• 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.

Happy Halloween from the Senior Classroom!

Date posted: 27th October 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, History, Irish, Music, Our Work on Display, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

By now we are well settled back to life in school. During October the Senior Classroom worked very hard and produced some great work!

In Music, the children have been focusing on musical theory and have learned the names for musical notes as well as other Italian musical terms used in Music. They also engaged in some listening and responding activities in Music and used their knowledge of musical theory learned.

The children took a “Line for a Walk” in Art and explored the work of the artist, Paul Klee.

In Gaeilge, the children continue to learn lots of new vocabulary and are learning lots of new phrases too. They learned the phrase “Nuair a fhásaim suas, ba mhaith liom a bheith i mo…” which means “When I grow up, I would like to be a …” and they drew illustrations of their future career path!

During the month, we explored the topic of Ancient China in SESE and learned lots of interesting facts about the various dynasties that ruled China. The Han Dynasty was one such dynasty and we designed our own vases in support of all they did for arts and culture in China.

In English, we looked at the poem, The Marrog by R.C Scriven and identified its effective use of adjectives. The children then drew pictures of what they imagined the “Marrog” looked like from this descriptive poem.

In preparation for Halloween, the children wrote their own Halloween Acrostic Poem

They also wrote their own Spooky Stories which were quite terrifying to listen to!!

In Art, the children created their own Haunted House Scene using oil pastels. Didn’t they do a great job!

They also designed their own Halloween costume for the Folens Halloween Competition

Finally on the day of our Halloween Holidays, the children dressed up in their Halloween costumes and had a mini party/disco with their classmates to mark the start of our Mid Term Break!

Well done 5th & 6th Class on a great month’s work. Enjoy your Mid Term Break and be sure to have a Happy Halloween Everybody!

Date posted: 27th October 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, History, Irish, Music, Our Work on Display, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

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 |