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SPHE

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.

New Year Activities in the Senior Room!

Date posted: 4th March 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Green Flag, Our Work on Display, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

2018 has been busy. In SPHE the children have been exploring the theme of Friendship and made a list of some Acts of Kindness they hope to do this year with their family & friends.

The children explored the concept of Foreshortening which is a technique used in  Perspective in Art. It creates the illusion of an object going back strongly into the distance. Take a look at the characters they created to demonstrate this concept!

In English, the children learned how to compose and write their own Limericks.

The children in the Senior Classroom made Banana Bread for the whole school using surplus bananas that were in school from our participation in Fresh Today.

Thank you to Mrs. Dooley for all her hard work in preparation for this activity 🙂

In preparation for Valentine’s Day, the children made their “Spin Art Love Hearts” using paint and a salad spinner! They are all so colourful and unique!

They also designed and made their own Valentine’s Cards. Didn’t they do a fantastic job?

In SESE, the children designed their own picture illustrating “Biodiversity” for the Green Schools In-House Art Competition. Well done on all your entries 🙂

The Senior Classroom enjoyed hosting the Annual Pancake Party at Wandesforde School. Thank you to Mrs. Dooley for all her culinary and organisational skills on this very busy morning 🙂

In Art, the children have been very busy designing their entry for this year’s Texaco Art Competition.

The children enjoyed exploring aspects of nature when local scientist, Eileen Canny came to visit and speak to us about Biodiversity.

Finally, the children responded as editors to various health & hygiene issues for the “Castlecomer Cares Magazine”. They gave some great advice to all the issues that were raised by the public! 🙂

Well done Senior pupils on such great work during the first 2 months of the year!

 

 

Date posted: 4th March 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Green Flag, Our Work on Display, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

November News from the Junior Room

Date posted: 30th November 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Irish, Junior Classroom, Music, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

We have done lots of work in Junior & Senior Infants since we came back from mid term break. Our play themes have been The Post Office and The Airport. We learned and created lots about these topics.

Making aeroplanes in junk art.

Building our own airport with a runway and control tower.

Designing and writing in our own passports.

Checking in at the airport.

Going through security and bag checks.

Buying stamps at the Post Office.

Making post boxes in Junk Art.

In Art we made hand print planes, linking to our play topic.

We also made various creatures from clay in Art. We had fun moulding the clay and painting it in bright colours when dry.

 Our topic in Gaeilge has been Eadaí and we made our own Líne Eadaí based on the work we did.

Staying on the theme of clothing we designed our own outfits using different fabrics in Art.

In SESE we learned all about Barn Owls and created pictures of these nocturnal birds.

In Music we learned the song Miss Polly has a Dolly. We coloured in pictures of the song and sequenced them in the correct order.

We worked lots on being a good friend this month. We looked at videos, read stories and discussed what it means to be a good friend. We made a friendship tree from all our hand prints to show that we are all friends in the Junior Room 🙂

Date posted: 30th November 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Irish, Junior Classroom, Music, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

October & Halloween Fun with 4th, 5th & 6th Class!

Date posted: 3rd November 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, Local Visits, Our Work on Display, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

October has come and gone so quickly! The children have once again put in a lot of hard work. In Art, the children designed their Annual Christmas Card so creatively and so well! These will be back to the school in November for parents and families to purchase 🙂

The children visited the local library to select books for our classroom library.

In English, we have been reading the novel “Kensuke’s Kingdom” by Michael Morpurgo. The children worked so well at designing their own front cover for the novel as well as completing a character profile pyramid.

The children studied trees and plants in Science and in support of the work they covered in this area, they created their own colourful leaf collages.

The school welcomed Heritage Expert, Paddy Madden in October. He engaged the children in a very interactive and educational workshop on ecology. The children explored all the resources he had on display and they also enjoyed exploring our school’s outdoor environment and the aspects of nature we are so fortunate to have there.

Two pupils in 5th Class completed projects with Ms. Brennan over the past number of weeks. They presented their projects to the class through Powerpoint which was very impressive! Well done boys on all your hard work and for presenting 2 great projects to the class, one on the Titanic and the other on the Celts! A big thank you also to Ms. Brennan for all her knowledge, guidance and support during their project work.


We had to say a fond farewell to Santiago and Jacobo who have been pupils in our school for the past 7 weeks. They will be sadly missed by the Senior Room and Ms. Wilson. We hope you both are well settled back into school and family life in Spain 🙂

In Art, the children made their own “Abstract Apples for Autumn” having looked and responded to works of abstract art.

The children designed a Fire Safety Poster with their own fire safety message for Halloween in SPHE

In preparation for Halloween, the children created their own spooky hand puppets. They also designed their own Halloween costume for a Folens Art Competition.

The children took part in a lantern making workshop for the Festival of Light which will take place in Castlecomer on Friday, 1st December. The children made their own paper cut out pictures in preparation for the lanterns they will make back in class during November.


Finally on the day of the Halloween Holidays, the children dressed up “spooktacularly” in full Halloween costume! Well done on all your creativity. You all made a super effort once again!

Enjoy your well deserved Mid Term Break and we’ll see you all in November!

Date posted: 3rd November 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallowe'en, Local Visits, Our Work on Display, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Senior Classroom start September with a bang!

Date posted: 2nd November 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Sports, Visual Arts |

September has been a busy month with new classes, new classrooms and new teachers! The children in the Senior Classroom have put in great work this month. They made their own name plates in SPHE to celebrate their uniqueness!

In Art, the children had to create their own “Starburst Hearts” by drawing 12 lines from a point and using warm and cool colours. They did a great job and they really brightened up our room during the first week back at school!

The children also showed their creativity in Art by expanding a given picture to create their own imaginative scene.

In SESE, the children made their own “Class Passports” which contain details about them such as their likes and dislikes, their role models, as well as places they might like to visit some day!

The children learned a poem  in English called New Beginnings by Helen Steiner Rice and they drew pictures to illustrate the content of the poem

In Music, the children learned the song “My Favourite Things” from the Sound of Music and created a simple factfile of their favourite things!


The school has started rugby once again this year with Youth Development Officer, Noel Devlin.

In History, the children have been learning about The Celts. They enjoyed learning about ogham writing as well as the detail they put into their work. The Book of Kells is an example of their work. The children enjoyed colouring in some templates from the Book of Kells to show the type of detail they gave to their work.

Finally, the children enjoyed learning about town planning in Geography. They became town planners and designed and named their own town too!

Well done Senior Pupils on a great start to a new school year!

Date posted: 2nd November 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Sports, Visual Arts |

Happy Halloween from Junior & Senior Infants!

Date posted: 28th October 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Fundraising Activities, Geography, Hallowe'en, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

October has been another busy month for Junior and Senior Infants. Check out what we’ve been up to!

We learned all about the vet in Aistear this month. We had great fun making animals in junk art, constructing a dog kennel from polydrons and making a surgery in construction as well as acting out in role play, making animals from play dough & working with water.

Autumn is now in full swing and the pupils have been learning lots about this time of year. We made colourful trees with cotton buds and paint and went on a walk to see all the things happening in nature at this time. We learned all about Oak trees and made some bark rubbings.

We were delighted to welcome Paddy Madden to our school on Friday 20th Oct. He taught us all about different areas of nature. We looked at pond animals, mammals, hedgerows and insects.

Senior Infants were revising their numbers and used play dough to shape the number, counted it out in cubes, as well as putting the correct number of apples on the tree!

In SPHE we learned all about different feelings and drew our own happy faces 🙂

Halloween is upon us and we made Spooky Pumpkins and coloured in scary pictures.

We also made some trees on crepe paper using autumn colours. The light shone through them when we put them up on the windows.

To celebrate Halloween we had fun dressing up in scary, spooky costumes and making rice krispie monsters!

Date posted: 28th October 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Fundraising Activities, Geography, Hallowe'en, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |