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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.

A Busy Autumn in the Senior Classroom

Date posted: 30th October 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, Fundraising Activities, Hallowe'en, Irish, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Our first 2 months back at school have been busy as always. The Senior classes have worked hard in all subject areas for both Ms. Wilson and their student teacher, Mrs. Meally.

Below are some photos of various activities!

At the start of September, the children engaged in Optical Illusion Activities in Art and Science and created their own Optical Illusion using their hands and the first initial of their name!

The children completed a traffic survey at our school gates and recorded their results onto Bar Graphs in Maths! On the day of the survey, silver was the most popular vehicle colour to pass through Castlecomer!

In Art, the children created their own Autumn Wreaths using leaves from our school environment.

On Friday, 8th October, the school supported Goal’s Jersey Day and we all enjoyed wearing our sports jerseys into school for the day!

In SPHE the children created their own Mandalas as a symbol of their own uniqueness and self identity. Didn’t they do a fantastic job?

Drawing a self portrait with a twist was another art activity the children engaged in!

Members of 6th Class helped plant some daffodil and tulip bulbs around our school and parish grounds.

In Religion, the children designed their own Harvest Picture for the Harvest Service in St. Mary’s Church on Sunday, 24th October.

The children designed their own Anti-Bullying Poster in response to all that they had learned on the topic of Bullying in SPHE.

To celebrate Kilkenny Day on Sunday, 10th October, the children very creatively designed their own Pangur Bán!

On Thursday, 21st October, the whole school visited the Community School and got to run or walk around the track for 2km to raise money for our school and to support Joyce in her efforts to raise money for both our school and the ICU in St. Luke’s Hospital Kilkenny.

Well done to all the children for all their hard work at training in advance of the day as well as their great performance on the running track too!

The children donned their Hallowe’en costumes on the day of their Hallowe’en holidays. Well done to you all for such creative and scary costumes!

To get into the spirit of Halowe’en, the children played a game outdoors called Hallowe’en Run

and they engaged in some collaborative art to create some very funky looking pumpkins and spooky looking bats!!

Well done to 4th, 5th & 6th Class for all your great work over the past 2 months. Thank you to Mrs. Meally for all her hard work during October in the Senior Classroom. Enjoy your well deserved Mid Term Break! 🙂

Happy Hallowe’en to everybody!!

Date posted: 30th October 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, Fundraising Activities, Hallowe'en, Irish, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

2nd, 3rd and 4th Class are Back!!!

Date posted: 27th March 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, English, History, Irish, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

A warm welcome back to all our pupils after a stressful few months at home! It is great to be back in the classroom and it is even better seeing our friends that we haven’t seen in so long! The children have worked very hard since their return. Have a look at what they have been up to over the past few weeks!!

In History, we have been learning all about the Vikings. We learned where they came from, what they wore, how they lived and their life in Ireland. The children drew “Viking Longships” as you can see below!

To celebrate Mothering Sunday, we made these 3D Tulips. We also made cards. We hope all Mums, Grandmothers and Aunts had a wonderful day!

In English, we discussed Spring, new life, flowers, nature. We wrote about this lovely season and drew pictures of the things that happen in Spring!

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on 17th March, we all dressed up in green!

In Gaeilge, we have been learning all about “Éadaí” so we labelled our “Leipreachán” with all the words from the theme of “Éadaí” that we now know!

We made very cool looking Leprechauns using tissue paper and lots of imagination!

Ms. Delaney has also been teaching the pupils over the past week and a half and the children have been learning all about magnets and the weather. They completed some prediction activities in Science to see what items were magnetic and non-magnetic.

In Visual Arts the children drew “Self-Portraits”…

The children learned about “The Easter Story” and in Visual Arts, made these fantastic Easter Chicks!

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter!

Date posted: 27th March 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, English, History, Irish, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

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 |