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The children at Wandesforde school partake in many drama activities. We enjoy putting on shows each Christmas and pupils in the Junior Room learn about lots of different topics through drama and play using the Aistear Framework.

Junior Room January Fun!

Date posted: 1st February 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Drama, Geography, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

We are excited to be back in school after the Christmas break and had a great month learning lots of new information.

Our play topics have been ‘Winter & The Arctic’ and ‘Weather.’ We learned lots of new and interesting information about both topics.

We made snowmen, snowflakes, reindeer and polar bears in Junk Art.

We created a small world in the Arctic complete with animals and a frozen lake.

We constructed an igloo from bricks and polydrons.

Our sand pit turned into a snow pit and we built snow castles with polar bears to protect it.

 

There was plenty of fun to be had at the water station too, we experimented with capacity and learned water can freeze in the cold winter.

We checked the weather each day. We used a thermometer to measure the temperature, a rain gauge to check how much rain fell and an anemometer to see the wind speed.

We also had fun presenting our own weather reports!

Linking to our play themes we made polar bears from cut up paper and winter snowmen with colouful hats and scarves. We also created stormy and wet scenes.

Senior Infants learned all about 3D shapes and we used cubes, cuboids and cylinders to make tall towers.

We also learned the number 1 in Junior Infants and all about the number 7 in Senior Infants. We made number pictures showing lots of ways to represent these numbers.

In SPHE we learned all about taste and found out there are 4 different types of taste – sweet, sour, salty and bitter. We had fun tasting all 4 and deciding which we liked!

Some tastes we liked and some we didn’t!

Date posted: 1st February 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Drama, Geography, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Date posted: 22nd December 2017 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Drama, Drama, English, Fundraising Activities, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

December has flown by in Junior and Senior Infants and we’ve been very busy in the run up to Christmas. Here are some of the activities we completed this month.

 

To get into the Christmas spirit we went carol singing with the whole school in the Discovery Park.

In art we made owl babies by sponge painting after we read the book Owl Babies.

We painted and used crepe paper to make Christmas robins and also created a choir of singing reindeer!

In play we created Santa’s Workshop. We had great fun making toys and wrapping them, building his workshop with bricks and making our own toys in junk art.

We wrote letters to Santa and posted them and we were very excited to get a letter back which the postman delivered to us!

 

Senior Infants were working hard learning tricky words this month and practiced making them from play dough as well as writing them in sentences.

We learned lots of information about nocturnal animals such as owls, bats, badgers and foxes.

We performed in our school play ‘Superstar.’ We were angels and animals.

We learned all about the Nativity and birth of Jesus in Religion and practiced our cutting skills to create these Nativity scenes.

As a treat for Christmas we went to the cinema to see ‘The Star.’

Finally we were thrilled to receive a visit from Santa and have a Christmas party! 🙂

Merry Christmas everyone and Happy New Year from everyone in the Junior Room! 🙂

Date posted: 22nd December 2017 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Drama, Drama, English, Fundraising Activities, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

February Fun with 5th & 6th Class

Date posted: 6th March 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Drama, Fundraising Activities, Geography, History, Irish, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, Sports, Visual Arts |

February has flown by once again in the senior room, take a look and see what we’ve been up to this month.

We took part in the Operation Transformation 10 @ 10 on the 10th of Feb. We’ve also tried to keep up doing some exercise between classes since then.

In art we painted in cold colours and made white tree silhouettes. We also enjoyed mixing primary colours to make secondary colours and created symmetrical designs.

In drama we created sock puppets and performed a sketch with these which we made up ourselves.

In Irish we were reading all about the things we do every day. We then wrote up accounts of our own day and illustrated them.

In geography we learned all about the moon, did you know that when the moon is waxing it’s getting bigger and when it’s getting smaller it’s waning. We drew all the different phases of the moon. 

In music we learned ‘O Better Far to Live and Die’ from The Pirates of Penzance. We drew our own impressions of the pirate from the song.

We have been learning all about the Normans in history and we wrote diary entries from the point of view of Strongbow. He was a Norman who sailed into Bannow Bay in Wexford and conquered Waterford and later Dublin.

He also married Aoife who was the daughter of the King of Leinster, Dermot Mac Murrough. We looked at the painting ‘The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife’ by Daniel Maclise in art class.

Finally the pupils let their creative talents shine when they came to school in a variety of costumes for World Book Day!

Date posted: 6th March 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Drama, Fundraising Activities, Geography, History, Irish, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, Sports, Visual Arts |

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 |

A Delightful December in the Senior Room

Date posted: 22nd December 2015 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Drama, Drama, English, Irish, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |


December has been an eventful month for 4th, 5th & 6th Class. In Art we created colourful winter trees and highlighted them in gold and silver. We also shaded in our Christmas stars using different colour paints.

The preparation for Christmas is known as Advent and in Religious Education we learned all about this important time of year. We also made our own Advent Wreath and each pupil put some greenery in it. To mark Advent we also have an Advent Calendar with each pupil getting a treat from it during December.

An Nollaig was our theme in Gaeilge and we made our own CartaĂ­ Nollaig and wrote poems ‘as Gaeilge’ based on the topic An Nollaig.

In English 4th Class read all about spiders and wrote up reports about them.

They also read The Apple Tree and illustrated all the things which got stuck to the tree.

5th and 6th Class read a story called ‘Christmas’ and completed character investigation sheets about the main character Jimeen in the story.

We performed our play ‘Hosanna Rock’ in St. Mary’s on the 21st. Well done to all the boys and girls on a great performance. Finally a special visitor came to see us on Monday …… Santa!! We all enjoyed his visit and gifts! 🙂

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all in the Senior Room! See you in 2016!!

Date posted: 22nd December 2015 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Drama, Drama, English, Irish, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |