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We have great resources for the teaching of mathematics to all classes, including maths software, posters, manipulatives, blocks and other useful things.

Spring in the Senior Room!

Date posted: 15th April 2022 | Category Blog, Book Week, Class Work, Easter, English, Funky Kids, Geography, History, Irish, Local Visits, Mathematics, Music, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

During Spring, the Senior Classroom were busy with many seasonal and school activities. They learned how to weave and made some lovely “Woven Hearts” for Valentine’s Day!

As well as this, they made some God’s Eyes using craft sticks and wool.

Ireland was a topic explored in preparation for St. Patrick’s Day in SESE, Religion & Art.

The children enjoyed learning about Coordinate Geometry in Maths. They created their own Spring pictures by following the coordinates given.

The school had a Dress Up in Green Day for the people of Ukraine and in preparation for this, the children learned about their country and their culture in SESE.

They also learned about the Water Cycle and how important water is in our lives.

Funky Kids has been a great experience for the whole school this term. The children have been making their costumes, singing & performing their songs and taking part in some fun drama activities with Denis & Olivia each week.

Well done to all the children on a great performance at the Funky Kids Show. You were all stars on the stage and you did a fantastic show!

Mothering Sunday was also celebrated during Spring. We made some beautiful flower bouquets to thank all the people who mother us in our lives.

In Gaeilge, the children made some very creative posters of adjectives (aidiachtaí)

They also enjoyed playing Biongó to help them learn their numbers in Irish.

Book Week was also another successful event in our school this term. The children designed their own book covers for our We Are Writers Book. Didn’t they do a great job!

In Art, the children engaged in a Still Life Drawing activity and drew some beautiful daffodils in a jug. They worked on the elements of tone and texture in creating their drawings.

The children participated in the Bishop’s Easter Poster Competition in Religion. This year’s theme is HOPE and the children brought their ideas to life in their work below 🙂

In the lead up to the Easter Holidays, the children did a Spring Eggbox Scavenger Hunt in the Discovery Park.

Walking across the new footbridge in Castlecomer!

Easter Eggsperiments were also carried out in Science. We did experiments to find out if an egg is fresh or stale. Did you know that a stale egg will float in water whereas a fresh egg will sink in water.

We also found out how to work out if an egg is raw or hard boiled by spinning it. A hard boiled egg will move in a smooth spinning motion whereas a raw egg will tend to wobble!!

We also explored how to make a fresh egg float. We did this by adding some salt to the water which increases the density of the water resulting in a floating egg!!

One eggsperiment we all really enjoyed was the egg in the bottle! Believe if or not the egg does go into the bottle once a small piece of lit paper is put into the bottle!! This happens because when the match goes out and cools down it causes lower pressure inside the bottle. The air pressure outside the bottle is higher resulting in the egg being pushed down into the bottle!!

Finally, we worked with clay in Art and made our own egg shaped bowls some of which we turned into chicks!

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Well done to the Senior Classroom on all their achievements this term. Enjoy your well deserved break and have a very Happy Easter!

Date posted: 15th April 2022 | Category Blog, Book Week, Class Work, Easter, English, Funky Kids, Geography, History, Irish, Local Visits, Mathematics, Music, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

Spring has Sprung in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 11th April 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, English, Funky Kids, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

Junior and Senior Infants have been as busy as ever in the last few weeks. In play we learned all about The Farm. We had fun making animals in Play Doh, planning and making farms in the Sand and Small World. We also made items in Junk Art and went outside to create farms as well as building barns in Construction.

Making farm houses in Junk Art
Creating nests and homes for farm animals in Junk Art.
Building barns in Construction
Building farms outdoors
Making puzzles based on farms.

We learned lots in SESE about the season of Spring and various things which happen during this time of year. We read books and watched videos learning about this season and wrote some things which happen in Spring.

We learned about the Life Cycle of Chicks and made life cycle pictures.

We read the stroy “What the Ladybird Heard” which takes place on a farm and mapped the route the thieves took on the farm.

We also went on a nature walk to Castlecomer Discovery Park and spotted some signs of Spring. After we had some fun exploring and playing in the playground.

For Mother’s Day we made finger paintings and poems for our mums.

Junior Infants continue to learn their numbers in Maths and made Number 5 pictures.

In English we learned a Spring rhyme about daffodils drew illustrations to go with it.

We went outdoors and used chalk to practice sounding out and writing different words associated with farming.

In Art and RE we learned the story of Easter and created paintings based on this story.

Also in Art we created colourful St Patrick’s Day rainbows and shamrocks.

Finally, after 10 weeks of fun playing games, learning songs and creating costumes it was time to perform our Funky Kids Show! The pupils had a great day performing and watching their friends in other classes performing too.

Date posted: 11th April 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, English, Funky Kids, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

A Christmas and Winter Wonderland in the Middle Room!

Date posted: 23rd December 2021 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Middle Classroom, Visual Arts |

What a busy November and December it has been in the middle room! The children have been so busy! On 4th November, we welcomed Heritage Expert and Archaeologist Frankie Callaghan to our school to explore History with the children. Frankie brought a huge range of artefacts and historical craft pieces for the children to see and hold! They had so much fun!

After Frankie’s visit, the children designed their own family crests…

In SESE, we discussed people who help us and drew pictures of what we would like to do when we grow up!

In Visual Arts, we learned all about the life and work of Vincent Van Gogh and the chidren did a wonderful job painting their own version of “Sunflowers” and “Starry Night”.

We discussed the season of Winter, the Winter crops that are being sown at this time of year and then we made “Scarecrows” using fabric and fibre. Don’t they look great?

We created pictures using magazine cutouts of things and toys we like to play with….

The children created their own “Noughts and Crosses” game…

We did some mindful colouring….

In Maths, the second class pupils were learning about symmetry…

In English, we read a book called “Brush – A Tale of Two Foxes” by Pierce Feireatar. The children really enjoyed this Christmas story and reviewed the book, describing the setting, plot, characters and also scored it. Most gave it 10 out of 10!

In preparation for Christmas, the children wrote letters to Santa and went to the local post office to post them…

We got a letter back from Santa too!!!

We filled our classroom with lots of Christmas art and decorations for our homes…

On Tuesday, 21st December, we enjoyed hot chocolate in our classrooms. Thank you Mrs. Dooley and Mrs. Power for organising this lovely treat!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all the pupils in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class! See you all in 2022!

Date posted: 23rd December 2021 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Middle Classroom, Visual Arts |

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 |

Autumn in the Junior Room

Date posted: 27th October 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, History, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

We have been busy in September and October in the Junior Classroom. Check out the photos below to see what we’ve been up to!

At the beginning of September we were working on skills such as cutting and using different materials to practice making lines, shapes and letter writing.

We had fun learning different Nursery Rhymes such as Baa, Baa Black Sheep and Humpty Dumpty. We practiced cutting skills and made art based on these rhymes.

In SESE we were busy learning all about ourselves, how we change as we grow up and Autumn, learning about hedgehogs, squirrels and the changes which happen in this season.

Also as part of SESE we read the book ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and made maps of the journey they went on in the story.

We also had fun going on an Autumn Nature Walk to the Discovery Park. We spotted leaves changing colours to orange, yellow, red and brown, conkers, red berries and helicopter seeds from Sycamore trees.

We brought our clipboards and pencils with us and ticked off the signs of Autumn we spotted on our walk.

On the way back we had time to stop off at the playground!

When we got back we created a Nature Table of Autumn items.

Senior Infants were learning all about length in Maths and made chains which were long, longer and the blue was longest. They also played games to revise their numbers from last year.

We began learning through play and the Aistear Curriculum in October and our first topic we learned about was ‘The Vet.’ We read stories like ‘Bet the Vet’ and created different things to do with vets in areas such as junk art, play doh, small world and construction.

Finally in Art we made squirrels using crepe paper to create bushy tails, we also painted colourful Autumn trees using cotton buds to paint the leaves on as dots and finally painted spooky pumpkins for Halloween!

Finally on the last day of term we had a great day dressing up for Halloween 🙂

Date posted: 27th October 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, History, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |