we created candle holders from jars, we painted them in bright and vibrant colours!

We also looked at the artist Piet Mondrian and created our own paintings in his style.

It was interesting to read all about polar bears in English and learn more about these fascinating animals. We wrote up the information we learned.

We were delighted to be invited to paint up a Nutcracker character to go on display in Kilkenny as part of the Yulefest celebrations in the city. Here is our Wandesforde Nutcracker!

Finally as November drew to a close we went to the Discovery Park to greet Santa and Mrs Claus as they arrived and sang some Christmas Carols.

Date posted: 7th December 2016 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, Local Visits, Our Work on Display, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Middle Room brought to their senses!

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

November saw the Middle Room becoming more acquainted with their own senses. Our topic in science was ‘Sound’ and as part of that we learned all about our ears. We also looked at how sound is actually made. In SPHE we tried out Mindfulness. As part of our introduction to Mindfulness, we undertook some ‘mindful eating’, paying full attention to the eating experience and all the senses involved, sight, touch, smell and taste.

Continuing on the same theme we wrote a sensory poem called ‘Winter’. Below is a sample of some of the amazing poems that the children wrote.

 Winter

Sounds like fire burning, people laughing and snowballs.

Smells like turkey, Brussels sprouts, carrots and Christmas pudding.

Tastes like chocolate and sweets.

Looks like a Christmas feast.

Feels like Santa’s coming!

 

Winter

Sounds like children playing in the snow and people putting on fires.

Smells like Christmas dinner and Christmas pudding.

Tastes like hot chocolate with marshmallows and hot tea.

Looks like sticks being brought in and fires lit.

Feels like warm, cosy duvets.

To link with the work on the season of winter we used the technique of using a ‘vanishing point’ in art to give perspective to our drawing of a winter scene – a tree lined avenue. It was beautiful to drive into Castlecomer during the last week of November and see the trees looking just as sparkly as our pictures.

Another theme for this month was ‘Egypt’, forming a central part of our history, geography and RE lessons. The children learned some fascinating facts about Ancient Egypt. They compared the similarities and differences between life in Ancient Egypt and Modern Egypt. In Art the children made Egyptian collars which look very ornate on the wall.

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At the start of the month Dogs Trust came in to visit the children. They learned all about the work they do. They learned specifically how to safely approach a dog without spooking it.

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As we are nearing the end of November minds are beginning to turn to Christmas.The children painted giant toy soldiers for display in Kilkenny’s new Yuletide festival. They will be displayed in the gardens in Butler House in Kilkenny City.

They also made some lovely decorations to hang around the classroom. Won’t they look lovely!

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

Happy Halloween from the Junior Classroom!

Date posted: 30th October 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, Hallow'een, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, SPHE, Sports, Visual Arts |

This October,  the Junior Classroom have been as busy as ever!

As it’s the last month of Autumn, the children printed their own Colourful Autumnal Trees using wooden corks to brighten up our classroom!

In Science, the children learned about the planets in our Solar System and displayed the pattern of the planets on black sugar paper. They also learned a “Mnemonic” (Memory Trick) to remember the pattern of the planets. “Many Vile Earthlings Munch Jam Sandwiches Under Newspaper Piles!

The children participated in Halloween Colouring Competitions for the Local Library and the Folens Book Company. Below are pictures of some of  their colourful entries!

In preparation for Christmas, the children had to design their own Christmas Card this month so that they will be ready in time for families to buy them in December. Didn’t they do a great job!!

The children also visited the local Fire Station to further support work covered in SPHE & SESE on Fire Safety. They particularly enjoyed playing the role of fire officer on the day!

During the month, the children continued to enjoy learning new skills in Rugby with Noel Devlin. They are really looking and playing the part!!

In Maths, the children played many board games together this month. First Class enjoyed playing Snakes and Ladders together and Junior & Senior Infants played Halloween Roll and Cover with their partner.

In preparation for Halloween, the children made their own egg carton spooky spiders in Art!

The children particularly enjoyed designing their own Number Monsters this month in Maths many of which are very spooky and scary!

In Drama, the children played many cooperative games such as “Ghost, Ghost, Witch” which follows the same principle as the game “Duck, Duck, Goose”

They also managed to write Halloween Cards to their Penpals in Finland 🙂

Finally, on Friday, 28th October, the children dressed up in costume for Halloween. Well done to all the children on creating such colourful and creative costumes!

Happy Halloween Everybody!

 

 

 

Date posted: 30th October 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, Hallow'een, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, SPHE, Sports, Visual Arts |

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.

HSA Farm Safety Website

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 |

Autumn arrives in the Senior Room

Date posted: 3rd October 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, History, Irish, Our Work on Display, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

September has been a productive month for 5th and 6th class. Take a look and see what we’ve been learning about.

In Gaeilge we designed our own unique hand print and wrote all about ourselves around it in Irish.

We also wrote acrostic poems in Irish using ‘An Fómhar’ as our theme.

In Geography we have been learning all about the mountains and rivers of Ireland.

Ancient China was a topic we learned lots about in History, especially the Han and Qin Dynasties. We wrote diary entries from a child’s point of view living during both of these dynasties.

In Art we created individually designed names with wax pastels and inspired by the changing seasons we made colourful Autumn trees using matchsticks and tissue paper.

We also painted bright and intricate Celtic Designs.

In SPHE we discussed how we are all different but also have many things in common. The result of this work was a colourful class jigsaw showing how we all fit together!

Date posted: 3rd October 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, History, Irish, Our Work on Display, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |