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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.

Autumn Antics in the Senior Classroom

Date posted: 2nd November 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

This year, we came back to school to see lots of new board games in our classroom. A BIG THANK YOU to the Board of Management for purchasing these. We look forward to having fun together and learning new games 🙂

Since the school term commenced, the children in the Senior Classroom have been working very hard in all subject areas. In English, they wrote their Summer Holiday Snapshot Report and drew some lovely pictures to accompany their work.

The children enjoyed learning about The Celts in History and we further explored the history of the Book of Kells. In response to all they had learned, they designed their own Celtic Art patterns to decorate the initial letter of their name.

We conducted an experiment in Science to show the process of oxidation on copper coins.

The green colour on the coins occurs because of the reaction between oxygen and copper. Did you know that the Statue of Liberty has turned green due to oxidation?

Like real scientists, we recorded the details of our experiment onto a Science Experiment Sheet!

In Art, we created our own Magnificent Mandalas. These are circular structures that represent wholeness and life and come from the ancient Indian language, Sanskrit.

The children enjoyed learning about the life and work of Spanish artist, Joan Miró and created their own art in response to all they had learned.

We planned our own towns in Geography with Mrs. Joyce and presented them to our classmates.

We enjoyed learning the scientific names for the parts of a plant in Science with Mrs. Joyce too!

In preparation for the Harvest Service, the children worked in small groups to create their own pictures of Harvest. Didn’t they do a fantastic job?

The children created their own storyboards in response to all they had learned about Saul in Religion

In SPHE, we explored the topic of Well-Being. The children engaged in an online webinar with Kilkenny Education Centre called “Best Foot Forward” and completed lots of well being activities in response to it.

In preparation for the season of Autumn, the children made their own colourful clay leaf pinch pots

and created their own Autumn Sensory Poems

Well done to all the children on all their hard work during Autumn!

Date posted: 2nd November 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Spooktacular goings on in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 28th October 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, History, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, Soccer, Visual Arts |

October has been another busy month in our room. We visited Castlecomer Library and heard authors Sinéad Dore and Claire Keating reading from their book Bea’s Ocean Commotion. We did some fun activities with them to help us if we feel worried too.

In English Junior Infants are busy learning lots of letter sounds and Senior Infants are learning new Tricky Words all the time. Juniors had fun playing games to revise their sounds.

Our Art this month included painting and cutting Autumn leaves as well as sponge painting to make bat silhouettes.

We were delighted to welcome Heritage in Schools Artist Orla Bates to Wandesforde. Orla discussed the topic of Autumn with us, going outside to look at all the colourful Autumn leaves before we created Autumn Leaf Clay Pots!

In SESE we learned all about the season of Autumn. We discovered the farmer is really busy at this time of year harvesting corn, ploughing fields and picking appples and pumpkins. We sequenced the story of The Little Red Hen and learned all about bats in the run up to Halloween!

We learned all about colours, we mixed primary colours to find out what secondary colours we can make and recorded our results on these colour wheels.

Our Play topic this month was Autumn and Halloween. We made items in Junk Art and Play Doh, we created woodlands in Small World, we built spooky houses and castles in Construction and we had fun finding things related to the topic in the sand.

Making hedgehogs in Junk Art
Making a combine for the farmers in Autumn in Junk Art
Using Play Doh to make pumpkins
Making spiders
Creating bats!
Creating Autumn woodlands in Small World
Building a Haunted House in Construction
Creating a witch’s house in the sand

In PE we were practicing skills in playing different games, focusing on running and ball skills.

Before the Halloween holidays we made some tasty Halloween rice krispie pumpkin treats and dressed up in our Halloween costumes! Happy Halloween to all, have a lovely break 🙂

Date posted: 28th October 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, History, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, Soccer, Visual Arts |

Autumn and Halloween Fun in the Middle Room!

Date posted: 26th October 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, Science, Special Occasions, SPHE, Visual Arts |

It has been such a busy term in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class and the boys and girls have settled in really well to their new classes! Have a look at what we have been up to!

In English, we wrote about and drew pictures of our Summer holidays and what we got up to!

We painted pictures to show our artistic abilities!

In SPHE we drew pictures to show how we are special and unique…

We also designed our own family crests!

We decorated our initials with lots of different embellishments!

In Geography we looked at and discussed houses, homes and the various parts of a house…

In Visual Arts, we made “Birds of Peacefulness”…aren’t they so colourful?

We also had fun putting masking tape on paper, painting over it and then taking it off, very carefully!

We looked at the topic of Autumn and wrote about the signs of Autumn all around us. We also went on a nature walk around the school grounds to spot the signs that we discussed….

The children were excited to have a workshop with Órla Bates on 14th October and they were delighted with the Clay Leaf Bowls that they made…They also enjoyed playing some games, using nature in our school grounds….

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To mark Jersey Day and to raise money for the charity “Goal”, we dressed up in our favourite sports’ clothes…

We learned about owls…Did you know an owl can turn its head 270 degrees?!!!

We discussed the theme of Halloween and made these “Spooky Bats”….

We made spooky pumpkin treats and all helped out with Mrs. Dooley!

Happy Halloween everybody! Enjoy your midterm break!

Date posted: 26th October 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, Science, Special Occasions, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Summer Fun in the Junior Room

Date posted: 27th June 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Music, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Sport, Visual Arts |

The last few weeks in school have been full of learning and activities in the Junior room. We learned all about the Garden Centre in Play.

Role playing in The Garden Centre
Making Play Doh flowers – Lilacs
Roses and Morning Glory
Gladioli
Building Patio Furniture to sell in the Garden Centre
Building A Garden Centre in Small World

In SESE we learned all about the country of Italy, we discussed landmarks, food and where Italy is located. We also learned about fish, things we do at the seaside, the season of Summer and starfish.

We also made butter from cream. We shook the bottle for a few minutes and slowly but surely it turned into butter!

In Art we made sunflowers using tea leaves to create the centre of them and ice cream cones for Summer from puffy paint.

To tie in with the Garden Centre we also sowed some sunflowers for our own gardens.

To celebrate the season of Summer we had a Teddy Bears Picnic with ice-cream and strawberries and played some outdoor water activities and games.

In SPHE we learned all about road safety and practiced crossing the road safely at the Pelican Crossing in town and outside our school.

In English we continued to learn our Tricky Words and in Music listened to the song “Under the Sea” and drew pictures in response to it.

Wishing everyone a fun and happy Summer and see you at the end of August!

Date posted: 27th June 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Music, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Sport, Visual Arts |

Spring in the Senior Room!

Date posted: 15th April 2022 | Category Blog, Book Week, Class Work, Easter, English, Funky Kids, Geography, History, Irish, Local Visits, Mathematics, Music, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

During Spring, the Senior Classroom were busy with many seasonal and school activities. They learned how to weave and made some lovely “Woven Hearts” for Valentine’s Day!

As well as this, they made some God’s Eyes using craft sticks and wool.

Ireland was a topic explored in preparation for St. Patrick’s Day in SESE, Religion & Art.

The children enjoyed learning about Coordinate Geometry in Maths. They created their own Spring pictures by following the coordinates given.

The school had a Dress Up in Green Day for the people of Ukraine and in preparation for this, the children learned about their country and their culture in SESE.

They also learned about the Water Cycle and how important water is in our lives.

Funky Kids has been a great experience for the whole school this term. The children have been making their costumes, singing & performing their songs and taking part in some fun drama activities with Denis & Olivia each week.

Well done to all the children on a great performance at the Funky Kids Show. You were all stars on the stage and you did a fantastic show!

Mothering Sunday was also celebrated during Spring. We made some beautiful flower bouquets to thank all the people who mother us in our lives.

In Gaeilge, the children made some very creative posters of adjectives (aidiachtaí)

They also enjoyed playing Biongó to help them learn their numbers in Irish.

Book Week was also another successful event in our school this term. The children designed their own book covers for our We Are Writers Book. Didn’t they do a great job!

In Art, the children engaged in a Still Life Drawing activity and drew some beautiful daffodils in a jug. They worked on the elements of tone and texture in creating their drawings.

The children participated in the Bishop’s Easter Poster Competition in Religion. This year’s theme is HOPE and the children brought their ideas to life in their work below 🙂

In the lead up to the Easter Holidays, the children did a Spring Eggbox Scavenger Hunt in the Discovery Park.

Walking across the new footbridge in Castlecomer!

Easter Eggsperiments were also carried out in Science. We did experiments to find out if an egg is fresh or stale. Did you know that a stale egg will float in water whereas a fresh egg will sink in water.

We also found out how to work out if an egg is raw or hard boiled by spinning it. A hard boiled egg will move in a smooth spinning motion whereas a raw egg will tend to wobble!!

We also explored how to make a fresh egg float. We did this by adding some salt to the water which increases the density of the water resulting in a floating egg!!

One eggsperiment we all really enjoyed was the egg in the bottle! Believe if or not the egg does go into the bottle once a small piece of lit paper is put into the bottle!! This happens because when the match goes out and cools down it causes lower pressure inside the bottle. The air pressure outside the bottle is higher resulting in the egg being pushed down into the bottle!!

Finally, we worked with clay in Art and made our own egg shaped bowls some of which we turned into chicks!

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Well done to the Senior Classroom on all their achievements this term. Enjoy your well deserved break and have a very Happy Easter!

Date posted: 15th April 2022 | Category Blog, Book Week, Class Work, Easter, English, Funky Kids, Geography, History, Irish, Local Visits, Mathematics, Music, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |