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.

Happy Christmas Everybody!

Date posted: 22nd December 2022 | Category Blog, Christmas, Drama, English, Geography, Irish, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

It is hard to believe that Christmas is here! We have had such a busy few weeks in 1st, 2nd and 3rd class! November and December have been filled with lots of fun activities and learning…

In English, we read a poem called “Walk into my Parlour” and discussed nouns, adjectives and verbs which we are learning about at the moment…

In Visual Arts, we created “Snakes in the Grass” using circular pieces of paper..

In Gaeilge and English, we looked at the topic of Winter/An Geimhreadh and learned vocabulary based on this theme…

We wrote acrostic poems….

We made beautiful snow scenes…

As soon as December approached, we learned about Advent and how it is a time for preparation…

Ms McGrath did some mindful painting with the whole class…The Dancing Santas turned out so well!

The children made some lovely decorations for their Christmas trees!

On 15th December, the children performed the Nativity play “Hosanna Rock!” for all the parents and members of the school community. They did such a wonderful job and we were very proud of all their efforts!

We also had a visit from Santa, who took time out of his busy schedule! We sang “Jingle Bells!” and each got a selection box…

We enjoyed some Christmas baking with Mrs. Dooley…Thank you Mrs. Dooley for these fabulous treats…

We made some lovely Christmas cards for our friends and family…

We read a poem called “The Christmas Party” by Adeline White and drew pictures to represent the various things mentioned in the poem…

We had a Christmas Jumper day on Friday, 16th December…Don’t the boys and girls look so festive?!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all the boys and girls in 1st, 2nd and 3rd class!

Date posted: 22nd December 2022 | Category Blog, Christmas, Drama, English, Geography, Irish, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

Spooktacular Activities in the Senior Classroom!

Date posted: 2nd November 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, Our Work on Display, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

In preparation for Halloween, the Senior Classroom engaged in lots of seasonal activities!

Heritage Expert, Orla Bates, visited in October and engaged the children in a Monoprint Workshop on Moths!

Didn’t they do a magnificent job making their monoprint moths!

In English, the children created their own Halloween Wordsearch for a member of their class to complete.

They also read the poem, The Marrog, by R.C. Scriven and drew a picture of what they imagined this creature would look like!

In Art, the children created some very creative pumpkin drawing entries for the Folens Halloween Competition!

Some Spooky Skeletons were also created to decorate our classroom for Halloween!

In S.E.S.E. we did a scavenger hunt in the Discovery Park and had great fun using Ipads to take photographs of the aspects of nature we found!

Finally, we all dressed up “Spooktacularly” on the day of our holidays and …

to end a busy day, we enjoyed creating our own Haunting Halloween Cupcakes!

Happy Halloween everybody! Stay safe and enjoy your Mid Term Break!

Date posted: 2nd November 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, Our Work on Display, Science, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

Autumn Antics in the Senior Classroom

Date posted: 2nd November 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

This year, we came back to school to see lots of new board games in our classroom. A BIG THANK YOU to the Board of Management for purchasing these. We look forward to having fun together and learning new games 🙂

Since the school term commenced, the children in the Senior Classroom have been working very hard in all subject areas. In English, they wrote their Summer Holiday Snapshot Report and drew some lovely pictures to accompany their work.

The children enjoyed learning about The Celts in History and we further explored the history of the Book of Kells. In response to all they had learned, they designed their own Celtic Art patterns to decorate the initial letter of their name.

We conducted an experiment in Science to show the process of oxidation on copper coins.

The green colour on the coins occurs because of the reaction between oxygen and copper. Did you know that the Statue of Liberty has turned green due to oxidation?

Like real scientists, we recorded the details of our experiment onto a Science Experiment Sheet!

In Art, we created our own Magnificent Mandalas. These are circular structures that represent wholeness and life and come from the ancient Indian language, Sanskrit.

The children enjoyed learning about the life and work of Spanish artist, Joan Miró and created their own art in response to all they had learned.

We planned our own towns in Geography with Mrs. Joyce and presented them to our classmates.

We enjoyed learning the scientific names for the parts of a plant in Science with Mrs. Joyce too!

In preparation for the Harvest Service, the children worked in small groups to create their own pictures of Harvest. Didn’t they do a fantastic job?

The children created their own storyboards in response to all they had learned about Saul in Religion

In SPHE, we explored the topic of Well-Being. The children engaged in an online webinar with Kilkenny Education Centre called “Best Foot Forward” and completed lots of well being activities in response to it.

In preparation for the season of Autumn, the children made their own colourful clay leaf pinch pots

and created their own Autumn Sensory Poems

Well done to all the children on all their hard work during Autumn!

Date posted: 2nd November 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Spooktacular goings on in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 28th October 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, History, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, Soccer, Visual Arts |

October has been another busy month in our room. We visited Castlecomer Library and heard authors Sinéad Dore and Claire Keating reading from their book Bea’s Ocean Commotion. We did some fun activities with them to help us if we feel worried too.

In English Junior Infants are busy learning lots of letter sounds and Senior Infants are learning new Tricky Words all the time. Juniors had fun playing games to revise their sounds.

Our Art this month included painting and cutting Autumn leaves as well as sponge painting to make bat silhouettes.

We were delighted to welcome Heritage in Schools Artist Orla Bates to Wandesforde. Orla discussed the topic of Autumn with us, going outside to look at all the colourful Autumn leaves before we created Autumn Leaf Clay Pots!

In SESE we learned all about the season of Autumn. We discovered the farmer is really busy at this time of year harvesting corn, ploughing fields and picking appples and pumpkins. We sequenced the story of The Little Red Hen and learned all about bats in the run up to Halloween!

We learned all about colours, we mixed primary colours to find out what secondary colours we can make and recorded our results on these colour wheels.

Our Play topic this month was Autumn and Halloween. We made items in Junk Art and Play Doh, we created woodlands in Small World, we built spooky houses and castles in Construction and we had fun finding things related to the topic in the sand.

Making hedgehogs in Junk Art
Making a combine for the farmers in Autumn in Junk Art
Using Play Doh to make pumpkins
Making spiders
Creating bats!
Creating Autumn woodlands in Small World
Building a Haunted House in Construction
Creating a witch’s house in the sand

In PE we were practicing skills in playing different games, focusing on running and ball skills.

Before the Halloween holidays we made some tasty Halloween rice krispie pumpkin treats and dressed up in our Halloween costumes! Happy Halloween to all, have a lovely break 🙂

Date posted: 28th October 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, History, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, Soccer, Visual Arts |

Autumn and Halloween Fun in the Middle Room!

Date posted: 26th October 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, Science, Special Occasions, SPHE, Visual Arts |

It has been such a busy term in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class and the boys and girls have settled in really well to their new classes! Have a look at what we have been up to!

In English, we wrote about and drew pictures of our Summer holidays and what we got up to!

We painted pictures to show our artistic abilities!

In SPHE we drew pictures to show how we are special and unique…

We also designed our own family crests!

We decorated our initials with lots of different embellishments!

In Geography we looked at and discussed houses, homes and the various parts of a house…

In Visual Arts, we made “Birds of Peacefulness”…aren’t they so colourful?

We also had fun putting masking tape on paper, painting over it and then taking it off, very carefully!

We looked at the topic of Autumn and wrote about the signs of Autumn all around us. We also went on a nature walk around the school grounds to spot the signs that we discussed….

The children were excited to have a workshop with Órla Bates on 14th October and they were delighted with the Clay Leaf Bowls that they made…They also enjoyed playing some games, using nature in our school grounds….

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To mark Jersey Day and to raise money for the charity “Goal”, we dressed up in our favourite sports’ clothes…

We learned about owls…Did you know an owl can turn its head 270 degrees?!!!

We discussed the theme of Halloween and made these “Spooky Bats”….

We made spooky pumpkin treats and all helped out with Mrs. Dooley!

Happy Halloween everybody! Enjoy your midterm break!

Date posted: 26th October 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, Science, Special Occasions, SPHE, Visual Arts |