Welcome to the “Middle Room” page.
Our class is a mix of 2nd and 3rd class. We have 5 2nd class children and 11 3rd class children. We hope you enjoy exploring our page!
I hope you enjoy the photostory 🙂
Before we had to abruptly leave school, the children were working very hard and having lots of fun at the same time. Children learned all about Ancient Egypt in History,. In geography they learned all about Egypt today and compared their lives to that of Egyptian children. They made Egyptian Pharaoh masks in Art . In STEM in groups they designed a pyramid using cocktail sticks and clay.
As part of Catholics Schools week we had Grandparents/V.I.P day. We had a lovely prayer service in the church and then grandparents and V.I.Ps came back to the school and the children interviewed them about what life was like when they were young. After that , they played some board games together.
Children did their first individual project on the People of the Tigris and Euphrates river or on Mesopotamia which means “land between two rivers”. The children did fantastic work and the projects were completed to a high standard. Well done everybody!
The children singing Bingo in a music lesson.
The children had a wonderful opportunity to see the annual hunt that takes place in Clontubrid. The children rubbed some of the friendly horses and saw the hounds and lots of their questions were answered by the local people going on the hunt.
Some pictures from this years Christmas Play ” Tinsel and Tea-Towels”. The children blew us all away with their fantastic acting skills. We definitely have a few television stars in the making!
This year we are doing Tea-Towels and Tinsels for our Christmas Play. Below are the songs we are learning for it. I hope you enjoy singing them!
Snowglobe activity “If I were stuck in a snowglobe”
In art , the children drew a snowy background scene and cut out a miniature picture of themselves and stuck it on a blue piece of card and glued a plastic bowl around their snowy scene. Then they wrote an imaginative story about what it was like to be stuck in a snowglobe. Some children wanted to stay there forever drinking hot chocolate in a cafe, others wanted to get home to their families and sit by the fire!
The children took pictures and we discussed them using our maths eyes. Our winner drew their very own picture with lots of opportunities to use maths language while discussing the picture.
Children thoroughly enjoyed maths stations. We had three different stations and each child spent 15 mins at each station.They played maths games using the interactive whiteboard, maths board games. and completed master your maths .
The children estimated how many sweets were in a jar and the winner with the closest estimation got to keep the jar of sweets. Lucky for everyone the winner was very generous and shared the sweets with the class before bringing the rest home to share with his family.
Stone Age cave art
STEM CHALLAN GE: What group can make the sturdiest bridge? To test this we put marbles in a cup and placed it on the bridges. The children really took on this challenge well .Everyone persevered and used problem solving skills to overcome obstacles.
In geography children discussed some buildings in our local community and then they researched on the computer famous buildings in Dublin. In art they drew their own city landscapes using horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines.
September has been a very busy month in our classroom and throughout the school. We would like to welcome our two new students Nathan and Logan to our classroom. We are delighted to have you both in Scoil Naomh Fiachra. They have felt very welcomed to the school and are settling in very well. Everyone has settled in well and are having fun while they are working hard!
The theme for September’ was ” Myself”, children learnt all about their own self- identity. Children did their very own selfie’s. They completed me féin as gaeilge. In art they drew and coloured half of their face.
The children all about primary and secondary colours. Children created secondary colours by mixing primary colours of red, blue, yellow and created a colour wheel, then they made their colour wheels into eyes.
Religion: The Children learned about the Blessed Trinity.They using three colours to make one friendship bracelet which symbolises the idea of 3 people in one. God the son, God the father and God the holy spirit. The children showed great leadership and team skills during this activity.
Doing drama outside and making the most of the last of the sunshine. The children acted out different scenarios based on their oral language topic ” A trip to the cinema” . The children used the language they learned such as usher, foyer and ticket dispenser.
With the help of our newly renovated room we have all settled back well after the summer holidays 😁
Second & Third Class 2018/2019
The children made nature clay plates. They gathered flowers and plants and put them onto their clay plates and left them on the clay until it dried. Then they took off the flowers and painted the imprints from the flowers.
Orienteering in Jenkinstown
Pablo Picasso Cubism inspired art. Can you spot the butterfly!?
SCHOOL TRIP 2019 TO CLARA LARA
The children completed individual projects on Ethiopia. The standard was so high. Well done to all!
As part of our green schools initiative, children learned all about their carbon footprint they thought of lots of ways to reduce our carbon footprint especially in the area of travel and transport. Some idea the children came up with are for parents to arrange car pooling, walk to places if they are near by and leave the
car at home. Cycle instead of driving.
In science(STEM) children built lego cars and we measured the distance they travelled.
The children made tin foil sculptures with Mrs.Roche and learned about shadows. Thanks Mrs.Roche the children loved making them and they were so excited to show me and tell me about their sculpture !
The children did Easter crosses, using crepe paper,contact paper and a black cross outline. The crosses turned out really well and look like stained glass windows you would find in a church.
Thanks to the firemen from Freshford fire station who taught the children in the middle room, about fire safety and gave them a great checklist to do at home with their parents, to make sure they are as safe as possible.
The children learned about Fionn and his dragon in Irish. They completed story boards and acted out the story, of Fionn agus an dragún as gaeilge.
Thanks to Mr.Murphy and all his hard work on teaching practice.
The children wrote persuasive letters to Flahavans persuading them to give them flahavan’s goodies. The children were delighted to receive their box of goodies 🙂 Thank you Flahavans 🙂
Chinese lanterns to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
Children drew their favourite man in red and then they painted him 🙂 .
The children created beautiful winter scenes. They drew the trees and hills, then they painted the background and used black oil pastels for the outline and the trees. Finally, they added snow to create their wintry scene.
My little elves 🙂
The children shrunk themselves and imagined what life would be like as an elf!
Not forgetting our real elf who visited the class in December, I never saw the children so excited to get into the classroom to see where our little elf had moved to. We hope Lachlan will be back again next December to say hello !
Our Christmas play was a great success this year, the children loved it and their favourite song was definitely “It’s a Party”!!!!
In Irish the children learned all about bia (food): We played a game called ” Cluiche Kim” to help them learn the Irish words for different foods in a fun an active way.
In Geography, History and Science the theme the children learned about was buildings. Children learned about the structural features of buildings and materials needed to build them. They learned about the similarities and differences of shops now and shops long ago. They were able to use a good comparison of the new shop “Mace in Freshford and the old corner shop O’Shea’s. They learned about foxes and badger’s homes and compared the two mammals .In art the children are constructing their own mini town 🙂 . Finished products to follow!!
The completed towns turned out brilliant. The town has everything a town needs from a school, a church, a shop, a garda station,a pet shop, a playground, a hurling field, a skyscraper, the president’s house,a hospital, a bank, a beauticians , a playschool, a hotel , a cafe and a restaurant.
Children completed projects on mammals in Ireland. They worked in groups of 3 and researched and made their projects over a two week period and then they presented their projects to the class. The children learned lots about mammals in Ireland through their own research and from listening to other children’s projects.
Learning about 2-D shapes in Maths
The children certainly spooked the teacher’s out when they dressed up for halloween! I didn’t recognise half of them! Some amazing costumes, well done to the children and to their parents for getting up extra early to make their spooktacular costumes !!
The children learned all about migratory birds and they decided that, they would like to make bird feeders to help the birds that stay in Ireland during the cold winter months.
The children learnt all about halloween "Óiche Shamhna" in Irish and they wrote about halloween in Irish and they drew a lovely picture to go with their writing.
Children learned all pumpkins and how the tradition of making ‘Jack o’ Lanterns began, they were quite shocked to hear that people originally carved out turnips but luckily the Americans discovered that pumpkins were much easier to carve ! They wrote how to carve a pumpkin and then we carved a pumpkin together. The children also made gorgeous pumpkin pictures . First, they drew their pumpkin, then they painted it different shades of orange and yellow,next they did the outline of the pumpkin using a black oil pastel. After that, they stuck it on a black background and used a green oil pastel to draw and colour a mound of grass for the pumpkin to sit on and finally they used white chalk to draw the sky and give the pumpkin a glowing effect.
Procedural Writing: How to turn your friend into a………….!
Supporting the Kilkenny Camogie team in the All Ireland. Even though the result was not what they deserved and we hoped for, we are still very proud of them.
The children created silhouttee portraits. They turned out brilliant and now I can see what goes on inside their head on a daily basis s 🙂
Project work on our locality and Ireland.
Completed Projects: Children worked so hard and enthusiastically on their projects and they should be very proud of their work. Well done to all 🙂
We went on a mini beast hunt to discover what living things are living in the school’s habitat.
The children gathered up all the writing they have completed during the year and they made a writing booklet so they can keep it forever!
The children picked a county in Ireland to do their project on. I am very proud of the standard the children have set for themselves. Well done everyone !
The children made planets and each child had a different planet to paint and then we created our very own solar system hanging from the roof.
Mosaic sunflowers influenced by Vincent Van Gogh.
Well done to the “Star of the week” and the “handwriting heros”
The children made their First holy Communion on April 28th in St. Brigid’s Church in Lisdowney.
The children love the story “The Lost Sheep” so they made art that reminded them of the story and they were displayed on the walls in the church.
The children made a chalice which reminds them of receiving the bread of life.
Children received a communion certificate.
Children worked really well in groups to complete a project on Eqypt. In art they made Egyptian death masks and I think you would agree they turned out amazing but very scary!!!
The children learnt all about money this month. Children were split in groups and rotated to different money stations where children found many different ways of making up amounts up to €2 for 2nd class and up to €10 for 3rd class. The children also played shop and the shop keeper gave back change to their customers.
We started debating in Literacy. Children learned the techniques used for debating . Children debated whether cats or dogs were the best pets to have !
Time: Children did the concept of time. It can be a tricky concept for children and I would encourage children to practice time on a daily basis. Below are some pictures of the children matching analogue times to digital times.
Good website with time games that the children love.
The children have settled back well after Christmas. January has been a very busy month but I think we will all be glad to see the longer evenings coming! Children are doing fantastic trying out new foods during the food dudes campaign. I hope we can convert some of them to choose fruit or veg over sweets 🙂
We studied all about the Chinese New Year and their traditions and customs. All the children identified the animal year they were born in and the characteristics associated with each animal. Children learned a Chines New Year song and made Dragon puppets to Parade around the room as they sang ! The Chinese New Year will be celebrated on February 16th this year and it is the year of the dog!
2-D Shapes Maths Stations. Children love doing station work. The children made any picture they wanted using 2-D shapes, they put together different objects such as straws, lollipop sticks with blue tac to make 2-D shapes but are now 3-D shapes(once you can hold a shape it is then 3-D) and they made patterns to check did the 2-D shape tessellate.
2nd class wrote a report on Polar Bears.
3rd Class first projects on animals in Antarctica.
The children studied what life is like in the Polar regions of the world. The children learnt about animals that live in the Arctic and Aantartica. Below are some pictures showing penguins they made in art using clay and then painted them. They made an igloo for them to live in using milk jugs , cotton wool and toilet roll holders and lots of glue!!
The children’s favourite activity in 2017 was imagining they were stuck in a snow globe! We had great discussions about what it would be like to be stcuk in a snow globe, some children had so much fun being stuck in one they didn’t want to ever escape !
Children enjoyed drawing their own reindeers, can you spot Rudolph!?
In PE this month we are dance. The boys and girls favourite dance is the “Maxarena”
Thanks to all the boys and girls who got involved in the shoe box appeal. I am sure there will be plenty of very happy children in Africa this Christmas.
Children love when we are doing Maths stations. Counting on in 2’s 4’s 6’s , 5’s and 10’s. October
Children made haunted houses, using a black stencil haunted house and painted a spooky looking sky and added in their own spooky ideas 🙂
Well done to everyone in the middle room this year. We had a fantastic year. I hope that everyone has a great summer and we’ll see you all again in August.
School Trip to Fota Wildlife Park
We have been weaving wool in art recently. We made trees and then we made tortoises. Have a look at the finished products.
Congratulations to all in the middle room who recently took part in the Scríobh Leabhar competition. Here they are with their certificates.
Congratulations to second class who recently made their First Holy Communion on May 13th.
Here they are with their fantastic artwork.
Third class recently completed brilliant and informative projects on famous people from history;
Ludwig Van Beethoven
Leonardo da Vinci
Well done third class!
In history, recently, we studied “The Vikings”. We learned all about them and then designed some viking shields and drew some viking portraits.
In science we really enjoy predicting what we think will happen, designing and creating the experiment and then discussing the results of our experiments.
This week we made a ‘Deep sea diver’ that could float and sink. We used a pen/marker lid, a paper clip, plasticine and a large bottle of water. When we first put the ‘Diver’ into the water it floated, this is because there was a large air bubble in the marker lid. We discovered that when we squeezed the bottle, water was pushed up into the marker lid, creating a smaller air bubble and that made the diver heavier and then it sank.
Last week we used balloons, straws, string, sellotape and pegs to demonstrate a Rocket Launch. We really enjoyed this experiment too.
In art we looked at the famous artist Wassily Kandinsky and using oil pastels we recreated one of his famous paintings.
We have been learning about ancient Egypt in history recently and we designed and decorated some Ancient Egyptian death masks.
Third class continued their studies of ancient civilisations by creating their own projects on their chosen people. Well done third class!
Here is a picture of us before our Christmas play. Our play was called “Tinsel and Tea-towels”.
“Do you want to build a snowman?”
Here are some sock snowman that we made in December.