• Geography

Geography

Geography is taught to all classes. We use the Interactive Whiteboards, computers and software when teaching geography. We are very lucky to be situated 5 minutes from the Discovery Park in Castlecomer where we often go on nature walks.

Autumn has flown by in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 23rd October 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Drama, Geography, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

We were excited to be back in the Junior room after the summer holidays. We welcomed 4 new pupils to Junior Infants this year. We have certainly been busy in September and October, here are some of the things we’ve done.

In Art we drew pictures of our summer holidays, made autumn squirrels and colourful autumn trees. We also cut out autumn leaves to make a collage.

 

In SPHE we learned all about ourselves and our families.

Self Portraits and family selfies.

As  well as doing art for autumn we learned lots about this season, going on a nature walk to spot signs of autumn all around us.

We also learned all about foxes, Juniors coloured in fact cards about them while Senior Infants wrote up what they learned.

In maths Junior Infants have been working on matching activities as well as topics such as taller and shorter.

 

We enjoyed a production of The Railway Children in September as well as welcoming Heritage Expert Paul who taught us all about making things from willow.

Finally our play topic was The Supermarket. We had fun making groceries from play dough, building supermarkets and role playing in the supermarket.

Date posted: 23rd October 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Drama, Geography, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Summer Fun with Junior & Senior Infants!

Date posted: 23rd June 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, Sport, Visual Arts |

As the year ends we have been busier than ever in the Junior Classroom!

We were learning all about the garden and garden centres in play. We role played in the Garden Centre, discovered tools gardeners use in the sand, made garden related items in junk art, constructed a garden centre in small world, made garden flowers from play dough & explored the use of water at the water station.

We also sowed sunflowers for our own gardens at home. We watered them and kept them on a sunny windowsill and after a few days they began to germinate. They were starting to grow quite tall by the time we brought them home!

We had great fun at our Sports’ Day, sprinting, running over hurdles, competing in the egg and spoon race and sack race.

Before our annual Sponsored Cycle we had a Cycle Safety Workshop. We learned how to safely steer around objects as well as how to use our brakes properly.

In Art we made sailing boats, we used potatoes to print the boats onto our painted background.

Before the holidays we had a Teddy Bears’ Picnic. As a treat we had some delicious Summer food – ice-cream and strawberries!

In Maths we’ve learned all about money. Here are Senior Infants sorting out their change!

We were also working on addition skills, Junior Infants played a game ‘Fill It, Spill It, Add It’ to learn about adding.

Senior Infants played Number Dots to practice their addition skills.

We continued to work hard learning tricky words. We practiced writing them with markers and shaping them in play dough and completing worksheets for different words.

We had a great morning learning to play drums and beating different rhythms.

In Science we learned all about the life cycle of a ladybird and we made paper plate ladybirds in Art.

Happy holidays everyone, have a great summer!

Date posted: 23rd June 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, Sport, Visual Arts |

Exploring the Outdoors in the Senior Classes!

Date posted: 10th June 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, Local Visits, Physical Education, Science, Senior Classroom, Sport, Visual Arts |

Since Easter, 3rd – 6th Classes have been exploring the outdoors with Jo and Richard in the Discovery Park as part of a 4-week programme being rolled out by Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership.

The children have thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the workshop which were conducted both in the school environment and in the Discovery Park.

Below are some photos of the activities which the children engaged in, all of which supported various curricular areas such as Maths, Science, Geography, P.E. and Art.

Take a look at their participation in the programme.

The children engaged in various team building games during the first week!


Parachute Games

Clumps

The Tower of Hanoi

During the second week of the programme, the children engaged in activities relating to SESE

They explored the food chain and created a food web using string and each person had to represent a different animal that lives in the woods.

As well as this, the children had to work in teams to identify the number of years it would take for various materials to decompose! This was a difficult task and no group got the correct answers but we learned so much from this activity!

Did you know that it takes a banana skin up to 2 years to naturally decompose?

A plastic bottle depending on its size, could take up to 1,000,000 years to decompose naturally!!

As a final activity on Week 2, the children were given the task of creating a nest using anything they could find naturally in the forest.

The challenge was to make sure the nest would stay together when it was lifted!

On the third week, the children explored maps, some of them were of the Discovery Park and others were from other parts of Ireland.  

The children once again worked in teams to identify the source of rivers as well as where lakes and other map features can be found.

In response to their work on maps and map reading, the children then worked outdoors to create their own map of the lakes and grounds within the Discovery Park. They had to find parts of nature in the school grounds that would help show areas within the map.

Below are some of their finished maps!

Didn’t they do a fantastic job?

                            They once again demonstrated good teamwork in this activity

The final week of the programme was back in the Discovery Park. For this week the children engaged in the PE curriculum and had to once again perform as team players.

They did wall climbing….

and they also had to wall climb as a team which wasn’t as easy!

As a final treat, the children did Archery!

On behalf of the school, I want to thank Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership for providing the children with the opportunity to engage in this fantastic workshop. They thoroughly enjoyed the 4-week programme. Special thanks to Jo and Richard who implemented the programme so well from start to finish. Well done also to the children for engaging so well in all activities asked of them and showing what it takes to be a team player! 🙂

Date posted: 10th June 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, Local Visits, Physical Education, Science, Senior Classroom, Sport, Visual Arts |

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 |