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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.

Spring has Sprung in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 11th April 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, English, Funky Kids, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

Junior and Senior Infants have been as busy as ever in the last few weeks. In play we learned all about The Farm. We had fun making animals in Play Doh, planning and making farms in the Sand and Small World. We also made items in Junk Art and went outside to create farms as well as building barns in Construction.

Making farm houses in Junk Art
Creating nests and homes for farm animals in Junk Art.
Building barns in Construction
Building farms outdoors
Making puzzles based on farms.

We learned lots in SESE about the season of Spring and various things which happen during this time of year. We read books and watched videos learning about this season and wrote some things which happen in Spring.

We learned about the Life Cycle of Chicks and made life cycle pictures.

We read the stroy “What the Ladybird Heard” which takes place on a farm and mapped the route the thieves took on the farm.

We also went on a nature walk to Castlecomer Discovery Park and spotted some signs of Spring. After we had some fun exploring and playing in the playground.

For Mother’s Day we made finger paintings and poems for our mums.

Junior Infants continue to learn their numbers in Maths and made Number 5 pictures.

In English we learned a Spring rhyme about daffodils drew illustrations to go with it.

We went outdoors and used chalk to practice sounding out and writing different words associated with farming.

In Art and RE we learned the story of Easter and created paintings based on this story.

Also in Art we created colourful St Patrick’s Day rainbows and shamrocks.

Finally, after 10 weeks of fun playing games, learning songs and creating costumes it was time to perform our Funky Kids Show! The pupils had a great day performing and watching their friends in other classes performing too.

Date posted: 11th April 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, English, Funky Kids, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

A New Year begins in the Junior Room

Date posted: 26th February 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Irish, Junior Classroom, Music, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

A new year has brought lots of new fun and learning to the Junior Room. We continue to learn our sounds and tricky words in English, doing lots of activities and games around this work.

We made New Years Resolutions and designed colourful 2022 signs.

Our play topic was The Weather, we made items in Play Doh and Junk Art as well as Construction.

Thunder and Lightening from Hexisnaps
and blocks!
Clouds and Lightening from Play Doh
Making umbrellas and hats to protect us from the weather

Also in play we learned all about The Zoo. We discussed the animals there, people who work there and different areas around the zoo such as aquariums and the aviary. We made animals in Play Doh and Junk Art, made a zoo in the Sand and Small World as well as Construction.

February 1st was St Brigid’s Day and we made cloaks for St Brigid in Art after learning all about her life in RE.

In Art we made colourful umbrellas and to celebrate Valentine’s Day we created Valentine’s Love Birds for our loved ones.

We also had fun creating our own windmills to see how fast the wind was blowing in Castlecomer!

In SESE we learned all about toys from now and in the past. We also drew our favourite outdoor and indoor toys.

Also in SESE we learned all about forces and found out which items we move by pushing and pulling.

Finally we learned all about Ireland and different places in Ireland focusing on the city of Dublin and landmarks there. We also looked at local landmarks and drew a local landmark, Kilkenny Castle as well as noting buildings in our local town, Castlecomer.

We also listened to Winter by Vivaldi in Music and drew some pictures of what we imagined as we listened.

In Gaeilge we listened to the story of Cochaillín Dearg and learned all about the topic of Eadaí creating our own Líne Eadaí.

Well done to all the children on their hard work in January and February!

Date posted: 26th February 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Irish, Junior Classroom, Music, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

A Great Start to 2022 in the Middle Room!

Date posted: 24th February 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Irish, Local Visits, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

The boys and girls in 1st, 2nd and 3rd class have begun 2022 with gusto! We discussed all the good things we are going to try to do this year…We are going to reach for the stars!

We wrote about what we got up to over the Christmas break in our English class…

We painted beautiful, colourful art and displayed our pictures on our classroom walls.

In Gaeilge, we learned all about “An Aimsir” and even had the opportunity to say a poem “Bogha Báistí” in our school assembly in January.

We created “Hand-Print Parrots” in art also…

We read about St. Brigid’s Day on 1st February…

To mark St. Valentine’s Day, we made collage hearts for our loved ones and cards too!

In SESE, we looked at the topic of “Water” for 3 weeks. We designed boats using recycled materials. The children did a super job!

The children then tested their creations in a bath of water to see if they floated!

We wrote an acrostic poem about ways to conserve water….

We used metallic colours to make fish tanks…

In Geography, we studied “Habitats” with a focus on the habitats in and around our school environment. We went for a walk through the woodland and river near our school and the children took lots of photos using tablets. It was great fun!

The children spotted colourful plants, mini-beasts and so many other things!

We then drew various habitats that exist locally, nationally and internationally.

Well done on all your hard work boys and girls!

Date posted: 24th February 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Irish, Local Visits, Middle Classroom, 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 |

Halloween and Autumn Fun in the Middle Room!

Date posted: 28th October 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

It is great to be back to school and the children in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class have been working so hard over the past 2 months in all subject areas! Have a look at some of the photos of what we have been up to! We drew pictures of our “Summer Memories” in early September…

We drew fantastic “Self-Portraits” of ourselves!

The children drew lovely patterns and pictures on their names…

To mark Roald Dahl Day on 13th September, in English, we read Roald Dahl’s “Esio Trot” and the children really enjoyed it! The children wrote and drew about their favourite part of the story!

We read a poem called “The Squirrel” and decorated the poem…

In SESE, Ms. Harper, who was teaching the boys and girls for most of September and part of October, taught the class lots about Autumn, the weather, animals, hibernation and migration. We went on a nature walk using the lovely environs of our school.

We created a beautiful Autumn display with lots of the creatures that we have learned about!

To celebrate and mark Kilkenny Day on 10th October, the children designed very “Cool Cats” for our classroom!

We also made “Hot Air Balloons”!

We created and designed “Beautiful Butterflies”….

To celebrate the wonderful Harvest, some pupils in 3rd class helped decorate the Church for the Harvest Festival….

They also helped plant spring bulbs in the Church grounds and the school grounds!

The children made “Spooky Frankensteins” that are on our classroom wall…

We made chocolate apples and of course had to dress up on the last day of school….these monsters and ghouls gave me a big fright!!

Thank you Ms. Harper for all your work over the past few weeks and well done to the boys and girls too for a great effort!

Date posted: 28th October 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |