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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.

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 |

2019 is off to a Great Start in the Senior Classroom!

Date posted: 9th February 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Irish, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Religious Education, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Sports, Visual Arts |

2019 is well under way and the Senior Classroom have made a great start to the new year! They are actively participating in Dance Classes with Michelle from Dancewise and are really enjoying learning the dance routine for “Thriller”

Here’s a few sneak peaks at all their efforts 🙂

The children participated in a local art competition whereby they drew a favourite scene from the fairytale, Cinderella, which was performed in the Community Hall in Castlecomer

In Art, the children used pastels and chalk to create their own nightscape depicting the New Years’ celebrations!

They also completed their own New Year’s Resolutions in Religion & SESE

In response to all the work the children did on the Aztecs in History before Christmas, the children completed their own “Did You Know Fact Sheet” to recall material they had met.

The Renaissance was covered in SESE during January and the children enjoyed writing their own messages in Mirror Writing, a technique which was used by the famous artist, Leonardo da Vinci!

Members of 4th,5th & 6th Class competed in the local Credit Union Quiz on Friday, 1st February and did very well representing the school. Well done to you all 🙂

In Gaeilge, the topic of “ÉadaĂ­” was explored with all classes. The children completed their own personal clothing style profile “as Gaeilge!”

Similes and metaphors were explored in literacy. The children created their own poems using similes and metaphors on topics of interest to them!

In Art, the children created their own artistic scene from a small magazine cut out. Didn’t they do a fantastic job!

“Decision Making” was a topic that we explored in SPHE in January. The children were given many scenarios in which they had to make decisions and in so doing, they developed a better understanding of various decision making styles!

Well done to all members of the Senior Room for your continued hard work in all aspects of their learning 🙂

Date posted: 9th February 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Irish, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Religious Education, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Sports, Visual Arts |

All is Merry & Bright in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 21st December 2018 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Drama, English, Funky Kids, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

December has been full of fun in the Junior Room. In Art and Religion we learned all about the story of The Nativity. We created these lovely scenes of Jesus who was born in a stable. We also made sparkly and bright Christmas Trees from paper plates. 

Our play topic was The North Pole! We had fun making presents in junk art, building Santa’s Workshop in construction, making decorations from play dough and creating a small world scene of the North Pole. 

In Maths Senior Infants have been learning all about spacial relations and drew Rudolph in lots of different places like between the clouds and on the roof.

In SPHE we were learning all about being a good friend, we read stories about being a good friend and drew pictures showing us being good friends to our classmates.

After learning all about electricity in November it was great to welcome Niamh from Anyone for Science to our school, she taught us lots of interesting information about static electricity.

In English we read a poem ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Christmas Lights’ and coloured in Christmas lights & Senior Infants wrote sentences all about night time.

In SESE this month we have been looking at the differences between day and night. We drew pictures to illustrate these after playing a sorting game.

We had a super night performing our show with the Funky Kids!

Finally we were very excited to welcome a special visitor to our class ……….SANTA!


Merry Christmas Everyone!!

Date posted: 21st December 2018 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Drama, English, Funky Kids, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Senior Room Activities this Autumn!!

Date posted: 3rd November 2018 | Category Blog, History, Irish, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

During September, the Senior Classroom, paid a visit to our local library to select some books to bring back to our classroom library.

The children engaged in many activities which required teamwork. Below they had a task of making a tower stand as high as they could design it, with sheets of paper & paper clips.

The winning team below!!

In English, the children recalled their summer holidays in poetry format. They did both diamante & acrostic poems!

In SPHE, the children designed their own arm with lots of pictures & details to show what makes each of them unique!

The children really enjoyed drawing a portrait of a member of their class in Art. 

Can you figure out who is who?In History, the children enjoyed learning about Greek Myths and Legends and they drew a cartoon strip of the Greek Myth, “King Midas”
During the month of September, the children discussed the importance of Road Safety and drew their own safety message in response to all that they had learned.

The children engaged very well in the strand Data in Maths and they enjoyed collecting information from their classmates and representing their results on a bar chart using graph paper

During October, the children made their own tree silhouettes using autumnal colours

The children also enjoyed learning the craft of basket making during their workshop with Heritage Specialist, Paul Finch.

Take a look at some of their creations below

In preparation for Halloween, the children designed their own Halloween Mask entry for a school competition 
The children have been working very hard on their Oral Irish over the past 2 months and they produced their own factfile “as Gaeilge ” to reinforce all the phrases they have learned.

The children were introduced to the technique of Pointillism by their teacher, Ms. Druhan during October. This required them to apply small, distinct dots of colour in patterns to an image. Didn’t they create a beautiful autumn tree collage using this technique?

Before the Halloween Holidays, the children enjoyed making their own Monster Pom Poms using fabric and fibre.

They also enjoyed making some cupcakes with a spooky surprise  inside

( melted Rolo sweet!)

Finally on the last day of school, the children once again dressed up in their frightful, Halloween costumes!

Well done Senior Room on all your hard work and creativity during the first 2 months of school 🙂

 

Date posted: 3rd November 2018 | Category Blog, History, Irish, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

A Busy Autumn in the Middle Room!

Date posted: 26th October 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Hallowe'en, Mathematics, Middle Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

We have had a busy Autumn since our return to school in late August!  The children wrote about their hot Summer holidays and what they got up to!  We also painted pictures of our happy Summer memories.

We wrote about ourselves and made bunting with the paper..

We drew Self-Portraits in Art…

In Art we learned how to weave paper….

We made Hot Air Balloons using crepe paper…

We visited the library to hear Wayne O’Connor, an illustrator talk about his work.  He told us a folk story from China.

We had a visit from basket weaver Paul Finch during the month also.  The children weaved their own fish using long thin pieces of willow.

We were very lucky to have Ms. Róisín Nolan teaching the children for the month of October as part of her teacher training.  Ms. Nolan planned lots of fun activities for the children and here are a few photos of some of the lovely work the children did!

In Maths, the children learned about 2D shapes and created shape pictures…

We enjoyed learning about Halloween and tasted some báirín breac.  A lucky boy in second class found the ring!

We made some creepy cakes to enjoy!

Happy Halloween everybody from 1st, 2nd and 3rd class pupils!

Date posted: 26th October 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Hallowe'en, Mathematics, Middle Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |