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.

Halloween fun in the Junior Room

Date posted: 26th October 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Hallowe'en, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

We’ve been learning all about Halloween this week in the Junior Room. It was our play topic and we enjoyed building spooky castles in the sand and small world, playing Halloween themed games and making things in junk art and playdough.

 

In Art we made Halloween Bats and after reading the book “Winnie the Witch” we made her black cat Wilber!

In Maths Senior Infants were learning all about the number 6 and created Monsters with 6 arms, 6 legs, 6 teeth and 6 eyes! We all made some Halloween patterns as well.

Our topic in Science has been touch. We learned to describe how different things feel and coloured in the things which we can touch.

On the last day we made rice crispie spiders. We had to mix chocolate and cereal and give them eyes and legs, and then eat them! Yummy!!

Happy Halloween everyone! ūüôā

 

 

Date posted: 26th October 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Hallowe'en, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

Autumn has flown by in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 23rd October 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Drama, Geography, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

We were excited to be back in the Junior room after the summer holidays. We welcomed 4 new pupils to Junior Infants this year. We have certainly been busy in September and October, here are some of the things we’ve done.

In Art we drew pictures of our summer holidays, made autumn squirrels and colourful autumn trees. We also cut out autumn leaves to make a collage.

 

In SPHE we learned all about ourselves and our families.

Self Portraits and family selfies.

As  well as doing art for autumn we learned lots about this season, going on a nature walk to spot signs of autumn all around us.

We also learned all about foxes, Juniors coloured in fact cards about them while Senior Infants wrote up what they learned.

In maths Junior Infants have been working on matching activities as well as topics such as taller and shorter.

 

We enjoyed a production of The Railway Children in September as well as welcoming Heritage Expert Paul who taught us all about making things from willow.

Finally our play topic was The Supermarket. We had fun making groceries from play dough, building supermarkets and role playing in the supermarket.

Date posted: 23rd October 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Drama, Geography, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

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 Р6th 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! ūüôā

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 |