• Middle Classroom

Middle Classroom

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd class pupils are taught by Mrs. Peavoy. We love to do art and craft, play sports and sing songs. Our favourite activity is baking! Here we are baking oatmeal raisin cookies. Everyone loves to help out mixing, weighing and of course eating them!

We’re back and ready for 2017!

Date posted: 20th February 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, History, Middle Classroom, Visual Arts |

A warm welcome back to everyone from 2nd, 3rd and 4th Class!  We have had a busy January and February so far!  To start off the new year, we wrote about what we did over the Christmas holidays and discussed our new year’s resolutions…

In English, the 4th class boys were reading a recipe about “Peppermint Creams”.  We had a go at making these very simple, but delicious,  sweets!  Everyone tried one and agreed that they were very tasty!

In History, we learned all about St. Brendan the Navigator.  We enjoyed writing a diary extract of a day in the life of a navigator like St. Brendan!

We also studied “Games and Pastimes” in History.  Did you know that children still play games that our Great-Grandparents played many years ago?  The children were then given a challenge: to create a simple game of their own, using recyclable things.  They had to present their game to the other children in the class and give them the opportunity to play that game.  They did a great job!

In Visual Arts, we looked at the life of Claude Monet, his work and the techniques he used when he painted his many famous paintings!  We then created our very own Monet inspired paintings!

We also created pictures called “Many Hands Make Light Work” using our hands and various designs and paper!

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we made candle holders and cards for our loved ones!

We also learned how to weave circularly on a paper plate!

We also wrote about what Love means to us all and some children wrote acrostic poems!

Well done boys and girls on all your hard work over the past few weeks!

Date posted: 20th February 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, History, Middle Classroom, Visual Arts |

Green Schools Activities

Date posted: 10th February 2017 | Category Blog, Green Flag, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, Senior Classroom |


The Green Schools Committee have been busy over the last few weeks. Our theme for our 5th flag is Biodiversity. As part of our work on this theme we counted the birds on our school grounds to see which are most common.

We also created a Habitat Map of our school grounds which shows all the landmarks on our grounds as well as things of interest such as birds’ nests and litter hot spots.

 

Please take a look at our Green Schools Noticeboard the next time you’re in!

Date posted: 10th February 2017 | Category Blog, Green Flag, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, Senior Classroom |

The Middle Room bring the house down and build a crib!

Date posted: 21st December 2016 | Category Blog, Christmas, Drama, English, Funky Kids, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Visual Arts |

The highlight of December activities had to be the Christmas show where the Middle Room performed a mix of modern and classic musical numbers, including some from Frozen and Oliver. All the children’s practice and hard work paid off  as the children brought the house down for both shows. Well done all!

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Art during December was all about making a Christmas Crib diorama. The children covered a shoe box, created a background scene and created clay figurines for their crib. It was like Santa’s workshop every week during art!

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The budding writers in the Middle Room penned some Christmas stories and poetry. The children spent a lot of November planning, editing and writing stories about a mysterious person on a roof. We eventually ‘published’ the stories in a book entitled ‘The Man on the Roof and other stories’. The book is available in the classroom for everyone to read.

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The children in 3rd and 4th also wrote some diamante poems about The Grinch and Santa also. A diamante poem is a concise poetry form that extracts the essence of two opposing things and uses the children’s knowledge of nouns, verbs and adjectives.

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For example

Grinch

Selfish, nosy

Stealing, bullying, tripping

Lair, dogs, elves, reindeer

Laughing, giving, sharing

Jolly, fat

Santa

Second class wrote an acrostic poem about Santa.

The children also enjoyed their trip to cinema to see Moanna (the teacher’s also enjoyed the trip). The children gave the film their 5 star seal of approval.

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And finally, just to wish everyone a very happy and peaceful Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh go léir.

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Date posted: 21st December 2016 | Category Blog, Christmas, Drama, English, Funky Kids, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Visual Arts |

Printing fun in Wandesforde!

Date posted: 7th December 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, Green Flag, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

We enjoyed a visit from heritage expert Órla Bates on Wednesday. Órla spoke to the classes about different areas of biodiversity (our next Green Flag theme) and did printing workshops based on birds, mammals and fish with the pupils.

Everyone enjoyed learning about different species while creating some beautiful artwork at the same time!

Date posted: 7th December 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, Green Flag, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Science, Senior Classroom, 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 |