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.

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 |

Winter Wonders in the Middle Room!

Date posted: 5th February 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Irish, Mathematics, Middle Classroom, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Since our return from our enjoyable Christmas break, the children have been very busy in 1st, 2nd and 3rd class in all subject areas! In English, we wrote about what we got up to over the festive season!

In Gaeilge we are learning all about “Caitheamh Aimsire” or hobbies that we like to partake in.  The children drew pictures and wrote sentences as Gaeilge!

In SPHE, we are looking at the theme of friendship as we are reading “Charlotte’s Web”.  The children discussed various qualities a friend should have and wrote them on leaves.  We displayed them on our “Friendship Tree”.

In Maths, the children were given the challenge of creating pictures using a number of squares.  The results included robots, planes, rainbows and snowmen!

In Science, we completed an experiment to see which material was the best insulator, cling film or a cotton tea towel, when place around a cup of warm water.  The children had to predict the result and take the temperature at various intervals.  The cling film was the winner!

In Art, the children created “Winter Woodland” scenes…

We also created “Under the Sea” scenes on paper plates….

Well done on all your hard work over the past month!

Date posted: 5th February 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Irish, Mathematics, Middle Classroom, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Winter Weather Watch with the Juniors!

Date posted: 30th January 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Geography, History, Irish, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

We’ve made a great start to 2020 in the Junior Room. In play we explored the topics of weather and the restaurant. We recorded the weather each day for 2 weeks and used equipment to measure the weather outside.

We made weather related junk art, presented the weather in role play, made weather with coloured blocks and created weather with play doh.

In the Restaurant we made our own tables and chairs to eat off in construction, role played in the restaurant, built restaurants in small world and made lots of restaurant things in junk art.

Creating menus
Making pizza and chocolate cake-yum!

In art we made rainy day scenes, winter snowmen and stormy scenes.

Daniel in the Lions’ Den as well as David and Goliath were the 2 stories we learned about from the Bible this month, we drew pictures of both.

Junior Infants learned all about length in Maths and we all created patterns based on the topic of the restaurant! Juniors also practiced recognising different numbers by building cube towers of different heights.

In SESE we discovered lots about toys and play. We matched toys to the places we play with them and found out about some toys used long ago.

Most children knew the story of Little Red Riding Hood in English but we really enjoyed listening to it as Gaeilge!

All in all another great months work by the girls and boys in the Junior Room- Well done!!

Date posted: 30th January 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Geography, History, Irish, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

Jingle all the way with the Juniors!

Date posted: 20th December 2019 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Drama, Drama, English, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

The children in the Junior Room have been very busy during the month of December. To begin with in Play we explored Santa’s Workshop.

We made Christmas trees in Junk Art.
Making a Post Box for letters to Santa.
Building Santa’s Sleigh in Construction.
Wrapping presents in Role Play.
Making Rudolph from Play Doh
A Play Doh Christmas Tree

In SESE we learned all about penguins. We were also busy discovering some facts about the season of Winter. We circled signs of Winter in pictures and listened to instructions to draw a snowman.

We also explored freezing and melting this month, we looked at ice and described how it looked and felt, then we placed ice in different parts of our classroom to see where it melted fastest and recorded what happened.

It was freezing, smooth, hard and watery.

We made Christmas Robins and Rudolph in Art.

In RE we learned all about Advent and the story of the birth of Jesus.

In Maths we coloured Christmas pictures by numbers and Senior Infants drew Rudolph in lots of different places as they had been learning lots of positional words.

Senior Infants were also learning about 3D Shapes and made these graphs.

They are learning more Tricky Words each week.

In SPHE we have been exploring our sense of taste. We tasted different foods which were sweet, salty, sour and bitter and recorded if we liked them or not.

In our school play ‘The Inn Crowd’ the children performed in many different roles including sheep, wise men, shepherds and angels. They also sang lots of songs during the show.

Finally a very special visitor arrived before the holidays……..SANTA!!!!

We were delighted he popped in with some treats for us all before the Christmas break. 🙂

On the last day we had a chilled out morning watching a DVD.

Merry Christmas to everyone from all in the Junior Room, see you in 2020!

Date posted: 20th December 2019 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Drama, Drama, English, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Up, Up And Away with the Juniors!

Date posted: 2nd December 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

We have really enjoyed learning lots in November about the Airport and Post Office in play.

Biulding an airport in Small World.
Building a Security Gate
Making airport items in Junk Art
Building a Terminal
Going through security
Making play doh items
Building a van for the Postman
Collecting the post for delivery
A busy day in Wandesforde Post Office!
Making a post Office in Junk Art.
Finding Post Office words in the sand.
Building a Post Office in Small World.

We also learned about Amelia Earhart in History. She flew all the way across the Atlantic on her own in her yellow plane called ‘The Canary.’

In Art we created handprint aeroplanes in lots of bright colours as well as practicing our cutting skills.

In Art we also worked with clay and made pots. We enjoyed painting them nice bright colours.

We were busy in SESE learning all about magnets and discovering what is magnetic and non magnetic in our classroom.

In SPHE we have been learning all about being good friends to each other and we drew pictures of us being good friends. We also made a Friendship Tree with all our class helping to create it.

In Maths we discovered lots about 2D shapes, we found lots of them in our classroom and made some shape pictures.

Finally in Geography we discussed different modes of transport. We made a graph to show how we all travel to school.

Date posted: 2nd December 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |