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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.

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 |

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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

Date posted: 11th October 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Hurling, Irish, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

January & February in the Senior Classroom!

Date posted: 1st March 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, History, Irish, Local Visits, Mathematics, Music, Our Work on Display, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

The past 2 months have been very busy in the Senior Classroom! To celebrate the New Year, the children made their own 2020 Resolution Mobiles.

In English, they also wrote an Acrostic Poem on words to do with the New Year!

The children studied many areas in the SESE subjects. They explored the topic of the Vikings and practised their letter writing skills when they wrote letters back to their families in Scandinavia!

They also designed their own Viking Rune Stones!

The children continue to engage in song-singing lessons with Clare in Music Generation.

In English, the children studied the poem “The Spider and the Fly” by Mary Howitt and wrote their own summary of the poem.

8 members of our class participated in the Credit Union Quiz. Congratulations to the Under 13 team above, who came 3rd in their age category!

Our Under 11 Team above came 2nd in the competition and received a plaque as well as monetary vouchers for all their hard work! Big congratulations to you all!

The children have been learning about Proverbs in English. They designed their own pictures to illustrate some much-used proverbs!

Didn’t they do a fantastic job!

In SPHE, the children explored the topic of Healthy Eating and created their own Food Pyramids with foods they enjoy eating 🙂

We welcomed 3 baby chicks at Wandesforde with the Nore Valley Incubation Project!

All classrooms had to name a chick. Their names are Rosie, Bubbles and Chirpy!

In Gaeilge, the children have been working tirelessly on the Aimsir Fháistineach and in support of this, they wrote their own sentences on various verbs they have been learning.

The class enjoyed participating in the History workshop conducted by Heritage Expert, Michael Moylan, on the 1916 Rising, The Irish Civil War and World War 1. Below are some photographs to give you a taste of their history workshop!

In Art, the children constructed their own type of home using cereal boxes and other recyclable materials.

The whole school enjoyed the Pancake Party on Tuesday, 25th February. Thank you to Mrs Dooley, who once again prepared all the pancakes and to 6th Class for waiting the tables!

In Maths, the children have been learning lots of interesting details about lines and angles. In support of all this work, the children made their own lines and angles using lollipop sticks!

In Art, the children created their own pictures for the Texaco Art Competition. Below are photos of some of their entries!

Finally, we celebrated Valentine’s Day on the 14th February. The children designed their own Valentine’s Day Cards and created their own “Warm Hearts” too 🙂

Well done to all the children for all their hard work during the first 2 months of 2020!

Date posted: 1st March 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, History, Irish, Local Visits, Mathematics, Music, Our Work on Display, Senior Classroom, SPHE, 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 |