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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.

Summer Fun in The Middle Room!

Date posted: 22nd June 2019 | Category Blog, English, Middle Classroom, Physical Education, Science, Sports, Visual Arts |

The month of June has flown by and over the past 3 weeks, we have been focusing on the theme of Summer!  We made crazy flavoured ice pops…

In English, we wrote “Summer Bucket Lists”.  The boys and girls are going to be very busy over the next few months!

To celebrate the wonderful Dads in our lives, we created “Rock and Roll Vests” for Fathers’ Day and gave our Dads special certificates too…

We created Frog Paper weights using stones from our gardens…

In SESE we have been learning about the lifecycle of the butterfly over the past month…

We purchased our own caterpillars to see them transform into butterflies…

Unfortunately, they hadn’t changed into butterflies before school finished for the holidays, so a lucky boy in 2nd class has kindly taken the chrysalides home and will set them free in due course!

On 17th June, we had our sports’ day and all the children received a medal for their efforts in all the races on the day! Well done boys and girls on all your hard work throughout the year. Have a great Summer!

Date posted: 22nd June 2019 | Category Blog, English, Middle Classroom, Physical Education, Science, Sports, Visual Arts |

A Busy May in the Middle Room!

Date posted: 6th June 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Irish, Middle Classroom, School Outings, Visual Arts |

The month of May has been filled with lots of fun and games in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class!  After our Easter break, we wrote about all the fun things that we got up to…

In Irish, we learned all about “An Teilifís” and the children drew their favourite programmes…

In Geography, we looked at Ireland as a country and the many geographical features it has.  We discussed the beautiful places to visit throughout the country and the children depicted their favourite places…

In Visual Arts, we looked at the life and works of Claude Monet and the children recreated their own Monet inspired paintings…

We also created “Lighthouse Scenes” in Art…

Can you see who’s looking through the window?!

On Thursday, 23rd May, 1st and 2nd Class went on their school tour to Rathwood and The Chocolate Garden.  We had a great time learning about how chocolate is made and got to taste 4 different types of chocolate.  We then made our own bears or dinosaurs and decorated them.  It was great fun!

We wrote about all the fun things we did back at school…

While we were away, the 3rd Class were having fun and doing lots of Art with Mrs. Kenny….

After their school tour on the 30th May to Dunmore East Adventure Centre, they wrote up reports about all they got up to!

Well done on all your hard work this month boys and girls!

Date posted: 6th June 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Irish, Middle Classroom, School Outings, Visual Arts |

May Fun in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 4th June 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, School Outings, Science, Visual Arts |

May has been another busy month in the Junior Room. In SESE we learned all about fish & butterflies. We labelled parts of a fish and learned all about the life cycle of a butterfly. We even got our own caterpillars which we’ve watched grow bigger and bigger and turn into chrysalides!


In Art, after reading the book, we made Rainbow Fish using celery to print their scales. We also made bright and colourful butterflies to fly around on our walls.

We enjoyed getting outdoors to do some practical maths activities like finding certain amounts of daisies or leaves in the grounds as well as spotting patterns in nature.

We continue to work hard learning our sounds and tricky words.

We were thrilled to head off to Rathwood on our School Tour in May as well. We went on a train through the woods, made our own teddy bears, met Goldilocks and the Three Bears and had a picnic, finally we headed to the playground for some fun with our friends.

Junior Infants did a great job drawing their favourite activity on the tour!

Date posted: 4th June 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, School Outings, 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 |

A Busy Build Up to Easter in the Middle Room!

Date posted: 22nd April 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

We have had a very busy few weeks in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class in our school!  To celebrate Mothering Sunday on 31st March, the children created bouquets for a special lady in their lives…

We also created treat boxes with some roses inside!  We hope they made it home!

In SPHE we learned all about fire safety in the home.  We were delighted to have members of the Kilkenny Fire and Rescue Service with us to talk about how we can all stay extra safe in our homes.

In Maths, the 3rd class were learning all about shapes that tessellate.  They coloured in some impressive designs to illustrate this concept.

In SESE, we discussed our 5 senses and wrote poems in English to show that Spring can be experienced in a sensory way!

We also read a story called “The Willow Pattern” by Alan Drummond. It is a story about Koong Shee and Chang, who fell in love but could never be together because of a wicked merchant.  Their story is depicted on the Willow Pattern plates in many of our houses.  Have a look and see if you can see a pagoda, a boat and two turtle doves on your bowls or plates at home!  We then created our own Willow Pattern plates using blue paint…

In SESE, we talked about the many people in our community who help us.  We each wrote about one person and drew their picture….

In Religion, we read “The Easter Story” and sequenced the events on the wall, surrounded by palm leaves which were waved along the streets of Jerusalem as Jesus entered on a donkey…

We also wrote Easter Acrostic Poems in English…

We designed very cool Easter Eggs!

And finally, we created Easter Wreaths using lots of colourful paper!

We hope you all are having a restful break and enjoying this lovely time of year!

Date posted: 22nd April 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |