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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.

Summer Fun in the Middle Room!

Date posted: 21st June 2023 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, School Outings, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

The final term in Wandesforde National School has been a very busy one! The boys and girls in the middle room have been learning so much over the past few months! Have a look at what we have been up to!

In Science, we have been learning all about the lifecycle of the butterfly. We were very lucky to get caterpillars and watch them grow through the various stages to become butterflies!

We then released the butterflies into our school garden, for the lifecycle to begin all over again!

We wrote about the lifecycle of the butterfly, read stories about butterflies and designed our own butterflies also!

On Thursday, 25th May, we went on our school tour to “Activate” in Waterford. We had so much fun!

We then wrote about our fun day in English…

In English, we read the story of “The Willow Pattern” and painted our own version of the pattern on paper plates…

In Science, we also explored magnetism, looking at various items to predict and record if they were magnetic or if magnets worked through them…

In SPHE, we designed flowers with our strengths and also discussed sun safety, especially with all this lovely, warm weather that we are having at the moment…

We learned about warm and cool colours in Visual Arts and created lizards in the grass using either warm or cool colours…

Next year’s first class visited us on 1st June and we all made “Jellyfish” …

We made cards for our Dads for Father’s Day. We love our Dads to the moon and back!

We really enjoyed the ice-creams on sports’ day to cool us down!

Ms. Cahill did lovely guided drawing with the children. Look at these delicious ice-creams…

Well done to you all 1st, 2nd and 3rd class on all your hard work over the past few months! I hope you all have a well earned rest over the Summer!

Date posted: 21st June 2023 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, School Outings, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

A Great Start to the New Year in the Senior Room!

Date posted: 21st February 2023 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Fundraising Activities, Geography, History, Hurling, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

The boys and girls in 4th, 5th & 6th have begun the year by looking back on all that they have achieved and done in 2022. We also discussed our hopes and wishes for the year ahead.

In English, we read some of Aesop’s Fables. We then wrote our own fables which included an important moral or lesson.

We looked at the writing genre of recount writing and the children wrote some fantastic diary entries.

The class has begun reading the novel ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar. We drew predictions of what we anticipate happening in the story based on the title, front cover and blurb.

In History, we learnt about Aboriginal people of Australia. Art is very important part of Aboriginal culture. Inspired by their artwork and it’s role in storytelling, the class created their own Aboriginal Dot Paintings.

Look at how great they turned out!

In SPHE, the children explored the topic of Healthy Living. The children designed a healthy meal based on their knowledge of the food pyramid and importance of eating a balanced diet.

In SESE, the children explored the topic of Forces with Mrs. Joyce. They carried out many different experiments and investigations. The children looked at the influence of gravity and how it allows a hammer attached to a ruler by sting, to hang without falling.

They also carried out a ‘Paper Helicopter Investigation’ to discover how the shape and design of the paper helicopter affects the way it falls to the ground.

On the 1st of February, we celebrated St. Brigid’s Day.

In Religious Education, we learned about the life and work of St. Brigid. After, we designed and decorated her cloak using various pieces of fabric.

In PE, the children explored and practiced the skills needed for hurling/camogie.

The children enjoyed learning about the life and work of American artist, James Dine and created their own art in response to all they had learnt.

To celebrate St. Valentines day, we created some beautiful cards for our loved ones…

We also spoke and wrote about love…

To raise money for Heart Children Ireland, we dressed up in red for the day! Thank you to everyone for their support of this great cause!

Finally, the whole school enjoyed the Pancake Party on Tuesday, 21st of February. A massive thank you to Mrs. Dooley, Mrs. Power and the 6th class boys who prepared and served the pancakes to everyone.

Well done to all the boys and girls on a great start to 2023!

Date posted: 21st February 2023 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Fundraising Activities, Geography, History, Hurling, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Happy New Year from Junior & Senior Infants!

Date posted: 15th February 2023 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Music, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, SPHE, Sports, Visual Arts |

We have made a great start to 2023 in the Junior Room. We made New Year crowns to ring in 2023.

We had fun in Maths measuring the length and width of items using lollipop sticks.

Junior Infants have learned the number 3 and Senior Infants have been looking at number 8.

Junior Infants also learned about 3D shapes that can roll and ones that don’t. We sorted them accordingly.

Our theme in Music was Teddy Bears and as well as singing songs we listened to the song The Teddy Bear’s Picnic and drew pictures of it.

Our Play themes were The Post Office and The Hairdresser.

Building a Post Box in Construction
Using Magnet tiles to build a Post Office
Getting our Dog Licences
Role Playing in the Post Office
Creating Post Boxes in Junk Art
Creating hairstyles and doing puzzles

Making hair styles from Play Doh
Getting our hair styled in the Wandesforde Salon!

In SESE we learned about different sports played in the Olympics as well as how important it is to do exercise to keep healthy.

We learned about famous Irish Olympians, Katie Taylor and Gary and Paul O’Donovan, then we designed Olympic Medals for different sports.

In SPHE we read stories and discussed being kind and good friends to each other. We drew pictures of us being a good friend.

Finally it was St Brigid’s Day on February 1st and we learned all about this Irish Saint and the work she did. We used felt to create colourful cloaks for St Brigid.

Date posted: 15th February 2023 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Music, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, SPHE, Sports, Visual Arts |

A Busy November in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 25th November 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Irish, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, SPHE, Sports, Visual Arts |

As ever we have been busy bees in the Junior Room, learning lots of new things and completing colourful work! In Play we learned all about The Fire Station.

Making fire engines in Junk Art
Putting out fires in the sand box
An emergency in Small World!

Starting to build a fire engine in Construction
Building a Fire Station from magnets in Construction
Doing puzzles and activities based on the topic

We discussed fire safety in SPHE and learned how to call the fire brigade if we ever need to.

In SESE we learned about music from around the world, tin whistles from Ireland, bagpipes from Scotland, castanets from Spain, djembe drums from Africa and didgeridoos from Australia. We listened and identified each instrument playing. We also learned all about the composer Mozart and listened to some of his music too!

We also heard the legend of The Giant’s Causeway in History and drew our favourite part of the story.

In English we are learning more sounds in Junior Infants, we learned the letter sound ‘l’ last week.

In Maths Junior Infants learned all about items which were heavy and light.

Our topic in Gaeilge was ‘Bia’ and we know lots of different foods in Irish now, we drew food in our own Bosca Lón (lunchbox) in Art to go with the theme.

We have also learned the letter ‘u’ recently and to go with this we created colourful umbrellas and rain showers in Art.

Finally we continue to learn new skills in GAA each week, we’ve been doing football skills for the last few weeks.

Date posted: 25th November 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Irish, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, SPHE, Sports, Visual Arts |

Autumn Antics in the Senior Classroom

Date posted: 2nd November 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

This year, we came back to school to see lots of new board games in our classroom. A BIG THANK YOU to the Board of Management for purchasing these. We look forward to having fun together and learning new games 🙂

Since the school term commenced, the children in the Senior Classroom have been working very hard in all subject areas. In English, they wrote their Summer Holiday Snapshot Report and drew some lovely pictures to accompany their work.

The children enjoyed learning about The Celts in History and we further explored the history of the Book of Kells. In response to all they had learned, they designed their own Celtic Art patterns to decorate the initial letter of their name.

We conducted an experiment in Science to show the process of oxidation on copper coins.

The green colour on the coins occurs because of the reaction between oxygen and copper. Did you know that the Statue of Liberty has turned green due to oxidation?

Like real scientists, we recorded the details of our experiment onto a Science Experiment Sheet!

In Art, we created our own Magnificent Mandalas. These are circular structures that represent wholeness and life and come from the ancient Indian language, Sanskrit.

The children enjoyed learning about the life and work of Spanish artist, Joan Miró and created their own art in response to all they had learned.

We planned our own towns in Geography with Mrs. Joyce and presented them to our classmates.

We enjoyed learning the scientific names for the parts of a plant in Science with Mrs. Joyce too!

In preparation for the Harvest Service, the children worked in small groups to create their own pictures of Harvest. Didn’t they do a fantastic job?

The children created their own storyboards in response to all they had learned about Saul in Religion

In SPHE, we explored the topic of Well-Being. The children engaged in an online webinar with Kilkenny Education Centre called “Best Foot Forward” and completed lots of well being activities in response to it.

In preparation for the season of Autumn, the children made their own colourful clay leaf pinch pots

and created their own Autumn Sensory Poems

Well done to all the children on all their hard work during Autumn!

Date posted: 2nd November 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |