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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.

Happy Halloween from the Senior Room!!

Date posted: 28th October 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, Irish, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Rugby, Science, Senior Classroom, Sports, Visual Arts |

Another busy month has come and gone! The Senior Room have completed a great month’s work again in all subject areas!

At the start of the month, we printed Autumnal Trees in Art using cotton buds!! Didn’t they do a great job!

We have had a great few weeks of playing Tag Rugby with our coach, Noel!

In Gaeilge, we have been learning lots of phrases about ourselves in Obair Bhéal. The children also wrote a little factual piece about themselves too!

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Castlecomer Library to see a very interactive presentation from weather forecaster, Joanna Donnelly on her new book “The Great Irish Weather Book” which she published with her illustrator, Fuschia MacAree! Thank you to the library for organising this great event!

We did an art appreciation lesson on Surrealism and looked at the work of the Spanish Painter, Joan Miro, who produced many famous paintings using simple shapes, bright colours and unique symbols. Below are the children’s own pictures in response to his many creative and innovative paintings!

In SESE, the children explored the topic of Autumn as well as Living Things and created their own owls in response to all they had learned 🙂

Music Generation is well underway at Wandesforde. The children are engaging well in their weekly performance workshops with Clare Kilkenny and are participating in a wide variety of vocal and instrumental activities in Music.

In preparation for Halloween, the children engaged in a literacy workshop on Halloween Haiku Poetry. They explored the technique of writing this Japanese form of poetry using 3 lines of syllables and adjectives!

We also designed our own pumpkins for the Castlecomer Library Halloween Competition!

In Gaeilge, we learned the poem “Oíche Shamhna” and drew pictures to illustrate the poem!

Finally, the children dressed up in their Halloween costumes on Friday, 25th October. They all looked amazing and as always it was a great way to start off the Halloween Holidays!

Happy Halloween Everybody! Enjoy your well deserved Mid-Term Break 🙂

Date posted: 28th October 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, Irish, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Rugby, Science, Senior Classroom, Sports, Visual Arts |

A New Year Begins in the Junior Room

Date posted: 3rd October 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Drama, English, Junior Classroom, Music, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

Welcome back to everyone in the Junior Room and a special welcome to our five new Junior Infants!

We have been busy in our first month of school, in English we have been learning new sounds with Juniors and revising last years ones with Seniors. We practiced writing them with pencils, on whiteboards and even in shaving foam!

We were delighted to welcome artist Orla Bates to do some printing with us. We made prints of lots of garden birds and Orla brought us outside where we made a nest just like birds do!

In Play we were learning all about houses and homes. We made houses from play doh and in the sand, we made household items in junk art, played with houses in small world and we constructed houses using magnets and polydrons.

We made patterns of houses and created different types of homes such as apartments, houses and terraces of houses in art.

In Science we also learned which items use electricity in our homes.

We have learned lots of different Nursery Rhymes this month and practiced our pencil control and scissors skills doing activities about the rhymes.

We learned about school in RE and coloured in school related items as well as saying a prayer thanking God for our school.

We were really excited to welcome M and M Productions back to perform The Wizard of Oz. It was a super show which we all really liked 🙂

Date posted: 3rd October 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Drama, English, Junior Classroom, Music, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

February Fun with the Juniors

Date posted: 4th March 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Our play topic in February was ‘The Jungle.’ We had great fun making jungles in the sand, creating jungle animals and explorers equipment in junk art and play doh. We also went on a jungle trek around our class spotting various jungle creatures. Finally we played in our water station with jungle animals which live in rivers.

We created some of the animals from the book ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ Here’s a leaping gazelle………
and a slithery snake!
One jungle explorer’s trek ended when bitten by a snake!!

In art we created lots of jungle themed work including parrots made from our handprints and colourful chameleons. For Valentine’s Day we made frames of our hands for our families.

In SESE we looked at the animals we find here in Ireland and the different animals which live in jungles, we sorted the animals accordingly and later drew a selection of jungle animals we’d learned about.

We also learned about forces and focused on what is moved by pushing and what is moved by pulling. We sorted some things which are pushed and others which are pulled. We experimented with some things in our classroom to see how they move and pushed paper fish along by blowing them. We had to see which surface they travelled on best.

Pulling

Pushing

In SPHE we continue to do our mindfulness each week, we take some time out to relax, close our eyes and just breathe deeply and calmly.

We also discussed all the things which make us happy in school and drew pictures to show these things.

We have had great fun in January and February learning to dance with Michelle 🙂

In music this month we learned the names of various percussion instruments and learned how to play them.

Finally we had a lovely time in the library where Mary read some stories all about eating healthy food and then we had to guess which healthy fruit and vegetables she had in her bag!

Date posted: 4th March 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Summer Fun with Junior & Senior Infants!

Date posted: 23rd June 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, Sport, Visual Arts |

As the year ends we have been busier than ever in the Junior Classroom!

We were learning all about the garden and garden centres in play. We role played in the Garden Centre, discovered tools gardeners use in the sand, made garden related items in junk art, constructed a garden centre in small world, made garden flowers from play dough & explored the use of water at the water station.

We also sowed sunflowers for our own gardens at home. We watered them and kept them on a sunny windowsill and after a few days they began to germinate. They were starting to grow quite tall by the time we brought them home!

We had great fun at our Sports’ Day, sprinting, running over hurdles, competing in the egg and spoon race and sack race.

Before our annual Sponsored Cycle we had a Cycle Safety Workshop. We learned how to safely steer around objects as well as how to use our brakes properly.

In Art we made sailing boats, we used potatoes to print the boats onto our painted background.

Before the holidays we had a Teddy Bears’ Picnic. As a treat we had some delicious Summer food – ice-cream and strawberries!

In Maths we’ve learned all about money. Here are Senior Infants sorting out their change!

We were also working on addition skills, Junior Infants played a game ‘Fill It, Spill It, Add It’ to learn about adding.

Senior Infants played Number Dots to practice their addition skills.

We continued to work hard learning tricky words. We practiced writing them with markers and shaping them in play dough and completing worksheets for different words.

We had a great morning learning to play drums and beating different rhythms.

In Science we learned all about the life cycle of a ladybird and we made paper plate ladybirds in Art.

Happy holidays everyone, have a great summer!

Date posted: 23rd June 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, Sport, Visual Arts |

Merry Christmas from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class!

Date posted: 22nd December 2017 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, Geography, Middle Classroom, Music, Our Work on Display, Special Occasions, Visual Arts |

We have had a very busy month preparing for Christmas in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class!  We have had lots of fun along the way too!  On 7th December, we went Carol singing in the Discovery Park!

The children performed their Christmas play “Superstar” on Tuesday, 19th December.  They did a wonderful job!

We wrote letters to Santa Claus in English and went to the post office to send them.  We even got a reply from Santa at this busy time!

In English we read a poem called “Jack Frost in the Garden” and decorated our poems.  We learned all about nouns, adjectives and verbs as we read it.

 

In Art, we coloured festive candles…

We also made clay decorations as presents for our family and friends…

Santa came to visit on Thursday, 21st December with lots of goody bags for the boys and girls …

In Geography, we looked at the country of Brazil and completed a mini-project on this beautiful place.  We wrote about places to visit, things to eat, famous footballers and the Olympics that were held there in 2016.

We also created these colourful masks to reflect the vibrancy of street festivals and parades in Brazil!

In Geography, we learned about the weather and integrated what we had learned with Music.  We created these bright rainmakers that make the sound of the rain once turned gently!

 

We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

Date posted: 22nd December 2017 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, Geography, Middle Classroom, Music, Our Work on Display, Special Occasions, Visual Arts |