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 Fun with Junior & Senior Infants!

Date posted: 23rd June 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, Sport, Visual Arts |

As the year ends we have been busier than ever in the Junior Classroom!

We were learning all about the garden and garden centres in play. We role played in the Garden Centre, discovered tools gardeners use in the sand, made garden related items in junk art, constructed a garden centre in small world, made garden flowers from play dough & explored the use of water at the water station.

We also sowed sunflowers for our own gardens at home. We watered them and kept them on a sunny windowsill and after a few days they began to germinate. They were starting to grow quite tall by the time we brought them home!

We had great fun at our Sports’ Day, sprinting, running over hurdles, competing in the egg and spoon race and sack race.

Before our annual Sponsored Cycle we had a Cycle Safety Workshop. We learned how to safely steer around objects as well as how to use our brakes properly.

In Art we made sailing boats, we used potatoes to print the boats onto our painted background.

Before the holidays we had a Teddy Bears’ Picnic. As a treat we had some delicious Summer food – ice-cream and strawberries!

In Maths we’ve learned all about money. Here are Senior Infants sorting out their change!

We were also working on addition skills, Junior Infants played a game ‘Fill It, Spill It, Add It’ to learn about adding.

Senior Infants played Number Dots to practice their addition skills.

We continued to work hard learning tricky words. We practiced writing them with markers and shaping them in play dough and completing worksheets for different words.

We had a great morning learning to play drums and beating different rhythms.

In Science we learned all about the life cycle of a ladybird and we made paper plate ladybirds in Art.

Happy holidays everyone, have a great summer!

Date posted: 23rd June 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, Sport, Visual Arts |

Exploring the Outdoors in the Senior Classes!

Date posted: 10th June 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, Local Visits, Physical Education, Science, Senior Classroom, Sport, Visual Arts |

Since Easter, 3rd – 6th Classes have been exploring the outdoors with Jo and Richard in the Discovery Park as part of a 4-week programme being rolled out by Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership.

The children have thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the workshop which were conducted both in the school environment and in the Discovery Park.

Below are some photos of the activities which the children engaged in, all of which supported various curricular areas such as Maths, Science, Geography, P.E. and Art.

Take a look at their participation in the programme.

The children engaged in various team building games during the first week!


Parachute Games

Clumps

The Tower of Hanoi

During the second week of the programme, the children engaged in activities relating to SESE

They explored the food chain and created a food web using string and each person had to represent a different animal that lives in the woods.

As well as this, the children had to work in teams to identify the number of years it would take for various materials to decompose! This was a difficult task and no group got the correct answers but we learned so much from this activity!

Did you know that it takes a banana skin up to 2 years to naturally decompose?

A plastic bottle depending on its size, could take up to 1,000,000 years to decompose naturally!!

As a final activity on Week 2, the children were given the task of creating a nest using anything they could find naturally in the forest.

The challenge was to make sure the nest would stay together when it was lifted!

On the third week, the children explored maps, some of them were of the Discovery Park and others were from other parts of Ireland.  

The children once again worked in teams to identify the source of rivers as well as where lakes and other map features can be found.

In response to their work on maps and map reading, the children then worked outdoors to create their own map of the lakes and grounds within the Discovery Park. They had to find parts of nature in the school grounds that would help show areas within the map.

Below are some of their finished maps!

Didn’t they do a fantastic job?

                            They once again demonstrated good teamwork in this activity

The final week of the programme was back in the Discovery Park. For this week the children engaged in the PE curriculum and had to once again perform as team players.

They did wall climbing….

and they also had to wall climb as a team which wasn’t as easy!

As a final treat, the children did Archery!

On behalf of the school, I want to thank Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership for providing the children with the opportunity to engage in this fantastic workshop. They thoroughly enjoyed the 4-week programme. Special thanks to Jo and Richard who implemented the programme so well from start to finish. Well done also to the children for engaging so well in all activities asked of them and showing what it takes to be a team player! 🙂

Date posted: 10th June 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, Local Visits, Physical Education, Science, Senior Classroom, Sport, Visual Arts |

Building a great classroom with Infants!

Date posted: 6th June 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Drama, English, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, School Outings, Science, Visual Arts |

May has come and gone in the Junior Room and as always we’ve been busy this month!

Our play topic was ‘The Building Site’

We role played on site, worked in the sand, made constructions and various items related to building in junk art as well as making our own mini site in small world.

In English we drew plans for a building we’d like to construct and listed all the materials we would need to build it.

In Art we took inspiration from nature and made pretty blossom trees using crepe paper and bright, yellow, summer suns.

We wrote up what we have learned about the season of summer and made puffy paint to create delicious ice cream cones!

We had an interesting morning going on a nature walk to the Discovery Park. We spotted lots of signs of summer- green leaves, flowers growing, insects down by the river and we could hear lots of birds singing.

We had time after to head to the playground for some fun!

After our school tour to Hook Lighthouse and K-Bowl we drew pictures of our favourite activity.

In Maths Senior Infants were working on number and coloured pictures of crabs according to the number code. Meanwhile Junior Infants were working on cutting, colouring and gluing skills and created colourful rockets.

Date posted: 6th June 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Drama, English, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, School Outings, Science, Visual Arts |

Marvellous March in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 24th March 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Easter, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

March has been another busy month in the Junior Room. In play we learned all about the hospital. Here we are making hospital related items from junk art, role playing in the hospital and making our own wards in the small world area.

We also made our own x-rays, Junior Infants learned the letter ‘x’ this month and we looked at real x-rays from a hospital.

In S.E.S.E. we discussed the instruments a doctor uses in hospital and completed worksheets about this.

As it’s Spring now we looked at the blackbird, watched a video of an adult feeding chicks and listened to their song. We then made life cycle diagrams for a blackbird.

To celebrate St Patrick’s Day we made bright green shamrocks from matchsticks, paper, fabric and buttons, then we attached rainbow colours underneath.

Easter is here and we learned all about the Easter Story in Religion. We created our own hills with 3 crosses to represent the story and painted in sunsets behind.

As well as remembering the Easter Story we also like to eat Easter Eggs and we used all we’ve learned in Maths to create colourful patterns on Easter Eggs. We used pom poms gripped by clothes pegs to do this!

Senior Infants have been busy learning all about the number 9 in Maths and Junior Infants the number 5 and did lots of work around these numbers.

At the beginning of the month we went outdoors and practiced writing the numbers 4 and 8 with chalk.

Senior Infants were busy learning new tricky words too and practiced writing them on mats as well as making the word from play dough.

In P.E. we learned some simple orienteering skills and coloured in animal cards at different stations around the hall.

We were delighted to welcome Claire Caron to our school, Claire taught us how to make eggcups and vases from clay.

Date posted: 24th March 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Easter, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

New Year Activities in the Senior Room!

Date posted: 4th March 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Green Flag, Our Work on Display, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

2018 has been busy. In SPHE the children have been exploring the theme of Friendship and made a list of some Acts of Kindness they hope to do this year with their family & friends.

The children explored the concept of Foreshortening which is a technique used in  Perspective in Art. It creates the illusion of an object going back strongly into the distance. Take a look at the characters they created to demonstrate this concept!

In English, the children learned how to compose and write their own Limericks.

The children in the Senior Classroom made Banana Bread for the whole school using surplus bananas that were in school from our participation in Fresh Today.

Thank you to Mrs. Dooley for all her hard work in preparation for this activity 🙂

In preparation for Valentine’s Day, the children made their “Spin Art Love Hearts” using paint and a salad spinner! They are all so colourful and unique!

They also designed and made their own Valentine’s Cards. Didn’t they do a fantastic job?

In SESE, the children designed their own picture illustrating “Biodiversity” for the Green Schools In-House Art Competition. Well done on all your entries 🙂

The Senior Classroom enjoyed hosting the Annual Pancake Party at Wandesforde School. Thank you to Mrs. Dooley for all her culinary and organisational skills on this very busy morning 🙂

In Art, the children have been very busy designing their entry for this year’s Texaco Art Competition.

The children enjoyed exploring aspects of nature when local scientist, Eileen Canny came to visit and speak to us about Biodiversity.

Finally, the children responded as editors to various health & hygiene issues for the “Castlecomer Cares Magazine”. They gave some great advice to all the issues that were raised by the public! 🙂

Well done Senior pupils on such great work during the first 2 months of the year!

 

 

Date posted: 4th March 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Green Flag, Our Work on Display, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |