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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.

Autumn in the Middle Room!

Date posted: 13th October 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Local Visits, Mathematics, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, SPHE, Subjects, Visual Arts |

A warm welcome back from the pupils in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class.  It has been a very busy few weeks and the children have settled in very well for the first part of the term and have been working hard in all subject areas!  In English, the children wrote about their Summer holidays and they certainly did lots of exciting things!

In Religious Education, we have been discussing “Harvest Time” and we drew pictures to thank God for all the wonderful things we have on this earth at this plentiful time of year.

In SPHE we have been following the “Zippy’s Friends” programme which encourages children to deal with challenges in their lives.  Zippy is a stick insect and we read stories about him and the children he lives with.  We then discuss what to do in various situations.

In Visual Arts, we made jigsaws with each piece depicting a part of our lives, such as our family, friends, school and hobbies!

We also drew self-portraits of ourselves!

In Science and Geography, we have been learning all about hibernation, migration and interesting facts about animals. 

To support this work, we went on a nature walk to the Discovery Park, where the children had to identify various leaves, berries and nuts!  We had a great time!

And finally, in Maths, we were learning about 2D shapes.  To consolidate this work, we made “Over-lapping Shape Pictures” in Art.  Well done on great work this Autumn boys and girls!

Date posted: 13th October 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Local Visits, Mathematics, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, SPHE, Subjects, Visual Arts |

We have Started School!!

Date posted: 8th October 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, History, Junior Classroom, Music, Our Work on Display, SPHE, Subjects, Visual Arts |

This September, we welcomed 10 Junior Infants into the Junior Classroom. They have all settled very well into “big” school!

Senior Infants have also settled in well to their new class!

During the month, the children have enjoyed getting to know each other and also  learning new things!

In Art, the children made their own hand print paper plate using paint!

September wouldn’t be the same without cheering on Kilkenny in the All Ireland Hurling Final!

The children made their own “Cat Masks” and they had great fun waving them outside the school gates at the passing traffic!

They also enjoyed working with clay in Art. Didn’t they do a great job making their own initial letters with the clay!

In English the children have been learning and revising many letters. They painted turtles using only corks and cotton buds while learning the letter “t”

As well as this they made their own Slithery Snakes using metallic colouring pencils.

The children have enjoyed getting to know each other through talk & discussion as well as drama games this month. In support of all this work in SPHE, the children coloured in their favourite superhero picture and became that superhero in our classroom display!!

Can you figure out who’s who??

In support of Literacy in our school, we visited Castlecomer Library and enjoyed a storytelling session with Ann Marie there!

The children also got to pick some books from the library to bring back to our classroom for storytime!

Finally in Music, the children have enjoyed performing lots of new songs together and have helped to create our very own “Classroom Singing Chair” which the children can sit on when singing, performing or conducting the music lesson!!

A Big Thank You to Mrs. Doyle for all her input in designing our Singing Chair!

Well done to all the children on a great month’s work 🙂

Date posted: 8th October 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, History, Junior Classroom, Music, Our Work on Display, SPHE, Subjects, Visual Arts |

September Fun in the Senior Room

Date posted: 1st October 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, History, Irish, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

We have all settled back into school and completed lots of work in different subjects this month. The pupils wrote great accounts of their summer holidays and reading them it certainly seems everyone enjoyed a lovely break in July and August!

In art we studied the artist Vincent Van Gogh and painted our own versions of his picture ‘Starry Night’

In history we have been learning all about Greek Legends. The boys and girls read different legends such as Theseus and the Minotaur, Pandora’s Box, Icarus and Orpheus and Eurydice. They wrote accounts of these legends which you can see here.

We also drew and  painted our favourite Greek Gods.

In Gaeilge we have been learning lots about the topic of ‘Mé Féin’ and 5th and 6th class wrote all about themselves in Irish, showing all they have learned.

SPHE this month included learning all about fire safety and in pairs we created these fire safety posters showing the dangers associated with fire and safety precautions.

In English 4th class read the poem ‘Autumn Time’ and created storyboards to show what happened in each verse.

The pupils also wrote acrostic poems using words associated with autumn.

Date posted: 1st October 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, History, Irish, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Summertime Fun in the Junior Classroom!

Date posted: 9th July 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Music, Religious Education, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Both May and June have been very busy months for Junior and Senior Infants. We started off the theme of summer by making our own Beautiful Butterflies using metallic and pearlescent paints!!

           In English, the children enjoyed listening and responding to a selection of fairytales. Didn’t they do a great job drawing their favourite fairytale?

We have been busy learning “Time” in Maths and in response to all our hard work on the topic, we made our own “Clock Creatures!”

In SESE, we conducted a traffic survey outside our school. We discovered that cars are the most frequent form of transport through our town and silver is the most popular colour too! The children worked in pairs to mark off their form of transport every time it passed!

In Art, the children made their own “Twirling Ladybirds” which we hung up to show off their swirls and twirls!!

The children enjoyed learning lots of new songs in Music too! They even made their own paper plate maracas filled with pasta, rice and lots of other materials to create different sounds to play along to the beat and rhythm of many songs!

In History the children talked about their families and their homes. In light of this,  they drew their own family inside a lollipop stick home!

We also drew pictures in response to our school tour at Dunmore East Adventure Centre. You can see from our pictures below that there was archery, caving and kayaking involved!!

Finally, just before our holidays, we made Father’s Day ties in Religion to acknowledge people in our lives who are father figures to us. The children modelled these ties which we hoped would be worn for a short while on Father’s Day!

A final big thank you this school year to all the children in the Infant Classroom who have worked so hard all year. You have been a pleasure to teach and I hope you all have a well deserved Summer Break! See you all back at school in August!

Date posted: 9th July 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Music, Religious Education, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Wandesforde is a Health Promoting School!

Date posted: 27th May 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, Special Occasions, SPHE |

On Friday, 22nd May, we held our very first Health Promoting School Breakfast in Wandesforde National School!  This initiative promotes the health and well-being of pupils and staff in the shool.  The Health Promoting School committee consists of 9 pupils from Junior Infants to 6th Class, 1 teacher and 2 parents.  One of our ideas at our first meeting was to hold a breakfast morning in school.  This plan came to fruition last Friday when we all sat down to a very healthy breakfast of granola, fruit kebabs, sugar-free pancakes, porridge, smoothies and orange juice.  The children came to school hungry but were soon satisified with this fabulous range of healthy foods.  Thank you to all the children,  teachers, staff and to the parents Olga and Jackie for their help on the morning.  We hope to do this once a term in the future!  Have a look at some photos from the morning!

Date posted: 27th May 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, Special Occasions, SPHE |