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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.

Fun and Frolics down on the Farm!

Date posted: 1st May 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Irish, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Visual Arts |

April again has been busy in the Junior Room. Our topic in play this month was the farm. We made farm related items in Junk Art, created a dairy farm in Small World and found farm related items and built a farm in the sand.

We also made different farm animals from paper plates, look at our sheep, cows, pigs and hens!

In Maths Junior Infants were practicing their numbers by building tower blocks from cubes with certain numbers in each. Meanwhile Senior Infants were learning the time in one hour intervals and played a game showing how many times they rolled the time! They also made picture numbers of 5 and 10.

 

Spring is in the air and we made Spring flowers from egg boxes as well as writing some of our favourite things about this time of year.

In Gaeilge our topic was An Zú and after learning all the animal names in Irish we made colourful zoo pictures in Art.

Date posted: 1st May 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Irish, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, 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 |

November News from the Junior Room

Date posted: 30th November 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Irish, Junior Classroom, Music, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

We have done lots of work in Junior & Senior Infants since we came back from mid term break. Our play themes have been The Post Office and The Airport. We learned and created lots about these topics.

Making aeroplanes in junk art.

Building our own airport with a runway and control tower.

Designing and writing in our own passports.

Checking in at the airport.

Going through security and bag checks.

Buying stamps at the Post Office.

Making post boxes in Junk Art.

In Art we made hand print planes, linking to our play topic.

We also made various creatures from clay in Art. We had fun moulding the clay and painting it in bright colours when dry.

 Our topic in Gaeilge has been Eadaí and we made our own Líne Eadaí based on the work we did.

Staying on the theme of clothing we designed our own outfits using different fabrics in Art.

In SESE we learned all about Barn Owls and created pictures of these nocturnal birds.

In Music we learned the song Miss Polly has a Dolly. We coloured in pictures of the song and sequenced them in the correct order.

We worked lots on being a good friend this month. We looked at videos, read stories and discussed what it means to be a good friend. We made a friendship tree from all our hand prints to show that we are all friends in the Junior Room 🙂

Date posted: 30th November 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Irish, Junior Classroom, Music, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

More March Madness !

Date posted: 21st April 2017 | Category Basketball, Blog, Book Week, Class Work, Irish, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

During March, the whole school celebrated World Book Day on Thursday, 2nd March by dressing up as their favourite character in a nursery rhyme or storybook. Didn’t the children and their parents do a fantastic job once again!

Well done to everyone 🙂

In preparation for our Annual Book Fair, the school welcomed local author Martin Brennan and enjoyed learning about his stories as well as how to write a book from start to finish!

The children also designed their own book covers of their favourite stories as an extra activity to celebrate Book Week!

Over the past number of weeks, the children have thoroughly enjoyed participating in basketball lessons with Joe Byrne. A big thank you to Joe for all his enthusiasm each week and for teaching us new skills in basketball 🙂

First Class participated in a local Anti-Bullying Poster Competition and drew very meaningful pictures to discourage bullying in schools.

In SPHE, the children enjoyed talking about what makes their families special. In support of this, the children drew pictures to demonstrate what they treasure in their lives.

In Geography, the children explored the topic of jobs people do. The children enjoyed learning about different jobs and they also drew pictures of what they might like to be in the future!

March would not be March without all the preparations for St. Patrick’s Day! In Art, the children made their own Colourful Crocks of Gold!

First Class also enjoyed making their own shamrock badges as an extra work activity 🙂

In Maths, the children played a dice game in pairs called “St Patrick’s Day Roll and Cover”

The children went on a Spring Nature Walk in the Discovery Park to identify the physical features of Spring! They also enjoyed a short visit to the playground 🙂

In Art, they constructed their own Daffodil Pictures which has brought a little bit of Spring into our classroom! 🙂

During the month, we also celebrated Mothering Sunday! The children made their own beautiful bouquets to say thank you 🙂

Finally, towards the Easter Holidays, the children have been actively engaged in all sorts of Easter activities! They designed their own picture on the theme “Bible Leaders” for the Annual Bishop’s Poster Competition

They entered a local Easter Colouring Competition in Eurospar

and they made their own Easter Chicks to start the celebrations!

Well done on all your hard work over the past number of weeks. Happy Easter!

Date posted: 21st April 2017 | Category Basketball, Blog, Book Week, Class Work, Irish, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Happy Easter from the Middle Room!

Date posted: 12th April 2017 | Category Blog, Book Week, Class Work, Easter, English, Irish, Local Visits, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Special Occasions, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Easter has come round very fast and the children in 2nd, 3rd and 4th Class have been very busy over the past number of weeks!

In Gaeilge, we have been learning all about “An tEarrach” or Spring and wrote a story and learned a poem with lots of Spring flowers mentioned in it.  We also painted a giant Spring picture.

We also celebrated St. Patrick’s Day and made some lovely decorations.

We thoroughly enjoyed reading books at the book fair…

In English, we wrote some great book reports after reading many genres of books over the past few weeks…

The 3rd Class pupils wrote some animal riddles for their classmates!

In Visual Arts the children completed a “Mindful Colouring” activity and created some lovely Spring Flowers.

To celebrate Easter, we wrote Easter Acrostic Poems and created transparent eggs filled with lots of sparkling things!

We also learned about the Easter Story and retold it in our own words with great pictures…

The children also drew pictures for the Bishop’s Poster Competition, the theme being “Great Leaders – Past, Present and Future.”  Here are a few of the entries…

The children visited the Barnstorm Theatre at the end of March to see a play entitled “Monday’s Child.”  They thoroughly enjoyed it and wrote about the trip to the theatre in English.

To celebrate Mothering Sunday, we created cards, bookmarks and boxes of treats for the wonderful ladies in our lives!

Well done to all the children on a great month’s work!  We wish you all a very Happy Easter!  See you next month!

 

Date posted: 12th April 2017 | Category Blog, Book Week, Class Work, Easter, English, Irish, Local Visits, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Special Occasions, SPHE, Visual Arts |