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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!

Exploring the Outdoors in the Senior Classes!

Date posted: 10th June 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, Local Visits, Physical Education, Science, Senior Classroom, Sport, Visual Arts |

Since Easter, 3rd – 6th Classes have been exploring the outdoors with Jo and Richard in the Discovery Park as part of a 4-week programme being rolled out by Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership.

The children have thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the workshop which were conducted both in the school environment and in the Discovery Park.

Below are some photos of the activities which the children engaged in, all of which supported various curricular areas such as Maths, Science, Geography, P.E. and Art.

Take a look at their participation in the programme.

The children engaged in various team building games during the first week!


Parachute Games

Clumps

The Tower of Hanoi

During the second week of the programme, the children engaged in activities relating to SESE

They explored the food chain and created a food web using string and each person had to represent a different animal that lives in the woods.

As well as this, the children had to work in teams to identify the number of years it would take for various materials to decompose! This was a difficult task and no group got the correct answers but we learned so much from this activity!

Did you know that it takes a banana skin up to 2 years to naturally decompose?

A plastic bottle depending on its size, could take up to 1,000,000 years to decompose naturally!!

As a final activity on Week 2, the children were given the task of creating a nest using anything they could find naturally in the forest.

The challenge was to make sure the nest would stay together when it was lifted!

On the third week, the children explored maps, some of them were of the Discovery Park and others were from other parts of Ireland.  

The children once again worked in teams to identify the source of rivers as well as where lakes and other map features can be found.

In response to their work on maps and map reading, the children then worked outdoors to create their own map of the lakes and grounds within the Discovery Park. They had to find parts of nature in the school grounds that would help show areas within the map.

Below are some of their finished maps!

Didn’t they do a fantastic job?

                            They once again demonstrated good teamwork in this activity

The final week of the programme was back in the Discovery Park. For this week the children engaged in the PE curriculum and had to once again perform as team players.

They did wall climbing….

and they also had to wall climb as a team which wasn’t as easy!

As a final treat, the children did Archery!

On behalf of the school, I want to thank Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership for providing the children with the opportunity to engage in this fantastic workshop. They thoroughly enjoyed the 4-week programme. Special thanks to Jo and Richard who implemented the programme so well from start to finish. Well done also to the children for engaging so well in all activities asked of them and showing what it takes to be a team player! 🙂

Date posted: 10th June 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, Local Visits, Physical Education, Science, Senior Classroom, Sport, Visual Arts |

School Tour 2018!

Date posted: 18th May 2018 | Category Blog, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, School Outings, Senior Classroom, Sports, Visual Arts |

We had a great day by the seaside and then bowling on our school tour this year. The Junior and Middle Rooms went to the Hook Lighthouse where we climbed 115 steps to the top! We heard lots of interesting information about why and how the lighthouse was built.

Here we are in the Watch Tower where the lighthouse keepers worked in years gone by.

The first lighthouse keepers at the Hook Lighthouse were actually monks and we saw where they lived in the tower 800 years ago!

The view from the top!

Later on we had an art workshop with resident artist Rose. We made colourful 3D scenes on slates.

We were treated to a magic show by our guide Noel, somehow the water in the jug just would not pour out on any pupils, however the teachers were not as lucky!!!

Poor Ms Hall!

The Senior Room went coasteering along the rocks near the lighthouse. They had great fun exploring and jumping into rock pools.

Before we left the Senior Class joined us for a picnic in the grounds of the lighthouse.

In the afternoon we came back to Kilkenny and went bowling, finally we had chips and pizza before heading back to school after a great day!

Date posted: 18th May 2018 | Category Blog, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, School Outings, Senior Classroom, Sports, Visual Arts |

Book Fair visits Wandesforde!

Date posted: 8th March 2018 | Category Blog, Book Week, Class Work, English, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Senior Classroom |

Our annual Book Fair runs from 9th-14th March this year. As part of the week we welcomed author David Donohue to our school. David spoke to all classes about the books he has written and we had great fun hearing him say all our names backwards, just like the character Walter in his book can!

We also dressed up as our favourite character from books we’ve read. There were prizes for best costume, a voucher to spend at the Book Fair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Well done to all the pupils (and parents!!) for creating such wonderful, imaginative costumes. 🙂

 

Date posted: 8th March 2018 | Category Blog, Book Week, Class Work, English, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Senior Classroom |

New Year Activities in the Senior Room!

Date posted: 4th March 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Green Flag, Our Work on Display, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

2018 has been busy. In SPHE the children have been exploring the theme of Friendship and made a list of some Acts of Kindness they hope to do this year with their family & friends.

The children explored the concept of Foreshortening which is a technique used in  Perspective in Art. It creates the illusion of an object going back strongly into the distance. Take a look at the characters they created to demonstrate this concept!

In English, the children learned how to compose and write their own Limericks.

The children in the Senior Classroom made Banana Bread for the whole school using surplus bananas that were in school from our participation in Fresh Today.

Thank you to Mrs. Dooley for all her hard work in preparation for this activity 🙂

In preparation for Valentine’s Day, the children made their “Spin Art Love Hearts” using paint and a salad spinner! They are all so colourful and unique!

They also designed and made their own Valentine’s Cards. Didn’t they do a fantastic job?

In SESE, the children designed their own picture illustrating “Biodiversity” for the Green Schools In-House Art Competition. Well done on all your entries 🙂

The Senior Classroom enjoyed hosting the Annual Pancake Party at Wandesforde School. Thank you to Mrs. Dooley for all her culinary and organisational skills on this very busy morning 🙂

In Art, the children have been very busy designing their entry for this year’s Texaco Art Competition.

The children enjoyed exploring aspects of nature when local scientist, Eileen Canny came to visit and speak to us about Biodiversity.

Finally, the children responded as editors to various health & hygiene issues for the “Castlecomer Cares Magazine”. They gave some great advice to all the issues that were raised by the public! 🙂

Well done Senior pupils on such great work during the first 2 months of the year!

 

 

Date posted: 4th March 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Green Flag, Our Work on Display, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Green Schools Update!!

Date posted: 27th February 2018 | Category Blog, Geography, Green Flag, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, Science, Senior Classroom |

We continue to work hard on the topic of Biodiversity and the Green Schools Committee ran an art competition during February to promote awareness of the topic. There were fantastic and creative entries from all rooms, thanks to all for your participation. 🙂

Senior Room

Middle Room

Junior Room

Well done to those pupils who won their catagory!

We also had a visit from Eileen Canny, a scientist who spoke to us all about biodiversity in our local area. We had an interesting morning looking at a stag’s antlers, blackbird and green finch nests and different types of bees found in Ireland.

Eileen also presented the competition winners with their prizes. 🙂

 

 

Date posted: 27th February 2018 | Category Blog, Geography, Green Flag, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, Science, Senior Classroom |