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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.

A Warm Welcome Back From the Senior Classroom

Date posted: 11th October 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Hurling, Irish, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

The first 6 weeks have flown by and the Senior Classroom have settled back very well to life in school with all its new practices and procedures!

In SPHE, we have been learning about Covid 19 and how we can help control its spread. We designed our own face masks in response to all that we learned

In Art, the children enjoyed creating their own Autumn Leaf Mosaics using coloured card and leaf cut outs.

We explored the theme of Autumn some more and wrote our own Autumn Sensory Poems in English!

The children enjoyed learning about the life and work of an American Street Artist called Thank You X in Art. In response to his work, they each designed their own cubes with pictures, shapes and patterns which we put together to create our own Collaborative Cube Mural

During September, we discussed the topic of Harvest in Religion and following this we drew our own Harvest Pictures to celebrate this very important time of year ๐Ÿ™‚

We also got active in P.E. each week learning both hockey and hurling skills. We were fortunate to have GAA Coach, Brian Riain, back for 2 weeks to teach us some hurling drills ๐Ÿ™‚

The children have been learning lots of new phrases and vocabulary in Gaeilge since returning to school. They drew their own pictures in response to some common phrases we met.

In Science, we studied the Reproductive Parts of a Flower and Plant and labelled the parts on our worksheets.

In History, we studied buildings and monuments in our local area. The children learned about the 1798 Monument just outside our school grounds which was erected to commemorate the Battle of Castlecomer, the last battle of the 1798 Rebellion

They also learned about the history of the Creamery House which dates back to 1750 and was unfortunately damaged during the 1798 Rebellion. Did you know that the Creamery House was once a Perambulator Factory where baby prams were made?!

In Art, the children expanded a small cut out scene to create their own imaginative landscapes

Finally on Friday, 9th October, the whole school participated in GOAL Jersey Day to support Goal’s work with vulnerable communities around the world.

We took out our hurls and practised our hurling skills in our jerseys!

Well done Senior Classes on a great start back to school after all our time apart ๐Ÿ™‚

Date posted: 11th October 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Hurling, Irish, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

February fun in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 28th February 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, Visual Arts |

Another month has flown by in the Junior Room and we have been busier than ever! In Art we made St Bridget’s Cloak using different fabrics. We also made x-rays as we were learning about ‘The Hospital’ in play and we learned about warm and cold colours and used what we’d learned to create colourful pictures like the artist Kandinsky!

To celebrate Valentine’s Day we created heart collages for our loved ones.

In play our topics we learned about were ‘The Hospital’ and ‘The Zoo.’

A baby’s bed from the hospital made in Junk Art.
Thermometers, medicine and a drip made in Junk Art.
Lions and a panda from the zoo!
Play doh flamingos and penguins in the zoo.
Building a hospital in Small World.
Building a zoo in Small World.
Role playing in the Hospital.
Building animal enclosures at the zoo in Construction.
Building a zoo in the sand
Visiting the Zoo!
Buying our tickets to the Zoo

We are having lots of fun learning dance from Michelle on Wednesdays!

In S.E.S.E. we read the story of Town Mouse and Country Mouse. We sequenced events in the story and followed the path the mice took. Also in S.E.S.E. we learned some facts all about Ireland such as what the capital city and longest river are. We also took a virtual tour of Dublin and saw some famous landmarks. We drew a local famous landmark, Kilkenny Castle.

We also learned what equipment a doctor uses and what we might find in a hospital.

We spent some time learning what school was like for boys and girls long ago, it was quite different to today!

We were delighted to welcome local historian Michael Moylan to Wandesforde! He told us lots of stories about Setanta and The Giants Causeway. Afterwards we got to dress up in costumes he brought along!

On Pancake Tuesday we all went to the Assembly Hall and had some pancakes with our friends.

During the month we looked after some eggs in an incubator and three chicks hatched out! Our class decided to call our chick Rosie!

Finally Senior Infants are continuing to learn their Tricky Words for reading.

Date posted: 28th February 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, Visual Arts |

November News from the Senior Room!

Date posted: 11th December 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Religious Education, Rugby, Senior Classroom, Sport, Visual Arts |

Winter is here and the Senior Classroom have been busy in all subject areas!

Throughout the month of November, all children had to present an oral book review to their class. They did a fantastic job in their presentations! Well done Seniors ๐Ÿ™‚

We are reading the Class Novel, Holes by Louis Sachar which the children are really enjoying. They completed a Character Analysis Pyramid as well as a Predictive Exercise on the story.

In SESE, the children have been learning about the Celts and Early Christian Ireland. They designed their own Celtic Crosses in response to what they had learned and they also wrote a diary entry for a Day in a Life of an Irish Monk!

The children continue to enjoy Rugby with Noel Devlin each Friday. They engaged in Tug Of War too to further enhance their strength and skills!!

Our School’s Debate Team were successful in the First Knock Out Round of the Concern Primary School’s Debating Competition. They travelled to Kilkenny Education Centre in November to oppose the motion that “Mobile Phones should be banned for all Primary School Pupils”. Well done and congratulations to you all on a great achievement! In January they will meet Scoil Bhrรญde, Paulstown for the Second Knock Out Round of the competition and they are opposing the motion that “World Hunger will be Eliminated by 2030” Best of Luck to you all in your preparation for this debate ๐Ÿ™‚

The children engaged in a small group activity in Art whereby they had to create their own Thanksgiving Turkey using a multitude of materials from our art cupboard!!

They also did Still Life Drawings of a Harvest Basket full of fruit and vegetables. Didn’t they do a fantastic job!

Finally, in preparation for 2D Shape in Maths in December, the children created their own colourful shape picture by overlapping various 2D shapes!

Well done to all the children on a great month’s work. ๐Ÿ™‚

Date posted: 11th December 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Religious Education, Rugby, Senior Classroom, Sport, Visual Arts |

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 Bhรฉal. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 “Oรญche 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 |

September in the Senior Room

Date posted: 7th October 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, History, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, Soccer, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Welcome back everybody to a new school year! September has been a very busy month for us all.

In SPHE, the children designed their own Mandala to express their uniqueness and individuality.

They also created their own “All About Me” Iphone Worksheet

In preparation for the Rugby World Cup in Japan, we explored the flags and jerseys of the teams participating in the tournament. We also looked at statistics of teams who had won in previous World Cup Competitions. With all of this information, we made our own predictions as to who will win the 2019 World Cup Title!

The children explored facial features in Art and completed the other half of these faces! You may recognise some political leaders amongst them!!

Following on from this art lesson, the children drew their own Self Portraits from a photograph of themselves. Didn’t they do a fantastic job!

The children explored many Irish Myths and Legends in History this month. In response to the Children of Lir, they created their own storyboard with a partner.

We welcomed Orla Bates, a Heritage in Schools Expert to our school in September. Orla engaged the children in a Pigment Painting Workshop whereby they made their own paints using soil pigments and binder. They then created some wonderful Stone Age Soil Paintings in their groups!

In Drama, the children engaged in many co-operative games. They particularly enjoyed the M&M Game as it involved them getting to know each other while eating a packet of M&Ms! Mmmmmm!

The children engaged in Recount Writing in English and wrote up a report of their Summer Holidays!

We were very lucky to be treated to a theatrical production of the Wizard of Oz at our school on the last day of September. The Senior Classroom not only enjoyed watching the performance but also were engaged in a workshop on Costume & Set Design as well as Sound, Lighting & Stage Production!

Well done to all the children for all their hard work during their first month back at school!

Date posted: 7th October 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, History, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, Soccer, SPHE, Visual Arts |