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Special Occasions

We are a very busy school! Each year as a treat, we all go to the cinema at Christmas. This is kindly paid for by the Board of Management and we have a fantastic day. Sometimes we hold a Carol Service or Christmas Play in St. Mary’s Church just before the Christmas holidays and then come back to the school for a party. All the parents are invited back for tea/coffee and to see our Christmas art and craft.

Happy Christmas Everybody!

Date posted: 22nd December 2022 | Category Blog, Christmas, Drama, English, Geography, Irish, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

It is hard to believe that Christmas is here! We have had such a busy few weeks in 1st, 2nd and 3rd class! November and December have been filled with lots of fun activities and learning…

In English, we read a poem called “Walk into my Parlour” and discussed nouns, adjectives and verbs which we are learning about at the moment…

In Visual Arts, we created “Snakes in the Grass” using circular pieces of paper..

In Gaeilge and English, we looked at the topic of Winter/An Geimhreadh and learned vocabulary based on this theme…

We wrote acrostic poems….

We made beautiful snow scenes…

As soon as December approached, we learned about Advent and how it is a time for preparation…

Ms McGrath did some mindful painting with the whole class…The Dancing Santas turned out so well!

The children made some lovely decorations for their Christmas trees!

On 15th December, the children performed the Nativity play “Hosanna Rock!” for all the parents and members of the school community. They did such a wonderful job and we were very proud of all their efforts!

We also had a visit from Santa, who took time out of his busy schedule! We sang “Jingle Bells!” and each got a selection box…

We enjoyed some Christmas baking with Mrs. Dooley…Thank you Mrs. Dooley for these fabulous treats…

We made some lovely Christmas cards for our friends and family…

We read a poem called “The Christmas Party” by Adeline White and drew pictures to represent the various things mentioned in the poem…

We had a Christmas Jumper day on Friday, 16th December…Don’t the boys and girls look so festive?!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all the boys and girls in 1st, 2nd and 3rd class!

Date posted: 22nd December 2022 | Category Blog, Christmas, Drama, English, Geography, Irish, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

Merry Christmas from the Junior Room

Date posted: 21st December 2022 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Drama, Drama, Geography, History, Irish, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Visual Arts |

As ever we’ve been busy in December in the Junior Room! Our Play topic was the North Pole. We learned about animals, houses and nature there.

An Arctic scene in Small World
Constructing an igloo village
Building larger igloos in Construction
Making Polar animals in Play Doh!
Creating The Northern Lights in Junk Art

In Gaeilge we had fun playing Biongó with our partners!

In Art we made Christmas Trees by weaving wool through paper plates we painted. We painted Polar Bears as well, continuing our North Pole theme.

In SESE we learned all about Irish explorer Tom Creane. He travelled to Antarctica! We discovered interesting facts about Polar Bears and found out where the North & South Poles are as well as the Equator, we labelled a globe with these places.

We discussed Winter and found out ways to help nature out such as feeding the birds. We also read a Christmas story called The Christmas Spider, who decorated a tree with sparkly webs and we made our own sparkly, web covered trees!

Senior Infants were busy counting and colouring in Christmas Maths.

In RE we learned the story of Christmas and made an Advent Wreath to count down the weeks to Christmas Day as well as keeping track using our Advent Calendar!

Finally we were delighted to perform our Christmas Musical “Hosanna Rock” in St Mary’s Church. It was fantastic to see so many families there and welcome them back to school after, especially when a special visitor called in!!!

Heading home after our show!

Wishing everyone a happy and peaceful Christmas, see you in 2023!!!

Date posted: 21st December 2022 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Drama, Drama, Geography, History, Irish, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Visual Arts |

Seasons Greetings from the Seniors!

Date posted: 21st December 2022 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, Local Visits, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Religious Education, Senior Classroom, Sports, Visual Arts |

The Senior Room were busy during December, we learned about the season of Advent and made Advent Promises. We also made a Jesse Tree telling the story of the Bible up until Jesus was born.

In Art we created Winter Trees covered in snow as well as a Nativity Scene. We also painted 3D style Christmas Stars!

In English we read the poem “Winter” by William Shakespeare and answered questions on it after a lively class discussion about the language and rhyming pattern. Pupils also wrote about Elves at Christmas!

We learned about the different communities we are part of and wrote some information about these different communities that we all belong to.

We continue to learn GAA each week and are working on various skills for football at the moment.

Finally we performed our play Hosanna Rock for families and our school community on the 19th and went to the cinema as a Christmas treat.

Happy Christmas to all and see you in the New Year.

Date posted: 21st December 2022 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, Local Visits, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Religious Education, Senior Classroom, Sports, Visual Arts |

Spooktacular Activities in the Senior Classroom!

Date posted: 2nd November 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, Our Work on Display, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

In preparation for Halloween, the Senior Classroom engaged in lots of seasonal activities!

Heritage Expert, Orla Bates, visited in October and engaged the children in a Monoprint Workshop on Moths!

Didn’t they do a magnificent job making their monoprint moths!

In English, the children created their own Halloween Wordsearch for a member of their class to complete.

They also read the poem, The Marrog, by R.C. Scriven and drew a picture of what they imagined this creature would look like!

In Art, the children created some very creative pumpkin drawing entries for the Folens Halloween Competition!

Some Spooky Skeletons were also created to decorate our classroom for Halloween!

In S.E.S.E. we did a scavenger hunt in the Discovery Park and had great fun using Ipads to take photographs of the aspects of nature we found!

Finally, we all dressed up “Spooktacularly” on the day of our holidays and …

to end a busy day, we enjoyed creating our own Haunting Halloween Cupcakes!

Happy Halloween everybody! Stay safe and enjoy your Mid Term Break!

Date posted: 2nd November 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, Our Work on Display, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

Spooktacular goings on in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 28th October 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, History, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, Soccer, Visual Arts |

October has been another busy month in our room. We visited Castlecomer Library and heard authors Sinéad Dore and Claire Keating reading from their book Bea’s Ocean Commotion. We did some fun activities with them to help us if we feel worried too.

In English Junior Infants are busy learning lots of letter sounds and Senior Infants are learning new Tricky Words all the time. Juniors had fun playing games to revise their sounds.

Our Art this month included painting and cutting Autumn leaves as well as sponge painting to make bat silhouettes.

We were delighted to welcome Heritage in Schools Artist Orla Bates to Wandesforde. Orla discussed the topic of Autumn with us, going outside to look at all the colourful Autumn leaves before we created Autumn Leaf Clay Pots!

In SESE we learned all about the season of Autumn. We discovered the farmer is really busy at this time of year harvesting corn, ploughing fields and picking appples and pumpkins. We sequenced the story of The Little Red Hen and learned all about bats in the run up to Halloween!

We learned all about colours, we mixed primary colours to find out what secondary colours we can make and recorded our results on these colour wheels.

Our Play topic this month was Autumn and Halloween. We made items in Junk Art and Play Doh, we created woodlands in Small World, we built spooky houses and castles in Construction and we had fun finding things related to the topic in the sand.

Making hedgehogs in Junk Art
Making a combine for the farmers in Autumn in Junk Art
Using Play Doh to make pumpkins
Making spiders
Creating bats!
Creating Autumn woodlands in Small World
Building a Haunted House in Construction
Creating a witch’s house in the sand

In PE we were practicing skills in playing different games, focusing on running and ball skills.

Before the Halloween holidays we made some tasty Halloween rice krispie pumpkin treats and dressed up in our Halloween costumes! Happy Halloween to all, have a lovely break 🙂

Date posted: 28th October 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, History, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, Soccer, Visual Arts |