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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.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Date posted: 23rd December 2020 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, History, Irish, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

The boys and girls in 2nd, 3rd and 4th class have had such a busy few weeks during the months of November and December. After returning from our mid-term break, we wrote about what we got up to..

In History, we learned about Ancient Egypt, the Pharaohs, the Great Pyramids of Giza and Tutankhamun. We worked in pairs to create a display on all the interesting facts that we learned…

In Visual Arts, we designed our own masks using metallic colours….

In Science, we learned about materials and how some are transparent, translucent and opaque…

In English, we are reading the novel “The Witches” by Roald Dahl. Did you know there are 6 tell-tale signs to spot a witch? Read the following and make sure you make a note of them!!!! The children drew their interpretation of a witch!

In Art, we also looked at the life and work of Pablo Picasso. The children created their own Picasso inspired Art!

We also looked at the strand of “Fabric & Fibre” and learned how to weave…

We learned about Advent and how it is a time of preparation…We made Advent Wreaths and discussed the symbolism of the candles that are placed on the wreaths as we approach Christmas Day.

We made Christingles in Religious Education. Did you know that each part of the Christingle represents something? The children enjoyed making them and eating the sweets too!

We made Christmas cards for our friends and families…

The children learned about the Birth of Jesus and depicted the story in a stable scene.

In Gaeilge, the children learned the vocabulary based on the theme of “An Nollaig” and drew pictures of the story..

We made Christmas decorations using air-drying clay and paint…

Mrs. Kenny showed the children how to create very cool and fashionable reindeer, some decorated with lights and baubles! Don’t they look great?!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and the best for 2021! From 2nd, 3rd and 4th class:)

Date posted: 23rd December 2020 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, History, Irish, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

Wonderful Work in the Senior Room this Winter!

Date posted: 22nd December 2020 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Irish, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

November and December have been busy months once again for us all here at Wandesforde. 5th & 6th Class have been working so hard in all subject areas.

In Religion, the children designed a front cover for the Gazette Magazine Front Cover Competition

The children engaged in a Biodiversity Workshop with Michele Castiaux through the Heritage in Schools Schemes and created their own Biodiversity Maps of our school environment. They did a fantastic job and learned so much!

They also engaged in a History Workshop on Anglo Norman Castles with Lisanne O’ Loughlin and Steve Mandal . They learned so much about Kilkenny Castle and constructed their own model of Kilkenny Castle in response to all they had learned.

In Maths, the children covered many topics including Lines and Angles. They designed their own Stained Glass Windows using a variety of lines and angles.

During November and December, the children explored various forms of poetry in English. They created their own Haiku Poetry, which is a Japanese poem consisting of 3 short lines.

They also did Diamante Poetry in December. These are diamond shaped poems which are made up of seven lines using various parts of speech.

The children have been reading the class novel, Under the Hawthorn Tree by Marita Conlan McKenna which explores the theme of the Irish Potato Famine. The children learned lots of interesting facts about the Famine whilst reading this novel.

In SPHE, the class engaged very well in activities relating to the topic of Friendship. As a whole class activity, we established that the 3 most important qualities of a friend for us all are: Optimism, Thoughtfulness and Loyalty.

They also came up with their own Healthy Friendship Statements and drew illustrations to depict these statements!

In Gaeilge, the children continued to learn lots of new vocabulary and phrases. They created their own illustrations of many phrases they had learned. In advance of the “Seó Bréagán” le Ryan Tubridy, the children designed their own “Geansaí Nollag” Rinne siad jab iontach!

The Digestive System was also explored in Science. Did you know that your body can move your food through your digestive system even while you are standing on your head?! It is not connected to gravity and it happens because of the muscles in your digestive system!!

In Art, we sketched owls using chalk and chalk pastels.

In preparation for Christmas, the children designed their own Christmas card,

A Winter Wonderland Scene….

and Clay Christmas Trees.

We also created our own Class Cookbook as a gift for our families. We hope you enjoy the many tasty treats inside!

Finally, we produced our own Class Calendar for 2021 for our teachers and our homes!

As always, well done and thank you to 5th & 6th Class for all your hard work. This has been a very busy and different term for us all and we have worked so hard together. Enjoy your well deserved Christmas Break and I look forward to hearing all your news and seeing all your wonderful work with Ms. Róisín Nolan in 2021! 🙂

Date posted: 22nd December 2020 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Irish, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

November News from the Junior Room

Date posted: 29th November 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, History, Irish, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Music, Our Work on Display, Visual Arts |

November has flown by in the Junior Room and once again we have been busy learning lots of new things across the curriculum!

At the start of the month we had a virtual visit from Marina Levitina through the Heritage in Schools Scheme. She taught us lots of information about native Irish plants and flowers and we did an art lesson with her where she showed us how to draw a Meadow Sweet flower.

In SESE and Music this month we learned all about musical instruments from around the world, including the tin whistle from Ireland, castanets from Spain, bagpipes from Scotland, drums from Africa and the digeridoo from Australia! We listened to all these instruments and then played some percussion instruments in Music class.

We also listened to some classical music by Mozart and learned some facts about him.

In Gaeilge we learned all about Bia this month and made our own Bosca Lón with ceapairí, bainne, uisce, banana, úll, iógart agus piorra!

Finally in Maths we were learning about 2D shapes and made these shape monsters with Ms Delaney who was with us on Teaching Practice for the month.

Date posted: 29th November 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, History, Irish, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Music, Our Work on Display, Visual Arts |

Halloween Fun in 2nd, 3rd and 4th Class!

Date posted: 28th October 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, Irish, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

We hope you are all enjoying the mid-term break from school! October has been a fun, but busy month in the middle classroom! In Science and Geography, we have been learning about animals, their habitats, how we classify them and the amazing species that roam the earth! The children then completed a mini-project on an animal of their choice. They did a great job!

In English, the children read and discussed a spooky poem called “The Haunted House” by the poet Wilfrid Scawen Blunt…

In Gaeilge, we continued to learn about “An Fómhar” and completed an “Éist & Tarraing” activity. The children had to listen to a story and draw a picture in response to it….

In Art, we looked at the primary and secondary colours and completed an art lesson which required us to make secondary colours from blue, red and yellow…

We designed “Pop Art Pumpkins” in Art also….

Spooky Silhouettes appeared on our moons…

We had an in-class Halloween Drawing Competition. Well done to Robert, Ellie and Clinton who won a prize for their efforts and spooky creations!

The children also drew Harvest Thanksgiving Pictures for a Church Service, but unfortunately, due to Covid-19 Restrictions, they couldn’t be displayed in Church. Here are a few examples of the children’s lovely artwork….

And finally, we got to dress up on the last day of school! Well done to the pupils and parents for the effort into the fabulous costumes!

Enjoy the rest of the Halloween break boys and girls and well done on all your hard work since we got back to school!

Date posted: 28th October 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, Irish, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

Happy Halloween from the Senior Classroom!

Date posted: 27th October 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, History, Irish, Music, Our Work on Display, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

By now we are well settled back to life in school. During October the Senior Classroom worked very hard and produced some great work!

In Music, the children have been focusing on musical theory and have learned the names for musical notes as well as other Italian musical terms used in Music. They also engaged in some listening and responding activities in Music and used their knowledge of musical theory learned.

The children took a “Line for a Walk” in Art and explored the work of the artist, Paul Klee.

In Gaeilge, the children continue to learn lots of new vocabulary and are learning lots of new phrases too. They learned the phrase “Nuair a fhásaim suas, ba mhaith liom a bheith i mo…” which means “When I grow up, I would like to be a …” and they drew illustrations of their future career path!

During the month, we explored the topic of Ancient China in SESE and learned lots of interesting facts about the various dynasties that ruled China. The Han Dynasty was one such dynasty and we designed our own vases in support of all they did for arts and culture in China.

In English, we looked at the poem, The Marrog by R.C Scriven and identified its effective use of adjectives. The children then drew pictures of what they imagined the “Marrog” looked like from this descriptive poem.

In preparation for Halloween, the children wrote their own Halloween Acrostic Poem

They also wrote their own Spooky Stories which were quite terrifying to listen to!!

In Art, the children created their own Haunted House Scene using oil pastels. Didn’t they do a great job!

They also designed their own Halloween costume for the Folens Halloween Competition

Finally on the day of our Halloween Holidays, the children dressed up in their Halloween costumes and had a mini party/disco with their classmates to mark the start of our Mid Term Break!

Well done 5th & 6th Class on a great month’s work. Enjoy your Mid Term Break and be sure to have a Happy Halloween Everybody!

Date posted: 27th October 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, History, Irish, Music, Our Work on Display, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |