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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.

The New Year has started off well in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 3rd February 2012 | Category Blog, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Science, Visual Arts |

The Junior Classroom have had lots of fun during the first month of 2012. To start off the new year we made our own New Year’s Resolutions!

In SESE, we have been learning all about the colours of a rainbow so we made our own colourful “Rainbow Clouds”

We then experimented with white light to show how it is made up of all the colours of the rainbow.

The children had great fun making “Colour Wheel Spinners” to show that when all the colours of the rainbow are blended together they will create white light too!!

       

Toys have been a central theme for us in many subject areas this month. We learned a lot about the toys from long ago. Take a look at what roller skates used to look like!

We made our own toys too! Look at our pinwheels and paper helicopters below.

We had great fun watching them spin around in the air!

Finally on the 26th January, we celebrated Australia Day with our classmates. We learned all the names of Australian animals like the possum and wombat and of course we learned sbout snakes!

Have a look at our slithering sss…snakes!

The children also enjoyed learning about Aboriginal Art in Australia which inspired us to make our own dot patterns of our handprints using cotton buds! Didn’t the children do a fantastic job in their appreciation of Aboriginal Art and Culture!

To finish the month on a high note, the children learned the words of the well known Australian song “Waltzing Matilda”. They were, as always, very enthusiastic singers and so they performed the song over the phone to Ms Wilson’s brother in Australia! They really enjoyed hearing their recorded performance and of course getting a message back from Australia saying how great they were!!

 

 

Date posted: 3rd February 2012 | Category Blog, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Science, Visual Arts |

Christmas Time

Date posted: 22nd December 2011 | Category Blog, Christmas, English, Irish, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

It has been a very busy few weeks preparing for Christmas in Wandesforde School. 4th, 5th and 6th class have been busy doing lots of Christmas activities in different subjects. In art we made wreaths from tissue paper, then made bells and stuck on bows.

In English we read the story The Little Match Girl and then painted scenes of the Christmas things she saw through the window each time she lit a match.

 

In English we also read the poem The Night Before Christmas and answered questions on it. Then we sketched our favourite images from the poem.

In Religious Education we made a Jesse Tree for Advent. The tree is decorated with symbols from the bible to remind us of the stories of the Old Testament before the birth of Jesus. Each star on the tree represents a pupil in our class.

We read information about the origins of Advent and wrote about it. The work was displayed around our Advent Calendar. Each day a pupil had a chance to take a treat from the calendar.

In Gaeilge we drew Nativity scenes and 5th and 6th class wrote about their favourite Christmas things.

 

 

Merry Christmas to everyone, enjoy the holidays!

Date posted: 22nd December 2011 | Category Blog, Christmas, English, Irish, Senior Classroom, Visual Arts |

Christmas Celebrations in 2nd & 3rd Class!

Date posted: 21st December 2011 | Category Blog, Christmas, English, Middle Classroom, Music, Visual Arts |

2nd and 3rd Class boys and girls have been very busy for the past few weeks decorating the classroom, writing stories and having fun as Christmas approaches!  We really enjoyed doing lots of Art & Craft from the various strands of the Primary School Curriculum.  We painted some love pictures of Rudolph, Santa, Christmas Trees and Angels and displayed them in the classroom!

We also made felt stockings, sewed them together and decorated them with different characters…

The boys and girls painted glass jars with holly, presents, santa claus and rudolph and then we each placed a tea-light candle into the jars.  They will look very well when they are lit up on Christmas Eve!

In English the children wrote wonderful stories about Christmas adventures.  Come into the class and have a look at them.  Some boys and girls wrote stories that were 5 pages long!

We also made Christmas decorations for our trees at home.  We used Hama Beads to create the designs and then they were ironed by a teacher to melt the beads together.  They look so nice on the wall in our classroom and will look nicer on the Christmas tree!

In Music, we learned a song called “The Christmas Alphabet”.  The children worked in pairs to depict the meaning of each letter and the word is on display in our classroom!

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for the new year!

 

 

 

Date posted: 21st December 2011 | Category Blog, Christmas, English, Middle Classroom, Music, Visual Arts |

2nd & 3rd Class Read “Brush – A Tale of 2 Foxes”

Date posted: 5th December 2011 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, History, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

The children in 2nd and 3rd class read a book called “Brush – A Tale of 2 Foxes” over the past few weeks.  It was written by Pierce Feiritear and illustrated by a 14 year-old boy called Conor O’ Brien.  It’s a story about 2 young foxes, Misty and Ash, who try to help feed their family during the cold Winter months and get up to all sorts of mischief on the way!  We really enjoyed reading the book and the children completed a book review and scored the book out of ten.

2nd and 3rd class pupils love writing stories.  In English, 3rd class wrote wonderful stories about animals!  They used great adjectives and verbs when writing their stories!

In SPHE, we completed a lesson called “Flower Power”.  We discussed our possibilities and strengths and recorded them on petals on flowers.  Some boys and girls are really good at soccer, others are really good at being a friend and sharing.  Our flowers are now on display in the classroom on our SPHE wall.

In SESE, we learned all about volcanoes, how they work and lots of facts about them.  We integrated the SESE lesson with Visual Arts and completed “Exploding Volcanoes” with lava, rocks and fire exploding from the craters.  Have a look at our work!

In History, we learned all about Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving was first celebrated in 1621 in America.  Turkeys are eaten at Thanksgiving, just as we eat them for Christmas in Ireland.  We used our handprints to make “Thanksgiving Turkeys” in Art!

 

Date posted: 5th December 2011 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, History, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

November has been busy in the Junior Classroom!

Date posted: 1st December 2011 | Category Blog, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Visual Arts |

The Junior Room experimented with papier mache this November and made our own homemade maracas out of yoghurt cartons. Have a look at all the hard work we did with paper and wallpaper paste!!

Here are our painted maracas in action!

 

 In Maths, we made a Class Calendar for the Junior Classroom. Each child was given a month to draw a picture on and then we marked all our birthdays in on our very own calendar! It was great fun to do and the end result looks fantastic! Here are some photographs of the calendar for the next 2 months!

 

 

The children also learned about Healthy Eating in SESE. We decorated our own fruit and vegetables using pieces of magazines. We learned lots of interesting facts about Fruit and Vegetables too. Did you know that tomatoes and peppers are actually fruit and not vegetables!!

We also integrated Maths into our work on Fruit & Vegetables. We made our own Bar Charts displaying the preferred fruit & vegetables of the children in our classroom! Here are the results: carrots are the favourite vegetable and apples and grapes are the favourite fruit!!

 

In art, we looked at Vincent Van Gogh’s painting “A Starry Night” and we learned some interesting facts about his work. The children really enjoyed using new metallic colouring pencils to colour their own drawing of his painting on black sugar paper. Have a look at the children’s fantastic drawings!

 

 The children also learned lots of new letters and words in English. The letter “p” inspired us all to make our own mini pizzas. We chose fruit & vegetables to put on our own pizzas and of course we had great fun eating them!

 

 

 

 

As it’s the first month of Winter, the children had to get started on something cool in SESE!!We learned about the history & culture of the Inuit People and so we designed our own parka for an eskimo!

 

 

 

Date posted: 1st December 2011 | Category Blog, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Visual Arts |