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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.

Here Comes the Summer!

Date posted: 27th June 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Music, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

The Junior Classroom have been busy exploring many topics over the past couple of weeks in preparation for their Summer Holidays!

In Art, the children did a simple weaving activity using lollipop sticks and magic wool to create some colourful butterflies! 

We have been learning about garden birds in SESE and the children made their own colourful and imaginative birds too!

In Maths, the children enjoyed learning about money and they made their own money trees using coin rubbings!

Who said that money doesn’t grow on trees?!

In SPHE, the children enjoyed learning about their feelings and emotions. They did a simple drawing activity using different colours and lines to show how they are feeling!

In response to work covered in Music and SESE, the children made their own seahorses using paints and colours.

In History, the children drew pictures to recall their memories of their school tour to Croke Park and Viking Splash. Didn’t they do a fantastic job!

The children made their own “World’s Best Dad Trophy” to give to their fathers on Fathers’ Day this June!

Finally before the holidays, the children took part in a Class Summer Colouring Competition.

Well done Junior and Senior Infants on all your hard work before the Summer Holidays. Have a lovely Summer Break and I’ll see you all back at school on the 30th August!

 

Date posted: 27th June 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Music, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

A Busy January in the Middle Room!

Date posted: 11th February 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Middle Classroom, Music |

Happy New Year to you all from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class!  We have been learning about lots of new and exciting things since we came back after the Christmas break!  To develop the children’s literacy skills, they all wrote reports about their holidays!

We also enjoyed reading the book “The Magic Faraway Tree” by Enid Blyton.  It took us a few months to get through it, but it was well worth the wait.  The children wrote book reports and scored the book out of ten.  Many gave it ten out of ten!

In Music, our theme for the month was “Toys”.  To support this work we listened  and responded to a piece of music called “The Toy Symphony” by Franz Joseph Haydn. 

We also created our own musical instruments using items from our homes and recyclable things!  Didn’t the children do a wonderful job?  They all make noise too!

In Gaeilge, we have been learning about “Ócáidí Speisialta” or “Special Occasions”.  We created our own invitations to a “cóisir” or “party”!

In Geography we have been learning all about the characteristics of Winter, which we hope has passed now for another few months!

We also learned about “The Water Cycle” and drew our own simple water cycles to consolidate this objective.

Well done on a great month’s work boys and girls!

Date posted: 11th February 2016 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Middle Classroom, Music |

We have Started School!!

Date posted: 8th October 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, History, Junior Classroom, Music, Our Work on Display, SPHE, Subjects, Visual Arts |

This September, we welcomed 10 Junior Infants into the Junior Classroom. They have all settled very well into “big” school!

Senior Infants have also settled in well to their new class!

During the month, the children have enjoyed getting to know each other and also  learning new things!

In Art, the children made their own hand print paper plate using paint!

September wouldn’t be the same without cheering on Kilkenny in the All Ireland Hurling Final!

The children made their own “Cat Masks” and they had great fun waving them outside the school gates at the passing traffic!

They also enjoyed working with clay in Art. Didn’t they do a great job making their own initial letters with the clay!

In English the children have been learning and revising many letters. They painted turtles using only corks and cotton buds while learning the letter “t”

As well as this they made their own Slithery Snakes using metallic colouring pencils.

The children have enjoyed getting to know each other through talk & discussion as well as drama games this month. In support of all this work in SPHE, the children coloured in their favourite superhero picture and became that superhero in our classroom display!!

Can you figure out who’s who??

In support of Literacy in our school, we visited Castlecomer Library and enjoyed a storytelling session with Ann Marie there!

The children also got to pick some books from the library to bring back to our classroom for storytime!

Finally in Music, the children have enjoyed performing lots of new songs together and have helped to create our very own “Classroom Singing Chair” which the children can sit on when singing, performing or conducting the music lesson!!

A Big Thank You to Mrs. Doyle for all her input in designing our Singing Chair!

Well done to all the children on a great month’s work 🙂

Date posted: 8th October 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, History, Junior Classroom, Music, Our Work on Display, SPHE, Subjects, Visual Arts |

Summertime Fun in the Junior Classroom!

Date posted: 9th July 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Music, Religious Education, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Both May and June have been very busy months for Junior and Senior Infants. We started off the theme of summer by making our own Beautiful Butterflies using metallic and pearlescent paints!!

           In English, the children enjoyed listening and responding to a selection of fairytales. Didn’t they do a great job drawing their favourite fairytale?

We have been busy learning “Time” in Maths and in response to all our hard work on the topic, we made our own “Clock Creatures!”

In SESE, we conducted a traffic survey outside our school. We discovered that cars are the most frequent form of transport through our town and silver is the most popular colour too! The children worked in pairs to mark off their form of transport every time it passed!

In Art, the children made their own “Twirling Ladybirds” which we hung up to show off their swirls and twirls!!

The children enjoyed learning lots of new songs in Music too! They even made their own paper plate maracas filled with pasta, rice and lots of other materials to create different sounds to play along to the beat and rhythm of many songs!

In History the children talked about their families and their homes. In light of this,  they drew their own family inside a lollipop stick home!

We also drew pictures in response to our school tour at Dunmore East Adventure Centre. You can see from our pictures below that there was archery, caving and kayaking involved!!

Finally, just before our holidays, we made Father’s Day ties in Religion to acknowledge people in our lives who are father figures to us. The children modelled these ties which we hoped would be worn for a short while on Father’s Day!

A final big thank you this school year to all the children in the Infant Classroom who have worked so hard all year. You have been a pleasure to teach and I hope you all have a well deserved Summer Break! See you all back at school in August!

Date posted: 9th July 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Music, Religious Education, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Summer Term in the Senior Room

Date posted: 9th June 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Mathematics, Music, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

It has as always been another busy and productive term in the Senior Room. As the end of another school year approaches here are some of the things we have been studying and learning about.

In Art we made pretty Cherry Blossom Trees from tissue paper. We also created a Minibeast Scene and framed it.

After travelling to Dunmore East for our school tour we used the theme of the sea for another art lesson and created these picture frames using shells.

While studying Science we learned all about the Space and in our groups we made a Solar System.

We have also been learning about temperature, materials and rocks and soils. We did lots of experiments  including one to see how heat travels through air. The heat rising from the radiator moved the snakes! This is called convection!

We also looked at various types of soil and the layers that are found in soil.

6th Class were busy in Maths studying co-ordinates and designed their own town on a grid plotting the co-ordinates of different landmarks.

4th Class also completed lots of work making tessellating shapes and discussing and recording ‘chance’ outcomes.

In Music we listened to a song from the musical ‘West Side Story’ and designed these posters to advertise the musical.

In English 5th and 6th Class read all about the platypus and drew and labelled a diagram of one. We discovered that they are very unusual creatures!

Date posted: 9th June 2015 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Mathematics, Music, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |