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Local Visits

The school is situated ideally to take full advantage of the Castlecomer Demesne and Discovery Park. This is a fantastic woodland park with a wonderful variety of nature species, including tadpoles, fish, birds and many different species of trees. Sometimes after a nature walk we play for a while in the “Timber Tumbles” playground situated beside the Discovery Park.

Senior Room Activities this Autumn!!

Date posted: 3rd November 2018 | Category Blog, History, Irish, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

During September, the Senior Classroom, paid a visit to our local library to select some books to bring back to our classroom library.

The children engaged in many activities which required teamwork. Below they had a task of making a tower stand as high as they could design it, with sheets of paper & paper clips.

The winning team below!!

In English, the children recalled their summer holidays in poetry format. They did both diamante & acrostic poems!

In SPHE, the children designed their own arm with lots of pictures & details to show what makes each of them unique!

The children really enjoyed drawing a portrait of a member of their class in Art. 

Can you figure out who is who?In History, the children enjoyed learning about Greek Myths and Legends and they drew a cartoon strip of the Greek Myth, “King Midas”
During the month of September, the children discussed the importance of Road Safety and drew their own safety message in response to all that they had learned.

The children engaged very well in the strand Data in Maths and they enjoyed collecting information from their classmates and representing their results on a bar chart using graph paper

During October, the children made their own tree silhouettes using autumnal colours

The children also enjoyed learning the craft of basket making during their workshop with Heritage Specialist, Paul Finch.

Take a look at some of their creations below

In preparation for Halloween, the children designed their own Halloween Mask entry for a school competition 
The children have been working very hard on their Oral Irish over the past 2 months and they produced their own factfile “as Gaeilge ” to reinforce all the phrases they have learned.

The children were introduced to the technique of Pointillism by their teacher, Ms. Druhan during October. This required them to apply small, distinct dots of colour in patterns to an image. Didn’t they create a beautiful autumn tree collage using this technique?

Before the Halloween Holidays, the children enjoyed making their own Monster Pom Poms using fabric and fibre.

They also enjoyed making some cupcakes with a spooky surprise  inside

( melted Rolo sweet!)

Finally on the last day of school, the children once again dressed up in their frightful, Halloween costumes!

Well done Senior Room on all your hard work and creativity during the first 2 months of school 🙂

 

Date posted: 3rd November 2018 | Category Blog, History, Irish, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

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 |

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 |

A Busy November in the Middle Room!

Date posted: 12th December 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, History, Irish, Local Visits, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, Visual Arts |

The year is flying by and we are well into December at this stage.  Have a look at what we got up to in November in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class!

In Art we created pictures with 4 tiles that are both colourful and symmetrical.  We then stuck them together to create these lovely designs!

In History and English, we learned about “Thanksgiving” in America.  We looked at a Powerpoint Presentation about the first Pilgrims that settled in America and how they travelled across the Atlantic Ocean on the “Mayflower”.  We then created our own “Thanksgiving Turkeys”, the most popular choice of food at this time of year!

To mark Science Week which was from 12th-19th November 2017, we spent an afternoon in the library with Rob and Ciara, making catapults.  The children were divided into teams, given a box, full of LEGO and instructions to make their own catapult.  They did a super job!

We then had to put our catapults to the test to see if they could launch a rubber ring at a target!  This was great fun for everybody!

When we returned to school, we wrote a report and drew a picture to display on the wall!

We were also asked to join in the “Yulefest” celebrations in Kilkenny by painting some stars that can be spotted around the city over the Festive Season.  Here is one of our stars painted by the children in the school!

In Gaeilge, the 3rd Class were learning all about “Sa Bhaile”.  They drew pictures of their bedrooms and labelled them in Irish.

Well done on all your hard work this month, boys and girls!

Date posted: 12th December 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, History, Irish, Local Visits, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, Visual Arts |

October & Halloween Fun with 4th, 5th & 6th Class!

Date posted: 3rd November 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, Local Visits, Our Work on Display, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

October has come and gone so quickly! The children have once again put in a lot of hard work. In Art, the children designed their Annual Christmas Card so creatively and so well! These will be back to the school in November for parents and families to purchase 🙂

The children visited the local library to select books for our classroom library.

In English, we have been reading the novel “Kensuke’s Kingdom” by Michael Morpurgo. The children worked so well at designing their own front cover for the novel as well as completing a character profile pyramid.

The children studied trees and plants in Science and in support of the work they covered in this area, they created their own colourful leaf collages.

The school welcomed Heritage Expert, Paddy Madden in October. He engaged the children in a very interactive and educational workshop on ecology. The children explored all the resources he had on display and they also enjoyed exploring our school’s outdoor environment and the aspects of nature we are so fortunate to have there.

Two pupils in 5th Class completed projects with Ms. Brennan over the past number of weeks. They presented their projects to the class through Powerpoint which was very impressive! Well done boys on all your hard work and for presenting 2 great projects to the class, one on the Titanic and the other on the Celts! A big thank you also to Ms. Brennan for all her knowledge, guidance and support during their project work.


We had to say a fond farewell to Santiago and Jacobo who have been pupils in our school for the past 7 weeks. They will be sadly missed by the Senior Room and Ms. Wilson. We hope you both are well settled back into school and family life in Spain 🙂

In Art, the children made their own “Abstract Apples for Autumn” having looked and responded to works of abstract art.

The children designed a Fire Safety Poster with their own fire safety message for Halloween in SPHE

In preparation for Halloween, the children created their own spooky hand puppets. They also designed their own Halloween costume for a Folens Art Competition.

The children took part in a lantern making workshop for the Festival of Light which will take place in Castlecomer on Friday, 1st December. The children made their own paper cut out pictures in preparation for the lanterns they will make back in class during November.


Finally on the day of the Halloween Holidays, the children dressed up “spooktacularly” in full Halloween costume! Well done on all your creativity. You all made a super effort once again!

Enjoy your well deserved Mid Term Break and we’ll see you all in November!

Date posted: 3rd November 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, Local Visits, Our Work on Display, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |