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.

Sports Day 2020!

Date posted: 12th June 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, Sport |

It’s that time of the summer term again……Sports Day is here! Obviously we can’t have our normal one this year but we would like to encourage everyone to get out and complete some fun, physical activities and do your own Sports Day at home.

Remember to include parents and any older or younger brothers and sisters who are at home with you! If you take some photos and send them to the school email I’ll upload them to a blog and you can see what your friends and classmates got up to! (Please try and send them in by Monday 22nd June & I’ll do a post that week)

Here are some ideas you might like to try and feel free to come up with your own ones too……………..

Traditional races we do each year like sprints, hurdles, sack race, (Ms Joyce has been practicing this one!) three legged race & egg and spoon race (hard boil the eggs first to avoid a total mess!! or use potatoes instead)

Some alternative ideas could include balloon tennis, make a racket using paper plate you decorate and attach to a twig from the garden, ruler or anything else you can think of to make a handle.

Make an obstacle course/target practice using chalk outside.

Make skittles from items going in the recycling bin. Yoghurt cartons, cans and bottles are all good!

Have a tug of war, parents vs. kids, boys vs. girls etc

Water races are fun on warm days, set up 2 buckets, jugs or any containers with the same amount of water in each. 10-20 meters away set up 2 more containers. There are 2 teams, give each team a set time 1 min., 2 mins. etc to see which team can get the most water from the 1st container into the 2nd using a sponge.

Time Challenges: How long can you balance on one leg for? How many burpees can you do in one minute? How many keepie upies can you do? (Ms Byrne has been practicing this one with a hurl and toilet paper!) How many jumping jacks can you do in 30 seconds? How many bunny hops can you do in 30 seconds? How many times can you pass a ball around your knees/ankles in figure of 8 in a minute?

Activity Challenge.

Get a bucket, basket or tub to catch a ball. Then get a ball, tennis or football (or toilet rolls if you don’t have a ball).

Mark out where you are going to throw from, 1 metre away from the bucket, 1.5 metres, and so on.

Start at the marker closest to the bucket/basket.You have three lives.  So when you miss three your turn is over and someone else gets a try.  See how many markers you can pass in your lives.  When you return for your next turn you start from the last one you were on.  Have some fun!

The teachers are going to complete some of these challenges too, we’ll post our pictures when you send us yours………let’s see who does best, teachers or kids!!!!

These are just a few ideas I’m sure you will have lots more! Enjoy some fun in the sun and don’t forget it’s a Wandesforde tradition to have ice cream after all the sporting activities!

Date posted: 12th June 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, Sport |

Hi again to Junior and Senior Infants!

Date posted: 6th May 2020 | Category Blog, Junior Classroom |

Hello again girls and boys. I hope you are all keeping well and safe at home. I am well and when the sun is shining I go out walking and cycling, it’s nice to get some fresh air and exercise. I hope you are getting out too and enjoying the sunshine!. Unfortunately we won’t get back before the summer holidays but I am looking forward to seeing you all again, the next time I see you, you will be Senior Infants and First Class!! Thank you to those who have sent me emails, I really enjoyed hearing how you are doing and seeing all the work you have done 🙂


I hope you are all well, I’ve put together some work for the next fortnight for the children to complete. As before there’s no pressure to do it all but phonics and reading are the priority for the children to work on if possible. Also as before you can send pictures of any work or learning (from books and outdoor activities) to and I’ll get back to you. Thank you to those who have been in touch, it’s been lovely to see how the children are doing. In the meantime take care and stay safe.



Junior infants –

Learn 3 new sounds ue, er & ar. Work on each sound for 2-3 days before moving onto the next one. The children can do pages 74, 75, 76, 77 in their Just Phonics Books and practice writing the letters. They can also look up Geraldine the Giraffe on Yotube and Jolly Phonics jingles as last month and practice writing simple words using the sounds we have learned to date. Please if at all possible keep going over sounds learned and practice blending them together, there are examples of words at the bottom of the pages but feel free to make up more examples.

They can also play some games like ‘I Spy’ using sounds instead of letters or colours, write sounds on cards, turn them upside down and say the sound when you turn it over, call out different sounds for your child to write, practice writing sounds in sand, salt, play doh etc

Jolly Phonics Programme resources available at

Handwriting – continue Handwriting book, they can complete the next 5 pages.

Senior Infants –

Children can continue pgs. 78-79 learning ‘ay’ sound. This work can be done over a few days and they can then practice writing words with that sound as you say it. This is a good oppertunity to show rhyming words which end in ‘ay’

They can continue learning ‘Tricky Words.’ They can learn 4 more over the next few weeks. Again learn the letters which make up the word and then write 2 sentences with that word in it. As like last month I’m going to print out some and post them on to you. The words to learn are: one, old, by, only.

Like  last month they can play some games based on new tricky words and keep revising ones already learned. There are some great ideas for learning and revising tricky words on the following website.

There are many readers online which you could practice reading with. I’ve got some examples below.


Username: primaryedcobooks

Password: edco2020

Log in to website using the details above. Select English, then scroll down and select the following readers:
Danny to the Rescue
A Snowy Idea
Oh no Zeb
What a Box!
Wow! 2012

CJ Fallon

Select class level, subject& filter the title you require.
Suggested readers for Infants: A New Baby
Stories For You
Look at This!
Jen Plays Tricks
Len Likes to Hide

Handwriting – continue Handwriting book, they can complete the next 5 pages.

GAEILGE – As before if you wish to you can look up

Look up the book Abair Liom A – this is the Junior Infants  book.

Click onto different topics and listen or play games.  Pastimes –  Caitheamh Aimsire (co-hiv I-M-shir) which we did after Christmas. If you wish you could also access Food– Bia (bee-a) which was  our topic before that.


Junior Infants can continue to revise combining totals like last the last fortnight. They can also learn about capacity. Look at the picture below and discuss which are full and which are empty. You could get them to do some practical work around this topic like finding items which are full (can of food, toy box, milk carton, shower gel etc) and empty (box, used food containers etc) They could show you an empty container and then fill it for you.

They can also learn the number 0. There’s a video link on pg.83 of  Operation Maths Junior Infants on

They can count down to zero like in the video and practice writing it. We use the rhyme “Make a loop just like so, that is how you make a zero.”

They can also then practice combining totals including zero like the example below. Again 5-6 of these any day is plenty.

Senior Infants can practice ordering numbers. Below is a sample from the page 91 of their textbook. If possible you could make up some examples of your own for the children to complete.

The children could also practice writing the numbers between 1 and 10. Finally they could practice combining 3 numbers and calculating the total like below.


Log onto and open Explore With Me Junior Infants

On page 52 there is a story to listen to called Frank the Fisherman. Discuss the story and compare how fishing was when Frank was small and how fisherman work now. Can the children name some fish they catch?

They can also listen to the story The Fish Who Could Wish. After they can draw a fish and label the eye, scales, tail and fin on their fish.

You could also look at the experiment on page 54 of the textbook (link at top of page). Explain there is a lot of fat mixed in with the liquid in cream and as the jar with the cream is shaken the fat sticks together to make butter. The children could experiment and make their own butter in this way. Ask them what it looks like, smells like and tastes like (if they wish to try it!) Afterwards they could draw the items they needed to make butter and label them.


Drawing: Get children to write their name in big, colourful letters and decorate around it with pictures of their favourite things such as food, animals, hobby, place to go, people, tv show, weather, game to play etc.


Below is an idea for lots of different actions for different letters. The Children could spell out their name or Senior Infants could practice some tricky words with it.

There are lots of other great activities for all the family on the website.

There are some ideas for indoor activities on these cards.


As last month Joe Wicks workout is very good and just getting out for walks and cycles is also of great benefit for everyone. It was lovely to see pictures from some of you out and about in your gardens, on nature walks and helping on farms! Keep up the good work 😉


Continue to follow the videos Claire sent on from last month and there are some more uploaded in the last few weeks. I’ve put the link in below again.


There is a 4 day plan below but feel free to pick and choose activities as with other subjects there is no pressure to complete it all.

On Our Way

Water is Good

Scanned pages of lesson attached including pupil’s book and worksheet.


Day 1: Conversation about garden (story and discussion on pages). Pupils could draw or take photo of their garden.

Day2: Scanned page of pupil’s book attached and discussion questions in lesson.

Day 3: Bible story is available at

Day 4: This could be done at home – find all the things you need water for and draw or write a list.

Date posted: 6th May 2020 | Category Blog, Junior Classroom |

A Big Hello to 4th, 5th & 6th!!

Date posted: 4th May 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, Senior Classroom |

Hi again 4th, 5th & 6th Class and all the busy Mums and Dads! I hope you are all keeping safe and well. I am keeping well and so are all my family thankfully. As you may be aware by now, we will unfortunately be unable to return to Wandesforde until September. This is very sad news indeed, especially for our 6th Class pupils. The Summer Term is always a busy yet fun term with Swimming, School Tours, Sports Day as well as many other school activities but sadly this can not happen this year. I had hoped, as had all the teachers, that we would be back for a couple of weeks in June but this is not the case. We now have to continue to follow the government’s guidelines to ensure that we contain and control this terrible virus.

I am sure you are all enjoying this great weather which has been so good to us during this unusual time. Are you baking, gardening, farming, doing arts and crafts in your homes? Please if you get a chance, can you forward any photos of your time away from school to and write Ms. Wilson in the subject line. By doing this, it means that I can keep you all, as senior pupils, connected with each other in some way 🙂

I hope you enjoyed the video clip the teachers and staff put together for you. It was great fun doing it and for me, it was really nice to see all the other teachers and to see them safe and well 🙂

Now to the work I need you to do over the next 2 weeks (5th-15th May) so that you continue to be engaged in your learning at home.


Reading: Continue to read your own novels at home. Please keep an account of the books you have read during your time at home. You can record it on a sheet of paper or in a copybook if you have one at home.

Class Reader: Read the next 2 chapters of your class reader.

4th & 5th Class: Read Lift Off: “A Drive in the Motor Car” Pg 220- 225 & answer the questions & activities orally on pg 226 & 227. Read “Cars” Pg 228-231 & answer the questions & activities orally on Pg 232 & 233. Read the Poem “Motor-Cars” on Pg 234

6th Class: Read Flying High: Poem: Mid Term Break Pg 218, “Driving Through Africa” Pg 219-223 & answer the questions orally on Pg 224 & 225. Read “Big Cats” Pg 226-229 & answer the questions orally on Pg 230 & 231

Written Work: Complete 4 pages of Just Handwriting Pg 41-44

Spelling: Complete Spellwell Pg 64-67

Oral Language: CJFallon have given pupils access to the teacher’s online resources. Go to and click on Quicklinks, then Rainbow OLP 3rd -6th. Click on the picture of your child’s reader and then choose Unit 10. The children can work their way through the video clips and oral language activities.

Maths: Complete the next 6 pages of Mental Maths Pg 74-79 and the next 2 pages of Tables Champion Pg 39 & 40

Gaeilge: Complete the next 3 pages of Fuaimeanna & Focail Pg 88-90

Music Generation Workshops: Continue to work on the areas Clare has prepared for our class.


If you would like access to this month’s Primary Planet, please click the link below. You can also read back over the magazines since January! There are also 2 other magazines, Newsflash & EIPIC, on this website for free.

Worksheet Activity Pack: Below is a downloadable activity pack with lots of great worksheets! I recommend you print it off and do it together with your siblings and family

Time Capsule Activity Pack: Really nice activity sheets relating to how we are spending our time during Covid-19

Educational Websites


Here are some more educational websites. Take a look at them and encourage your children to try out a few! Be sure they click their class or age grouping.

RTE School Hub:

This is the schedule for the RTE Hub for all classes this week!

Gaeilge: There are games and e-books to read as Gaeilge.


Reading: The Oxford Owl website has great resources to both read and listen to This is a free, online collection of easy-to-read and beautifully illustrated stories, comics and poems for kids. You can select stories by theme & age.

Creative Writing:   The site below provides opportunities for students to write and illustrate their own books

You can continue to complete a selection of the daily topics for May from the link below. Use a copybook to record what you do 😉


Maths with Carol Vorderman:

Great interactive website:

SESE: Learn about Science, Geography and History.

National Geographic Kids

Nasa Kids’ Club Child-friendly resource where kids can learn about science and space. Search from millions of existing games on any topic such as brain teasers, trivia of all sorts, news quizzes and science.

Arts: Learn to program interactive games, stories and animations


SPHE: Health & Well Being

Remember to keep active too! Try the following websites and work your way through the different levels 🙂

For PE, use the Joe Wick’s ‘PE with Joe.’ Joe’s workout can be done in the tiniest of places. There are 15 episodes you can work through for the 10 at 10 Lots of various physical exercises to keep us all active during our time at home 🙂

All Subjects Website for resources in all subject areas at all levels. The World Book area is particularly good within which the early learning section has online games and the encyclopaedia section is excellent There continues to be a free account option for some of their resources

Go to the Resources Section to give you access to Printable Worksheets, Online Games, Interactive Activities in English & Maths as well as a Worksheet Generator.

There are some emoji puzzles here you might enjoy solving as well as lots of other activities for various subject areas.

This is the Dorling Kindersley website which has a wide range of general resources

Learn to Type!!

Why not learn a new skill like typing! This is available free of charge at the link below 🙂

Baking: There are lots of yummy recipes to bake and cook at the link below.

Art & Craft: Take a look and try out some of the creative ideas at the websites below

Please try your best everybody to get the written work done in the books mentioned above and then enjoy exploring some of these great educational programmes and websites. They are there for us all to enjoy! It is important at this time to keep ourselves busy as naturally we all are missing aspects of our life which we have to put on hold for another little while. I miss school and I miss you all and the staff very much. Please get in touch through the school website if and when you need to. Take Care and remember to help out as much as you can at home as your parents are doing so much to keep you all safe and well 🙂

Ms. Wilson

Date posted: 4th May 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, Senior Classroom |

Hello to 1st, 2nd & 3rd Class!

Date posted: 4th May 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, Middle Classroom |

Hi Everybody,  I hope you are all keeping well and enjoying the lovely sunshine.  You probably know by now that we won’t be back to school before the end of June now so I will continue to post work for you and your Mums and Dads to pick and choose from, in your own time, to keep in touch with learning.  I was really disappointed to hear that we wouldn’t be back, but we have to continue to follow the guidelines from our government and just do our best in every way we can.


Continue to do a column of Tables Champion in weeks 28 & 29 each day.  Maybe get your Mum or Dad or an older brother or sister to ask you your tables orally to improve your mental maths in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems.

Do a column in Master Your Maths each day in weeks 28 & 29 and a Friday assessment if you want to. 

I posted out a Maths test that I had photocopied before school finished up.  You don’t have to complete it as a test, but it would be a great chance to revise some of the things we covered before school finished up in March.

Continue to use the websites I mentioned before in my last post or in the original sheet I sent out to you.


Continue to read your reader, Read at Home books and any other material you enjoy.  Don’t forget to log onto  for your free Primary Planet each month with daily fun and activities.

Continue to do some free writing, writing about anything you want, a poem, story, song, recipe etc

Continue to do 2-3 pages of handwriting.

Spell Well: Complete weeks 28 & 29 and the activities based on the words in the blocks.  Put some words into sentences if you want extra work.

Continue to visit the websites that I recommended to you a few weeks ago for extra oral work activities and reading activities.


Ag Siopadóireacht – Check out and type in “Siopadóireacht” (shopping) into search box.  Make sure you are on the correct class level.  Lots of great powerpoint, vocab sheets and activities pop up.  If you can print off worksheets, that is great, but if you can’t, watch a powerpoint and try to remember some of the words.  2nd and 3rd class can complete any pages in your Bua na Cainte based on the theme of “Ag Siopadóireacht”.  Just do your best! 1st class, your books are still in school so you might have to use twinkl if that’s ok.

S.E.S.E. (Social, Environmental & Scientific Education):

I posted out your project results and hopefully you’ll all get them in the next day or so.  Well done on all your hard work!  I was so impressed by the standard and time you put into them.  Well done again!  I also posted out some worksheets from your Explore with Me 2 books and this fortnight, we will focus on the theme of “Water” in Science, Geography and History.

So if you could complete the following pages for the moment:

Page 73: The Titanic (History)

Page 74: Belfast and New York: City Fact Files (Geography)

Page 75: Floating and Sinking (Science)

Page 76: Seán the Boat Builder (History)

Remember, all parents and pupils have free access to Edco learning and there are lots of slideshow videos on the above topics if you want to check them out.  In 2nd and 3rd class if you want to extend any of the activities, why not try find out more information about the Titanic, Belfast or New York?  Maybe draw some famous places you could visit in these 2 cities and that would be your art lesson.


Continue to check out and Joe Wicks workouts.  Make sure you get out into the garden for fresh air and do a warm-up like we do in our P.E. class and do some laps if you can.  You could try some sprinting, make your own hurdles, do some jumping jacks…anything that gets your heart beating faster!


Continue to check out the link that I sent you from Clare in Music Generation to revise songs completed.


Check out some of these great websites for lots of fun activities:

If you have a chance, check out with follow-up activities from the home school hub each day on RTE 2 at 11 am.

 I hope all this makes sense to you all.  Please get in touch if you need clarification on anything.  Take care boys and girls.  I really miss you and hope that you all continue to stay safe and well. 

Best wishes,

Mrs. Peavoy


Date posted: 4th May 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, Middle Classroom |

Senior Classes at Home!!

Date posted: 22nd April 2020 | Category Blog, Senior Classroom |

Below are some photos of some activities Rico has been engaged in during our time away from school!

There have been some lessons in Science…

Lots of “Make and Do” in Art

and many opportunities to play board games with his family!

Thank you Rico for sharing some of your activities with us. It is lovely to see you wearing our 2018 Wandesforde Cycle T-Shirt too!

Hopefully there will be some more photos of other classmates to share with you all soon 🙂

Date posted: 22nd April 2020 | Category Blog, Senior Classroom |