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.

Spring Fun and Games in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class!

Date posted: 14th March 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Local Visits, Mathematics, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

February has flown in the Middle Room!  We have been very busy learning lots of new things and now you can have a look at all our work!

To mark the start of February, we read about St. Brigid and her life as a Christian.  We coloured in pictures of her cloak…..

Chinese new Year was on the 5th February and this year is the year of the pig!  We read a story about how all the animals were picked to be part of Chinese New Year and made dragons, as these are a huge symbol in Chinese culture.

We read a poem called “Daffodils” by William Wordsworth.  We discussed the many verbs, adjectives and nouns in it and then decorated it!

In Maths, the 2nd class are learning all about 3D shapes and had to design hotels using all the shapes that we learned about!

We created colourful peacocks in art using metallic colours…

The children in all classes completed projects based on topics of their choice.  They did a wonderful job presenting them to the class.  Here are some pictures of their work!

To mark Pancake Tuesday, we enjoyed a few pancakes with our favourite toppings, kindly made by Mrs. Dooley and distributed by the Senior pupils.  Thank you all very much!  They were delicious!

We also welcomed Eileen Canny to the school to do a River Study Workshop with the children last week.  The children explored the river bank and woodland area at the end of the school property and despite the rain, had lots of fun!

Well done on all your hard work boys and girls!

Date posted: 14th March 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Local Visits, Mathematics, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

February Fun with the Juniors

Date posted: 4th March 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Our play topic in February was ‘The Jungle.’ We had great fun making jungles in the sand, creating jungle animals and explorers equipment in junk art and play doh. We also went on a jungle trek around our class spotting various jungle creatures. Finally we played in our water station with jungle animals which live in rivers.

We created some of the animals from the book ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ Here’s a leaping gazelle………
and a slithery snake!
One jungle explorer’s trek ended when bitten by a snake!!

In art we created lots of jungle themed work including parrots made from our handprints and colourful chameleons. For Valentine’s Day we made frames of our hands for our families.

In SESE we looked at the animals we find here in Ireland and the different animals which live in jungles, we sorted the animals accordingly and later drew a selection of jungle animals we’d learned about.

We also learned about forces and focused on what is moved by pushing and what is moved by pulling. We sorted some things which are pushed and others which are pulled. We experimented with some things in our classroom to see how they move and pushed paper fish along by blowing them. We had to see which surface they travelled on best.

Pulling

Pushing

In SPHE we continue to do our mindfulness each week, we take some time out to relax, close our eyes and just breathe deeply and calmly.

We also discussed all the things which make us happy in school and drew pictures to show these things.

We have had great fun in January and February learning to dance with Michelle 🙂

In music this month we learned the names of various percussion instruments and learned how to play them.

Finally we had a lovely time in the library where Mary read some stories all about eating healthy food and then we had to guess which healthy fruit and vegetables she had in her bag!

Date posted: 4th March 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

A Great Start to 2019 in the Middle Room!

Date posted: 6th February 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Middle Classroom, Physical Education, Science, Visual Arts |

Welcome back after the Christmas break from all in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class!  We had a great break and wrote about what we got up to in the first week back!

We drew lovely pictures and coloured them in with our silky pastels!

We wrote new year’s resolutions in English and designed party hats to celebrate the new year!

In Visual Arts, we created Fabric and Fibre pictures from various scraps of material…

In SESE, we learned all about water and ways of conserving water in our everyday lives.  The children designed posters to promote water conservation.


We also discussed floating and sinking, made our own boats, tested them out and then adapted them to try to make them float!

We created colourful aquariums with brightly coloured fish…

We created colourful parrots using our handprints….

We learned all about China in Geography and created our own mini-project on this huge country!

We wrote acrostic poems in English entitled “WINTER”…

We are enjoying dance lessons with Michelle from Dancewise Academy every Wednesday!

We recently purchased new magnets in the school and the children had great fun creating their own animals with the magnets in groups!

Well done on a great month’s work boys and girls!

Date posted: 6th February 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Middle Classroom, Physical Education, Science, Visual Arts |

Happy New Year from the Junior Room!

Date posted: 1st February 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

It has been a busy start to 2019 in the Junior Classroom. We’ve learned about lots of new and exciting topics. In play we learned all about School and The Pet Shop.

We made school items in Playdough.

We built classrooms and schools in Small World and Construction.

We made items in Junk Art.

Making a clock for the classroom.

We also had fun in Role Play acting out in the classroom.

We also explored the theme of Pet Shops this month. We made Playdough animals and pet related items.

In Construction we made pet home like aquariums, rabbit and gerbil hutches and dog and cat baskets.

In Junk Art the boys and girls made pets and pet toys.

We found various pets in the sand and matched them to their homes.

Finally we made our own pet shop in the classroom and enjoyed acting out going to the shop in Role Play.

In Art we looked at the topic of Winter and made snowflakes using oil pastels and then painted over them with water colour paints.

We made winter mittens from tissue paper and contact and put them on display on our classroom window.

In Gaeilge we have learned all about ‘An Aimsir’ and made these colourful umbrellas.

Finally we made Winter Penguins using ‘cold’ coloured paints for the background.

In SESE we learned all about the topic of Winter, we sorted some winter clothes and drew pictures of Winter Scenes.

Also in SESE we were learning all about our sense of sight and hearing. We went on a walk outside to listen for different sounds and played games about what we could see around us. Then we coloured in pictures of things we like to look at and listen to.

Junior Infants have been revising the number 2 in Maths, while Senior Infants were learning ordinal numbers, ordering stories from what happened 1st to last.

Meanwhile Senior Infants continue to learn new ‘Tricky Words’ each week.

Finally, and also in English we had a lovely morning at our local library listening to stories and exploring books with Mary the librarian.

Date posted: 1st February 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

All is Merry & Bright in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 21st December 2018 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Drama, English, Funky Kids, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

December has been full of fun in the Junior Room. In Art and Religion we learned all about the story of The Nativity. We created these lovely scenes of Jesus who was born in a stable. We also made sparkly and bright Christmas Trees from paper plates. 

Our play topic was The North Pole! We had fun making presents in junk art, building Santa’s Workshop in construction, making decorations from play dough and creating a small world scene of the North Pole. 

In Maths Senior Infants have been learning all about spacial relations and drew Rudolph in lots of different places like between the clouds and on the roof.

In SPHE we were learning all about being a good friend, we read stories about being a good friend and drew pictures showing us being good friends to our classmates.

After learning all about electricity in November it was great to welcome Niamh from Anyone for Science to our school, she taught us lots of interesting information about static electricity.

In English we read a poem ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Christmas Lights’ and coloured in Christmas lights & Senior Infants wrote sentences all about night time.

In SESE this month we have been looking at the differences between day and night. We drew pictures to illustrate these after playing a sorting game.

We had a super night performing our show with the Funky Kids!

Finally we were very excited to welcome a special visitor to our class ……….SANTA!


Merry Christmas Everyone!!

Date posted: 21st December 2018 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Drama, English, Funky Kids, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |