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 Halloween from the Senior Room!!

Date posted: 28th October 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, Irish, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Rugby, Science, Senior Classroom, Sports, Visual Arts |

Another busy month has come and gone! The Senior Room have completed a great month’s work again in all subject areas!

At the start of the month, we printed Autumnal Trees in Art using cotton buds!! Didn’t they do a great job!

We have had a great few weeks of playing Tag Rugby with our coach, Noel!

In Gaeilge, we have been learning lots of phrases about ourselves in Obair Bhรฉal. The children also wrote a little factual piece about themselves too!

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Castlecomer Library to see a very interactive presentation from weather forecaster, Joanna Donnelly on her new book “The Great Irish Weather Book” which she published with her illustrator, Fuschia MacAree! Thank you to the library for organising this great event!

We did an art appreciation lesson on Surrealism and looked at the work of the Spanish Painter, Joan Miro, who produced many famous paintings using simple shapes, bright colours and unique symbols. Below are the children’s own pictures in response to his many creative and innovative paintings!

In SESE, the children explored the topic of Autumn as well as Living Things and created their own owls in response to all they had learned ๐Ÿ™‚

Music Generation is well underway at Wandesforde. The children are engaging well in their weekly performance workshops with Clare Kilkenny and are participating in a wide variety of vocal and instrumental activities in Music.

In preparation for Halloween, the children engaged in a literacy workshop on Halloween Haiku Poetry. They explored the technique of writing this Japanese form of poetry using 3 lines of syllables and adjectives!

We also designed our own pumpkins for the Castlecomer Library Halloween Competition!

In Gaeilge, we learned the poem “Oรญche Shamhna” and drew pictures to illustrate the poem!

Finally, the children dressed up in their Halloween costumes on Friday, 25th October. They all looked amazing and as always it was a great way to start off the Halloween Holidays!

Happy Halloween Everybody! Enjoy your well deserved Mid-Term Break ๐Ÿ™‚

Date posted: 28th October 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, Irish, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Rugby, Science, Senior Classroom, Sports, Visual Arts |

Spooktacular goings on in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 25th October 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

October has been a busy month for Junior & Senior Infants. Check out what we have been up to below…..

Autumn is well and truly here now and we learned all about what happens at this colourful time of year. We painted Autumn trees using cotton buds to create leaves in Art and made bark rubbings. We joined the dots and made orange, yellow, red & brown leaves. We also learned all about squirrels and hedgehogs.

We practiced our cutting skills to make cheerful Autumn scenes!

We were practicing mapping skills in SESE and drew 3 things we see each day on our way to school.

In Maths Junior Infants have been learning all about the number 2 while Senior Infants have completed lots of work on the number 6.

Junior Infants are learning lots of new sounds each week, here are our ‘e’ sounds.

Our play topic has been ‘The Vet.’ We learned lots about how vets and veterinary nurses help animals.

Creating veterinay items in Junk Art.
Building a Vet’s Surgery in Construction.
Role playing at the vets!
Building a kennel for the vet to use

We headed off to the local library to see the work of a real life illustrator for Bookville. Carol Ann showed us her drawings and helped us create our own whale and geese drawings.

With Halloween approaching we made some spooky pumpkins to go on our wall. We also made a Halloween treat on the last day and had fun dressing up in spooky, scary costumes.

Enjoy the Halloween break everyone!

Date posted: 25th October 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

A New Year Begins in the Junior Room

Date posted: 3rd October 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Drama, English, Junior Classroom, Music, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

Welcome back to everyone in the Junior Room and a special welcome to our five new Junior Infants!

We have been busy in our first month of school, in English we have been learning new sounds with Juniors and revising last years ones with Seniors. We practiced writing them with pencils, on whiteboards and even in shaving foam!

We were delighted to welcome artist Orla Bates to do some printing with us. We made prints of lots of garden birds and Orla brought us outside where we made a nest just like birds do!

In Play we were learning all about houses and homes. We made houses from play doh and in the sand, we made household items in junk art, played with houses in small world and we constructed houses using magnets and polydrons.

We made patterns of houses and created different types of homes such as apartments, houses and terraces of houses in art.

In Science we also learned which items use electricity in our homes.

We have learned lots of different Nursery Rhymes this month and practiced our pencil control and scissors skills doing activities about the rhymes.

We learned about school in RE and coloured in school related items as well as saying a prayer thanking God for our school.

We were really excited to welcome M and M Productions back to perform The Wizard of Oz. It was a super show which we all really liked ๐Ÿ™‚

Date posted: 3rd October 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Drama, English, Junior Classroom, Music, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

Summer Activities in 4th, 5th & 6th!

Date posted: 26th August 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Fundraising Activities, Geography, History, Our Work on Display, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

During May and June, the Senior Classroom were busy in all subject areas.

The children completed Class Projects on various topics of interest and enjoyed researching their topics on the school computers and Ipads!

In Art, the children completed many colourful projects! They drew some One Point Perspective Pictures.

They explored the technique of Pointillism which is painting in small spots to form an image.

They used watercolour paints to create Super Seahorses!

They also engaged in some Summer Still Life Drawings this term.

The children learned about life in the 1960s in History and made their own “Flower Power” Display to accompany the topic.

World War 1 was another topic that was covered in the SESE subject areas.

We designed a poster to advertise Dunmore East Adventure Centre following our school tour in May!

In preparation for our School’s Sponsored Cycle, we designed our own Cycling Helmets in SPHE

We explored Water Safety in preparation for swimming & our Summer Holidays!

In Music, we listened to Fossils by Camille Saint Saens and the children drew pictures in response to what the music portrayed to them

Father’s Day was also celebrated in June, so we made our own Father’s Day Card and Craft to show our father figures how important they are in our lives.

Following our Sponsored Cycle, we did some Recount Writing in Literacy describing some of our favourite memories fron the day ๐Ÿ™‚

We put our culinary skills to the test by making some Butterscotch Chocolate Chup Cookies!

We finished our Class Novel, I am David by Anne Holm and wrote a Character Profile on a character which appealed to us most in the novel.

We were delighted to receive some letters and postcards back from our favourite authors who we wrote to before Easter. David Walliams, Roddy Doyle & JK Rowling

To celebrate the end of a very busy year, the children enjoyed an ice cream treat during the last week of school!

Well done to all the children for a great term’s work. You should be very proud of yourselves ๐Ÿ™‚

Date posted: 26th August 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Fundraising Activities, Geography, History, Our Work on Display, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Summer arrives in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 24th June 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

We have been learning lots about summer in the Junior Room throughout the month of June. We had fun exploring camping through play. We made play doh and junk art camping items, role played on the campsite & made our own campsites in small world and the sand pit.

We learned all about Summer in different subject areas. We created fingerprint ice-cream cones, drew and coloured summer pictures, went on a summer nature walk & sorted out summer clothes.

For Father’s Day we made ties for our dads drawing pictures of their favourite things on the ties!

Our chrysalides hatched and we had 5 beautiful butterflies in our classroom, we looked after them for a few days before releasing them in our school grounds by the flower beds where they will have plenty of nectar.

We had a Teddy Bear’s Picnic trying summer food, ice-cream and strawberries as well as toasted marshmallows like you’d have camping!

Finally in Science we learned the names of different parts of a plant and all about different materials around us.

Enjoy the summer holidays everyone!

Date posted: 24th June 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |