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.

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 “Mรฉ Fรฉin” 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 |

Winter Wonders in the Middle Room!

Date posted: 5th February 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Irish, Mathematics, Middle Classroom, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Since our return from our enjoyable Christmas break, the children have been very busy in 1st, 2nd and 3rd class in all subject areas! In English, we wrote about what we got up to over the festive season!

In Gaeilge we are learning all about “Caitheamh Aimsire” or hobbies that we like to partake in.  The children drew pictures and wrote sentences as Gaeilge!

In SPHE, we are looking at the theme of friendship as we are reading “Charlotte’s Web”.  The children discussed various qualities a friend should have and wrote them on leaves.  We displayed them on our “Friendship Tree”.

In Maths, the children were given the challenge of creating pictures using a number of squares.  The results included robots, planes, rainbows and snowmen!

In Science, we completed an experiment to see which material was the best insulator, cling film or a cotton tea towel, when place around a cup of warm water.  The children had to predict the result and take the temperature at various intervals.  The cling film was the winner!

In Art, the children created “Winter Woodland” scenes…

We also created “Under the Sea” scenes on paper plates….

Well done on all your hard work over the past month!

Date posted: 5th February 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Irish, Mathematics, Middle Classroom, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Winter Weather Watch with the Juniors!

Date posted: 30th January 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Geography, History, Irish, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

We’ve made a great start to 2020 in the Junior Room. In play we explored the topics of weather and the restaurant. We recorded the weather each day for 2 weeks and used equipment to measure the weather outside.

We made weather related junk art, presented the weather in role play, made weather with coloured blocks and created weather with play doh.

In the Restaurant we made our own tables and chairs to eat off in construction, role played in the restaurant, built restaurants in small world and made lots of restaurant things in junk art.

Creating menus
Making pizza and chocolate cake-yum!

In art we made rainy day scenes, winter snowmen and stormy scenes.

Daniel in the Lions’ Den as well as David and Goliath were the 2 stories we learned about from the Bible this month, we drew pictures of both.

Junior Infants learned all about length in Maths and we all created patterns based on the topic of the restaurant! Juniors also practiced recognising different numbers by building cube towers of different heights.

In SESE we discovered lots about toys and play. We matched toys to the places we play with them and found out about some toys used long ago.

Most children knew the story of Little Red Riding Hood in English but we really enjoyed listening to it as Gaeilge!

All in all another great months work by the girls and boys in the Junior Room- Well done!!

Date posted: 30th January 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Geography, History, Irish, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |