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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.

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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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 |

Autumn arrives in the Senior Room

Date posted: 3rd October 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, History, Irish, Our Work on Display, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

September has been a productive month for 5th and 6th class. Take a look and see what we’ve been learning about.

In Gaeilge we designed our own unique hand print and wrote all about ourselves around it in Irish.

We also wrote acrostic poems in Irish using ‘An F√≥mhar’ as our theme.

In Geography we have been learning all about the mountains and rivers of Ireland.

Ancient China was a topic we learned lots about in History, especially the Han and Qin Dynasties. We wrote diary entries from a child’s point of view living during both of these dynasties.

In Art we created individually designed names with wax pastels and inspired by the changing seasons we made colourful Autumn trees using matchsticks and tissue paper.

We also painted bright and intricate Celtic Designs.

In SPHE we discussed how we are all different but also have many things in common. The result of this work was a colourful class jigsaw showing how we all fit together!

Date posted: 3rd October 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, History, Irish, Our Work on Display, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

April with 4th, 5th & 6th Class

Date posted: 6th May 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, History, Irish, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

We have been quite busy in the past month in the Senior Room. In geography and science we looked in detail at different rocks and how they were formed.

We examined examples of different rocks, many thanks to the girls who brought in limestone, granite, marble, sandstone etc. It was great to see all these different rocks and wonderful fossils.

In art we created distorted stars with rulers and coloured in with metallic pencils. We have also been looking at the country Japan and made these bright cherry blossoms with egg cartons.

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We wrote up information that we learned about Japan, it is very different to Ireland!

We recently looked at 2D shapes in maths and made these shaded shape pictures.

4th class wrote all about their houses in Irish.

In history we discovered all about the Industrial Revolution in Britain and looked at the lives of children at this time and the work they were forced to do.

Date posted: 6th May 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, History, Irish, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

A Fun-Filled Spring in the Middle Room!

Date posted: 18th March 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, English, Irish, Mathematics, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, Science, Special Occasions, Visual Arts |

This term has been jam-packed with lots of fun activities and the children have worked very hard!  1st, 2nd and 3rd Class were very lucky to have Ms. Kathy Ryan teaching them for 3 and a half weeks in February!  Thank you Ms. Ryan for all your hard work with the children!

In Art, the children learned to weave hearts to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day…

To thank the mums and grandmothers in our lives, the children made paper flower bouquets!

In Maths, the children learned all about 2D and 3D shapes.  They even constructed their own 3D shapes with various facts written down about them also..

In English, the children read “George’s Marvellous Medicine” by Roald Dahl, which they thoroughly enjoyed!¬† They then created their own special medicines and wrote down the ingredients and¬†method used when creating them!

In S.E.S.E., the 3rd Class pupils completed projects on a variety of topics that interested them.  They had to present them to the class and be able to answer questions on them also.  They did a wonderful job!  As a treat for all their hard work, they each received an Easter Egg to enjoy on Easter Sunday!

To celebrate World Book Day on Thursday, 3rd March, the children dressed up as their favourite character.  The creativity was fantastic!

We also had a visit from Pat Moylan on Friday, 11th March and he spoke about the events leading up to 1916.  The children had plenty of opportunities to dress up in the clothes of that era and hold a few guns and other items!

In English, the children wrote lovely Easter Acrostic Poems..

In Gaeilge, we learned an action song called “L√° Le P√°draig” and decorated our own St. Patrick’s Day paper plates!

Happy Easter everyone!  See you all in April!

Date posted: 18th March 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, English, Irish, Mathematics, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, Science, Special Occasions, Visual Arts |

Spring is in the air in the Junior Classroom!

Date posted: 16th March 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, Geography, History, Hockey, Irish, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

February and March have been very busy months with lots of celebrations to prepare for as well as all our usual hard work in curricular areas!

At the start of the month, the children decorated their own St. Brigid’s Day Cross in response to work covered in both Religion and History.

In History, the children explored the traditions of the Chinese New Year. They enjoyed making their own monkeys to celebrate 2016, the Year of the Monkey!

The children also made their own Chinese Lanterns!

On the 9th February, the whole school celebrated Pancake Tuesday by having a Healthy Breakfast together with pancakes and other healthy breakfast options! Mmmmm!

In Geography, we made our own Weather Dials to support our work on weather.

The children enjoyed a trip to our local library to return books and choose some more books to bring back to our classroom library!

In Gaeilge, we explored the theme “Bia” and to support our work, we designed our own “Cise√°n Picnic”

The children made their own Noah’s Ark in Religion in response to work covered on this biblical story

In assembly during the month, we had some unexpected visitors which really put a smile on the children’s faces. Thank you to Jackie Neale for bringing in Se√°n the lamb, Rasher, the puppy and Annabel the rabbit!

We celebrated Valentine’s Day on the 14th February and the children worked so well at making their own “Explosive Hearts” using wool!

For Mother’s Day on Sunday, 6th March, the children made their own colourful paper bouquet and card.

In P.E. the children have been learning how to play Unihoc. They particularly enjoyed playing “Sharks” and “Snatch the Bacon!”

They even got to practise their hockey skills in their costumes for World Book Day which we also celebrated at the start of Book Week in our school!

Before our Easter Holidays, we were very busy writing our Easter Cards to our Finnish Penpals¬†and we also had to complete our entry for the Bishop’s Poster Competition. The theme this year was “1916: Rethink, Re imagine and Reinvent.” The children drew pictures of family and school life 100 years ago!

Finally in Art, the children made their own “Leaping Leprechauns” for St. Patrick’s Day¬†

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everybody. Enjoy your Easter Holidays and we’ll see you all back at Wandesforde on the 4th April!

Date posted: 16th March 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, Geography, History, Hockey, Irish, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |