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Junior Classroom

The Junior and Senior Infants are taught by Ms. Power. As you can see from the walls, they love to do art and make lots of exciting things! They enjoy learning about lots of different topics through play using the Aistear Framework.

Jingle all the Way in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 24th December 2021 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

The children in the Junior Room were learning lots of new things during November and December. We were busy in play learning about houses and homes and Santa’s Workshop.

Building an Apartment Block in Construction
Building houses in Small World
Creating Santa’s Workshop in Sand
Making items in Junk Art
More items in Junk Art
Completing puzzles and writing activities on Santa’s Workshop
Building a sleigh for Santa!
Building Santa’s Workshop in Small World
Wrapping gifts and packing them for Santa in the Role Play area

In SESE we were excited to welcome Heritage Expert Frankie to our school. We had great fun examining old artifacts and learning about life long ago.

We also explored the topic of homes and sequenced the story of The Three Little Pigs.

We discussed our journey to school and recorded three places we each pass on our journeys to school each day.

As we are now in the season of Winter we learned lots of things which happen at this time of year, learning how the trees are bare, days are shorter and the weather colder. We wrote sentences and drew pictures of this time of year.

We also learned about what happens water in Winter, freezing to ice when cold. We carried out an experiment to see where ice melted fastest in our classroom.

Finally in SESE we learned all about penguins including the names of different kinds of penguins, where they live and what they eat.

In RE we learned about the season of Advent, we created our own Advent Wreath lighting a new candle each week in the countdown to Christmas. We also learned all about the story of the birth of Jesus.

Finally in Art we made houses using fabrics as well as lots of colourful art for Christmas including Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Christmas Baubles and Winter Robins.

Creating houses using fabric

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Date posted: 24th December 2021 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

Autumn in the Junior Room

Date posted: 27th October 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, History, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

We have been busy in September and October in the Junior Classroom. Check out the photos below to see what we’ve been up to!

At the beginning of September we were working on skills such as cutting and using different materials to practice making lines, shapes and letter writing.

We had fun learning different Nursery Rhymes such as Baa, Baa Black Sheep and Humpty Dumpty. We practiced cutting skills and made art based on these rhymes.

In SESE we were busy learning all about ourselves, how we change as we grow up and Autumn, learning about hedgehogs, squirrels and the changes which happen in this season.

Also as part of SESE we read the book ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and made maps of the journey they went on in the story.

We also had fun going on an Autumn Nature Walk to the Discovery Park. We spotted leaves changing colours to orange, yellow, red and brown, conkers, red berries and helicopter seeds from Sycamore trees.

We brought our clipboards and pencils with us and ticked off the signs of Autumn we spotted on our walk.

On the way back we had time to stop off at the playground!

When we got back we created a Nature Table of Autumn items.

Senior Infants were learning all about length in Maths and made chains which were long, longer and the blue was longest. They also played games to revise their numbers from last year.

We began learning through play and the Aistear Curriculum in October and our first topic we learned about was ‘The Vet.’ We read stories like ‘Bet the Vet’ and created different things to do with vets in areas such as junk art, play doh, small world and construction.

Finally in Art we made squirrels using crepe paper to create bushy tails, we also painted colourful Autumn trees using cotton buds to paint the leaves on as dots and finally painted spooky pumpkins for Halloween!

Finally on the last day of term we had a great day dressing up for Halloween 🙂

Date posted: 27th October 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, History, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

A Fun Run and a Marathon!!!

Date posted: 25th October 2021 | Category Blog, Fundraising Activities, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Physical Education, Senior Classroom |

We have been very active in Wandesforde National School this week! As part of our fundraising efforts over the past few weeks, we have been training hard to comfortably run 2 km. On Thursday, 21st October, our efforts and training paid off and the whole school walked to Castlecomer Community School to use the running track and complete our 2 km challenge. The children did a wonderful job and achieved their goal on the sunny, chilly morning. Here are some photos from the day!

The Infants were the first to complete a lap of the 440 metre track and they absolutely flew it!! The rest of the school cheered them on and then the favour was returned!

The Middle room and Senior room were up next to complete their 5 laps! Staff joined in too!

We were delighted to have a surprise visit from Joyce Byrne who came to cheer us on too! The children wished her the best as she was preparing for her Marathon run on Sunday!

On Sunday, 24th October, the sun was shining once again as lots of people gathered early in the morning to cheer Joyce off on her 42.2 km run in aid of St. Luke’s Intensive Care Unit and Wandesforde NS.

Joyce set off at 9.30 am and had plenty of support and cheers along the way as she managed to pass many of the children’s houses along the route!

There was a great crowd to welcome Joyce home after completing her run!

Joyce, well done and thank you for doing this and raising so much money for the ICU and our school. We will have a total soon! We are so proud of you!

Thank you to all the children, parents, staff, members of the community and everyone else who has sponsored our 2 km challenge and Joyce’s Marathon. The school appreciates your support so much!

Date posted: 25th October 2021 | Category Blog, Fundraising Activities, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Physical Education, Senior Classroom |

Summer fun in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 2nd July 2021 | Category Blog, Geography, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

June has been another busy month in the Junior Room. We continued to learn about water and the seaside. We learned about sharks which live in the sea and what we find in the seashore around our coasts.

We carried out experiments to find out what floats and sinks and recorded our results.

We discovered all about the lifecycle of a ladybird, we created ladybirds in art and put the stages of their lifecycle in the correct order.

Finally we learned all about the season of Summer and drew Summer pictures including bees and butterflies, people wearing Summer clothes, flowers in bloom, having barbecues, eating ice-cream and going to the beach.

Well done to all the Junior Infants, Senior Infants and 1st Class pupils on all their great work in the Junior Classroom in June and throughout the year! Enjoy your Summer holidays 🙂

Date posted: 2nd July 2021 | Category Blog, Geography, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

Farewell to a Wonderful 6th Class and Sports’ Day 2021!

Date posted: 21st June 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, Sport, Sports |

Last Thursday, we had fantastic weather for our annual Sports’ Day in Wandesforde National School! The day started off with simple races such as sprints and hurdles!

The egg and spoon race was a lot of fun!

We then had a few challenging and fun races that resulted in a lot of giggles and falls!!!!

We had some chips and ice-cream to eat on the day!

We had a graduating ceremony for our 6th class pupils. Each child was presented with a card with special messages and a Bible presented by Rev. Edna Wakely.

We had some delicious chocolate cake!

Each child in the school received a gold medal for their efforts on Sports’ Day!

Awards were also presented to 6 pupils, 3 boys and 3 girls, for their sporting abilities, positive attitude and teamwork!

Congratulations to these two 6th class pupils who are our “Overall Best Achievers” for outstanding work and effort throughout the year!

We wish all our 6th class pupils the very best as they leave Wandesforde National School after 8 years! You will all be greatly missed! Wishing you all the best as you begin a new chapter in your lives in the various secondary schools that you will be starting in very soon!

Have a wonderful Summer everybody!!

Date posted: 21st June 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, Sport, Sports |