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Irish

Irish is taught to all classes. We encourage the children and teachers to speak Irish in an informal way throughout the school day. We are promotiing the use of Irish with Seachtain na Gaeilge and we sent out some phrases for all parents to use with their child to develop their oral competency in the language.

Happy Halloween from the Senior Room!!

Date posted: 28th October 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, Irish, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Rugby, Science, Senior Classroom, Sports, Visual Arts |

Another busy month has come and gone! The Senior Room have completed a great month’s work again in all subject areas!

At the start of the month, we printed Autumnal Trees in Art using cotton buds!! Didn’t they do a great job!

We have had a great few weeks of playing Tag Rugby with our coach, Noel!

In Gaeilge, we have been learning lots of phrases about ourselves in Obair Bhéal. The children also wrote a little factual piece about themselves too!

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Castlecomer Library to see a very interactive presentation from weather forecaster, Joanna Donnelly on her new book “The Great Irish Weather Book” which she published with her illustrator, Fuschia MacAree! Thank you to the library for organising this great event!

We did an art appreciation lesson on Surrealism and looked at the work of the Spanish Painter, Joan Miro, who produced many famous paintings using simple shapes, bright colours and unique symbols. Below are the children’s own pictures in response to his many creative and innovative paintings!

In SESE, the children explored the topic of Autumn as well as Living Things and created their own owls in response to all they had learned 🙂

Music Generation is well underway at Wandesforde. The children are engaging well in their weekly performance workshops with Clare Kilkenny and are participating in a wide variety of vocal and instrumental activities in Music.

In preparation for Halloween, the children engaged in a literacy workshop on Halloween Haiku Poetry. They explored the technique of writing this Japanese form of poetry using 3 lines of syllables and adjectives!

We also designed our own pumpkins for the Castlecomer Library Halloween Competition!

In Gaeilge, we learned the poem “OĂ­che Shamhna” and drew pictures to illustrate the poem!

Finally, the children dressed up in their Halloween costumes on Friday, 25th October. They all looked amazing and as always it was a great way to start off the Halloween Holidays!

Happy Halloween Everybody! Enjoy your well deserved Mid-Term Break 🙂

Date posted: 28th October 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, Irish, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Rugby, Science, Senior Classroom, Sports, Visual Arts |

A Busy May in the Middle Room!

Date posted: 6th June 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Irish, Middle Classroom, School Outings, Visual Arts |

The month of May has been filled with lots of fun and games in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class!  After our Easter break, we wrote about all the fun things that we got up to…

In Irish, we learned all about “An TeilifĂ­s” and the children drew their favourite programmes…

In Geography, we looked at Ireland as a country and the many geographical features it has.  We discussed the beautiful places to visit throughout the country and the children depicted their favourite places…

In Visual Arts, we looked at the life and works of Claude Monet and the children recreated their own Monet inspired paintings…

We also created “Lighthouse Scenes” in Art…

Can you see who’s looking through the window?!

On Thursday, 23rd May, 1st and 2nd Class went on their school tour to Rathwood and The Chocolate Garden.  We had a great time learning about how chocolate is made and got to taste 4 different types of chocolate.  We then made our own bears or dinosaurs and decorated them.  It was great fun!

We wrote about all the fun things we did back at school…

While we were away, the 3rd Class were having fun and doing lots of Art with Mrs. Kenny….

After their school tour on the 30th May to Dunmore East Adventure Centre, they wrote up reports about all they got up to!

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

Date posted: 6th June 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Irish, Middle Classroom, School Outings, Visual Arts |

2019 is off to a Great Start in the Senior Classroom!

Date posted: 9th February 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Irish, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Religious Education, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Sports, Visual Arts |

2019 is well under way and the Senior Classroom have made a great start to the new year! They are actively participating in Dance Classes with Michelle from Dancewise and are really enjoying learning the dance routine for “Thriller”

Here’s a few sneak peaks at all their efforts 🙂

The children participated in a local art competition whereby they drew a favourite scene from the fairytale, Cinderella, which was performed in the Community Hall in Castlecomer

In Art, the children used pastels and chalk to create their own nightscape depicting the New Years’ celebrations!

They also completed their own New Year’s Resolutions in Religion & SESE

In response to all the work the children did on the Aztecs in History before Christmas, the children completed their own “Did You Know Fact Sheet” to recall material they had met.

The Renaissance was covered in SESE during January and the children enjoyed writing their own messages in Mirror Writing, a technique which was used by the famous artist, Leonardo da Vinci!

Members of 4th,5th & 6th Class competed in the local Credit Union Quiz on Friday, 1st February and did very well representing the school. Well done to you all 🙂

In Gaeilge, the topic of “ÉadaĂ­” was explored with all classes. The children completed their own personal clothing style profile “as Gaeilge!”

Similes and metaphors were explored in literacy. The children created their own poems using similes and metaphors on topics of interest to them!

In Art, the children created their own artistic scene from a small magazine cut out. Didn’t they do a fantastic job!

“Decision Making” was a topic that we explored in SPHE in January. The children were given many scenarios in which they had to make decisions and in so doing, they developed a better understanding of various decision making styles!

Well done to all members of the Senior Room for your continued hard work in all aspects of their learning 🙂

Date posted: 9th February 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Irish, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Religious Education, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Sports, Visual Arts |

A Busy December in the Senior Room

Date posted: 6th January 2019 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, History, Irish, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

The Senior Room have been very busy in their preparations for Christmas. Below are some photographs of all their hard work in all aspects of school life.

In Religion the children designed a picture for the Postal Bible School’s Calendar Competition

The children learned about the home in Gaeilge and they completed a fact file on their homes

In Maths, the topic of fractions put us all to the test! The children engaged in many class activities to reinforce this concept. They particularly enjoyed getting fractions of various 2D shapes which we displayed as decorations on and presents under our Christmas Tree!

During the month, we explored the topic of “Me” in SPHE. The children created their own treasure chests with pictures and symbols of what makes each of them special.

We looked at Pompeii in History and learned a lot about this ancient city. In support of all that they had learned on the topic, the children wrote their own historical newspaper report.

The children designed their own fantasy cups and saucers using various lines and shapes in Art. Didn’t they do a fantastic job!

In preparation for Christmas, the children created lots of colourful art work and decorations for our classroom!

We received a free Science Workshop on electricity as a result of all our efforts recycling batteries last year. The children were actively involved in this workshop!

The children engaged in some Christmas baking also during the month. They made Gingerbread Christmas Cookies

They also enjoyed decorating their own Christmas Cupcakes!

The children outperformed themselves in the Funky Kids Show. Well done on all your hard work in preparation for the night. Thanks to Denis & Olivia of Funky Kids for their enthusiasm & support of the children during this 10 week workshop.

Santa als0 visited us before the holidays and the children got to meet Santa in their classroom:)

Well done Senior Classes on all your hard work in the lead up to Christmas. Enjoy your well deserved Christmas break and see you all in 2019!!

Date posted: 6th January 2019 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, History, Irish, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

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 |