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Mathematics

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

Merry Christmas from the Junior Room

Date posted: 21st December 2022 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Drama, Drama, Geography, History, Irish, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Visual Arts |

As ever we’ve been busy in December in the Junior Room! Our Play topic was the North Pole. We learned about animals, houses and nature there.

An Arctic scene in Small World
Constructing an igloo village
Building larger igloos in Construction
Making Polar animals in Play Doh!
Creating The Northern Lights in Junk Art

In Gaeilge we had fun playing Biongó with our partners!

In Art we made Christmas Trees by weaving wool through paper plates we painted. We painted Polar Bears as well, continuing our North Pole theme.

In SESE we learned all about Irish explorer Tom Creane. He travelled to Antarctica! We discovered interesting facts about Polar Bears and found out where the North & South Poles are as well as the Equator, we labelled a globe with these places.

We discussed Winter and found out ways to help nature out such as feeding the birds. We also read a Christmas story called The Christmas Spider, who decorated a tree with sparkly webs and we made our own sparkly, web covered trees!

Senior Infants were busy counting and colouring in Christmas Maths.

In RE we learned the story of Christmas and made an Advent Wreath to count down the weeks to Christmas Day as well as keeping track using our Advent Calendar!

Finally we were delighted to perform our Christmas Musical “Hosanna Rock” in St Mary’s Church. It was fantastic to see so many families there and welcome them back to school after, especially when a special visitor called in!!!

Heading home after our show!

Wishing everyone a happy and peaceful Christmas, see you in 2023!!!

Date posted: 21st December 2022 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Drama, Drama, Geography, History, Irish, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Visual Arts |

A Busy November in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 25th November 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Irish, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, SPHE, Sports, Visual Arts |

As ever we have been busy bees in the Junior Room, learning lots of new things and completing colourful work! In Play we learned all about The Fire Station.

Making fire engines in Junk Art
Putting out fires in the sand box
An emergency in Small World!

Starting to build a fire engine in Construction
Building a Fire Station from magnets in Construction
Doing puzzles and activities based on the topic

We discussed fire safety in SPHE and learned how to call the fire brigade if we ever need to.

In SESE we learned about music from around the world, tin whistles from Ireland, bagpipes from Scotland, castanets from Spain, djembe drums from Africa and didgeridoos from Australia. We listened and identified each instrument playing. We also learned all about the composer Mozart and listened to some of his music too!

We also heard the legend of The Giant’s Causeway in History and drew our favourite part of the story.

In English we are learning more sounds in Junior Infants, we learned the letter sound ‘l’ last week.

In Maths Junior Infants learned all about items which were heavy and light.

Our topic in Gaeilge was ‘Bia’ and we know lots of different foods in Irish now, we drew food in our own Bosca Lón (lunchbox) in Art to go with the theme.

We have also learned the letter ‘u’ recently and to go with this we created colourful umbrellas and rain showers in Art.

Finally we continue to learn new skills in GAA each week, we’ve been doing football skills for the last few weeks.

Date posted: 25th November 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Irish, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, SPHE, Sports, Visual Arts |

A New Year in the Junior Room

Date posted: 5th October 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, SPHE, Visual Arts |

September has been a fun and busy month in the Junior Room, we worked on various skills like cutting and drawing, going outside to practice some of these.

We discussed our Class Rules and coloured pictures of them.

We were learning all about ourselves and how we are growing up in SESE.

We discussed the many different people who make up our families and drew family portraits.

Senior Infants are continuing to learn Tricky Words, we went out to practice some of them with chalk. They were also busy working on matching skills in Maths and went on a hunt around the classroom for objects that go together such as paper & crayons, teapot & cup, doll & pram etc.

In art we drew pictures of our summer holidays and painted bright backgrounds to go with self portraits we created.

Finally in RE we learned our School Prayer and made pictures thanking God for school.

Date posted: 5th October 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, SPHE, Visual Arts |

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 |