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English

English is taught to all children from Junior Infants to Sixth Class. Oral language, reading and writing are all encouraged and promoted throughout the school. The child’s reading and writing experience in school can contribute greatly to their cognitive, emotional and imaginative development. The children love to write stories, complete projects and post their blogs on the school website.

Fun and Frolics down on the Farm!

Date posted: 1st May 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Irish, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Visual Arts |

April again has been busy in the Junior Room. Our topic in play this month was the farm. We made farm related items in Junk Art, created a dairy farm in Small World and found farm related items and built a farm in the sand.

We also made different farm animals from paper plates, look at our sheep, cows, pigs and hens!

In Maths Junior Infants were practicing their numbers by building tower blocks from cubes with certain numbers in each. Meanwhile Senior Infants were learning the time in one hour intervals and played a game showing how many times they rolled the time! They also made picture numbers of 5 and 10.

 

Spring is in the air and we made Spring flowers from egg boxes as well as writing some of our favourite things about this time of year.

In Gaeilge our topic was An Zú and after learning all the animal names in Irish we made colourful zoo pictures in Art.

Date posted: 1st May 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Irish, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Visual Arts |

Marvellous March in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 24th March 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Easter, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

March has been another busy month in the Junior Room. In play we learned all about the hospital. Here we are making hospital related items from junk art, role playing in the hospital and making our own wards in the small world area.

We also made our own x-rays, Junior Infants learned the letter ‘x’ this month and we looked at real x-rays from a hospital.

In S.E.S.E. we discussed the instruments a doctor uses in hospital and completed worksheets about this.

As it’s Spring now we looked at the blackbird, watched a video of an adult feeding chicks and listened to their song. We then made life cycle diagrams for a blackbird.

To celebrate St Patrick’s Day we made bright green shamrocks from matchsticks, paper, fabric and buttons, then we attached rainbow colours underneath.

Easter is here and we learned all about the Easter Story in Religion. We created our own hills with 3 crosses to represent the story and painted in sunsets behind.

As well as remembering the Easter Story we also like to eat Easter Eggs and we used all we’ve learned in Maths to create colourful patterns on Easter Eggs. We used pom poms gripped by clothes pegs to do this!

Senior Infants have been busy learning all about the number 9 in Maths and Junior Infants the number 5 and did lots of work around these numbers.

At the beginning of the month we went outdoors and practiced writing the numbers 4 and 8 with chalk.

Senior Infants were busy learning new tricky words too and practiced writing them on mats as well as making the word from play dough.

In P.E. we learned some simple orienteering skills and coloured in animal cards at different stations around the hall.

We were delighted to welcome Claire Caron to our school, Claire taught us how to make eggcups and vases from clay.

Date posted: 24th March 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Easter, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

Book Fair visits Wandesforde!

Date posted: 8th March 2018 | Category Blog, Book Week, Class Work, English, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Senior Classroom |

Our annual Book Fair runs from 9th-14th March this year. As part of the week we welcomed author David Donohue to our school. David spoke to all classes about the books he has written and we had great fun hearing him say all our names backwards, just like the character Walter in his book can!

We also dressed up as our favourite character from books we’ve read. There were prizes for best costume, a voucher to spend at the Book Fair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Well done to all the pupils (and parents!!) for creating such wonderful, imaginative costumes. 🙂

 

Date posted: 8th March 2018 | Category Blog, Book Week, Class Work, English, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Senior Classroom |

New Year Activities in the Senior Room!

Date posted: 4th March 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Green Flag, Our Work on Display, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

2018 has been busy. In SPHE the children have been exploring the theme of Friendship and made a list of some Acts of Kindness they hope to do this year with their family & friends.

The children explored the concept of Foreshortening which is a technique used in  Perspective in Art. It creates the illusion of an object going back strongly into the distance. Take a look at the characters they created to demonstrate this concept!

In English, the children learned how to compose and write their own Limericks.

The children in the Senior Classroom made Banana Bread for the whole school using surplus bananas that were in school from our participation in Fresh Today.

Thank you to Mrs. Dooley for all her hard work in preparation for this activity 🙂

In preparation for Valentine’s Day, the children made their “Spin Art Love Hearts” using paint and a salad spinner! They are all so colourful and unique!

They also designed and made their own Valentine’s Cards. Didn’t they do a fantastic job?

In SESE, the children designed their own picture illustrating “Biodiversity” for the Green Schools In-House Art Competition. Well done on all your entries 🙂

The Senior Classroom enjoyed hosting the Annual Pancake Party at Wandesforde School. Thank you to Mrs. Dooley for all her culinary and organisational skills on this very busy morning 🙂

In Art, the children have been very busy designing their entry for this year’s Texaco Art Competition.

The children enjoyed exploring aspects of nature when local scientist, Eileen Canny came to visit and speak to us about Biodiversity.

Finally, the children responded as editors to various health & hygiene issues for the “Castlecomer Cares Magazine”. They gave some great advice to all the issues that were raised by the public! 🙂

Well done Senior pupils on such great work during the first 2 months of the year!

 

 

Date posted: 4th March 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Green Flag, Our Work on Display, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Merry Christmas from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class!

Date posted: 22nd December 2017 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, Geography, Middle Classroom, Music, Our Work on Display, Special Occasions, Visual Arts |

We have had a very busy month preparing for Christmas in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class!  We have had lots of fun along the way too!  On 7th December, we went Carol singing in the Discovery Park!

The children performed their Christmas play “Superstar” on Tuesday, 19th December.  They did a wonderful job!

We wrote letters to Santa Claus in English and went to the post office to send them.  We even got a reply from Santa at this busy time!

In English we read a poem called “Jack Frost in the Garden” and decorated our poems.  We learned all about nouns, adjectives and verbs as we read it.

 

In Art, we coloured festive candles…

We also made clay decorations as presents for our family and friends…

Santa came to visit on Thursday, 21st December with lots of goody bags for the boys and girls …

In Geography, we looked at the country of Brazil and completed a mini-project on this beautiful place.  We wrote about places to visit, things to eat, famous footballers and the Olympics that were held there in 2016.

We also created these colourful masks to reflect the vibrancy of street festivals and parades in Brazil!

In Geography, we learned about the weather and integrated what we had learned with Music.  We created these bright rainmakers that make the sound of the rain once turned gently!

 

We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

Date posted: 22nd December 2017 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, Geography, Middle Classroom, Music, Our Work on Display, Special Occasions, Visual Arts |