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 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 |

A Busy Build Up to Easter in the Middle Room!

Date posted: 22nd April 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

We have had a very busy few weeks in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class in our school!  To celebrate Mothering Sunday on 31st March, the children created bouquets for a special lady in their lives…

We also created treat boxes with some roses inside!  We hope they made it home!

In SPHE we learned all about fire safety in the home.  We were delighted to have members of the Kilkenny Fire and Rescue Service with us to talk about how we can all stay extra safe in our homes.

In Maths, the 3rd class were learning all about shapes that tessellate.  They coloured in some impressive designs to illustrate this concept.

In SESE, we discussed our 5 senses and wrote poems in English to show that Spring can be experienced in a sensory way!

We also read a story called “The Willow Pattern” by Alan Drummond. It is a story about Koong Shee and Chang, who fell in love but could never be together because of a wicked merchant.  Their story is depicted on the Willow Pattern plates in many of our houses.  Have a look and see if you can see a pagoda, a boat and two turtle doves on your bowls or plates at home!  We then created our own Willow Pattern plates using blue paint…

In SESE, we talked about the many people in our community who help us.  We each wrote about one person and drew their picture….

In Religion, we read “The Easter Story” and sequenced the events on the wall, surrounded by palm leaves which were waved along the streets of Jerusalem as Jesus entered on a donkey…

We also wrote Easter Acrostic Poems in English…

We designed very cool Easter Eggs!

And finally, we created Easter Wreaths using lots of colourful paper!

We hope you all are having a restful break and enjoying this lovely time of year!

Date posted: 22nd April 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

April fun in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 13th April 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Easter, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

It has been a busy few weeks in the run up to Easter with Junior and Senior Infants. We learned all about the hairdressers in play. Here we are role playing in the Wandesforde Hair Salon, making items from play doh and junk art and building our own mini salons in small world.

Ms Power and Ms Byrne got their hair styled by the hairdressers at the Wandesforde Hair Salon!

We were up bright and early on April 4th to make an appearance on Ireland AM! We had a lovely morning in the Discovery Park.

In Art we made colourful Easter Eggs using paper doilies and coloured card.

Finally this month we learned all about the weather, we monitored the weather and drew different weather we learned about.

Date posted: 13th April 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Easter, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

Spring has sprung in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 2nd April 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Junior & Senior Infants learned lots about the season of Spring this month. In play we discovered all about Spring weather, baby animals which are born and plants and flowers that grow.

We used blocks to make Spring flowers
We made Spring nests and plants from play doh


We made birds nests from our magnets
In the sand we found cards and put them in the correct order to show what happens in Spring

We also created our own Spring Garden in our classroom with daffodils, snowdrops, primroses and hyacinths.

In Art we made St Patrick’s Day crocks of gold and used clay to make daffodil candle holders for Mother’s Day.

Continuing with our Spring theme we made colourful rainbows which we often see at this time of year from the sunshine and showers. We also created fluffy baby lambs, born at the moment as well.

We wrote sentences about Spring and drew pictures to illustrate them in English.

We learned all about water in our world in SESE, looking at places we find water like the sea, rivers, canals, lakes etc. We also experimented to see if materials were waterproof and recorded our results.

Senior Infants learned all about measuring length this month and we measured pencils but used sharpeners instead of a ruler!

In SPHE we discussed and explored feelings we have through reading various Mr Men and Little Miss books. We drew some of the feelings we’d discussed.

We enjoyed two nature walks this month, first of all we went to the river and explored around the river bank and woods with Eileen Canny, although it was raining we had fun!! At the end of the month we went to the Discovery Park and tried to spot as many signs of Spring as we could. Thankfully the sun shone and we had time to visit the playground at the end!

Ready with our clipboards to spot signs of Spring!

Date posted: 2nd April 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

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 |