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.

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 |

Call the Emergency Services to the Junior Room!

Date posted: 4th December 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Drama, English, Funky Kids, Geography, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

The Junior Room have been learning lots in November, look below and see what we’ve been up to!

Our play topics were the Garda Station and the Fire Station. We had fun learning all about these topics making things in junk art & play dough, creating a small world play area with them,  finding items related to the topics in the sand & building Fire & Garda Stations in construction.

In Art we experimented with paint and created colourful fires, we also learned how to contact the Emergency Services by calling 999 and we made bright 999 signs. 

Also in Art we used clay to make out own magnets, we rolled it, cut it and when dry painted it. They look really colourful on our whiteboard!

Our topic in SESE was electricity. We discovered how it travels to our homes and school and some safety tips as well. In groups we cut out pictures of different electrical appliances for each room in our houses and stuck them in.

We also learned about people in our community who help us as well as the Gardaí and Firefighters we discussed in play.

We are having great fun singing, dancing and doing art in Funky Kids every week, here we are working on our costumes for the night.

Senior Infants are working on their writing skills and wrote up sentences about The Park.

They were also busy in Maths learning about 2D shapes and created these pictures containing lots of 2D shapes!

Finally we supported 6th class on their 2km run in the Community School, we ran half the track with them twice. It was great fun and good exercise with our friends. 🙂

Date posted: 4th December 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Drama, English, Funky Kids, Geography, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

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! 🙂

 

 

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 |