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Senior Classroom

The 4th, 5th and 6th class are taught by Ms. Wilson. They have a large, airy, bright classroom with lots of space. With 5 computers and a laser printer in the classroom, they are often busy completing projects and looking up information on the internet. Like all the other classrooms, the senior classroom has an interactive whiteboard which the children thoroughly enjoy using!

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 |

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 |

Senior Classes end 2019 on a high note!

Date posted: 27th December 2019 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Drama, Drama, English, Mathematics, Music, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

December has been an extremely busy month with all the preparations for Christmas!

In Art, the children created their own Winter Silhouettes. Didn’t they do a great job!

The children wrote Christmas poetry on a topic of their choice in English.

We explored 2D Shapes and Symmetry in Maths and completed some Symmetrical Christmas Pictures.

6th Class enjoyed their shopping excursion to local shops to buy Christmas presents for school bus drivers, teachers and staff.

We made Christmas Wreaths and Christmas Trees in Art to decorate our classroom for Christmas 🙂

We all dressed up in Christmas Jumpers for our trip to see Frozen 2 in the cinema!

During the month, we were busy practising and rehearsing for our Nativity Play, “The Inn Crowd” in Drama, Religion, Music & English. Below are photographs of our actual performance!

We were delighted to have Naomi back to join us on the night as one of our Narrators in the play 🙂

A very special man visited the school on Thursday, 19th December and brought along some treats for us to enjoy with our classmates. Thank You Santa!

Finally on the last day, we had a farewell party for our classmate, Malachi, who is moving to Cork over the Christmas break.

The children enjoyed an ice cream party with a profiterole tower!!

We wish Malachi and his family the very best as they move on to a new chapter in their lives.

Well done to all the children for their continued hard work during this very busy month. We wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Date posted: 27th December 2019 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Drama, Drama, English, Mathematics, Music, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

November News from the Senior Room!

Date posted: 11th December 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Religious Education, Rugby, Senior Classroom, Sport, Visual Arts |

Winter is here and the Senior Classroom have been busy in all subject areas!

Throughout the month of November, all children had to present an oral book review to their class. They did a fantastic job in their presentations! Well done Seniors 🙂

We are reading the Class Novel, Holes by Louis Sachar which the children are really enjoying. They completed a Character Analysis Pyramid as well as a Predictive Exercise on the story.

In SESE, the children have been learning about the Celts and Early Christian Ireland. They designed their own Celtic Crosses in response to what they had learned and they also wrote a diary entry for a Day in a Life of an Irish Monk!

The children continue to enjoy Rugby with Noel Devlin each Friday. They engaged in Tug Of War too to further enhance their strength and skills!!

Our School’s Debate Team were successful in the First Knock Out Round of the Concern Primary School’s Debating Competition. They travelled to Kilkenny Education Centre in November to oppose the motion that “Mobile Phones should be banned for all Primary School Pupils”. Well done and congratulations to you all on a great achievement! In January they will meet Scoil Bhríde, Paulstown for the Second Knock Out Round of the competition and they are opposing the motion that “World Hunger will be Eliminated by 2030” Best of Luck to you all in your preparation for this debate 🙂

The children engaged in a small group activity in Art whereby they had to create their own Thanksgiving Turkey using a multitude of materials from our art cupboard!!

They also did Still Life Drawings of a Harvest Basket full of fruit and vegetables. Didn’t they do a fantastic job!

Finally, in preparation for 2D Shape in Maths in December, the children created their own colourful shape picture by overlapping various 2D shapes!

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

Date posted: 11th December 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Religious Education, Rugby, Senior Classroom, Sport, Visual Arts |

Happy Halloween from the Senior Room!!

Date posted: 28th October 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, Irish, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Rugby, Science, Senior Classroom, Sports, Visual Arts |

Another busy month has come and gone! The Senior Room have completed a great month’s work again in all subject areas!

At the start of the month, we printed Autumnal Trees in Art using cotton buds!! Didn’t they do a great job!

We have had a great few weeks of playing Tag Rugby with our coach, Noel!

In Gaeilge, we have been learning lots of phrases about ourselves in Obair Bhéal. The children also wrote a little factual piece about themselves too!

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Castlecomer Library to see a very interactive presentation from weather forecaster, Joanna Donnelly on her new book “The Great Irish Weather Book” which she published with her illustrator, Fuschia MacAree! Thank you to the library for organising this great event!

We did an art appreciation lesson on Surrealism and looked at the work of the Spanish Painter, Joan Miro, who produced many famous paintings using simple shapes, bright colours and unique symbols. Below are the children’s own pictures in response to his many creative and innovative paintings!

In SESE, the children explored the topic of Autumn as well as Living Things and created their own owls in response to all they had learned 🙂

Music Generation is well underway at Wandesforde. The children are engaging well in their weekly performance workshops with Clare Kilkenny and are participating in a wide variety of vocal and instrumental activities in Music.

In preparation for Halloween, the children engaged in a literacy workshop on Halloween Haiku Poetry. They explored the technique of writing this Japanese form of poetry using 3 lines of syllables and adjectives!

We also designed our own pumpkins for the Castlecomer Library Halloween Competition!

In Gaeilge, we learned the poem “Oíche Shamhna” and drew pictures to illustrate the poem!

Finally, the children dressed up in their Halloween costumes on Friday, 25th October. They all looked amazing and as always it was a great way to start off the Halloween Holidays!

Happy Halloween Everybody! Enjoy your well deserved Mid-Term Break 🙂

Date posted: 28th October 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, Irish, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Rugby, Science, Senior Classroom, Sports, Visual Arts |