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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.

November News in the Middle Room!

Date posted: 6th December 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Middle Classroom, Visual Arts |

November has come and gone and we are very busy preparing for Christmas in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class! Have a look at what we have been up to over the past few weeks!

In English, we wrote about our mid term break and what we got up to with our friends and families:

We have also been reading “James and the Giant Peach” by Roald Dahl. The children learned all about the life of Roald Dahl, how many books he has written and where he came from. The children wrote brilliant book reviews in 1st and 2nd class and the 3rd class wrote about cause and effect, characters and the plot. Each child scored the book out of 5 stars. Didn’t they do a great job?

In Geography, we learned about buildings, designing buildings and what materials are used and why in the construction of homes. The children then designed their own dream houses!

In Visual Arts, we learned all about Vincent Van Gogh, his very famous works of art and his use of colour. We coloured in some pictures inspired by his work. Did you know that one of his paintings sold for almost €66 million?

In Art, we also designed stylish umbrellas!

We also created pictures by printing with various things from around the school.

As Christmas is approaching soon, we thought we would be very organised and send our letters to Santa Claus! The children enjoyed writing them and going to the post office to post them this week!

Well done on a great month’s work boys and girls!

Date posted: 6th December 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Middle Classroom, Visual Arts |

Call the Emergency Services to the Junior Room!

Date posted: 4th December 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Drama, English, Funky Kids, Geography, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

The Junior Room have been learning lots in November, look below and see what we’ve been up to!

Our play topics were the Garda Station and the Fire Station. We had fun learning all about these topics making things in junk art & play dough, creating a small world play area with them,  finding items related to the topics in the sand & building Fire & Garda Stations in construction.

In Art we experimented with paint and created colourful fires, we also learned how to contact the Emergency Services by calling 999 and we made bright 999 signs. 

Also in Art we used clay to make out own magnets, we rolled it, cut it and when dry painted it. They look really colourful on our whiteboard!

Our topic in SESE was electricity. We discovered how it travels to our homes and school and some safety tips as well. In groups we cut out pictures of different electrical appliances for each room in our houses and stuck them in.

We also learned about people in our community who help us as well as the Gardaí and Firefighters we discussed in play.

We are having great fun singing, dancing and doing art in Funky Kids every week, here we are working on our costumes for the night.

Senior Infants are working on their writing skills and wrote up sentences about The Park.

They were also busy in Maths learning about 2D shapes and created these pictures containing lots of 2D shapes!

Finally we supported 6th class on their 2km run in the Community School, we ran half the track with them twice. It was great fun and good exercise with our friends. 🙂

Date posted: 4th December 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Drama, English, Funky Kids, Geography, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

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 |