Science

Science is taught as part of SESE (Social, Environmental and Scientific Education) and is integrated with geography and history. We enjoy doing experiments with the children and sometimes we participate in science workshops such as the “Discover Science” programme in the Discovery Park in Castlecomer.

Autumn and Halloween Fun in the Middle Room!

Date posted: 1st November 2023 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, History, Irish, Mathematics, Middle Classroom, Music, Science, Visual Arts |

We have had a really busy start to the new school year and have been learning lots in 1st, 2nd and 3rd class! Have a look at what we have been up to!

In English, we wrote all out ourselves and the things we enjoy doing…

We wrote about our Summer holidays and all the fun things we did!

We painted pictures of our happy memories from the Summer holidays…

In Gaeilge, we learned and wrote about “Mé Féin” or Myself…

We drew our self-portraits in Art…

We designed very cool family crests depicting things that are important in our lives…

We designed Hot-Air Balloons with us inside them!

In Science and Geography, we looked at various buildings around the world, the materials they were made from and then designed our own “Dream Houses”!

In Music we listened and responded to “Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saens…

We were delighted to welcome local Historian Michael Moylan to the school in October to teach the children about “The Vikings” and other parts of History. The children had so much fun dressing up in various costumes, trying on armour and holding weapons from years ago!

We then learned about the season of Autumn, the changes that occur and did lots of art and writing about it…

We went on a Nature walk to the Discovery Park…

We learned about the traditions of Halloween and created some spooky art!

We tasted some delicious báirín breac and one lucky pupil found the “fáinne”!!

We read a poem called “The Pumpkin” by Oliver Brennan and identified nouns, verbs and adjectives in the poem…

The children in 2nd class learned about symmetry in Maths and completed great work and pictures in this subject area…

On the last day of school, we dressed up as some spooky creatures! We hope you all enjoy the mid-term break!

Well done on all your hard work boys and girls!

Date posted: 1st November 2023 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, History, Irish, Mathematics, Middle Classroom, Music, Science, Visual Arts |

Exciting October in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 27th October 2023 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, History, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

We have been really busy throughout October in the Junior Room. We started learning through Play using the Aistear Framework. Our topic was ‘The Vet.’

Making a Vet’s Surgery in Small World
Making animals in Junk Art
Building furniture for the Waiting Room in Construction
Having fun doing writing and puzzles about the topic
Visiting the Vet in Role Play!

In English Junior Infants are busy learning their sounds and Seniors are learning reading words.

We learned all about length in Maths.

Measuring how long pencils are
Measuring how tall dogs are
Making chains which were long, longer & longest!

In Visual Art we created colourful Autumn trees, after learning about squirrels in SESE we made Red Squirrels and painted pumpkins for Hallowe’en.

During the month we learned lots about the season of Autumn in SESE. We learned about leaves changing colour and falling from the trees, all about squirrels, hedgehogs and our journey to school each day. We also learned about some traditions of Hallowe’en like dressing up, bobbing for apples and going Trick or Treating!

We went on a Nature Walk to the Discovery Park where we spotted lots of signs of Autumn! Afterwards we had lots of fun playing with our friends in the playground.

We were busy in SPHE discussing different feelings and how to recognise them.

We were excited to welcome Michael Moylan from Heritage in Schools, he told us all about Setanta and Cú Chulaínn. We had great fun dressing up as different characters with him! We also visited Castlecomer Library for Bookville, to hear story telling and make creatures using things from nature like clay, twigs and feathers.

Finally we had fun on the last day before our HallowE’en holidays dressing up in costumes coming to school!

Date posted: 27th October 2023 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, History, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

A New School Year Begins!

Date posted: 9th October 2023 | Category Blog, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

We are delighted to be back in the Junior Room after the Summer Break. We welcomed 6 new Junior Infants to our class this year. 🙂

We have been busy learning about different topics, in Maths Junior Infants learned colours, collecting items of colour from around the room.

In SESE we learned about ourselves as well as our school. We drew self portraits, discussed how we are growing and changing decorating Birthday Cakes for our ages.

We read the story “Our Class is a Family.” We drew pictures of ourselves in school. We also did a treasure hunt around our classroom, finding different areas we use and drew items we find in school. We also came up with suggestions of the things teachers do and drew pictures of our teachers. We made a bright bunch of flowers to show that ”we are a lovely bunch” in our class!

In Art we decorated the letters of our names.

In RE we discussed our school & we thanked God for our lovely school.

We also learned the rules of our classroom, listen, try hard, be safe, be nice, share & care.

Date posted: 9th October 2023 | Category Blog, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

It’s a Sunny Summer Term in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 23rd June 2023 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, GAA, Geography, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, School Outings, Science, Visual Arts |

We’ve had lots to keep us busy during the Summer Term in the Junior Room! We went on our school tour to Activate in Waterford.

Our butterflies each hatched from their chrysalis and we released them in the school grounds.

We learned all about the seaside and water. We discovered what it was like to work as a lighthouse keeper years ago, designed our own colourful lighthouses, learned information about sharks and drew sharks, finally we heard the story of The Children of Lir and drew our favourite part of the story.

Continuing on the theme of water we conducted experiments to see what items float and sink and recorded our results. We also made colourful jellyfish in art.

We enjoyed having our teddies in school for a Teddy Bears’ Picnic and eating ice cream as a treat too!

We continue to learn GAA each week and went on a mini beast hunt around our school grounds. We found a snail, butterflies, ants and woodlice!

In English Junior Infants were working hard learning Tricky Words, making them from Play Doh as well as identifying them on worksheets. Senior Infants wrote about their favourite memory from the year.

Wishing everyone a happy and relaxing Summer Break! See you at the end of August 🙂

Date posted: 23rd June 2023 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, GAA, Geography, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, School Outings, Science, Visual Arts |

Summer Activities in the Senior Room!

Date posted: 22nd June 2023 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Irish, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, School Outings, Science, Senior Classroom, Sports, Visual Arts | Tagged , , , , , , |

The summer holidays are here! It has been a busy May and June in the Senior Room between the school tour, ice-cream in the sun, amazing projects and sports day. Have a look at a snippet of what we have been up to!

The children created some wonderful art pieces this term. Look at these colourful woven rainbows!

The children also created some stained glass butterflies to brighten up the classroom windows.

The boys and girls in 4th, 5th & 6th created some fantastic Crazy Hair Self-Portraits inspired by the artwork of Jackson Pollock. The children had great fun experimenting with the art technique of blow painting with straws to add the crazy hair to their portraits.

The children also worked with clay to create a decorative tile with their initial.

In History, the children learnt all about World War 2. They then created artwork to illustrate “The Blitz” which they had read and discussed.

In SESE with Mrs Joyce, the children learnt all about the causes and migrations of famine. The children also carried out a survey to identify the senior classrooms carbon footprint. The class also discussed and identified simple measures they can take to help reduce their carbon footprint in the future.

On Thursday, 25th May, we went on our school tour to “Activate” in Waterford. We had a great day filled with lots of fun and activity.

Then in English, we wrote all about our school tour.

We also explored Explanation Writing in English. The children wrote some fantastic explanations which were very informative to read!

In Maths, 4th class explored the topic of 3D shapes. They made a variety of different 3D shapes using lollipop sticks and blue-tack.

We also looked at symmetry in Maths and found real life examples of symmetry in the world around us. The children completed summer themed symmetrical drawings.

In Gaeilge, the children wrote some fantastic short stories based on the title ‘Buachaillí Dána’.

The children also researched, prepared and presented projects on a topic of their choice in the final term. A huge amount of effort went into each project and I want to say a big well done to everyone!

To mark and celebrate the end of primary school for the boys and girls of 6th class, we took a trip to The Discovery Park and enjoyed some 99’s in the sun! It was a well deserved treat!

It has been an absolute pleasure to teach 4th, 5th & 6th class the past 6 months. I wish everyone the best of luck next year, particularly the pupils of 6th class as the progress onto secondary school. I hope everyone enjoys a well deserved break over the summer!

Best Wishes, Miss Delaney.

Date posted: 22nd June 2023 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Irish, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, School Outings, Science, Senior Classroom, Sports, Visual Arts | Tagged , , , , , , |