• 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.

February fun in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 28th February 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, Visual Arts |

Another month has flown by in the Junior Room and we have been busier than ever! In Art we made St Bridget’s Cloak using different fabrics. We also made x-rays as we were learning about ‘The Hospital’ in play and we learned about warm and cold colours and used what we’d learned to create colourful pictures like the artist Kandinsky!

To celebrate Valentine’s Day we created heart collages for our loved ones.

In play our topics we learned about were ‘The Hospital’ and ‘The Zoo.’

A baby’s bed from the hospital made in Junk Art.
Thermometers, medicine and a drip made in Junk Art.
Lions and a panda from the zoo!
Play doh flamingos and penguins in the zoo.
Building a hospital in Small World.
Building a zoo in Small World.
Role playing in the Hospital.
Building animal enclosures at the zoo in Construction.
Building a zoo in the sand
Visiting the Zoo!
Buying our tickets to the Zoo

We are having lots of fun learning dance from Michelle on Wednesdays!

In S.E.S.E. we read the story of Town Mouse and Country Mouse. We sequenced events in the story and followed the path the mice took. Also in S.E.S.E. we learned some facts all about Ireland such as what the capital city and longest river are. We also took a virtual tour of Dublin and saw some famous landmarks. We drew a local famous landmark, Kilkenny Castle.

We also learned what equipment a doctor uses and what we might find in a hospital.

We spent some time learning what school was like for boys and girls long ago, it was quite different to today!

We were delighted to welcome local historian Michael Moylan to Wandesforde! He told us lots of stories about Setanta and The Giants Causeway. Afterwards we got to dress up in costumes he brought along!

On Pancake Tuesday we all went to the Assembly Hall and had some pancakes with our friends.

During the month we looked after some eggs in an incubator and three chicks hatched out! Our class decided to call our chick Rosie!

Finally Senior Infants are continuing to learn their Tricky Words for reading.

Date posted: 28th February 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, Visual Arts |

Winter Weather Watch with the Juniors!

Date posted: 30th January 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Geography, History, Irish, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

We’ve made a great start to 2020 in the Junior Room. In play we explored the topics of weather and the restaurant. We recorded the weather each day for 2 weeks and used equipment to measure the weather outside.

We made weather related junk art, presented the weather in role play, made weather with coloured blocks and created weather with play doh.

In the Restaurant we made our own tables and chairs to eat off in construction, role played in the restaurant, built restaurants in small world and made lots of restaurant things in junk art.

Creating menus
Making pizza and chocolate cake-yum!

In art we made rainy day scenes, winter snowmen and stormy scenes.

Daniel in the Lions’ Den as well as David and Goliath were the 2 stories we learned about from the Bible this month, we drew pictures of both.

Junior Infants learned all about length in Maths and we all created patterns based on the topic of the restaurant! Juniors also practiced recognising different numbers by building cube towers of different heights.

In SESE we discovered lots about toys and play. We matched toys to the places we play with them and found out about some toys used long ago.

Most children knew the story of Little Red Riding Hood in English but we really enjoyed listening to it as Gaeilge!

All in all another great months work by the girls and boys in the Junior Room- Well done!!

Date posted: 30th January 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Geography, History, Irish, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, 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 |

November News from the Senior Room!

Date posted: 11th December 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Religious Education, Rugby, Senior Classroom, Sport, Visual Arts |

Winter is here and the Senior Classroom have been busy in all subject areas!

Throughout the month of November, all children had to present an oral book review to their class. They did a fantastic job in their presentations! Well done Seniors 🙂

We are reading the Class Novel, Holes by Louis Sachar which the children are really enjoying. They completed a Character Analysis Pyramid as well as a Predictive Exercise on the story.

In SESE, the children have been learning about the Celts and Early Christian Ireland. They designed their own Celtic Crosses in response to what they had learned and they also wrote a diary entry for a Day in a Life of an Irish Monk!

The children continue to enjoy Rugby with Noel Devlin each Friday. They engaged in Tug Of War too to further enhance their strength and skills!!

Our School’s Debate Team were successful in the First Knock Out Round of the Concern Primary School’s Debating Competition. They travelled to Kilkenny Education Centre in November to oppose the motion that “Mobile Phones should be banned for all Primary School Pupils”. Well done and congratulations to you all on a great achievement! In January they will meet Scoil Bhríde, Paulstown for the Second Knock Out Round of the competition and they are opposing the motion that “World Hunger will be Eliminated by 2030” Best of Luck to you all in your preparation for this debate 🙂

The children engaged in a small group activity in Art whereby they had to create their own Thanksgiving Turkey using a multitude of materials from our art cupboard!!

They also did Still Life Drawings of a Harvest Basket full of fruit and vegetables. Didn’t they do a fantastic job!

Finally, in preparation for 2D Shape in Maths in December, the children created their own colourful shape picture by overlapping various 2D shapes!

Well done to all the children on a great month’s work. 🙂

Date posted: 11th December 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Religious Education, Rugby, Senior Classroom, Sport, Visual Arts |

Up, Up And Away with the Juniors!

Date posted: 2nd December 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

We have really enjoyed learning lots in November about the Airport and Post Office in play.

Biulding an airport in Small World.
Building a Security Gate
Making airport items in Junk Art
Building a Terminal
Going through security
Making play doh items
Building a van for the Postman
Collecting the post for delivery
A busy day in Wandesforde Post Office!
Making a post Office in Junk Art.
Finding Post Office words in the sand.
Building a Post Office in Small World.

We also learned about Amelia Earhart in History. She flew all the way across the Atlantic on her own in her yellow plane called ‘The Canary.’

In Art we created handprint aeroplanes in lots of bright colours as well as practicing our cutting skills.

In Art we also worked with clay and made pots. We enjoyed painting them nice bright colours.

We were busy in SESE learning all about magnets and discovering what is magnetic and non magnetic in our classroom.

In SPHE we have been learning all about being good friends to each other and we drew pictures of us being good friends. We also made a Friendship Tree with all our class helping to create it.

In Maths we discovered lots about 2D shapes, we found lots of them in our classroom and made some shape pictures.

Finally in Geography we discussed different modes of transport. We made a graph to show how we all travel to school.

Date posted: 2nd December 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |