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History is taught to all classes. The older children enjoy learning about various eras in history and completing projects on them too.

Senior Room Activities this Autumn!!

Date posted: 3rd November 2018 | Category Blog, History, Irish, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

During September, the Senior Classroom, paid a visit to our local library to select some books to bring back to our classroom library.

The children engaged in many activities which required teamwork. Below they had a task of making a tower stand as high as they could design it, with sheets of paper & paper clips.

The winning team below!!

In English, the children recalled their summer holidays in poetry format. They did both diamante & acrostic poems!

In SPHE, the children designed their own arm with lots of pictures & details to show what makes each of them unique!

The children really enjoyed drawing a portrait of a member of their class in Art. 

Can you figure out who is who?In History, the children enjoyed learning about Greek Myths and Legends and they drew a cartoon strip of the Greek Myth, “King Midas”
During the month of September, the children discussed the importance of Road Safety and drew their own safety message in response to all that they had learned.

The children engaged very well in the strand Data in Maths and they enjoyed collecting information from their classmates and representing their results on a bar chart using graph paper

During October, the children made their own tree silhouettes using autumnal colours

The children also enjoyed learning the craft of basket making during their workshop with Heritage Specialist, Paul Finch.

Take a look at some of their creations below

In preparation for Halloween, the children designed their own Halloween Mask entry for a school competition 
The children have been working very hard on their Oral Irish over the past 2 months and they produced their own factfile “as Gaeilge ” to reinforce all the phrases they have learned.

The children were introduced to the technique of Pointillism by their teacher, Ms. Druhan during October. This required them to apply small, distinct dots of colour in patterns to an image. Didn’t they create a beautiful autumn tree collage using this technique?

Before the Halloween Holidays, the children enjoyed making their own Monster Pom Poms using fabric and fibre.

They also enjoyed making some cupcakes with a spooky surprise  inside

( melted Rolo sweet!)

Finally on the last day of school, the children once again dressed up in their frightful, Halloween costumes!

Well done Senior Room on all your hard work and creativity during the first 2 months of school 🙂

 

Date posted: 3rd November 2018 | Category Blog, History, Irish, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

A Busy November in the Middle Room!

Date posted: 12th December 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, History, Irish, Local Visits, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, Visual Arts |

The year is flying by and we are well into December at this stage.  Have a look at what we got up to in November in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class!

In Art we created pictures with 4 tiles that are both colourful and symmetrical.  We then stuck them together to create these lovely designs!

In History and English, we learned about “Thanksgiving” in America.  We looked at a Powerpoint Presentation about the first Pilgrims that settled in America and how they travelled across the Atlantic Ocean on the “Mayflower”.  We then created our own “Thanksgiving Turkeys”, the most popular choice of food at this time of year!

To mark Science Week which was from 12th-19th November 2017, we spent an afternoon in the library with Rob and Ciara, making catapults.  The children were divided into teams, given a box, full of LEGO and instructions to make their own catapult.  They did a super job!

We then had to put our catapults to the test to see if they could launch a rubber ring at a target!  This was great fun for everybody!

When we returned to school, we wrote a report and drew a picture to display on the wall!

We were also asked to join in the “Yulefest” celebrations in Kilkenny by painting some stars that can be spotted around the city over the Festive Season.  Here is one of our stars painted by the children in the school!

In Gaeilge, the 3rd Class were learning all about “Sa Bhaile”.  They drew pictures of their bedrooms and labelled them in Irish.

Well done on all your hard work this month, boys and girls!

Date posted: 12th December 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, History, Irish, Local Visits, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, Visual Arts |

Senior Classroom Visit the Creamery House in Castlecomer

Date posted: 12th October 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, History, Local Visits, Senior Classroom |

In support of work covered on Buildings and Settlements in Geography, the Senior Classroom enjoyed a trip to the Creamery House on Friday, 22nd September.

The children enjoyed learning about the History of the house which dates back to 1750s. It originally belonged to the Wandesforde family, however in the early 1900s it became a pram making factory which brought a lot of employment to the town.

Here are some samples of some of the labels that were found between the floorboards when the house was renovated in 2015!

We also found out that a lot of the prams that were made were called after townlands like Ardra as well as provinces like Leinster! Here are some pictures of these prams!

In the 1970s, the house became known the residence for the manager of the Creamery in Castlecomer, hence why to this day it has the name “The Creamery House”

During 2014/2015, the house went under renovation and it now has a music academy on the top floor and there are other rooms being used for offices and conferences.

The children enjoyed seeing all aspects of the house. They saw the outside well which is underground and also the cellars which originally stored coal in them for their homes. Did you know there are stalactites in the cellar of the Creamery House?

They learned about the gardens around the house as well as the large orchard which would have spread up along Barrack Street. The children visited the basement of the house where the servants worked and prepared meals and washed clothes for the family living in the house.

On the ground floor, there was a large, front room which had the original floorboards and it was here where the family would have entertained its guests.

On the first floor, there were rooms which would have been the bedrooms and there was also a kitchen area where the family may have practised their cookery skills as a hobby. In this room, the builders found an old range which was fueled by coal hidden behind a wall. They refurbished the range for us all to see 🙂

The children thoroughly enjoyed the view from the top floor. It was amazing to see the view of the Discovery Park and its surrounds from such a height. We tried our best to see our school but the lime trees along the street had it so well hidden!!

Originally, you would have been able to see Castlecomer House (the Wandesforde Family home) from the Creamery House before it was burnt down in 1798 by rebels in what became known as “The Battle of Castlecomer”

Thank you to Saibhín, our tour guide and John Comerford (owner of the Creamery House) for kindly opening up the house to the children out of their seasonal hours. We really appreciate it and the children thoroughly enjoyed it too! We completed a worksheet on what we had seen and learned on our tour back at school later that day. Below are just a few photographs of some of the children’s thoughts and memories of The Creamery House.

Date posted: 12th October 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, History, Local Visits, Senior Classroom |

A New Year Begins in the Junior Room

Date posted: 10th October 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Music, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

September has been a fun filled and busy month in the Junior room. Check out what we’ve been up to below!

To begin with we drew colourful pictures of our summer holidays.

In Art we made squirrel mobiles and we had looked at these interesting animals in Science.

We’ve been revising letters in Senior Infants and learning our sounds in Junior Infants. We made colourful letters from our names using oil pastels and black paint. There were patterns etched in the paint to show the letter underneath.

We’ve also been learning all about how we’ve grown since we were babies. We have a clothes timeline in the corridor as well as photos of us as babies and now, showing how we’ve grown and changed over the years.

To show that we are all unique we made hand prints with colourful frames.

In music we learned lots of nursery rhymes, as well as singing them we coloured and  cut out pictures of them and put them in order.

We learned all about homes and houses through play. We made houses with a driveway in the sand. There were houses made from polydrons and wooden bricks with
dolls house furniture.

We also made different homes such as apartments, houses and cottages in art using lots of different materials.

Date posted: 10th October 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Music, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

March Madness in the Senior Room!

Date posted: 7th April 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, English, Geography, History, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |


We have had a very busy and productive few weeks in the Senior Room. In Science we read all about various types of rocks and went around the school grounds naming and sketching different rocks.

We also learned all about our eyes and ears and labelled diagrams of them.

In art we made colourful shamrocks for St Patrick’s Day and bright Easter Wreaths.

With Spring now here we also painted different shades of pink, green and blue and created these pretty flowers.

For Mother’s Day we made and decorated cupcakes for our mums.

We learned all about Guide Dogs and the work they do in English. We designed these posters to inform people how they should behave around these dogs.

The Titanic was our topic in history and we found out lots of information about what happened to this majestic ship, as well as the people on board, including crew and passengers. We wrote in the information we learned around pictures of the ship.

Finally in Religion we learned all about the events of Holy Week. We made wheels with each day of the week represented on them and wrote acrostic poems all about Judas.

Date posted: 7th April 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, English, Geography, History, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |