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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.

February Fun with 5th & 6th Class

Date posted: 6th March 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Drama, Fundraising Activities, Geography, History, Irish, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, Sports, Visual Arts |

February has flown by once again in the senior room, take a look and see what we’ve been up to this month.

We took part in the Operation Transformation 10 @ 10 on the 10th of Feb. We’ve also tried to keep up doing some exercise between classes since then.

In art we painted in cold colours and made white tree silhouettes. We also enjoyed mixing primary colours to make secondary colours and created symmetrical designs.

In drama we created sock puppets and performed a sketch with these which we made up ourselves.

In Irish we were reading all about the things we do every day. We then wrote up accounts of our own day and illustrated them.

In geography we learned all about the moon, did you know that when the moon is waxing it’s getting bigger and when it’s getting smaller it’s waning. We drew all the different phases of the moon. 

In music we learned ‘O Better Far to Live and Die’ from The Pirates of Penzance. We drew our own impressions of the pirate from the song.

We have been learning all about the Normans in history and we wrote diary entries from the point of view of Strongbow. He was a Norman who sailed into Bannow Bay in Wexford and conquered Waterford and later Dublin.

He also married Aoife who was the daughter of the King of Leinster, Dermot Mac Murrough. We looked at the painting ‘The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife’ by Daniel Maclise in art class.

Finally the pupils let their creative talents shine when they came to school in a variety of costumes for World Book Day!

Date posted: 6th March 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Drama, Fundraising Activities, Geography, History, Irish, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, Sports, Visual Arts |

New Year and plenty of cheer in the Senior Room!

Date posted: 6th February 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Irish, Our Work on Display, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

We have been very busy during the month of January, we’ve enjoyed having Mr Chadwick as well as Ms Power teaching us. Take a look and see all the different things we’ve completed so far this year.

To begin with we reviewed 2016 and wrote up our New Years Resolutions for 2017.

In Gaeilge our topic was ‘An Aimsir.’ We looked at different weather based pictures and wrote up what was happening in each.

In Art we created our silhouettes, can you guess who’s who?!!

We also created our own sports jersey.

In Geography we have enjoyed learning lots about Greece including their climate, food, plants and culture.

Our topic in Science was Boglands of Ireland. We looked at all the diverse plants and animals found there. Did you know Ireland contains 50% of Western Europe’s Boglands?

Finally in English and History we have been learning all about The Irish Famine in the 1840s. We read the novel Under the Hawthorn Tree which was set in famine times. We also found out lots about this topic in History and completed a class project based on the topic.

Date posted: 6th February 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Irish, Our Work on Display, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

Merry Christmas from 5th & 6th Class!

Date posted: 22nd December 2016 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, History, Irish, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, School Outings, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

The pupils in the Senior Room have had lots on in December to keep them busy!

We lit candles in our candle holders which we painted back in November.

We created Nativity scenes and Christmas snowmen in Art.

In History we were fascinated to learn all about life in Medieval Times. We learned lots about society, life in towns and the country and daily life. We wrote up what we found to be most interesting from that time.

In Religious Education we learned all about Advent and made our class Advent Wreath. We lit a new candle on it each week.

We also made colourful Nativity lanterns.

In Gaeilge we wrote a cinquain (5 line poem) based on the topic of An Nollaig.

Finally we had great fun at the cinema, we went to see Moana and at our Christmas party, especially when a special person appeared!!

Merry Christmas everyone, see you in 2017!

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Date posted: 22nd December 2016 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, History, Irish, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, School Outings, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

Hallowe’en fun for 5th and 6th Class

Date posted: 28th October 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Green Flag, Hallowe'en, Irish, Local Visits, Our Work on Display, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

Hallowe’en is just around the corner and the pupils in 5th and 6th class have been doing lots of fun and creative work around this topic.

In English we wrote Spooky Stories with a Hallowe’en theme.

 

Art has been all about spiders and fireworks, here are our finished pictures.

In Geography, Science and English we have been learning all about the Rainforest, we wrote up information on the importance of rainforests and labelled diagrams of the layers of a rainforest.

We also conducted an experiment to see how water travels to the leaves in a plant. We could see this process in action by adding red food dye to the water.

Ar an bhFeirm was the topic we covered in Gaeilge. The pupils wrote up a story in Irish about a day on the farm.

We are now working on our 5th Green Flag and the theme is biodiversity. With this in mind the senior pupils went on a nature walk to the Discovery Park and noted all the different aspects of nature they observed.

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Finally we enjoyed baking Hallowe’en cupcakes on Friday as a treat before the holidays.

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As you can see we also had fun dressing up for Hallowe’en!

Date posted: 28th October 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Green Flag, Hallowe'en, Irish, Local Visits, Our Work on Display, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

Our First Month Back at School!

Date posted: 7th October 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Irish, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

September has been busy for us all settling back into school after our Summer Holidays! We welcomed 4 new pupils into Junior Infants: Anya Morris, Alish Cooney, Theo Neale & Clinton Griffith. We also welcomed back Senior Infants and First Class into the Junior Classroom 🙂

To start off the month, the children made their own LiamMcCarthy Cups in support of Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Hurling Championships. They had great fun waving their cups at the traffic passing through the town!!

In SPHE, the children have been learning about what makes them special. They drew a picture of themselves in response to all the work they covered on this topic.

In SESE & Religion, we have been exploring the theme of Harvest through story, poetry and song singing. The children created their own very colourful fruit & vegetable baskets for Harvest. Didn’t they do a great job 🙂

We also enjoyed cheering on the cyclists in Rás na mBan when they passed through Castlecomer during the month. An Post very kindly gave us t-shirts to wear on the day and also some flags to wave at the cyclists as they zoomed past us!!

In English, we have been learning and revising many letters this month too. The children made their own scarecrow for the letter “s” using rolled up crepe paper.

The children drew pictures to give us a snapshot of their Summer Holidays as an activity in History at the start of the month.

 During the month the children enjoyed decorating their own cupcake as a little Friday treat 🙂

The Junior Classroom paid a visit to our local library for a storytelling session with Mary!

Mary has asked us to take part in a storytelling workshop on the work of Roald Dahl so over the next few weeks, we will be visiting the library to listen to some of his stories. So far, the children have listened to excerpts from  Matilda and have really enjoyed getting to know the characters’ names as well as  Roald Dahl’s language which believe it or not is  called GOBBLEFUNK!!

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While we were at the library, we also picked out our own books to bring back to the classroom library. Mary also gave all the children a form for membership of the library. Some of the children in the Junior Classroom have already become members and now have their very own library card!

Well done to all the children on a great month’s work in the Junior Classroom!

Date posted: 7th October 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Irish, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |