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Religious Education

Religious Education (RE) is taught to all classes. We use the “Follow Me” series. Each week we have an assembly which is delivered by one of the class teachers. At Assembly, the star of the week is annouced to all children. It is a very exciting time. On a Friday, Canon Thomas Sherlock, our rector, comes into the school and teaches RE to 4th, 5th and 6th class children.

Merry Christmas from the Junior Room!

Date posted: 3rd January 2021 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

December has been as busy as ever in the Junior Room! Check out what we’ve been up to below.

In Art we made Nativity silhouettes and Christmas Tree Snowglobes. We used shaving foam to create puffy paint for the snow!

In SESE we learned all about the topic of Winter. We watched a video about Polar Bears and labelled them and we discovered information about animals which live in the North and South Poles and located the North and South Poles on a globe.

We learned about the explorer Tom Crean and why it is important to look after and feed garden birds in Winter.

We also heard the story of The Spider and the Christmas Tree. It tells the story of a poor family who have no decorations for their tree but when they wake on Christmas morning spiders have built webs in the tree which glisten in the light! We made our own glistening trees like the family had.

In RE we learned the story of the first Christmas when Baby Jesus was born in Bethlehem.

This month in Maths Junior Infants were playing games about numbers 1-5 which they learned this term and Senior Infants learned positional language using words like beside, on, over and between. They drew Rudolph flying using these words so he was in the correct place.

Junior Infants were also learning new letter sounds, including l.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year from everyone in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 3rd January 2021 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Date posted: 23rd December 2020 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, History, Irish, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

The boys and girls in 2nd, 3rd and 4th class have had such a busy few weeks during the months of November and December. After returning from our mid-term break, we wrote about what we got up to..

In History, we learned about Ancient Egypt, the Pharaohs, the Great Pyramids of Giza and Tutankhamun. We worked in pairs to create a display on all the interesting facts that we learned…

In Visual Arts, we designed our own masks using metallic colours….

In Science, we learned about materials and how some are transparent, translucent and opaque…

In English, we are reading the novel “The Witches” by Roald Dahl. Did you know there are 6 tell-tale signs to spot a witch? Read the following and make sure you make a note of them!!!! The children drew their interpretation of a witch!

In Art, we also looked at the life and work of Pablo Picasso. The children created their own Picasso inspired Art!

We also looked at the strand of “Fabric & Fibre” and learned how to weave…

We learned about Advent and how it is a time of preparation…We made Advent Wreaths and discussed the symbolism of the candles that are placed on the wreaths as we approach Christmas Day.

We made Christingles in Religious Education. Did you know that each part of the Christingle represents something? The children enjoyed making them and eating the sweets too!

We made Christmas cards for our friends and families…

The children learned about the Birth of Jesus and depicted the story in a stable scene.

In Gaeilge, the children learned the vocabulary based on the theme of “An Nollaig” and drew pictures of the story..

We made Christmas decorations using air-drying clay and paint…

Mrs. Kenny showed the children how to create very cool and fashionable reindeer, some decorated with lights and baubles! Don’t they look great?!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and the best for 2021! From 2nd, 3rd and 4th class:)

Date posted: 23rd December 2020 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, History, Irish, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

Wonderful Work in the Senior Room this Winter!

Date posted: 22nd December 2020 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Irish, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

November and December have been busy months once again for us all here at Wandesforde. 5th & 6th Class have been working so hard in all subject areas.

In Religion, the children designed a front cover for the Gazette Magazine Front Cover Competition

The children engaged in a Biodiversity Workshop with Michele Castiaux through the Heritage in Schools Schemes and created their own Biodiversity Maps of our school environment. They did a fantastic job and learned so much!

They also engaged in a History Workshop on Anglo Norman Castles with Lisanne O’ Loughlin and Steve Mandal . They learned so much about Kilkenny Castle and constructed their own model of Kilkenny Castle in response to all they had learned.

In Maths, the children covered many topics including Lines and Angles. They designed their own Stained Glass Windows using a variety of lines and angles.

During November and December, the children explored various forms of poetry in English. They created their own Haiku Poetry, which is a Japanese poem consisting of 3 short lines.

They also did Diamante Poetry in December. These are diamond shaped poems which are made up of seven lines using various parts of speech.

The children have been reading the class novel, Under the Hawthorn Tree by Marita Conlan McKenna which explores the theme of the Irish Potato Famine. The children learned lots of interesting facts about the Famine whilst reading this novel.

In SPHE, the class engaged very well in activities relating to the topic of Friendship. As a whole class activity, we established that the 3 most important qualities of a friend for us all are: Optimism, Thoughtfulness and Loyalty.

They also came up with their own Healthy Friendship Statements and drew illustrations to depict these statements!

In Gaeilge, the children continued to learn lots of new vocabulary and phrases. They created their own illustrations of many phrases they had learned. In advance of the “Seó Bréagán” le Ryan Tubridy, the children designed their own “Geansaí Nollag” Rinne siad jab iontach!

The Digestive System was also explored in Science. Did you know that your body can move your food through your digestive system even while you are standing on your head?! It is not connected to gravity and it happens because of the muscles in your digestive system!!

In Art, we sketched owls using chalk and chalk pastels.

In preparation for Christmas, the children designed their own Christmas card,

A Winter Wonderland Scene….

and Clay Christmas Trees.

We also created our own Class Cookbook as a gift for our families. We hope you enjoy the many tasty treats inside!

Finally, we produced our own Class Calendar for 2021 for our teachers and our homes!

As always, well done and thank you to 5th & 6th Class for all your hard work. This has been a very busy and different term for us all and we have worked so hard together. Enjoy your well deserved Christmas Break and I look forward to hearing all your news and seeing all your wonderful work with Ms. Róisín Nolan in 2021! 🙂

Date posted: 22nd December 2020 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Irish, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Halloween Fun in 2nd, 3rd and 4th Class!

Date posted: 28th October 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, Irish, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

We hope you are all enjoying the mid-term break from school! October has been a fun, but busy month in the middle classroom! In Science and Geography, we have been learning about animals, their habitats, how we classify them and the amazing species that roam the earth! The children then completed a mini-project on an animal of their choice. They did a great job!

In English, the children read and discussed a spooky poem called “The Haunted House” by the poet Wilfrid Scawen Blunt…

In Gaeilge, we continued to learn about “An Fómhar” and completed an “Éist & Tarraing” activity. The children had to listen to a story and draw a picture in response to it….

In Art, we looked at the primary and secondary colours and completed an art lesson which required us to make secondary colours from blue, red and yellow…

We designed “Pop Art Pumpkins” in Art also….

Spooky Silhouettes appeared on our moons…

We had an in-class Halloween Drawing Competition. Well done to Robert, Ellie and Clinton who won a prize for their efforts and spooky creations!

The children also drew Harvest Thanksgiving Pictures for a Church Service, but unfortunately, due to Covid-19 Restrictions, they couldn’t be displayed in Church. Here are a few examples of the children’s lovely artwork….

And finally, we got to dress up on the last day of school! Well done to the pupils and parents for the effort into the fabulous costumes!

Enjoy the rest of the Halloween break boys and girls and well done on all your hard work since we got back to school!

Date posted: 28th October 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, Irish, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

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