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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.

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 πŸ™‚

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 BhrΓ­de, 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 πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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 |

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 πŸ™‚

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

Spring Madness in the Senior Classes!

Date posted: 28th April 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, English, Geography, History, Hockey, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

Spring has come and gone and the Senior Classroom were in full swing during the very busy months of March & April!

In Art, the children engaged in a still life drawing of daffodils and produced artwork Vincent Van Gogh would be very proud of!

In History, the children participated in a local library project entitled “Hobbies Long Ago”. They interviewed a family member, friend or neighbour on this topic and complimented their work with a photograph. These mini projects will be on display in Castlecomer Library during May.

In Maths, the children played “Beetle Drive” as a small group activity!

They also explored the area of 2D shapes and symmetry and engaged in practical work identifying lines of symmetry in various shapes.

In SESE, the children explored aspects of the water cycle as well as types of fish in our rivers and lakes. They made their own 3D fish to support this area in their books!

In Religion, the children explored Prayer Writing and composed their own prayers on the topic of World Issues

Letter writing both formal and informal was taught in English during Spring. The children wrote formal letters to their favourite authors and informal/penpal letters to their Finnish Penpals!

In Geography, the children completed mini projects on a chosen county in Ireland. They had to research the names of rivers, towns, landmarks as well as other areas of interest in their county.

During Spring, we celebrated Mother’s Day. The children made their own pop-up cards and bookmarks for their loved ones.

We also celebrated St. Patrick’s Day and the children made their own colourful shamrock pictures using chalk pastels.

They also composed their own Limerick poems in English on the theme of being Irish!

In P.E. the children actively engaged in field hockey and enjoyed playing it outdoors too!

During the month, we were delighted to be part of the Ireland AM documentary which was broadcast from the Discovery Park. The children really enjoyed their moment of fame on television with their school πŸ™‚

In preparation for Easter, the children designed our Easter Coffee Morning Posters

They designed a poster on the theme “Caring for God’s World” for the Bishop’s Art Competition.

The children worked with clay in Art and made their own colourful egg cups!

Finally, in Religion the children made their own paper plate craft depicting the events of Holy Week

Well done Senior Classes for all your hard work during the lead up to our Easter holidays!!

Date posted: 28th April 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, English, Geography, History, Hockey, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

A Busy Build Up to Easter in the Middle Room!

Date posted: 22nd April 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

We have had a very busy few weeks in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class in our school!  To celebrate Mothering Sunday on 31st March, the children created bouquets for a special lady in their lives…

We also created treat boxes with some roses inside!  We hope they made it home!

In SPHE we learned all about fire safety in the home.  We were delighted to have members of the Kilkenny Fire and Rescue Service with us to talk about how we can all stay extra safe in our homes.

In Maths, the 3rd class were learning all about shapes that tessellate.Β  They coloured in some impressive designs to illustrate this concept.

In SESE, we discussed our 5 senses and wrote poems in English to show that Spring can be experienced in a sensory way!

We also read a story called “The Willow Pattern” by Alan Drummond. It is a story about Koong Shee and Chang, who fell in love but could never be together because of a wicked merchant.  Their story is depicted on the Willow Pattern plates in many of our houses.  Have a look and see if you can see a pagoda, a boat and two turtle doves on your bowls or plates at home!  We then created our own Willow Pattern plates using blue paint…

In SESE, we talked about the many people in our community who help us.  We each wrote about one person and drew their picture….

In Religion, we read “The Easter Story” and sequenced the events on the wall, surrounded by palm leaves which were waved along the streets of Jerusalem as Jesus entered on a donkey…

We also wrote Easter Acrostic Poems in English…

We designed very cool Easter Eggs!

And finally, we created Easter Wreaths using lots of colourful paper!

We hope you all are having a restful break and enjoying this lovely time of year!

Date posted: 22nd April 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Spring Fun and Games in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class!

Date posted: 14th March 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Local Visits, Mathematics, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

February has flown in the Middle Room!  We have been very busy learning lots of new things and now you can have a look at all our work!

To mark the start of February, we read about St. Brigid and her life as a Christian.  We coloured in pictures of her cloak…..

Chinese new Year was on the 5th February and this year is the year of the pig!  We read a story about how all the animals were picked to be part of Chinese New Year and made dragons, as these are a huge symbol in Chinese culture.

We read a poem called “Daffodils” by William Wordsworth.  We discussed the many verbs, adjectives and nouns in it and then decorated it!

In Maths, the 2nd class are learning all about 3D shapes and had to design hotels using all the shapes that we learned about!

We created colourful peacocks in art using metallic colours…

The children in all classes completed projects based on topics of their choice.  They did a wonderful job presenting them to the class.  Here are some pictures of their work!

To mark Pancake Tuesday, we enjoyed a few pancakes with our favourite toppings, kindly made by Mrs. Dooley and distributed by the Senior pupils.  Thank you all very much!  They were delicious!

We also welcomed Eileen Canny to the school to do a River Study Workshop with the children last week.  The children explored the river bank and woodland area at the end of the school property and despite the rain, had lots of fun!

Well done on all your hard work boys and girls!

Date posted: 14th March 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Local Visits, Mathematics, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |