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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.

February Fun in the Junior Classroom!

Date posted: 1st March 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Music, Science, Visual Arts |

Another month has come and gone and the Junior Classroom have been busy once again!

At the start of the month, the children paid a visit to the Firestation in Castlecomer in support of work they have covered in Geography on “People who Help Us”

The children enjoyed learning all about the equipment on the fire engine and they particularly enjoyed sitting at the front of the fire engine!

A Big Thank you to Philip, Richie and Willie for a great tour of the Fire Station. The children really enjoyed their morning there!

During the month, we celebrated St. Valentine’s Day. Take a look at the  “Love Bugs” and Valentine Postcards the children made!

As well as this, the children made their own Heart Butter Cookies as a little treat for their loved ones on Valentine’s Day 🙂

In English, the children revised many letters of the alphabet. In support of the letter “C” the children made their own “Colourful Clowns”

The children worked with clay in Art this month and made some Slithery Snakes!

In Music, the children enjoyed learning songs about “Teddies” They brought in their favourite teddy to show their friends too!

The children drew pictures for the Annual Texaco Art Competition! Here is a glimpse of some of their entries!

In Maths, the children learned about 3D Shapes and made their favourite 3D Shape!

Finally, in SESE, the children explored the theme of “Farming” and designed their own farmyard scene!

 Well done Junior & Senior Infants on a great month’s work 🙂

Date posted: 1st March 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Music, Science, Visual Arts |

January Fun In the Middle Room!

Date posted: 4th February 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Local Visits, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

We have had a busy January in 1st, 2nd & 3rd Class!  We were very fortunate to have Mr. Stephen McCorry teaching the children for the first few weeks of the month.  Mr. McCorry did lots of lovely things with the boys and girls!  To start 2015 off on a positive note, the children designed stars and these were displayed in our classroom.  They intend to “Reach for the Stars” this year!

He also looked at the theme of Transport and the children compared photographs of New York a 100 years ago with the New York of today.  The children then worked in groups to compare these photos.

The 3rd class pupils have just started their projects on various themes.  We took a trip to the library to get some books for these projects.  While we were there, Mary very kindly read us a story!  Thank you Mary!

For SPHE, Philip, Richie and Drury came to the school.  They are members of the local Fire Brigade and came to do a presentation about fire safety to the class.  The children had to take part in various activities and received a pencil, certificate and money box for listening so well!  Thank you very much!

To support Literacy in the school, we have been reading “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” in class.  The children completed a book report on the book and we looked at all the characters in the book.  The children came up with lots of wonderful adjectives to describe the main characters in the story!

In Visual Arts, the children designed Rock n Roll Vests!  They look very stylish on the wall!

The children in 1st Class painted “Robins in Trees on a Snowy Day”…..

In Geography, we looked at various homes and materials use to build houses.  The children designed their dream houses.  There are swimming pools, tree houses, chocolate fountains….what fantastic imaginations!

The children in 2nd Class completed a mini project on an animal of their choice.  They did a wonderful job typing and finding photos for their projects!

Well done boys and girls on a great month’s work!

Date posted: 4th February 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Local Visits, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

School Tour 2014!

Date posted: 4th June 2014 | Category Blog, Class Work, History, Religious Education, School Outings |

Last Thursday, the whole school went on their annual school tour to the Heritage Park in Co. Wexford.

During our time at the Heritage Park, we did the following!

We met Danni, our tour guide, who taught us so much during our time with her.

We travelled through various sites on our tour starting from about 7000BC all the way up to the Viking Invasion

Here we see a typical boat which our ancestors would have travelled in thousands of years ago!

This is also a typical settlement which the first settlers in Ireland would have built and lived in over 9000 years ago!

We then moved on to the next settlement which was about 3000 years later, when the first farmers came to Ireland! This time in history is called the Neolithic Period.

They built bigger houses and they grew crops and rared animals such as pigs and sheep.

We had the privilege of meeting their on-site pigs,”Rashers” and “Sausages”!!

Next, the children saw a dolmen from the Megalithic period in History. The boulders they used were so heavy that they had to move them by rolling them on top of logs.

In the photograph below, the children had to work together to move a boulder which is thankfully on wheels. After much pushing and pulling, the trolley did move a few inches for us!!

The next stage in History we explored was the Bronze Age which was about 4000 years ago. Did you know that copper and gold were the first metals used in Ireland? Below is a stone circle which may have been used for religious ceremonies during this time in History.

Bronze age stone circle exhibit, Irish National Heritage Park

The children also got to see a “fulacht fiadh” which is a cooking pit in History. They were in use from 1500 B.C. up to medieval times. The most common theory is that meat, particularly venison, was placed in water in the pit, stones were heated in fires and then thrown into the pit to cook the meat.

Finally, about 1500 years ago, Christianity came to Ireland. Christianity was based around monasteries like the one shown below.

Following our tour through these settlements, the children participated in a brass rubbing workshop back in the Heritage Centre.

Our final port of call on our school tour was Eddie Rockets & KBowl in Kilkenny!

 Well done everybody on yet another successful tour!

Date posted: 4th June 2014 | Category Blog, Class Work, History, Religious Education, School Outings |

Our Discoveries in the Discovery Park!

Date posted: 26th May 2014 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Science |

The Junior Classroom visited the Discovery Park earlier this month to observe and record aspects of nature around them in early Summer!

We saw “white candles” on the Horse Chestnut Trees!

There were beautiful bluebells to greet us along our way!

We saw wild mushrooms,

cow parsley,

some minibeasts,

a gaggle of geese and

we even got to blow a dandelion clock!

No trip to the Discovery Park would be complete without a trip to the Timber Tumbles Playground!

Our Train Drivers!!

Sand Artists at work!!

Slides & swings to entertain us all!!

We had great fun with our friends!

Thank you to Mrs. Murtagh for escorting us down to the park and helping the children in their Nature Trail Activity.

Date posted: 26th May 2014 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Science |

Our School Tour this May!!

Date posted: 9th May 2014 | Category Blog, Class Work, History, School Outings |

Once again we have come to that time of year again for our Annual School Tour! This year the whole school will travel together to the Irish Heritage Park in Ferrycarraig, Co. Wexford on Thursday, 29th May 2014. On this day, the children will have a guided tour of the Heritage Park as well as participate in a Brass Rubbing Workshop at the centre.

 Following this, the whole school will venture back to Kilkenny city, where they will have their lunch in Eddie Rockets followed by a game of bowling with their classmates and teachers in KBowl!

We’re all looking forward to it 🙂

Date posted: 9th May 2014 | Category Blog, Class Work, History, School Outings |