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School Outings

The school endeavours to take all pupils on an educational tour annually. These tours cover a wide and varied choice of venues of an educational, environmental and historical nature. We have visited Dublin, Wexford, Wicklow, Carlow & Waterford for tours over the years.

School Tour Fun for 1st & 2nd Class!

Date posted: 31st May 2022 | Category Blog, Middle Classroom, School Outings |

On Thursday, 26th May, Junior Infants to Second Class headed off on tour to The Chocolate Garden and Rathwood. They had so much fun! Here are some lovely photos of the day…

We first listened to Laura talk about how chocolate was made. We watched a video and learned about where cocoa beans are grown. We got to sample lots of chocolate which was really fun!

We then got to make our own frogs and chicks. We had to paint the inside of the moulds with white chocolate and then milk chocolate was poured into the moulds which were then placed in the freezer to set!

Afterwards, we had lunch and hopped on the train for a ride round the forest!

Dennis, our train driver gave us some bread to feed some friends we met along the way!!

We then hit the playground for a few minutes before we had to leave…

The boys and girls were so good on the day! We hope everyone had lots of fun!

Date posted: 31st May 2022 | Category Blog, Middle Classroom, School Outings |

May Merriment & off on Tour with Junior & Senior Infants!

Date posted: 28th May 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, History, Hockey, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, School Outings, SPHE, Visual Arts |

May has been another month full of activity in the Junior Room. Our main theme was transport. We learned all about The Airport in Play. We role played going on holidays going through the airport, made items in Junk Art and Play Doh, created items and built airports in Construction, Sand and Small World.

Flying away!
Ready to take off!
Buying in-flight snacks
Working Security!
Making passports
Making suitcases and aeroplanes
Check out our passports and suitcases!
Our Air Traffic Control Tower
Making an Airport in the Sand
Making a runway and airport in Small World

We learned about transport in the past and Amelia Earhart in SESE and made planes in Art with handprints.

Also in Art we made beautiful blossom trees for Summer from tissue paper.

In SPHE we discussed healthy food and drew Healthy Lunchboxes, containing yoghurt, fruit and sandwiches.

In PE we were delighted to welcome a coach from Hockey Ireland to Wandesforde and learned lots of new skills.

Finally we were off on tour to The Chocolate Garden and Rathwood. We learned all about making chocolate and sampled 4 types of it, milk, dark, white and gold! We then made our own chocolate chicks and frogs. After lunch we went on a trip on a train and spotted lots of wildlife and before leaving for home had fun in the playground!

Date posted: 28th May 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, History, Hockey, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, School Outings, SPHE, Visual Arts |

3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th Class Hit Dunmore East!

Date posted: 27th May 2022 | Category Blog, School Outings |

Below are photographs of all the activities 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th Class enjoyed on their school tour to Dunmore East Adventure Centre!

To start off our day, the children enjoyed participating in lots of water activities.

They had great fun paddling in kayaks and on the giant paddle boards!

Next they took on the Wibit Wipeout!!

After lunch, the children participated in the land activities. These included Wall Climbing, Archery & Caving!

Well done to all the children for such great participation in all the activities. You demonstrated great behaviour and teamwork throughout the day 🙂

Date posted: 27th May 2022 | Category Blog, School Outings |

Spring in the Senior Room!

Date posted: 15th April 2022 | Category Blog, Book Week, Class Work, Easter, English, Funky Kids, Geography, History, Irish, Local Visits, Mathematics, Music, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

During Spring, the Senior Classroom were busy with many seasonal and school activities. They learned how to weave and made some lovely “Woven Hearts” for Valentine’s Day!

As well as this, they made some God’s Eyes using craft sticks and wool.

Ireland was a topic explored in preparation for St. Patrick’s Day in SESE, Religion & Art.

The children enjoyed learning about Coordinate Geometry in Maths. They created their own Spring pictures by following the coordinates given.

The school had a Dress Up in Green Day for the people of Ukraine and in preparation for this, the children learned about their country and their culture in SESE.

They also learned about the Water Cycle and how important water is in our lives.

Funky Kids has been a great experience for the whole school this term. The children have been making their costumes, singing & performing their songs and taking part in some fun drama activities with Denis & Olivia each week.

Well done to all the children on a great performance at the Funky Kids Show. You were all stars on the stage and you did a fantastic show!

Mothering Sunday was also celebrated during Spring. We made some beautiful flower bouquets to thank all the people who mother us in our lives.

In Gaeilge, the children made some very creative posters of adjectives (aidiachtaí)

They also enjoyed playing Biongó to help them learn their numbers in Irish.

Book Week was also another successful event in our school this term. The children designed their own book covers for our We Are Writers Book. Didn’t they do a great job!

In Art, the children engaged in a Still Life Drawing activity and drew some beautiful daffodils in a jug. They worked on the elements of tone and texture in creating their drawings.

The children participated in the Bishop’s Easter Poster Competition in Religion. This year’s theme is HOPE and the children brought their ideas to life in their work below 🙂

In the lead up to the Easter Holidays, the children did a Spring Eggbox Scavenger Hunt in the Discovery Park.

Walking across the new footbridge in Castlecomer!

Easter Eggsperiments were also carried out in Science. We did experiments to find out if an egg is fresh or stale. Did you know that a stale egg will float in water whereas a fresh egg will sink in water.

We also found out how to work out if an egg is raw or hard boiled by spinning it. A hard boiled egg will move in a smooth spinning motion whereas a raw egg will tend to wobble!!

We also explored how to make a fresh egg float. We did this by adding some salt to the water which increases the density of the water resulting in a floating egg!!

One eggsperiment we all really enjoyed was the egg in the bottle! Believe if or not the egg does go into the bottle once a small piece of lit paper is put into the bottle!! This happens because when the match goes out and cools down it causes lower pressure inside the bottle. The air pressure outside the bottle is higher resulting in the egg being pushed down into the bottle!!

Finally, we worked with clay in Art and made our own egg shaped bowls some of which we turned into chicks!

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Well done to the Senior Classroom on all their achievements this term. Enjoy your well deserved break and have a very Happy Easter!

Date posted: 15th April 2022 | Category Blog, Book Week, Class Work, Easter, English, Funky Kids, Geography, History, Irish, Local Visits, Mathematics, Music, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

Spring has Sprung in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 11th April 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, English, Funky Kids, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

Junior and Senior Infants have been as busy as ever in the last few weeks. In play we learned all about The Farm. We had fun making animals in Play Doh, planning and making farms in the Sand and Small World. We also made items in Junk Art and went outside to create farms as well as building barns in Construction.

Making farm houses in Junk Art
Creating nests and homes for farm animals in Junk Art.
Building barns in Construction
Building farms outdoors
Making puzzles based on farms.

We learned lots in SESE about the season of Spring and various things which happen during this time of year. We read books and watched videos learning about this season and wrote some things which happen in Spring.

We learned about the Life Cycle of Chicks and made life cycle pictures.

We read the stroy “What the Ladybird Heard” which takes place on a farm and mapped the route the thieves took on the farm.

We also went on a nature walk to Castlecomer Discovery Park and spotted some signs of Spring. After we had some fun exploring and playing in the playground.

For Mother’s Day we made finger paintings and poems for our mums.

Junior Infants continue to learn their numbers in Maths and made Number 5 pictures.

In English we learned a Spring rhyme about daffodils drew illustrations to go with it.

We went outdoors and used chalk to practice sounding out and writing different words associated with farming.

In Art and RE we learned the story of Easter and created paintings based on this story.

Also in Art we created colourful St Patrick’s Day rainbows and shamrocks.

Finally, after 10 weeks of fun playing games, learning songs and creating costumes it was time to perform our Funky Kids Show! The pupils had a great day performing and watching their friends in other classes performing too.

Date posted: 11th April 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, English, Funky Kids, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |