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Physical Education

Physical Education is taught by the class teacher for 1 hour each week. The children are very fortunate to have other coaches and experts visit the school to teach soccer and basketball. We also attend swimming for a period of 8-10 weeks in the Summer term.

Seasons Greetings from the Seniors!

Date posted: 21st December 2022 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, Local Visits, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Religious Education, Senior Classroom, Sports, Visual Arts |

The Senior Room were busy during December, we learned about the season of Advent and made Advent Promises. We also made a Jesse Tree telling the story of the Bible up until Jesus was born.

In Art we created Winter Trees covered in snow as well as a Nativity Scene. We also painted 3D style Christmas Stars!

In English we read the poem “Winter” by William Shakespeare and answered questions on it after a lively class discussion about the language and rhyming pattern. Pupils also wrote about Elves at Christmas!

We learned about the different communities we are part of and wrote some information about these different communities that we all belong to.

We continue to learn GAA each week and are working on various skills for football at the moment.

Finally we performed our play Hosanna Rock for families and our school community on the 19th and went to the cinema as a Christmas treat.

Happy Christmas to all and see you in the New Year.

Date posted: 21st December 2022 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, Local Visits, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Religious Education, Senior Classroom, Sports, 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 |

Spooktacular goings on in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 28th October 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, History, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, Soccer, Visual Arts |

October has been another busy month in our room. We visited Castlecomer Library and heard authors Sinéad Dore and Claire Keating reading from their book Bea’s Ocean Commotion. We did some fun activities with them to help us if we feel worried too.

In English Junior Infants are busy learning lots of letter sounds and Senior Infants are learning new Tricky Words all the time. Juniors had fun playing games to revise their sounds.

Our Art this month included painting and cutting Autumn leaves as well as sponge painting to make bat silhouettes.

We were delighted to welcome Heritage in Schools Artist Orla Bates to Wandesforde. Orla discussed the topic of Autumn with us, going outside to look at all the colourful Autumn leaves before we created Autumn Leaf Clay Pots!

In SESE we learned all about the season of Autumn. We discovered the farmer is really busy at this time of year harvesting corn, ploughing fields and picking appples and pumpkins. We sequenced the story of The Little Red Hen and learned all about bats in the run up to Halloween!

We learned all about colours, we mixed primary colours to find out what secondary colours we can make and recorded our results on these colour wheels.

Our Play topic this month was Autumn and Halloween. We made items in Junk Art and Play Doh, we created woodlands in Small World, we built spooky houses and castles in Construction and we had fun finding things related to the topic in the sand.

Making hedgehogs in Junk Art
Making a combine for the farmers in Autumn in Junk Art
Using Play Doh to make pumpkins
Making spiders
Creating bats!
Creating Autumn woodlands in Small World
Building a Haunted House in Construction
Creating a witch’s house in the sand

In PE we were practicing skills in playing different games, focusing on running and ball skills.

Before the Halloween holidays we made some tasty Halloween rice krispie pumpkin treats and dressed up in our Halloween costumes! Happy Halloween to all, have a lovely break 🙂

Date posted: 28th October 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, History, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, Soccer, Visual Arts |

Sports’ Day Fun in the Sun!

Date posted: 17th June 2022 | Category Blog, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, Sport, Sports, Swimming |

On Friday, 17th June, we had a wonderful sports’ day filled with exciting, challenging and a few silly races! First up was the sprints. Infants had to sprint 20 metres, 1st, 2nd and 3rd had to run 40 metres and 4th, 5th and 6th had to run 60 metres! After that was the hurdles. Then we had the egg and spoon race! We finished with the sack race and the three-legged race! Let’s have a look at some of the fun things that happened on the field today! Ready, steady, go!

We then had to have a nice ice-cream to cool down after all that hard work!

It was soon time for the award ceremony, where all children were presented with certificates for their efforts in swimming over the past 8 weeks. Well done boys and girls! Each child also received a medal for their efforts on sports’ day. 6 pupils received a trophy for being a great sports girl/boy throughout the year, showing a great attitude, teamwork and enjoyment when playing games. Well done to Oscar, Kayla, Áine, Karol, Theo and Ariana! We hope you all enjoyed sports’ day 2022!

Have a great Summer everyone!

Date posted: 17th June 2022 | Category Blog, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, Sport, Sports, Swimming |

May Merriment & off on Tour with Junior & Senior Infants!

Date posted: 28th May 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, History, Hockey, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, School Outings, SPHE, Visual Arts |

May has been another month full of activity in the Junior Room. Our main theme was transport. We learned all about The Airport in Play. We role played going on holidays going through the airport, made items in Junk Art and Play Doh, created items and built airports in Construction, Sand and Small World.

Flying away!
Ready to take off!
Buying in-flight snacks
Working Security!
Making passports
Making suitcases and aeroplanes
Check out our passports and suitcases!
Our Air Traffic Control Tower
Making an Airport in the Sand
Making a runway and airport in Small World

We learned about transport in the past and Amelia Earhart in SESE and made planes in Art with handprints.

Also in Art we made beautiful blossom trees for Summer from tissue paper.

In SPHE we discussed healthy food and drew Healthy Lunchboxes, containing yoghurt, fruit and sandwiches.

In PE we were delighted to welcome a coach from Hockey Ireland to Wandesforde and learned lots of new skills.

Finally we were off on tour to The Chocolate Garden and Rathwood. We learned all about making chocolate and sampled 4 types of it, milk, dark, white and gold! We then made our own chocolate chicks and frogs. After lunch we went on a trip on a train and spotted lots of wildlife and before leaving for home had fun in the playground!

Date posted: 28th May 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, History, Hockey, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, School Outings, SPHE, Visual Arts |