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SPHE (Social, Personal and Health Education) is taught to all children. It is integrated with Religious Education and Assembly on a weekly basis. Moral values and good practices are promoted in these lessons.

A Busy Autumn in the Senior Classroom

Date posted: 30th October 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, Fundraising Activities, Hallowe'en, Irish, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Our first 2 months back at school have been busy as always. The Senior classes have worked hard in all subject areas for both Ms. Wilson and their student teacher, Mrs. Meally.

Below are some photos of various activities!

At the start of September, the children engaged in Optical Illusion Activities in Art and Science and created their own Optical Illusion using their hands and the first initial of their name!

The children completed a traffic survey at our school gates and recorded their results onto Bar Graphs in Maths! On the day of the survey, silver was the most popular vehicle colour to pass through Castlecomer!

In Art, the children created their own Autumn Wreaths using leaves from our school environment.

On Friday, 8th October, the school supported Goal’s Jersey Day and we all enjoyed wearing our sports jerseys into school for the day!

In SPHE the children created their own Mandalas as a symbol of their own uniqueness and self identity. Didn’t they do a fantastic job?

Drawing a self portrait with a twist was another art activity the children engaged in!

Members of 6th Class helped plant some daffodil and tulip bulbs around our school and parish grounds.

In Religion, the children designed their own Harvest Picture for the Harvest Service in St. Mary’s Church on Sunday, 24th October.

The children designed their own Anti-Bullying Poster in response to all that they had learned on the topic of Bullying in SPHE.

To celebrate Kilkenny Day on Sunday, 10th October, the children very creatively designed their own Pangur Bán!

On Thursday, 21st October, the whole school visited the Community School and got to run or walk around the track for 2km to raise money for our school and to support Joyce in her efforts to raise money for both our school and the ICU in St. Luke’s Hospital Kilkenny.

Well done to all the children for all their hard work at training in advance of the day as well as their great performance on the running track too!

The children donned their Hallowe’en costumes on the day of their Hallowe’en holidays. Well done to you all for such creative and scary costumes!

To get into the spirit of Halowe’en, the children played a game outdoors called Hallowe’en Run

and they engaged in some collaborative art to create some very funky looking pumpkins and spooky looking bats!!

Well done to 4th, 5th & 6th Class for all your great work over the past 2 months. Thank you to Mrs. Meally for all her hard work during October in the Senior Classroom. Enjoy your well deserved Mid Term Break! 🙂

Happy Hallowe’en to everybody!!

Date posted: 30th October 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, Fundraising Activities, Hallowe'en, Irish, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Autumn in the Junior Room

Date posted: 27th October 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, History, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

We have been busy in September and October in the Junior Classroom. Check out the photos below to see what we’ve been up to!

At the beginning of September we were working on skills such as cutting and using different materials to practice making lines, shapes and letter writing.

We had fun learning different Nursery Rhymes such as Baa, Baa Black Sheep and Humpty Dumpty. We practiced cutting skills and made art based on these rhymes.

In SESE we were busy learning all about ourselves, how we change as we grow up and Autumn, learning about hedgehogs, squirrels and the changes which happen in this season.

Also as part of SESE we read the book ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and made maps of the journey they went on in the story.

We also had fun going on an Autumn Nature Walk to the Discovery Park. We spotted leaves changing colours to orange, yellow, red and brown, conkers, red berries and helicopter seeds from Sycamore trees.

We brought our clipboards and pencils with us and ticked off the signs of Autumn we spotted on our walk.

On the way back we had time to stop off at the playground!

When we got back we created a Nature Table of Autumn items.

Senior Infants were learning all about length in Maths and made chains which were long, longer and the blue was longest. They also played games to revise their numbers from last year.

We began learning through play and the Aistear Curriculum in October and our first topic we learned about was ‘The Vet.’ We read stories like ‘Bet the Vet’ and created different things to do with vets in areas such as junk art, play doh, small world and construction.

Finally in Art we made squirrels using crepe paper to create bushy tails, we also painted colourful Autumn trees using cotton buds to paint the leaves on as dots and finally painted spooky pumpkins for Halloween!

Finally on the last day of term we had a great day dressing up for Halloween 🙂

Date posted: 27th October 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, History, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

2nd, 3rd and 4th Class Work:)

Date posted: 11th May 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Middle Classroom, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

The children have been very busy in 2nd, 3rd and 4th Class over the past few weeks since we returned to school after the Easter holidays! Ms. Delaney taught the children for 2 weeks and did so many fun things with the class!

In Geography, the children learned all about the Weather. They learned about the various clouds in the sky and made examples of them on the following sheets.

They recorded the weather on a particular day and measured the temperature, looked at the types of cloud in the sky, checked the wind speed and direction and discussed the best clothes to wear on this particular day.

In Science, the children worked in pairs to investigate which magnets were the strongest. They recorded their findings on a sheet and drew and labelled their work!

In SPHE, the children discussed “Bullying” amongst their peers. To get the message across that we do not tolerate any bullying behaviours, the children designed posters to display in the classroom.

To mark National Space Day, we learned about the life of an astronaut in space. We watched videos on how they sleep, prepare food and work! We then had to devise our own list of things that we would bring to space if we had the chance to go and drew an astronaut with their suit on. Did you know a spacesuit costs more than $15,000,000 for every astronaut?

We read a poem called “Planet Roll Call” and talked about the various planets in our solar system.

In Visual Arts, we designed “Crazy Hair Day” pictures!

We learned about “Pointillism” and created homes and houses using this technique.

And finally, we made “Turtles” by weaving around lollipop sticks!

Well done on all your hard work over the past number of weeks boys and girls!

Date posted: 11th May 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Middle Classroom, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Wonderful Work in the Senior Room this Winter!

Date posted: 22nd December 2020 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Irish, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

November and December have been busy months once again for us all here at Wandesforde. 5th & 6th Class have been working so hard in all subject areas.

In Religion, the children designed a front cover for the Gazette Magazine Front Cover Competition

The children engaged in a Biodiversity Workshop with Michele Castiaux through the Heritage in Schools Schemes and created their own Biodiversity Maps of our school environment. They did a fantastic job and learned so much!

They also engaged in a History Workshop on Anglo Norman Castles with Lisanne O’ Loughlin and Steve Mandal . They learned so much about Kilkenny Castle and constructed their own model of Kilkenny Castle in response to all they had learned.

In Maths, the children covered many topics including Lines and Angles. They designed their own Stained Glass Windows using a variety of lines and angles.

During November and December, the children explored various forms of poetry in English. They created their own Haiku Poetry, which is a Japanese poem consisting of 3 short lines.

They also did Diamante Poetry in December. These are diamond shaped poems which are made up of seven lines using various parts of speech.

The children have been reading the class novel, Under the Hawthorn Tree by Marita Conlan McKenna which explores the theme of the Irish Potato Famine. The children learned lots of interesting facts about the Famine whilst reading this novel.

In SPHE, the class engaged very well in activities relating to the topic of Friendship. As a whole class activity, we established that the 3 most important qualities of a friend for us all are: Optimism, Thoughtfulness and Loyalty.

They also came up with their own Healthy Friendship Statements and drew illustrations to depict these statements!

In Gaeilge, the children continued to learn lots of new vocabulary and phrases. They created their own illustrations of many phrases they had learned. In advance of the “Seó Bréagán” le Ryan Tubridy, the children designed their own “Geansaí Nollag” Rinne siad jab iontach!

The Digestive System was also explored in Science. Did you know that your body can move your food through your digestive system even while you are standing on your head?! It is not connected to gravity and it happens because of the muscles in your digestive system!!

In Art, we sketched owls using chalk and chalk pastels.

In preparation for Christmas, the children designed their own Christmas card,

A Winter Wonderland Scene….

and Clay Christmas Trees.

We also created our own Class Cookbook as a gift for our families. We hope you enjoy the many tasty treats inside!

Finally, we produced our own Class Calendar for 2021 for our teachers and our homes!

As always, well done and thank you to 5th & 6th Class for all your hard work. This has been a very busy and different term for us all and we have worked so hard together. Enjoy your well deserved Christmas Break and I look forward to hearing all your news and seeing all your wonderful work with Ms. Róisín Nolan in 2021! 🙂

Date posted: 22nd December 2020 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Irish, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

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 |