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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.

Summer Activities in the Senior Room!

Date posted: 22nd June 2023 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Irish, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, School Outings, Science, Senior Classroom, Sports, Visual Arts | Tagged , , , , , , |

The summer holidays are here! It has been a busy May and June in the Senior Room between the school tour, ice-cream in the sun, amazing projects and sports day. Have a look at a snippet of what we have been up to!

The children created some wonderful art pieces this term. Look at these colourful woven rainbows!

The children also created some stained glass butterflies to brighten up the classroom windows.

The boys and girls in 4th, 5th & 6th created some fantastic Crazy Hair Self-Portraits inspired by the artwork of Jackson Pollock. The children had great fun experimenting with the art technique of blow painting with straws to add the crazy hair to their portraits.

The children also worked with clay to create a decorative tile with their initial.

In History, the children learnt all about World War 2. They then created artwork to illustrate “The Blitz” which they had read and discussed.

In SESE with Mrs Joyce, the children learnt all about the causes and migrations of famine. The children also carried out a survey to identify the senior classrooms carbon footprint. The class also discussed and identified simple measures they can take to help reduce their carbon footprint in the future.

On Thursday, 25th May, we went on our school tour to “Activate” in Waterford. We had a great day filled with lots of fun and activity.

Then in English, we wrote all about our school tour.

We also explored Explanation Writing in English. The children wrote some fantastic explanations which were very informative to read!

In Maths, 4th class explored the topic of 3D shapes. They made a variety of different 3D shapes using lollipop sticks and blue-tack.

We also looked at symmetry in Maths and found real life examples of symmetry in the world around us. The children completed summer themed symmetrical drawings.

In Gaeilge, the children wrote some fantastic short stories based on the title ‘Buachaillí Dána’.

The children also researched, prepared and presented projects on a topic of their choice in the final term. A huge amount of effort went into each project and I want to say a big well done to everyone!

To mark and celebrate the end of primary school for the boys and girls of 6th class, we took a trip to The Discovery Park and enjoyed some 99’s in the sun! It was a well deserved treat!

It has been an absolute pleasure to teach 4th, 5th & 6th class the past 6 months. I wish everyone the best of luck next year, particularly the pupils of 6th class as the progress onto secondary school. I hope everyone enjoys a well deserved break over the summer!

Best Wishes, Miss Delaney.

Date posted: 22nd June 2023 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Irish, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, School Outings, Science, Senior Classroom, Sports, Visual Arts | Tagged , , , , , , |

A Busy Spring in the Senior Room!

Date posted: 25th April 2023 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, English, Geography, Irish, Local Visits, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

During spring, the Senior Classroom have been busy with many seasonal and school activities. Have a look at some of the photos of what we have been up to!

In Art, the children engaged in some still life drawing of Snowdrops using oil pastels. The class also explored the art technique of shading using chalk pastels to produce a still life image of a fruit bowl.

From the 13th -16th of March, the school ran wellness week to promote wellness across a variety of areas such as heathy eating, exercise, expressing our individuality, taking time to do actives we enjoy and appreciating nature. The children enjoyed a range of things across the week such as no homework, fruit kebabs & smoothies, a nature walk in the discovery park, extra play time at lunch and a non-uniform day.   

We also celebrated St. Patrick’s Day and drew some cartoon Leprechauns.

The children also wrote some creative St. Patrick’s Day short stories using the prompts ‘I’m lucky because…’, ‘At the end of the rainbow I found…’ and ‘If I found a pot of gold, I would…’.

To mark Mother’s Day, we made some fabulous paper flower bouquets for the important female figures in our lives.

In March, we explored the genre of report writing in English. The children researched and wrote some fantastic reports about the things they are interested in.

Persuasive writing was also taught in English during Spring. The children wrote some very interesting and persuasive arguments about topics they are passionate about.

In Gaeilge, we learnt the Seanfhocail ‘Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam’. We spoke about the Irish language, its importance and how it can be promoted.

In SESE, Mrs. Joyce explored some fantastic topics with the senior room.

The children spent two weeks learning all about soil, soil profiles, characteristics of different soil types and what ideal soil conditions are for growth. We did two experiments, one looking at the drainage of different soils the children brought in and another to separate the soil into its constituent parts. We found some soils had much better drainage than others. We also saw a lot more grit and gravel in some samples over others. We certainly know why the Farming Forecast on Sundays gives us all that information on soil temperatures and soil saturation!

The senior room also learned all about how the movement of electrons in a circuit creates electricity. They built their own circuits and tried to create an electrical circuit using potatoes. Unfortunately the potatoes were not up to the job!

The children learnt all about France. Each pupil was assigned an area to explore and research in more detail. They presented their information in the form of a mini-project.

In Art, we learnt about famous artist and their work. The children then picked a famous painting and reimaged it as a modern piece of art.  

Finally, in RE we learnt all about the Easter story and in English we wrote some acrostic poems.

Check out our Funky Easter Bunnies. Look how great they look!

Date posted: 25th April 2023 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, English, Geography, Irish, Local Visits, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

Spring and Easter in the Middle Room!

Date posted: 1st April 2023 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, English, Geography, History, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

It’s hard to believe we are all on Easter holidays for 2 weeks. It has been so busy in 1st, 2nd and 3rd class over the past number of weeks! The children have focused on the topic of Spring through literacy activities…We wrote about this season and the new life we see all around us!

We read and decorated the poem “Daffodils” by William Wordsworth…

The children researched a variety of topics for projects and presented them to the class. They did such a wonderful job and put a lot of effort into them! Here are some of the projects on display:)

We learned about St. Patrick and made rainbows using our handprints…

We also wrote about what we would do if we found a pot of gold!

To mark Mothering Sunday, we made bookmarks and decorations for the very important female people in our lives…

We went to the Discovery Park during “Wellness Week” and had so much fun!

We looked at the life and works of Pablo Picasso and recreated our own Picasso inspired art…

We learned about Easter and wrote Acrostic poems and made Easter wreaths….

Ms. McGrath created fantastic little figures with the class to show that our bodies can express feelings too…Don’t these look great?

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter from 1st, 2nd and 3rd class pupils!

Date posted: 1st April 2023 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, English, Geography, History, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

Spring in the Junior Room

Date posted: 31st March 2023 | Category Blog, Drama, Easter, English, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Visual Arts |

We’ve been busy in the last few weeks in the Junior Classroom. Our topic in Aistear was ‘The Building Site.’ We were busy in Construction building various buildings like houses, skyscrapers and even a church! We created a Building Site in the sand, made items related to the topic in Junk Art, planned buildings in writing and acted out working on a Building Site in Role Play.

In SESE we learned all about the season of Spring, flowers that bloom in Spring, the country France, the weather we have in Ireland and sequenced the story of The Ugly Duckling.

In Art we looked at the artist Kandinsky and painted circles, we made handprint flowers for Mother’s Day, rainbows with pots of gold for St Patrick’s Day and Easter Bunnies for Easter!

In English we revised sounds learned and did some work on numbers in Maths, playing games with lots of different counting activities.

In RE we learned all about St Patrick as well as the Easter Story.

We went to the Discovery Park as part of Wellness Week and had fun playing with our friends.

Finally on the last day we made an Easter treat, chocolate nests!

Date posted: 31st March 2023 | Category Blog, Drama, Easter, English, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Visual Arts |

A Great Start to the New Year in the Senior Room!

Date posted: 21st February 2023 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Fundraising Activities, Geography, History, Hurling, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

The boys and girls in 4th, 5th & 6th have begun the year by looking back on all that they have achieved and done in 2022. We also discussed our hopes and wishes for the year ahead.

In English, we read some of Aesop’s Fables. We then wrote our own fables which included an important moral or lesson.

We looked at the writing genre of recount writing and the children wrote some fantastic diary entries.

The class has begun reading the novel ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar. We drew predictions of what we anticipate happening in the story based on the title, front cover and blurb.

In History, we learnt about Aboriginal people of Australia. Art is very important part of Aboriginal culture. Inspired by their artwork and it’s role in storytelling, the class created their own Aboriginal Dot Paintings.

Look at how great they turned out!

In SPHE, the children explored the topic of Healthy Living. The children designed a healthy meal based on their knowledge of the food pyramid and importance of eating a balanced diet.

In SESE, the children explored the topic of Forces with Mrs. Joyce. They carried out many different experiments and investigations. The children looked at the influence of gravity and how it allows a hammer attached to a ruler by sting, to hang without falling.

They also carried out a ‘Paper Helicopter Investigation’ to discover how the shape and design of the paper helicopter affects the way it falls to the ground.

On the 1st of February, we celebrated St. Brigid’s Day.

In Religious Education, we learned about the life and work of St. Brigid. After, we designed and decorated her cloak using various pieces of fabric.

In PE, the children explored and practiced the skills needed for hurling/camogie.

The children enjoyed learning about the life and work of American artist, James Dine and created their own art in response to all they had learnt.

To celebrate St. Valentines day, we created some beautiful cards for our loved ones…

We also spoke and wrote about love…

To raise money for Heart Children Ireland, we dressed up in red for the day! Thank you to everyone for their support of this great cause!

Finally, the whole school enjoyed the Pancake Party on Tuesday, 21st of February. A massive thank you to Mrs. Dooley, Mrs. Power and the 6th class boys who prepared and served the pancakes to everyone.

Well done to all the boys and girls on a great start to 2023!

Date posted: 21st February 2023 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Fundraising Activities, Geography, History, Hurling, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |