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Visual Arts

We love Art and Craft in our school!The six strands in the Primary School Visual Arts Curriculum are Drawing, Paint & Colour, Print, Clay, Construction and Fabric & Fibre.As you walk through the corridors and classrooms, you will see lovely art displays.We enjoy entering art competitions such as the Texaco Art Competition and also Doodle 4 Google.We also encourage local craftspeople to come in and share their expertise with the children at various times of the year.

Summer Fun with Junior & Senior Infants!

Date posted: 23rd June 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, Sport, Visual Arts |

As the year ends we have been busier than ever in the Junior Classroom!

We were learning all about the garden and garden centres in play. We role played in the Garden Centre, discovered tools gardeners use in the sand, made garden related items in junk art, constructed a garden centre in small world, made garden flowers from play dough & explored the use of water at the water station.

We also sowed sunflowers for our own gardens at home. We watered them and kept them on a sunny windowsill and after a few days they began to germinate. They were starting to grow quite tall by the time we brought them home!

We had great fun at our Sports’ Day, sprinting, running over hurdles, competing in the egg and spoon race and sack race.

Before our annual Sponsored Cycle we had a Cycle Safety Workshop. We learned how to safely steer around objects as well as how to use our brakes properly.

In Art we made sailing boats, we used potatoes to print the boats onto our painted background.

Before the holidays we had a Teddy Bears’ Picnic. As a treat we had some delicious Summer food – ice-cream and strawberries!

In Maths we’ve learned all about money. Here are Senior Infants sorting out their change!

We were also working on addition skills, Junior Infants played a game ‘Fill It, Spill It, Add It’ to learn about adding.

Senior Infants played Number Dots to practice their addition skills.

We continued to work hard learning tricky words. We practiced writing them with markers and shaping them in play dough and completing worksheets for different words.

We had a great morning learning to play drums and beating different rhythms.

In Science we learned all about the life cycle of a ladybird and we made paper plate ladybirds in Art.

Happy holidays everyone, have a great summer!

Date posted: 23rd June 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, Sport, Visual Arts |

Exploring the Outdoors in the Senior Classes!

Date posted: 10th June 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, Local Visits, Physical Education, Science, Senior Classroom, Sport, Visual Arts |

Since Easter, 3rd – 6th Classes have been exploring the outdoors with Jo and Richard in the Discovery Park as part of a 4-week programme being rolled out by Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership.

The children have thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the workshop which were conducted both in the school environment and in the Discovery Park.

Below are some photos of the activities which the children engaged in, all of which supported various curricular areas such as Maths, Science, Geography, P.E. and Art.

Take a look at their participation in the programme.

The children engaged in various team building games during the first week!


Parachute Games

Clumps

The Tower of Hanoi

During the second week of the programme, the children engaged in activities relating to SESE

They explored the food chain and created a food web using string and each person had to represent a different animal that lives in the woods.

As well as this, the children had to work in teams to identify the number of years it would take for various materials to decompose! This was a difficult task and no group got the correct answers but we learned so much from this activity!

Did you know that it takes a banana skin up to 2 years to naturally decompose?

A plastic bottle depending on its size, could take up to 1,000,000 years to decompose naturally!!

As a final activity on Week 2, the children were given the task of creating a nest using anything they could find naturally in the forest.

The challenge was to make sure the nest would stay together when it was lifted!

On the third week, the children explored maps, some of them were of the Discovery Park and others were from other parts of Ireland.  

The children once again worked in teams to identify the source of rivers as well as where lakes and other map features can be found.

In response to their work on maps and map reading, the children then worked outdoors to create their own map of the lakes and grounds within the Discovery Park. They had to find parts of nature in the school grounds that would help show areas within the map.

Below are some of their finished maps!

Didn’t they do a fantastic job?

                            They once again demonstrated good teamwork in this activity

The final week of the programme was back in the Discovery Park. For this week the children engaged in the PE curriculum and had to once again perform as team players.

They did wall climbing….

and they also had to wall climb as a team which wasn’t as easy!

As a final treat, the children did Archery!

On behalf of the school, I want to thank Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership for providing the children with the opportunity to engage in this fantastic workshop. They thoroughly enjoyed the 4-week programme. Special thanks to Jo and Richard who implemented the programme so well from start to finish. Well done also to the children for engaging so well in all activities asked of them and showing what it takes to be a team player! 🙂

Date posted: 10th June 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, Local Visits, Physical Education, Science, Senior Classroom, Sport, Visual Arts |

Building a great classroom with Infants!

Date posted: 6th June 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Drama, English, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, School Outings, Science, Visual Arts |

May has come and gone in the Junior Room and as always we’ve been busy this month!

Our play topic was ‘The Building Site’

We role played on site, worked in the sand, made constructions and various items related to building in junk art as well as making our own mini site in small world.

In English we drew plans for a building we’d like to construct and listed all the materials we would need to build it.

In Art we took inspiration from nature and made pretty blossom trees using crepe paper and bright, yellow, summer suns.

We wrote up what we have learned about the season of summer and made puffy paint to create delicious ice cream cones!

We had an interesting morning going on a nature walk to the Discovery Park. We spotted lots of signs of summer- green leaves, flowers growing, insects down by the river and we could hear lots of birds singing.

We had time after to head to the playground for some fun!

After our school tour to Hook Lighthouse and K-Bowl we drew pictures of our favourite activity.

In Maths Senior Infants were working on number and coloured pictures of crabs according to the number code. Meanwhile Junior Infants were working on cutting, colouring and gluing skills and created colourful rockets.

Date posted: 6th June 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Drama, English, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, School Outings, Science, Visual Arts |

School Tour 2018!

Date posted: 18th May 2018 | Category Blog, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, School Outings, Senior Classroom, Sports, Visual Arts |

We had a great day by the seaside and then bowling on our school tour this year. The Junior and Middle Rooms went to the Hook Lighthouse where we climbed 115 steps to the top! We heard lots of interesting information about why and how the lighthouse was built.

Here we are in the Watch Tower where the lighthouse keepers worked in years gone by.

The first lighthouse keepers at the Hook Lighthouse were actually monks and we saw where they lived in the tower 800 years ago!

The view from the top!

Later on we had an art workshop with resident artist Rose. We made colourful 3D scenes on slates.

We were treated to a magic show by our guide Noel, somehow the water in the jug just would not pour out on any pupils, however the teachers were not as lucky!!!

Poor Ms Hall!

The Senior Room went coasteering along the rocks near the lighthouse. They had great fun exploring and jumping into rock pools.

Before we left the Senior Class joined us for a picnic in the grounds of the lighthouse.

In the afternoon we came back to Kilkenny and went bowling, finally we had chips and pizza before heading back to school after a great day!

Date posted: 18th May 2018 | Category Blog, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, School Outings, Senior Classroom, Sports, Visual Arts |

Fun and Frolics down on the Farm!

Date posted: 1st May 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Irish, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Visual Arts |

April again has been busy in the Junior Room. Our topic in play this month was the farm. We made farm related items in Junk Art, created a dairy farm in Small World and found farm related items and built a farm in the sand.

We also made different farm animals from paper plates, look at our sheep, cows, pigs and hens!

In Maths Junior Infants were practicing their numbers by building tower blocks from cubes with certain numbers in each. Meanwhile Senior Infants were learning the time in one hour intervals and played a game showing how many times they rolled the time! They also made picture numbers of 5 and 10.

 

Spring is in the air and we made Spring flowers from egg boxes as well as writing some of our favourite things about this time of year.

In Gaeilge our topic was An Zú and after learning all the animal names in Irish we made colourful zoo pictures in Art.

Date posted: 1st May 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Irish, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Visual Arts |