Class Work

We have lovely bright classrooms and we regularly display the children’s work for parents and visitors to look at. As you can see from the blog posts, we are a busy school, learning lots of new and exciting things every day.

Hello to the Senior Classroom!

Date posted: 24th March 2020 | Category Blog, Senior Classroom |

Hello to you all and I hope you are all keeping safe and well. I am keeping well and am following all the safety measures our government has asked us to do for our country. Not going to school every day feels very strange and I miss seeing you all at Wandesforde and meeting my friends and family. However, I know this is only short term so I know I will see you and all the teachers back in Wandesforde soon! 🙂

I understand families are extremely busy at the moment but it is important for us all to stay in touch with education whether it be reading, writing, playing board games, doing exercise or engaging in everyday household chores. As we are likely to be out of school for the next few weeks, I have put together some details of work you can do to keep yourself engaged and focused on your learning.

English:

Reading: Continue to read your own novels at home

Class Reader: Read the next chapter of your class reader.

-4th & 5th Class Pg 198-203 & answer the questions orally on pg 204 & 205.

-6th Class Pg 194-201 & answer the questions orally on Page 202 & 203

Written Work: Complete another 2 pages of Just Handwriting Pg 36&37.

Spelling: Complete Spellwell Pg 58 & 59

Oral Language: CJFallon have given pupils access to the teacher’s online resources. Go to cjfallon.ie and click on Quicklinks, then Rainbow OLP 3rd -6th. Click on the picture of your child’s reader and then choose Unit 8. The children can work their way through the video clips and oral language activities.

Maths: Complete the next 2 pages of Mental Maths Pg 66 & 67 and the next 2 pages of Tables Champion Pg 34 & 35

Gaeilge: Complete the next 3 pages of Fuaimeanna & Focail Pg 79-81

SESE: Project Work:

Over the next couple of weeks, you will be doing a project on a topic of interest to you. It is important to pick an area you would like to explore more. There are many ways you can present your project. It can be written or typed and it can be displayed in a ring binder, scrapbook, on a large poster/chart or as a Powerpoint presentation on a memory stick.

Once you have chosen your topic, there are many sections you will need to put into your project. Below are the parts you should consider putting into your project.

  • Cover Page: It should contain the title of your project as well as a picture relating to the title. Your cover page should be put on the cover of your scrapbook and ringbinder/folder.
  • Introduction: This tells the reader what your project is about and why you chose the topic as well as how/where you are hoping to get the information.
  • Contents Page: Gives details of the breakdown of the chapters in your project
  • Chapters: it’s best to pick 3/4 areas relating to your project and to cover these areas as thoroughly as you can under chapter headings.

Example: If you pick the Topic “The Famine” you might break it up into sections like so:

1. Causes of the Famine

2. People in Famine Times.

3. Famine & Emigration  

4. Ireland after the Famine

In your chapters, it is important to compliment your writing and text with pictures/maps/diagrams etc. relating to what you are talking about.

  • Conclusion: This is where you summarise how your project went for you. You might want to say what you enjoyed mostly about your project, what you learned during the project as well as what you found difficult.
  • Acknowledgement Page: This is where you acknowledge the people who helped you during your project.
  • Glossary: A list of terms and difficult words relating to your project in alphabetical order which explain their meanings.
  • Bibliography: This is where you record the names of books you used in your research. It is also where you record the names of any websites you used also.

Optional Ideas for your Project

At the end of your project you might like to put in some of the following ideas:

  • A quiz/games page (wordsearch, crossword, true/false statements) on the topic
  • Drawings/Maps and other artwork to compliment your topic.

The above is an outline of what projects should have. Try your best to include these headings. Don’t forget to pick a few areas in your topic. It won’t be possible to cover everything so pick 3/4 areas and concentrate on them.

Enjoy your time exploring your project area and remember to keep it clear for all to see and understand.

Educational Websites

As mentioned already in a text message sent to you, there are many websites which are offering free and educational resources for children. Take a look at them and encourage your children to try out a few!

All Subject Areas: www.twinkl.ie/offer and enter the code IRLTWINKLHELPS

Health &Fitness & Well Being: https://app.gonoodle.com/login https://www.cosmickids.com/category/watch/

English: https://bogglesworldesl.com/cloze_activities.htm

Maths: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ https://ie.ixl.com/ https://www.mathplayground.com/ https://www.folensonline.ie/ https://www.prodigygame.com/

SESE: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/ https://mysteryscience.com/

Typing Games: https://www.education.com/game/typing-fun-facts/

Reading Programme: https://readingeggspress.com/

Daily Stay at Home Quiz: https://www.seomraranga.com/2020/03/stay-at-home-quiz/ Answers need to be in by 3pm each day to be in with a chance to win €20 Book Voucher

Make sure to timetable schoolwork into your daily routine (Mon-Fri) as it will be of great benefit to you for when we all return to school. In the meantime, enjoy your time at home with your families and make sure to help out your parents in any way you can as you all know that “Many Hands Make Light Work!”

I hope you and your families continue to remain safe and well and I will see you all back at Wandesforde soon 🙂

Take Care,

Ms Wilson 🙂

Date posted: 24th March 2020 | Category Blog, Senior Classroom |

WORK TO DO AT HOME – INFANT CLASSES

Date posted: 24th March 2020 | Category Blog, Junior Classroom |

Hi everyone,

Firstly and most importantly I hope everyone is keeping safe and well. As it looks like we won’t be back before Easter I’ve put together some work for the pupils to complete. There are some worksheets to print but if you don’t have a printer at home no worries just use paper, copies etc

Junior Infants:

Phonics – complete sounds sh, th and revise the 6 sounds up to page 70 of the book. (I think I sent this book home if not practice writing the sounds and come up with some words that contain those sounds & read them) You can check out “Geraldine the Giraffe” on Youtube. We often watch this in class and the children will be familiar with her. Just search for her on Youtube Geraldine the Giraffe sh etc

We also learn the Jolly Phonics Jingles to go with each sound these are on Youtube as well.

Maths – practice writing numbers 1, 2, 3,4 ,5 (worksheets available on www.twinkl.ie if you are unable to print worksheets just practice on ordinary paper) Recently we were learning ordinal numbers so the children could practice lining up toys and telling you which is 1st and last. They could also practice drawing different amounts of things you ask them to. Also children could go to the garden and collect you different amounts of things e.g. find me 5 twigs, find me 3 daisies etc

Senior Infants:

Phonics – complete the next 3 sounds in Phonics book ue, er, ar pgs. 68-73 Like Junior Infants you can check out “Geraldine the Giraffe” on Youtube. Just search for her on Youtube Geraldine the Giraffe er etc

Practice reading words that contain these letter sounds and you could call out some simple words for the pupils to write out. These can contain all the letter sounds they’ve done to date e.g. mat, sun, ring, pair, coin, shout etc pgs 62-63  have examples of words.

Maths – practice writing numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 (worksheets available on www.twinkl.ie if you are unable to print worksheets just practice on ordinary paper) Recently we were learning addition, totals up to 9 so they could do some sums and use toys etc to help (we use counters in class so the children will probably need some concrete materials to help them with this) you can make these up. Also like Junior Infants go out and find different amounts of things in the garden or ask the children to find 2D shapes in the environment e.g. what shape are doors, road signs etc. they could also find the longest stick and shortest, or find tall and short flowers.

Both classes:

***to practice sounds children can play simple games, write sounds on cards, turn them upside down and say them when they turn them over. If they don’t know them they put them back, if they do they keep the card. Senior Infants could do this with their ‘Tricky Words’ cards too. If you have play doh make the letter sounds/words from it. Read story books and spot the sounds and words in them.

SESE – we broadly follow the book ‘Explore with Me’

Edco who publish this have free access to all their e-books at the moment. Log onto www.edcolearning.ie/login

Use the username primaryedcobooks  password edco2020

Go to Explore with Me Junior Infants and bring up book. They can look at pages 40, 41, 42 Click on the animation at the top of the page watch and discuss.

Go out for a nature walk and see what signs of Spring children can spot. Spring flowers, ploughed fields, nests being built, buds on trees, blossom on trees, baby animals in fields etc. There is a ‘Spring Hunt’ sheet on www.twinkl.ie if you’d like to use it.

Children could also draw a picture of Spring for me, I’d love to see them when we do get back to school. 🙂

Art – draw Easter egg templates. Children can make their own designs for them using Spring images or patterns with lines and shapes. They can colour or paint them in – parents choice there!!

Education publishers are all offering free access to online books, details below if you’d like to look up some examples of books for ideas. No pressure to do this just resources you may find useful.

PRIMARY STUDENTS/PARENTS/TEACHERS 

Visit: Educateplus.ie/homestudy-primary Select your book from the list to access your ebook and resources. (We use Just Phonics from this publisher)

www.cjfallen.ie   has access to books you can filter through and find titles relevant to your child

To lend a helping hand to schools and parents over the coming weeks we are giving access to all our digital resources on FolensOnline.ie.  

Parents and teachers can follow the steps below to get access:

  1. Go to FolensOnline.ie and click register
  2. Select Teacher
  3. Fill in a username, email and password
  4. For Roll Number use the code:  Prim20

Edco that there was access to for SESE above also publish Operation Maths & Bua na Cainte which we use in our class.

Hopefully we will be back in school soon, I’m looking forward to seeing you all again and hearing how you all are. Mums and dads this is a guideline to try and keep some routine and structure there for the children, if they could do something everyday to keep in touch with school work that’d be great.

In the meantime take care, hopefully this will be over soon and we’ll be back in Wandesforde in the near future.

If you have any questions leave them in the comments section below and I’ll reply.

Susan  

Date posted: 24th March 2020 | Category Blog, Junior Classroom |

World Book Day at Wandesforde!

Date posted: 6th March 2020 | Category Blog, Book Week |

On Thursday March 5th we celebrated World Book Day. All the children dressed up as their favourite character from a book. We also welcomed author Richie Conroy to the school, he spoke to the classes about the work he does and presented the best costume awards to a boy and girl from each room. They received a voucher to spend at the Book Fair as a prize. Well done to all for the very inventive and creative costumes made for the day!!

Date posted: 6th March 2020 | Category Blog, Book Week |

January & February in the Senior Classroom!

Date posted: 1st March 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, History, Irish, Local Visits, Mathematics, Music, Our Work on Display, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

The past 2 months have been very busy in the Senior Classroom! To celebrate the New Year, the children made their own 2020 Resolution Mobiles.

In English, they also wrote an Acrostic Poem on words to do with the New Year!

The children studied many areas in the SESE subjects. They explored the topic of the Vikings and practised their letter writing skills when they wrote letters back to their families in Scandinavia!

They also designed their own Viking Rune Stones!

The children continue to engage in song-singing lessons with Clare in Music Generation.

In English, the children studied the poem “The Spider and the Fly” by Mary Howitt and wrote their own summary of the poem.

8 members of our class participated in the Credit Union Quiz. Congratulations to the Under 13 team above, who came 3rd in their age category!

Our Under 11 Team above came 2nd in the competition and received a plaque as well as monetary vouchers for all their hard work! Big congratulations to you all!

The children have been learning about Proverbs in English. They designed their own pictures to illustrate some much-used proverbs!

Didn’t they do a fantastic job!

In SPHE, the children explored the topic of Healthy Eating and created their own Food Pyramids with foods they enjoy eating 🙂

We welcomed 3 baby chicks at Wandesforde with the Nore Valley Incubation Project!

All classrooms had to name a chick. Their names are Rosie, Bubbles and Chirpy!

In Gaeilge, the children have been working tirelessly on the Aimsir Fháistineach and in support of this, they wrote their own sentences on various verbs they have been learning.

The class enjoyed participating in the History workshop conducted by Heritage Expert, Michael Moylan, on the 1916 Rising, The Irish Civil War and World War 1. Below are some photographs to give you a taste of their history workshop!

In Art, the children constructed their own type of home using cereal boxes and other recyclable materials.

The whole school enjoyed the Pancake Party on Tuesday, 25th February. Thank you to Mrs Dooley, who once again prepared all the pancakes and to 6th Class for waiting the tables!

In Maths, the children have been learning lots of interesting details about lines and angles. In support of all this work, the children made their own lines and angles using lollipop sticks!

In Art, the children created their own pictures for the Texaco Art Competition. Below are photos of some of their entries!

Finally, we celebrated Valentine’s Day on the 14th February. The children designed their own Valentine’s Day Cards and created their own “Warm Hearts” too 🙂

Well done to all the children for all their hard work during the first 2 months of 2020!

Date posted: 1st March 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, History, Irish, Local Visits, Mathematics, Music, Our Work on Display, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Bring on the Book Fair!

Date posted: 1st March 2020 | Category Blog, Book Week |

Our Book Fair opens on Thursday, 5th March. The Book Fair will open each morning from 9-10 & each afternoon from 2-3 up until Tuesday, 10th March. The school will once again receive 60% book commission of all money raised! We look forward to your continued support of our annual fair 🙂

On Thursday, 5th March, we are asking all children to dress up as their favourite character from a story, fairytale or nursery rhyme. Irish author, Richie Conroy will also be visiting us on this day to engage the children in various storytelling and storywriting workshops 🙂

Date posted: 1st March 2020 | Category Blog, Book Week |