• Christmas

Christmas

Christmas is a busy time at the school. We send the Christmas shoeboxes in November, we are then busy practising for our Christmas play and Carol Service, sometimes we go carol singing or have a Christmas fair. We also have a Christmas party and Santa comes and if we are good, we each get a goody bag.

Wonderful Work this Winter in the Senior Classroom!

Date posted: 29th December 2021 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, History, Irish, Music, Religious Education, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

Although the past two months have passed so quickly, the Senior Classroom have been working hard in all subject areas. In preparation for our Annual Design a Christmas Card Fundraiser, the children designed some very creative Christmas Cards.

Didn’t they do a fantastic job!

We welcomed Heritage Expert, Francesca Callaghan to our school in November and enjoyed participating in her workshop about children in Medieval Ireland.

The children designed their own Family Crest in response to what they had learned from Francesca.

In History, the children explored the lives of the Aztec People in the 15th and early 16th centuries. They designed their own Aztec Suns in response to all they had learned about their culture

The whole classroom have been reading the novel, Wildflower Girl by Marita Conlan-McKenna. This novel explores the Famine Period in Ireland as well as its impact on the lives of Irish families. The theme of emigration is also explored.

In Literacy, the children worked well at researching vocabulary they met in the novel

They also drew some very good predictions of what they thought might happen some of the characters in the novel.

In Gaeilge, we looked at the topic of “An Scoil” and learned lots of vocabulary and phrases relating to the topic. The children wrote their own passage in Irish about their school and drew lovely pictures of our school too!

The children drew their own creative cartoon animals in Art.

In Music, the children engaged in a Listening & Responding Worksheet Activity whereby they had to answer questions based on the music they listened to, as well as draw a picture of what they feel the music portrays.

The piece of music we listened to was Tortoises from Carnival of the Animals, a musical suite of 14 movements, by French Composer, Camille Saint-Saens.

In Art, the children created their own “Snowmen at Night” drawings using chalk. They explored the element of value in art which refers to the light and dark in artwork.

In preparation for Christmas, we all worked collaboratively to create our own Class Christmas Tree Display

The children created their own nativity scene using lollipop sticks.

Christmas decorations were also made for our homes.

We wore our Christmas jumpers to school just before the holidays and performed our Christmas songs for the Wandesforde School Christmas Performance! We hope you enjoyed it 🙂

On the final day of school, we played some cooperative games together and enjoyed pulling a few Christmas crackers with our classmates!!

Well done Senior Classes for all your hard work during a very busy term.

Happy Christmas Everybody! Enjoy your well deserved break and we will see you all in 2022!!

Date posted: 29th December 2021 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, History, Irish, Music, Religious Education, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

Jingle all the Way in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 24th December 2021 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

The children in the Junior Room were learning lots of new things during November and December. We were busy in play learning about houses and homes and Santa’s Workshop.

Building an Apartment Block in Construction
Building houses in Small World
Creating Santa’s Workshop in Sand
Making items in Junk Art
More items in Junk Art
Completing puzzles and writing activities on Santa’s Workshop
Building a sleigh for Santa!
Building Santa’s Workshop in Small World
Wrapping gifts and packing them for Santa in the Role Play area

In SESE we were excited to welcome Heritage Expert Frankie to our school. We had great fun examining old artifacts and learning about life long ago.

We also explored the topic of homes and sequenced the story of The Three Little Pigs.

We discussed our journey to school and recorded three places we each pass on our journeys to school each day.

As we are now in the season of Winter we learned lots of things which happen at this time of year, learning how the trees are bare, days are shorter and the weather colder. We wrote sentences and drew pictures of this time of year.

We also learned about what happens water in Winter, freezing to ice when cold. We carried out an experiment to see where ice melted fastest in our classroom.

Finally in SESE we learned all about penguins including the names of different kinds of penguins, where they live and what they eat.

In RE we learned about the season of Advent, we created our own Advent Wreath lighting a new candle each week in the countdown to Christmas. We also learned all about the story of the birth of Jesus.

Finally in Art we made houses using fabrics as well as lots of colourful art for Christmas including Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Christmas Baubles and Winter Robins.

Creating houses using fabric

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Date posted: 24th December 2021 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

A Christmas and Winter Wonderland in the Middle Room!

Date posted: 23rd December 2021 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Middle Classroom, Visual Arts |

What a busy November and December it has been in the middle room! The children have been so busy! On 4th November, we welcomed Heritage Expert and Archaeologist Frankie Callaghan to our school to explore History with the children. Frankie brought a huge range of artefacts and historical craft pieces for the children to see and hold! They had so much fun!

After Frankie’s visit, the children designed their own family crests…

In SESE, we discussed people who help us and drew pictures of what we would like to do when we grow up!

In Visual Arts, we learned all about the life and work of Vincent Van Gogh and the chidren did a wonderful job painting their own version of “Sunflowers” and “Starry Night”.

We discussed the season of Winter, the Winter crops that are being sown at this time of year and then we made “Scarecrows” using fabric and fibre. Don’t they look great?

We created pictures using magazine cutouts of things and toys we like to play with….

The children created their own “Noughts and Crosses” game…

We did some mindful colouring….

In Maths, the second class pupils were learning about symmetry…

In English, we read a book called “Brush – A Tale of Two Foxes” by Pierce Feireatar. The children really enjoyed this Christmas story and reviewed the book, describing the setting, plot, characters and also scored it. Most gave it 10 out of 10!

In preparation for Christmas, the children wrote letters to Santa and went to the local post office to post them…

We got a letter back from Santa too!!!

We filled our classroom with lots of Christmas art and decorations for our homes…

On Tuesday, 21st December, we enjoyed hot chocolate in our classrooms. Thank you Mrs. Dooley and Mrs. Power for organising this lovely treat!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all the pupils in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class! See you all in 2022!

Date posted: 23rd December 2021 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Middle Classroom, Visual Arts |

Merry Christmas from the Junior Room!

Date posted: 3rd January 2021 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

December has been as busy as ever in the Junior Room! Check out what we’ve been up to below.

In Art we made Nativity silhouettes and Christmas Tree Snowglobes. We used shaving foam to create puffy paint for the snow!

In SESE we learned all about the topic of Winter. We watched a video about Polar Bears and labelled them and we discovered information about animals which live in the North and South Poles and located the North and South Poles on a globe.

We learned about the explorer Tom Crean and why it is important to look after and feed garden birds in Winter.

We also heard the story of The Spider and the Christmas Tree. It tells the story of a poor family who have no decorations for their tree but when they wake on Christmas morning spiders have built webs in the tree which glisten in the light! We made our own glistening trees like the family had.

In RE we learned the story of the first Christmas when Baby Jesus was born in Bethlehem.

This month in Maths Junior Infants were playing games about numbers 1-5 which they learned this term and Senior Infants learned positional language using words like beside, on, over and between. They drew Rudolph flying using these words so he was in the correct place.

Junior Infants were also learning new letter sounds, including l.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year from everyone in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 3rd January 2021 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Date posted: 23rd December 2020 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, History, Irish, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

The boys and girls in 2nd, 3rd and 4th class have had such a busy few weeks during the months of November and December. After returning from our mid-term break, we wrote about what we got up to..

In History, we learned about Ancient Egypt, the Pharaohs, the Great Pyramids of Giza and Tutankhamun. We worked in pairs to create a display on all the interesting facts that we learned…

In Visual Arts, we designed our own masks using metallic colours….

In Science, we learned about materials and how some are transparent, translucent and opaque…

In English, we are reading the novel “The Witches” by Roald Dahl. Did you know there are 6 tell-tale signs to spot a witch? Read the following and make sure you make a note of them!!!! The children drew their interpretation of a witch!

In Art, we also looked at the life and work of Pablo Picasso. The children created their own Picasso inspired Art!

We also looked at the strand of “Fabric & Fibre” and learned how to weave…

We learned about Advent and how it is a time of preparation…We made Advent Wreaths and discussed the symbolism of the candles that are placed on the wreaths as we approach Christmas Day.

We made Christingles in Religious Education. Did you know that each part of the Christingle represents something? The children enjoyed making them and eating the sweets too!

We made Christmas cards for our friends and families…

The children learned about the Birth of Jesus and depicted the story in a stable scene.

In Gaeilge, the children learned the vocabulary based on the theme of “An Nollaig” and drew pictures of the story..

We made Christmas decorations using air-drying clay and paint…

Mrs. Kenny showed the children how to create very cool and fashionable reindeer, some decorated with lights and baubles! Don’t they look great?!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and the best for 2021! From 2nd, 3rd and 4th class:)

Date posted: 23rd December 2020 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, History, Irish, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |