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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.

Wonderful Work this Winter in the Senior Classroom!

Date posted: 29th December 2021 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, History, Irish, Music, Religious Education, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

Although the past two months have passed so quickly, the Senior Classroom have been working hard in all subject areas. In preparation for our Annual Design a Christmas Card Fundraiser, the children designed some very creative Christmas Cards.

Didn’t they do a fantastic job!

We welcomed Heritage Expert, Francesca Callaghan to our school in November and enjoyed participating in her workshop about children in Medieval Ireland.

The children designed their own Family Crest in response to what they had learned from Francesca.

In History, the children explored the lives of the Aztec People in the 15th and early 16th centuries. They designed their own Aztec Suns in response to all they had learned about their culture

The whole classroom have been reading the novel, Wildflower Girl by Marita Conlan-McKenna. This novel explores the Famine Period in Ireland as well as its impact on the lives of Irish families. The theme of emigration is also explored.

In Literacy, the children worked well at researching vocabulary they met in the novel

They also drew some very good predictions of what they thought might happen some of the characters in the novel.

In Gaeilge, we looked at the topic of “An Scoil” and learned lots of vocabulary and phrases relating to the topic. The children wrote their own passage in Irish about their school and drew lovely pictures of our school too!

The children drew their own creative cartoon animals in Art.

In Music, the children engaged in a Listening & Responding Worksheet Activity whereby they had to answer questions based on the music they listened to, as well as draw a picture of what they feel the music portrays.

The piece of music we listened to was Tortoises from Carnival of the Animals, a musical suite of 14 movements, by French Composer, Camille Saint-Saens.

In Art, the children created their own “Snowmen at Night” drawings using chalk. They explored the element of value in art which refers to the light and dark in artwork.

In preparation for Christmas, we all worked collaboratively to create our own Class Christmas Tree Display

The children created their own nativity scene using lollipop sticks.

Christmas decorations were also made for our homes.

We wore our Christmas jumpers to school just before the holidays and performed our Christmas songs for the Wandesforde School Christmas Performance! We hope you enjoyed it 🙂

On the final day of school, we played some cooperative games together and enjoyed pulling a few Christmas crackers with our classmates!!

Well done Senior Classes for all your hard work during a very busy term.

Happy Christmas Everybody! Enjoy your well deserved break and we will see you all in 2022!!

Date posted: 29th December 2021 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, History, Irish, Music, Religious Education, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

Jingle all the Way in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 24th December 2021 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

The children in the Junior Room were learning lots of new things during November and December. We were busy in play learning about houses and homes and Santa’s Workshop.

Building an Apartment Block in Construction
Building houses in Small World
Creating Santa’s Workshop in Sand
Making items in Junk Art
More items in Junk Art
Completing puzzles and writing activities on Santa’s Workshop
Building a sleigh for Santa!
Building Santa’s Workshop in Small World
Wrapping gifts and packing them for Santa in the Role Play area

In SESE we were excited to welcome Heritage Expert Frankie to our school. We had great fun examining old artifacts and learning about life long ago.

We also explored the topic of homes and sequenced the story of The Three Little Pigs.

We discussed our journey to school and recorded three places we each pass on our journeys to school each day.

As we are now in the season of Winter we learned lots of things which happen at this time of year, learning how the trees are bare, days are shorter and the weather colder. We wrote sentences and drew pictures of this time of year.

We also learned about what happens water in Winter, freezing to ice when cold. We carried out an experiment to see where ice melted fastest in our classroom.

Finally in SESE we learned all about penguins including the names of different kinds of penguins, where they live and what they eat.

In RE we learned about the season of Advent, we created our own Advent Wreath lighting a new candle each week in the countdown to Christmas. We also learned all about the story of the birth of Jesus.

Finally in Art we made houses using fabrics as well as lots of colourful art for Christmas including Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Christmas Baubles and Winter Robins.

Creating houses using fabric

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Date posted: 24th December 2021 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

A Christmas and Winter Wonderland in the Middle Room!

Date posted: 23rd December 2021 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Middle Classroom, Visual Arts |

What a busy November and December it has been in the middle room! The children have been so busy! On 4th November, we welcomed Heritage Expert and Archaeologist Frankie Callaghan to our school to explore History with the children. Frankie brought a huge range of artefacts and historical craft pieces for the children to see and hold! They had so much fun!

After Frankie’s visit, the children designed their own family crests…

In SESE, we discussed people who help us and drew pictures of what we would like to do when we grow up!

In Visual Arts, we learned all about the life and work of Vincent Van Gogh and the chidren did a wonderful job painting their own version of “Sunflowers” and “Starry Night”.

We discussed the season of Winter, the Winter crops that are being sown at this time of year and then we made “Scarecrows” using fabric and fibre. Don’t they look great?

We created pictures using magazine cutouts of things and toys we like to play with….

The children created their own “Noughts and Crosses” game…

We did some mindful colouring….

In Maths, the second class pupils were learning about symmetry…

In English, we read a book called “Brush – A Tale of Two Foxes” by Pierce Feireatar. The children really enjoyed this Christmas story and reviewed the book, describing the setting, plot, characters and also scored it. Most gave it 10 out of 10!

In preparation for Christmas, the children wrote letters to Santa and went to the local post office to post them…

We got a letter back from Santa too!!!

We filled our classroom with lots of Christmas art and decorations for our homes…

On Tuesday, 21st December, we enjoyed hot chocolate in our classrooms. Thank you Mrs. Dooley and Mrs. Power for organising this lovely treat!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all the pupils in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class! See you all in 2022!

Date posted: 23rd December 2021 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Middle Classroom, Visual Arts |

Autumn in the Junior Room

Date posted: 27th October 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, History, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

We have been busy in September and October in the Junior Classroom. Check out the photos below to see what we’ve been up to!

At the beginning of September we were working on skills such as cutting and using different materials to practice making lines, shapes and letter writing.

We had fun learning different Nursery Rhymes such as Baa, Baa Black Sheep and Humpty Dumpty. We practiced cutting skills and made art based on these rhymes.

In SESE we were busy learning all about ourselves, how we change as we grow up and Autumn, learning about hedgehogs, squirrels and the changes which happen in this season.

Also as part of SESE we read the book ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and made maps of the journey they went on in the story.

We also had fun going on an Autumn Nature Walk to the Discovery Park. We spotted leaves changing colours to orange, yellow, red and brown, conkers, red berries and helicopter seeds from Sycamore trees.

We brought our clipboards and pencils with us and ticked off the signs of Autumn we spotted on our walk.

On the way back we had time to stop off at the playground!

When we got back we created a Nature Table of Autumn items.

Senior Infants were learning all about length in Maths and made chains which were long, longer and the blue was longest. They also played games to revise their numbers from last year.

We began learning through play and the Aistear Curriculum in October and our first topic we learned about was ‘The Vet.’ We read stories like ‘Bet the Vet’ and created different things to do with vets in areas such as junk art, play doh, small world and construction.

Finally in Art we made squirrels using crepe paper to create bushy tails, we also painted colourful Autumn trees using cotton buds to paint the leaves on as dots and finally painted spooky pumpkins for Halloween!

Finally on the last day of term we had a great day dressing up for Halloween 🙂

Date posted: 27th October 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, History, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Beautiful Butterflies arrive in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 5th June 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

Another month has flown by in the Junior Room and there has been lots of exciting and interesting things happening in our classroom!

First of all our caterpillars grew and grew, turned into chrysalis’ and eventually 3 butterflies hatched out. We set them free (after feeding them for a few days) in our school flower beds.

We learned about the life cycle of a butterfly in SESE and completed worksheets on this topic.

We also made colourful butterflies in art and sponge painted green leaf backgrounds to stick them onto.

Junior Infants were busy playing games in Maths and revising their numbers.

We also learned a lot about water in our world this month. We labelled different places we find water around us and completed experiments to see which materials were waterproof.

We recorded which materials absorbed water and which didn’t.

Also in SESE we learned about the lives of lighthouse keepers and the job they did in the past. Then we made our own ‘Flashy Lighthouses’ in art, they are lovely and colourful, boats and ships would definitely see them on the coastline!

Finally Senior Infants were busy constructing skyscrapers in play. They were pretty tall by the time they’d finished!!!

Date posted: 5th June 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |