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Music

Music is taught by the class teacher. The children have the opportunity to learn the piano and guitar from 1st class onwards if they wish. Every second year, we have a group called the “Funky Kids Workshop” in our school to help us put on a wonderful show. Denis and Olivia from the Funky Kids group teach us songs, dances and we then perform them at a Christmas Show for parents and the school community. We also record the show on DVD for parents to purchase! Each week in Assembly, we sing a song and once a year, we attend a Children’s Choral Festival with the other schools in the Diocese.

Wonderful Work this Winter in the Senior Classroom!

Date posted: 29th December 2021 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, History, Irish, Music, Religious Education, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

Although the past two months have passed so quickly, the Senior Classroom have been working hard in all subject areas. In preparation for our Annual Design a Christmas Card Fundraiser, the children designed some very creative Christmas Cards.

Didn’t they do a fantastic job!

We welcomed Heritage Expert, Francesca Callaghan to our school in November and enjoyed participating in her workshop about children in Medieval Ireland.

The children designed their own Family Crest in response to what they had learned from Francesca.

In History, the children explored the lives of the Aztec People in the 15th and early 16th centuries. They designed their own Aztec Suns in response to all they had learned about their culture

The whole classroom have been reading the novel, Wildflower Girl by Marita Conlan-McKenna. This novel explores the Famine Period in Ireland as well as its impact on the lives of Irish families. The theme of emigration is also explored.

In Literacy, the children worked well at researching vocabulary they met in the novel

They also drew some very good predictions of what they thought might happen some of the characters in the novel.

In Gaeilge, we looked at the topic of “An Scoil” and learned lots of vocabulary and phrases relating to the topic. The children wrote their own passage in Irish about their school and drew lovely pictures of our school too!

The children drew their own creative cartoon animals in Art.

In Music, the children engaged in a Listening & Responding Worksheet Activity whereby they had to answer questions based on the music they listened to, as well as draw a picture of what they feel the music portrays.

The piece of music we listened to was Tortoises from Carnival of the Animals, a musical suite of 14 movements, by French Composer, Camille Saint-Saens.

In Art, the children created their own “Snowmen at Night” drawings using chalk. They explored the element of value in art which refers to the light and dark in artwork.

In preparation for Christmas, we all worked collaboratively to create our own Class Christmas Tree Display

The children created their own nativity scene using lollipop sticks.

Christmas decorations were also made for our homes.

We wore our Christmas jumpers to school just before the holidays and performed our Christmas songs for the Wandesforde School Christmas Performance! We hope you enjoyed it 🙂

On the final day of school, we played some cooperative games together and enjoyed pulling a few Christmas crackers with our classmates!!

Well done Senior Classes for all your hard work during a very busy term.

Happy Christmas Everybody! Enjoy your well deserved break and we will see you all in 2022!!

Date posted: 29th December 2021 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, History, Irish, Music, Religious Education, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

Welcome back to the Junior Room

Date posted: 8th April 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, History, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Music, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

We were delighted to get back into the classroom for the month of March and we’ve been busy completing lots of work for the month. For Mother’s Day we made fingerprint poems for our mums.

We celebrated St Patrick’s Day by making Leprechauns and we also practiced our cutting skills by snipping out some St Patrick’s Day pictures.

In SESE we learned the story of The Ugly Duckling. We drew pictures of where the story took place, who was in it and what happened.

Also in SESE we had fun learning about the season of Spring. We went on a nature walk to the river and spotted some signs of Spring, buds on the trees, birds collecting twigs for nests and primroses growing in the woods.

We drew pictures from our walk of what we saw, heard, smelled and our favourite part of the walk.

We are hoping to have lots of colour in our school grounds by summer as we planted sunflower seeds!

In Music we listened to and learned about Irish musical instruments including the tin whistle, Uilleann Pipes and fiddle. We listened to reels and jigs and discussed how fast the music was.

Finally in Art we made Spring Chicks which look lovely and bright on our classroom wall.

Date posted: 8th April 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, History, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Music, Our Work on Display, Science, 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 |

Happy Halloween from the Senior Classroom!

Date posted: 27th October 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, History, Irish, Music, Our Work on Display, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

By now we are well settled back to life in school. During October the Senior Classroom worked very hard and produced some great work!

In Music, the children have been focusing on musical theory and have learned the names for musical notes as well as other Italian musical terms used in Music. They also engaged in some listening and responding activities in Music and used their knowledge of musical theory learned.

The children took a “Line for a Walk” in Art and explored the work of the artist, Paul Klee.

In Gaeilge, the children continue to learn lots of new vocabulary and are learning lots of new phrases too. They learned the phrase “Nuair a fhásaim suas, ba mhaith liom a bheith i mo…” which means “When I grow up, I would like to be a …” and they drew illustrations of their future career path!

During the month, we explored the topic of Ancient China in SESE and learned lots of interesting facts about the various dynasties that ruled China. The Han Dynasty was one such dynasty and we designed our own vases in support of all they did for arts and culture in China.

In English, we looked at the poem, The Marrog by R.C Scriven and identified its effective use of adjectives. The children then drew pictures of what they imagined the “Marrog” looked like from this descriptive poem.

In preparation for Halloween, the children wrote their own Halloween Acrostic Poem

They also wrote their own Spooky Stories which were quite terrifying to listen to!!

In Art, the children created their own Haunted House Scene using oil pastels. Didn’t they do a great job!

They also designed their own Halloween costume for the Folens Halloween Competition

Finally on the day of our Halloween Holidays, the children dressed up in their Halloween costumes and had a mini party/disco with their classmates to mark the start of our Mid Term Break!

Well done 5th & 6th Class on a great month’s work. Enjoy your Mid Term Break and be sure to have a Happy Halloween Everybody!

Date posted: 27th October 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, History, Irish, Music, Our Work on Display, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

January & February in the Senior Classroom!

Date posted: 1st March 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, History, Irish, Local Visits, Mathematics, Music, Our Work on Display, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

The past 2 months have been very busy in the Senior Classroom! To celebrate the New Year, the children made their own 2020 Resolution Mobiles.

In English, they also wrote an Acrostic Poem on words to do with the New Year!

The children studied many areas in the SESE subjects. They explored the topic of the Vikings and practised their letter writing skills when they wrote letters back to their families in Scandinavia!

They also designed their own Viking Rune Stones!

The children continue to engage in song-singing lessons with Clare in Music Generation.

In English, the children studied the poem “The Spider and the Fly” by Mary Howitt and wrote their own summary of the poem.

8 members of our class participated in the Credit Union Quiz. Congratulations to the Under 13 team above, who came 3rd in their age category!

Our Under 11 Team above came 2nd in the competition and received a plaque as well as monetary vouchers for all their hard work! Big congratulations to you all!

The children have been learning about Proverbs in English. They designed their own pictures to illustrate some much-used proverbs!

Didn’t they do a fantastic job!

In SPHE, the children explored the topic of Healthy Eating and created their own Food Pyramids with foods they enjoy eating 🙂

We welcomed 3 baby chicks at Wandesforde with the Nore Valley Incubation Project!

All classrooms had to name a chick. Their names are Rosie, Bubbles and Chirpy!

In Gaeilge, the children have been working tirelessly on the Aimsir Fháistineach and in support of this, they wrote their own sentences on various verbs they have been learning.

The class enjoyed participating in the History workshop conducted by Heritage Expert, Michael Moylan, on the 1916 Rising, The Irish Civil War and World War 1. Below are some photographs to give you a taste of their history workshop!

In Art, the children constructed their own type of home using cereal boxes and other recyclable materials.

The whole school enjoyed the Pancake Party on Tuesday, 25th February. Thank you to Mrs Dooley, who once again prepared all the pancakes and to 6th Class for waiting the tables!

In Maths, the children have been learning lots of interesting details about lines and angles. In support of all this work, the children made their own lines and angles using lollipop sticks!

In Art, the children created their own pictures for the Texaco Art Competition. Below are photos of some of their entries!

Finally, we celebrated Valentine’s Day on the 14th February. The children designed their own Valentine’s Day Cards and created their own “Warm Hearts” too 🙂

Well done to all the children for all their hard work during the first 2 months of 2020!

Date posted: 1st March 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, History, Irish, Local Visits, Mathematics, Music, Our Work on Display, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |