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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.

Jingle all the way with the Juniors!

Date posted: 20th December 2019 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Drama, Drama, English, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

The children in the Junior Room have been very busy during the month of December. To begin with in Play we explored Santa’s Workshop.

We made Christmas trees in Junk Art.
Making a Post Box for letters to Santa.
Building Santa’s Sleigh in Construction.
Wrapping presents in Role Play.
Making Rudolph from Play Doh
A Play Doh Christmas Tree

In SESE we learned all about penguins. We were also busy discovering some facts about the season of Winter. We circled signs of Winter in pictures and listened to instructions to draw a snowman.

We also explored freezing and melting this month, we looked at ice and described how it looked and felt, then we placed ice in different parts of our classroom to see where it melted fastest and recorded what happened.

It was freezing, smooth, hard and watery.

We made Christmas Robins and Rudolph in Art.

In RE we learned all about Advent and the story of the birth of Jesus.

In Maths we coloured Christmas pictures by numbers and Senior Infants drew Rudolph in lots of different places as they had been learning lots of positional words.

Senior Infants were also learning about 3D Shapes and made these graphs.

They are learning more Tricky Words each week.

In SPHE we have been exploring our sense of taste. We tasted different foods which were sweet, salty, sour and bitter and recorded if we liked them or not.

In our school play ‘The Inn Crowd’ the children performed in many different roles including sheep, wise men, shepherds and angels. They also sang lots of songs during the show.

Finally a very special visitor arrived before the holidays……..SANTA!!!!

We were delighted he popped in with some treats for us all before the Christmas break. 🙂

On the last day we had a chilled out morning watching a DVD.

Merry Christmas to everyone from all in the Junior Room, see you in 2020!

Date posted: 20th December 2019 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Drama, Drama, English, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Merry Christmas from the Middle Room!

Date posted: 20th December 2019 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, Irish, Middle Classroom, Music, Religious Education, Special Occasions, Visual Arts |

November and December have been very busy months in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class!  The children have worked hard and have learned a lot.  Have a look at what we have been up to!

In Religious Education, we learned all about the life and work of St. Francis.

In Geography, we learned all about aerial views of towns and our school.  We then drew our own aerial views of our bedrooms and gardens…

In Art, we learned all about the life and paintings of the famous artist Henri Matisse.  The children then recreated their own works of art in the Matisse style…

We also learned about Totem Poles in Art.  Did you know that the 5 animals on the Totem pole stand for different powers such as wisdom, healing, strength, bravery and wealth?  They are very colourful on the wall!

We discussed warm and cool colours of the colour spectrum and created “Leaping Lizards” using either warm or cool colours…

In English we read a poem called “The Farmyard” and illustrated some of the animals mentioned in the poem…

We wrote letters to Santa Claus and posted them in our local post Office!

We also wrote Christmas Acrostic poems…

We made holly wreaths with berries using hand templates….

We had our Christmas Nativity Play on Tuesday, 17th December.  It was called “The Inn Crowd” and the children did a wonderful job on the night!  Well done to all!

We made sock snowmen in art.  Don’t they look very cosy with their woollen scarves?

We learned lots of new words in Gaeilge based on “An Nollag”

On Thursday, 19th December, Santa Claus came to visit the children with a treat for everyone!  Such a lovely surprise, especially when he has so much to do at this time of the year!

 

Date posted: 20th December 2019 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, Irish, Middle Classroom, Music, Religious Education, Special Occasions, Visual Arts |

Happy Halloween from the Senior Room!!

Date posted: 28th October 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, Irish, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Rugby, Science, Senior Classroom, Sports, Visual Arts |

Another busy month has come and gone! The Senior Room have completed a great month’s work again in all subject areas!

At the start of the month, we printed Autumnal Trees in Art using cotton buds!! Didn’t they do a great job!

We have had a great few weeks of playing Tag Rugby with our coach, Noel!

In Gaeilge, we have been learning lots of phrases about ourselves in Obair Bhéal. The children also wrote a little factual piece about themselves too!

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Castlecomer Library to see a very interactive presentation from weather forecaster, Joanna Donnelly on her new book “The Great Irish Weather Book” which she published with her illustrator, Fuschia MacAree! Thank you to the library for organising this great event!

We did an art appreciation lesson on Surrealism and looked at the work of the Spanish Painter, Joan Miro, who produced many famous paintings using simple shapes, bright colours and unique symbols. Below are the children’s own pictures in response to his many creative and innovative paintings!

In SESE, the children explored the topic of Autumn as well as Living Things and created their own owls in response to all they had learned 🙂

Music Generation is well underway at Wandesforde. The children are engaging well in their weekly performance workshops with Clare Kilkenny and are participating in a wide variety of vocal and instrumental activities in Music.

In preparation for Halloween, the children engaged in a literacy workshop on Halloween Haiku Poetry. They explored the technique of writing this Japanese form of poetry using 3 lines of syllables and adjectives!

We also designed our own pumpkins for the Castlecomer Library Halloween Competition!

In Gaeilge, we learned the poem “Oíche Shamhna” and drew pictures to illustrate the poem!

Finally, the children dressed up in their Halloween costumes on Friday, 25th October. They all looked amazing and as always it was a great way to start off the Halloween Holidays!

Happy Halloween Everybody! Enjoy your well deserved Mid-Term Break 🙂

Date posted: 28th October 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, Irish, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Rugby, Science, Senior Classroom, Sports, Visual Arts |

Spooktacular goings on in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 25th October 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

October has been a busy month for Junior & Senior Infants. Check out what we have been up to below…..

Autumn is well and truly here now and we learned all about what happens at this colourful time of year. We painted Autumn trees using cotton buds to create leaves in Art and made bark rubbings. We joined the dots and made orange, yellow, red & brown leaves. We also learned all about squirrels and hedgehogs.

We practiced our cutting skills to make cheerful Autumn scenes!

We were practicing mapping skills in SESE and drew 3 things we see each day on our way to school.

In Maths Junior Infants have been learning all about the number 2 while Senior Infants have completed lots of work on the number 6.

Junior Infants are learning lots of new sounds each week, here are our ‘e’ sounds.

Our play topic has been ‘The Vet.’ We learned lots about how vets and veterinary nurses help animals.

Creating veterinay items in Junk Art.
Building a Vet’s Surgery in Construction.
Role playing at the vets!
Building a kennel for the vet to use

We headed off to the local library to see the work of a real life illustrator for Bookville. Carol Ann showed us her drawings and helped us create our own whale and geese drawings.

With Halloween approaching we made some spooky pumpkins to go on our wall. We also made a Halloween treat on the last day and had fun dressing up in spooky, scary costumes.

Enjoy the Halloween break everyone!

Date posted: 25th October 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

Spring Madness in the Senior Classes!

Date posted: 28th April 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, English, Geography, History, Hockey, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

Spring has come and gone and the Senior Classroom were in full swing during the very busy months of March & April!

In Art, the children engaged in a still life drawing of daffodils and produced artwork Vincent Van Gogh would be very proud of!

In History, the children participated in a local library project entitled “Hobbies Long Ago”. They interviewed a family member, friend or neighbour on this topic and complimented their work with a photograph. These mini projects will be on display in Castlecomer Library during May.

In Maths, the children played “Beetle Drive” as a small group activity!

They also explored the area of 2D shapes and symmetry and engaged in practical work identifying lines of symmetry in various shapes.

In SESE, the children explored aspects of the water cycle as well as types of fish in our rivers and lakes. They made their own 3D fish to support this area in their books!

In Religion, the children explored Prayer Writing and composed their own prayers on the topic of World Issues

Letter writing both formal and informal was taught in English during Spring. The children wrote formal letters to their favourite authors and informal/penpal letters to their Finnish Penpals!

In Geography, the children completed mini projects on a chosen county in Ireland. They had to research the names of rivers, towns, landmarks as well as other areas of interest in their county.

During Spring, we celebrated Mother’s Day. The children made their own pop-up cards and bookmarks for their loved ones.

We also celebrated St. Patrick’s Day and the children made their own colourful shamrock pictures using chalk pastels.

They also composed their own Limerick poems in English on the theme of being Irish!

In P.E. the children actively engaged in field hockey and enjoyed playing it outdoors too!

During the month, we were delighted to be part of the Ireland AM documentary which was broadcast from the Discovery Park. The children really enjoyed their moment of fame on television with their school 🙂

In preparation for Easter, the children designed our Easter Coffee Morning Posters

They designed a poster on the theme “Caring for God’s World” for the Bishop’s Art Competition.

The children worked with clay in Art and made their own colourful egg cups!

Finally, in Religion the children made their own paper plate craft depicting the events of Holy Week

Well done Senior Classes for all your hard work during the lead up to our Easter holidays!!

Date posted: 28th April 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, English, Geography, History, Hockey, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |