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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.

September in the Senior Room

Date posted: 7th October 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, History, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, Soccer, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Welcome back everybody to a new school year! September has been a very busy month for us all.

In SPHE, the children designed their own Mandala to express their uniqueness and individuality.

They also created their own “All About Me” Iphone Worksheet

In preparation for the Rugby World Cup in Japan, we explored the flags and jerseys of the teams participating in the tournament. We also looked at statistics of teams who had won in previous World Cup Competitions. With all of this information, we made our own predictions as to who will win the 2019 World Cup Title!

The children explored facial features in Art and completed the other half of these faces! You may recognise some political leaders amongst them!!

Following on from this art lesson, the children drew their own Self Portraits from a photograph of themselves. Didn’t they do a fantastic job!

The children explored many Irish Myths and Legends in History this month. In response to the Children of Lir, they created their own storyboard with a partner.

We welcomed Orla Bates, a Heritage in Schools Expert to our school in September. Orla engaged the children in a Pigment Painting Workshop whereby they made their own paints using soil pigments and binder. They then created some wonderful Stone Age Soil Paintings in their groups!

In Drama, the children engaged in many co-operative games. They particularly enjoyed the M&M Game as it involved them getting to know each other while eating a packet of M&Ms! Mmmmmm!

The children engaged in Recount Writing in English and wrote up a report of their Summer Holidays!

We were very lucky to be treated to a theatrical production of the Wizard of Oz at our school on the last day of September. The Senior Classroom not only enjoyed watching the performance but also were engaged in a workshop on Costume & Set Design as well as Sound, Lighting & Stage Production!

Well done to all the children for all their hard work during their first month back at school!

Date posted: 7th October 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, History, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, Soccer, SPHE, 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 🙂

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 🙂

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

A Busy Build Up to Easter in the Middle Room!

Date posted: 22nd April 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

We have had a very busy few weeks in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class in our school!  To celebrate Mothering Sunday on 31st March, the children created bouquets for a special lady in their lives…

We also created treat boxes with some roses inside!  We hope they made it home!

In SPHE we learned all about fire safety in the home.  We were delighted to have members of the Kilkenny Fire and Rescue Service with us to talk about how we can all stay extra safe in our homes.

In Maths, the 3rd class were learning all about shapes that tessellate.  They coloured in some impressive designs to illustrate this concept.

In SESE, we discussed our 5 senses and wrote poems in English to show that Spring can be experienced in a sensory way!

We also read a story called “The Willow Pattern” by Alan Drummond. It is a story about Koong Shee and Chang, who fell in love but could never be together because of a wicked merchant.  Their story is depicted on the Willow Pattern plates in many of our houses.  Have a look and see if you can see a pagoda, a boat and two turtle doves on your bowls or plates at home!  We then created our own Willow Pattern plates using blue paint…

In SESE, we talked about the many people in our community who help us.  We each wrote about one person and drew their picture….

In Religion, we read “The Easter Story” and sequenced the events on the wall, surrounded by palm leaves which were waved along the streets of Jerusalem as Jesus entered on a donkey…

We also wrote Easter Acrostic Poems in English…

We designed very cool Easter Eggs!

And finally, we created Easter Wreaths using lots of colourful paper!

We hope you all are having a restful break and enjoying this lovely time of year!

Date posted: 22nd April 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Easter, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Middle Classroom, Religious Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Spring has sprung in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 2nd April 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Junior & Senior Infants learned lots about the season of Spring this month. In play we discovered all about Spring weather, baby animals which are born and plants and flowers that grow.

We used blocks to make Spring flowers
We made Spring nests and plants from play doh


We made birds nests from our magnets
In the sand we found cards and put them in the correct order to show what happens in Spring

We also created our own Spring Garden in our classroom with daffodils, snowdrops, primroses and hyacinths.

In Art we made St Patrick’s Day crocks of gold and used clay to make daffodil candle holders for Mother’s Day.

Continuing with our Spring theme we made colourful rainbows which we often see at this time of year from the sunshine and showers. We also created fluffy baby lambs, born at the moment as well.

We wrote sentences about Spring and drew pictures to illustrate them in English.

We learned all about water in our world in SESE, looking at places we find water like the sea, rivers, canals, lakes etc. We also experimented to see if materials were waterproof and recorded our results.

Senior Infants learned all about measuring length this month and we measured pencils but used sharpeners instead of a ruler!

In SPHE we discussed and explored feelings we have through reading various Mr Men and Little Miss books. We drew some of the feelings we’d discussed.

We enjoyed two nature walks this month, first of all we went to the river and explored around the river bank and woods with Eileen Canny, although it was raining we had fun!! At the end of the month we went to the Discovery Park and tried to spot as many signs of Spring as we could. Thankfully the sun shone and we had time to visit the playground at the end!

Ready with our clipboards to spot signs of Spring!

Date posted: 2nd April 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

February Fun with the Juniors

Date posted: 4th March 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Our play topic in February was ‘The Jungle.’ We had great fun making jungles in the sand, creating jungle animals and explorers equipment in junk art and play doh. We also went on a jungle trek around our class spotting various jungle creatures. Finally we played in our water station with jungle animals which live in rivers.

We created some of the animals from the book ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ Here’s a leaping gazelle………
and a slithery snake!
One jungle explorer’s trek ended when bitten by a snake!!

In art we created lots of jungle themed work including parrots made from our handprints and colourful chameleons. For Valentine’s Day we made frames of our hands for our families.

In SESE we looked at the animals we find here in Ireland and the different animals which live in jungles, we sorted the animals accordingly and later drew a selection of jungle animals we’d learned about.

We also learned about forces and focused on what is moved by pushing and what is moved by pulling. We sorted some things which are pushed and others which are pulled. We experimented with some things in our classroom to see how they move and pushed paper fish along by blowing them. We had to see which surface they travelled on best.

Pulling

Pushing

In SPHE we continue to do our mindfulness each week, we take some time out to relax, close our eyes and just breathe deeply and calmly.

We also discussed all the things which make us happy in school and drew pictures to show these things.

We have had great fun in January and February learning to dance with Michelle 🙂

In music this month we learned the names of various percussion instruments and learned how to play them.

Finally we had a lovely time in the library where Mary read some stories all about eating healthy food and then we had to guess which healthy fruit and vegetables she had in her bag!

Date posted: 4th March 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |