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.

Summer Activities in 4th, 5th & 6th!

Date posted: 26th August 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Fundraising Activities, Geography, History, Our Work on Display, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

During May and June, the Senior Classroom were busy in all subject areas.

The children completed Class Projects on various topics of interest and enjoyed researching their topics on the school computers and Ipads!

In Art, the children completed many colourful projects! They drew some One Point Perspective Pictures.

They explored the technique of Pointillism which is painting in small spots to form an image.

They used watercolour paints to create Super Seahorses!

They also engaged in some Summer Still Life Drawings this term.

The children learned about life in the 1960s in History and made their own “Flower Power” Display to accompany the topic.

World War 1 was another topic that was covered in the SESE subject areas.

We designed a poster to advertise Dunmore East Adventure Centre following our school tour in May!

In preparation for our School’s Sponsored Cycle, we designed our own Cycling Helmets in SPHE

We explored Water Safety in preparation for swimming & our Summer Holidays!

In Music, we listened to Fossils by Camille Saint Saens and the children drew pictures in response to what the music portrayed to them

Father’s Day was also celebrated in June, so we made our own Father’s Day Card and Craft to show our father figures how important they are in our lives.

Following our Sponsored Cycle, we did some Recount Writing in Literacy describing some of our favourite memories fron the day 🙂

We put our culinary skills to the test by making some Butterscotch Chocolate Chup Cookies!

We finished our Class Novel, I am David by Anne Holm and wrote a Character Profile on a character which appealed to us most in the novel.

We were delighted to receive some letters and postcards back from our favourite authors who we wrote to before Easter. David Walliams, Roddy Doyle & JK Rowling

To celebrate the end of a very busy year, the children enjoyed an ice cream treat during the last week of school!

Well done to all the children for a great term’s work. You should be very proud of yourselves 🙂

Date posted: 26th August 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Fundraising Activities, Geography, History, Our Work on Display, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Summer arrives in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 24th June 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

We have been learning lots about summer in the Junior Room throughout the month of June. We had fun exploring camping through play. We made play doh and junk art camping items, role played on the campsite & made our own campsites in small world and the sand pit.

We learned all about Summer in different subject areas. We created fingerprint ice-cream cones, drew and coloured summer pictures, went on a summer nature walk & sorted out summer clothes.

For Father’s Day we made ties for our dads drawing pictures of their favourite things on the ties!

Our chrysalides hatched and we had 5 beautiful butterflies in our classroom, we looked after them for a few days before releasing them in our school grounds by the flower beds where they will have plenty of nectar.

We had a Teddy Bear’s Picnic trying summer food, ice-cream and strawberries as well as toasted marshmallows like you’d have camping!

Finally in Science we learned the names of different parts of a plant and all about different materials around us.

Enjoy the summer holidays everyone!

Date posted: 24th June 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

Summer Fun in The Middle Room!

Date posted: 22nd June 2019 | Category Blog, English, Middle Classroom, Physical Education, Science, Sports, Visual Arts |

The month of June has flown by and over the past 3 weeks, we have been focusing on the theme of Summer!  We made crazy flavoured ice pops…

In English, we wrote “Summer Bucket Lists”.  The boys and girls are going to be very busy over the next few months!

To celebrate the wonderful Dads in our lives, we created “Rock and Roll Vests” for Fathers’ Day and gave our Dads special certificates too…

We created Frog Paper weights using stones from our gardens…

In SESE we have been learning about the lifecycle of the butterfly over the past month…

We purchased our own caterpillars to see them transform into butterflies…

Unfortunately, they hadn’t changed into butterflies before school finished for the holidays, so a lucky boy in 2nd class has kindly taken the chrysalides home and will set them free in due course!

On 17th June, we had our sports’ day and all the children received a medal for their efforts in all the races on the day! Well done boys and girls on all your hard work throughout the year. Have a great Summer!

Date posted: 22nd June 2019 | Category Blog, English, Middle Classroom, Physical Education, Science, Sports, Visual Arts |

May Fun in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 4th June 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, School Outings, Science, Visual Arts |

May has been another busy month in the Junior Room. In SESE we learned all about fish & butterflies. We labelled parts of a fish and learned all about the life cycle of a butterfly. We even got our own caterpillars which we’ve watched grow bigger and bigger and turn into chrysalides!


In Art, after reading the book, we made Rainbow Fish using celery to print their scales. We also made bright and colourful butterflies to fly around on our walls.

We enjoyed getting outdoors to do some practical maths activities like finding certain amounts of daisies or leaves in the grounds as well as spotting patterns in nature.

We continue to work hard learning our sounds and tricky words.

We were thrilled to head off to Rathwood on our School Tour in May as well. We went on a train through the woods, made our own teddy bears, met Goldilocks and the Three Bears and had a picnic, finally we headed to the playground for some fun with our friends.

Junior Infants did a great job drawing their favourite activity on the tour!

Date posted: 4th June 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, School Outings, 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 🙂

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 |