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.

Autumn fun in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 29th October 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, Hallowe'en, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

We are delighted to be back in the Junior Room, this Autumn Junior Infants, Senior Infants and 1st Class have been really busy settling back into school life and learning about lots of different topics.

Back in September we discussed our summer holidays and drew pictures of all the activities we got up to.

We practiced our cutting skills, Juniors cut straight and curved lines, Seniors made clowns and 1st Class made emojis!

In SPHE we learned all about families and drew family portraits.

Junior and Senior Infants discussed when and where they were born in SESE, we made worksheets showing us when we were babies.

We learned the names of body parts, Junior Infants cut out and stuck body parts in the correct places while Senior Infants and 1st Class labelled parts of the body.

We all see how we are growing taller all the time. Ms Power noticed how much everyone had grown up since we last saw each other in March!

In Maths Junior Infants were busy learning the numbers 1 & 2, they sorted bears into groups of 1 and 2. Senior Infants were doing lots of work on patterns and made their own patterns on peg boards.

We were busy in art and made colourful handprints, designing patterns to border it, after learning all about Autumn we created colourful Autumn leaves and made spooky bats for Halloween!

Using clay and spaghetti we made hedgehogs, they are getting ready to hibernate through Winter at the moment.

We learned lots of information about the farmer in Autumn and all the work they do at this busy time of year. We learned they plough fields, harvest corn and pick fruits like apples. We also listened to the story of The Little Red Hen and put the events of the story in order.

Also in SESE we discovered information about all the rooms in our houses and put the correct furniture in each room.

Bats were an animal we learned all about before Halloween and we also listened to an older person telling of games and traditions they had as children at Halloween. We labelled Halloween pictures and the different parts of a bat. We looked at our Bat Box in the tree outside our school and we think we spotted a bat’s foot poking out! Finally we all had fun dressing up for Halloween before mid term break. Happy Halloween everyone!!

Date posted: 29th October 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, Hallowe'en, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Halloween Fun in 2nd, 3rd and 4th Class!

Date posted: 28th October 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, Irish, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

We hope you are all enjoying the mid-term break from school! October has been a fun, but busy month in the middle classroom! In Science and Geography, we have been learning about animals, their habitats, how we classify them and the amazing species that roam the earth! The children then completed a mini-project on an animal of their choice. They did a great job!

In English, the children read and discussed a spooky poem called “The Haunted House” by the poet Wilfrid Scawen Blunt…

In Gaeilge, we continued to learn about “An Fómhar” and completed an “Éist & Tarraing” activity. The children had to listen to a story and draw a picture in response to it….

In Art, we looked at the primary and secondary colours and completed an art lesson which required us to make secondary colours from blue, red and yellow…

We designed “Pop Art Pumpkins” in Art also….

Spooky Silhouettes appeared on our moons…

We had an in-class Halloween Drawing Competition. Well done to Robert, Ellie and Clinton who won a prize for their efforts and spooky creations!

The children also drew Harvest Thanksgiving Pictures for a Church Service, but unfortunately, due to Covid-19 Restrictions, they couldn’t be displayed in Church. Here are a few examples of the children’s lovely artwork….

And finally, we got to dress up on the last day of school! Well done to the pupils and parents for the effort into the fabulous costumes!

Enjoy the rest of the Halloween break boys and girls and well done on all your hard work since we got back to school!

Date posted: 28th October 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, Irish, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

A Warm Welcome Back From the Senior Classroom

Date posted: 11th October 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Hurling, Irish, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

The first 6 weeks have flown by and the Senior Classroom have settled back very well to life in school with all its new practices and procedures!

In SPHE, we have been learning about Covid 19 and how we can help control its spread. We designed our own face masks in response to all that we learned

In Art, the children enjoyed creating their own Autumn Leaf Mosaics using coloured card and leaf cut outs.

We explored the theme of Autumn some more and wrote our own Autumn Sensory Poems in English!

The children enjoyed learning about the life and work of an American Street Artist called Thank You X in Art. In response to his work, they each designed their own cubes with pictures, shapes and patterns which we put together to create our own Collaborative Cube Mural

During September, we discussed the topic of Harvest in Religion and following this we drew our own Harvest Pictures to celebrate this very important time of year 🙂

We also got active in P.E. each week learning both hockey and hurling skills. We were fortunate to have GAA Coach, Brian Riain, back for 2 weeks to teach us some hurling drills 🙂

The children have been learning lots of new phrases and vocabulary in Gaeilge since returning to school. They drew their own pictures in response to some common phrases we met.

In Science, we studied the Reproductive Parts of a Flower and Plant and labelled the parts on our worksheets.

In History, we studied buildings and monuments in our local area. The children learned about the 1798 Monument just outside our school grounds which was erected to commemorate the Battle of Castlecomer, the last battle of the 1798 Rebellion

They also learned about the history of the Creamery House which dates back to 1750 and was unfortunately damaged during the 1798 Rebellion. Did you know that the Creamery House was once a Perambulator Factory where baby prams were made?!

In Art, the children expanded a small cut out scene to create their own imaginative landscapes

Finally on Friday, 9th October, the whole school participated in GOAL Jersey Day to support Goal’s work with vulnerable communities around the world.

We took out our hurls and practised our hurling skills in our jerseys!

Well done Senior Classes on a great start back to school after all our time apart 🙂

Date posted: 11th October 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Hurling, Irish, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Welcome Back To School From 2nd, 3rd and 4th Class!

Date posted: 6th October 2020 | Category Blog, English, History, Irish, Middle Classroom, Science, Visual Arts |

It is great to be back in school after almost 6 months off! We have been getting to know each other once again and getting back into school life with lots of revision and catching up… The children told me all about what has been a strange Summer break in a writing exercise…

We also wrote about ourselves in English in these hot air balloons…

In History, we created “Personal Timelines” with details of key milestones in our lives and our hopes for various personal events in the future…

We also read about “The Brown Bull of Cooley” and depicted our understanding of the story in cartoon format….

In Science, we learned about “The Body: The Inside” and learned all about organs, their functions, bones, our senses and our teeth. We had fun completing an experiment using eggs. Egg shells are made from the same material that teeth are so we investigated which drinks were best for our teeth. We hard-boiled 5 eggs and placed them in various cups filled with water, milk, orange juice, cola and diet cola. We left the eggs for a week and predicted what would happen…Our experiment concluded that water was the best option for our teeth! Most of the other drinks, stained the egg or eroded the surface of the egg because of the sugar content in the drinks. Here are some pictures of our experiment…

In Gaeilge, we focused on the topic of “Mé Féin” and made bunting with details of our favourite food, subjects and hobbies…

In Visual Arts, we created “Silhouettes” filled with pictures that show that we are all unique and special in our own way…

We also painted some pictures…….

We have also been busy discussing the topic of “Autumn” in most subject areas. We wrote acrostic poems…

We also created “An Autumnal Scene” using paint and glittery sequins…

We also created Autumn Scenes using warm and cool colours….

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

Date posted: 6th October 2020 | Category Blog, English, History, Irish, Middle Classroom, Science, Visual Arts |

February fun in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 28th February 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, Visual Arts |

Another month has flown by in the Junior Room and we have been busier than ever! In Art we made St Bridget’s Cloak using different fabrics. We also made x-rays as we were learning about ‘The Hospital’ in play and we learned about warm and cold colours and used what we’d learned to create colourful pictures like the artist Kandinsky!

To celebrate Valentine’s Day we created heart collages for our loved ones.

In play our topics we learned about were ‘The Hospital’ and ‘The Zoo.’

A baby’s bed from the hospital made in Junk Art.
Thermometers, medicine and a drip made in Junk Art.
Lions and a panda from the zoo!
Play doh flamingos and penguins in the zoo.
Building a hospital in Small World.
Building a zoo in Small World.
Role playing in the Hospital.
Building animal enclosures at the zoo in Construction.
Building a zoo in the sand
Visiting the Zoo!
Buying our tickets to the Zoo

We are having lots of fun learning dance from Michelle on Wednesdays!

In S.E.S.E. we read the story of Town Mouse and Country Mouse. We sequenced events in the story and followed the path the mice took. Also in S.E.S.E. we learned some facts all about Ireland such as what the capital city and longest river are. We also took a virtual tour of Dublin and saw some famous landmarks. We drew a local famous landmark, Kilkenny Castle.

We also learned what equipment a doctor uses and what we might find in a hospital.

We spent some time learning what school was like for boys and girls long ago, it was quite different to today!

We were delighted to welcome local historian Michael Moylan to Wandesforde! He told us lots of stories about Setanta and The Giants Causeway. Afterwards we got to dress up in costumes he brought along!

On Pancake Tuesday we all went to the Assembly Hall and had some pancakes with our friends.

During the month we looked after some eggs in an incubator and three chicks hatched out! Our class decided to call our chick Rosie!

Finally Senior Infants are continuing to learn their Tricky Words for reading.

Date posted: 28th February 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, Visual Arts |