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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.

Summer Fun in the Junior Room

Date posted: 27th June 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Music, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Sport, Visual Arts |

The last few weeks in school have been full of learning and activities in the Junior room. We learned all about the Garden Centre in Play.

Role playing in The Garden Centre
Making Play Doh flowers – Lilacs
Roses and Morning Glory
Gladioli
Building Patio Furniture to sell in the Garden Centre
Building A Garden Centre in Small World

In SESE we learned all about the country of Italy, we discussed landmarks, food and where Italy is located. We also learned about fish, things we do at the seaside, the season of Summer and starfish.

We also made butter from cream. We shook the bottle for a few minutes and slowly but surely it turned into butter!

In Art we made sunflowers using tea leaves to create the centre of them and ice cream cones for Summer from puffy paint.

To tie in with the Garden Centre we also sowed some sunflowers for our own gardens.

To celebrate the season of Summer we had a Teddy Bears Picnic with ice-cream and strawberries and played some outdoor water activities and games.

In SPHE we learned all about road safety and practiced crossing the road safely at the Pelican Crossing in town and outside our school.

In English we continued to learn our Tricky Words and in Music listened to the song “Under the Sea” and drew pictures in response to it.

Wishing everyone a fun and happy Summer and see you at the end of August!

Date posted: 27th June 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Music, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Sport, Visual Arts |

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 |

A Great Start to 2022 in the Middle Room!

Date posted: 24th February 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Irish, Local Visits, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

The boys and girls in 1st, 2nd and 3rd class have begun 2022 with gusto! We discussed all the good things we are going to try to do this year…We are going to reach for the stars!

We wrote about what we got up to over the Christmas break in our English class…

We painted beautiful, colourful art and displayed our pictures on our classroom walls.

In Gaeilge, we learned all about “An Aimsir” and even had the opportunity to say a poem “Bogha Báistí” in our school assembly in January.

We created “Hand-Print Parrots” in art also…

We read about St. Brigid’s Day on 1st February…

To mark St. Valentine’s Day, we made collage hearts for our loved ones and cards too!

In SESE, we looked at the topic of “Water” for 3 weeks. We designed boats using recycled materials. The children did a super job!

The children then tested their creations in a bath of water to see if they floated!

We wrote an acrostic poem about ways to conserve water….

We used metallic colours to make fish tanks…

In Geography, we studied “Habitats” with a focus on the habitats in and around our school environment. We went for a walk through the woodland and river near our school and the children took lots of photos using tablets. It was great fun!

The children spotted colourful plants, mini-beasts and so many other things!

We then drew various habitats that exist locally, nationally and internationally.

Well done on all your hard work boys and girls!

Date posted: 24th February 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Irish, Local Visits, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

Autumn in the Junior Room

Date posted: 27th October 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, History, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

We have been busy in September and October in the Junior Classroom. Check out the photos below to see what we’ve been up to!

At the beginning of September we were working on skills such as cutting and using different materials to practice making lines, shapes and letter writing.

We had fun learning different Nursery Rhymes such as Baa, Baa Black Sheep and Humpty Dumpty. We practiced cutting skills and made art based on these rhymes.

In SESE we were busy learning all about ourselves, how we change as we grow up and Autumn, learning about hedgehogs, squirrels and the changes which happen in this season.

Also as part of SESE we read the book ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and made maps of the journey they went on in the story.

We also had fun going on an Autumn Nature Walk to the Discovery Park. We spotted leaves changing colours to orange, yellow, red and brown, conkers, red berries and helicopter seeds from Sycamore trees.

We brought our clipboards and pencils with us and ticked off the signs of Autumn we spotted on our walk.

On the way back we had time to stop off at the playground!

When we got back we created a Nature Table of Autumn items.

Senior Infants were learning all about length in Maths and made chains which were long, longer and the blue was longest. They also played games to revise their numbers from last year.

We began learning through play and the Aistear Curriculum in October and our first topic we learned about was ‘The Vet.’ We read stories like ‘Bet the Vet’ and created different things to do with vets in areas such as junk art, play doh, small world and construction.

Finally in Art we made squirrels using crepe paper to create bushy tails, we also painted colourful Autumn trees using cotton buds to paint the leaves on as dots and finally painted spooky pumpkins for Halloween!

Finally on the last day of term we had a great day dressing up for Halloween 🙂

Date posted: 27th October 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, History, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |