Weather and Climate
As part of the Geography curriculum, the children were learning about Weather and Climate. They did research on the internet in their pairs and then chose to showcase their learning in either Microsoft Word or Microsoft Powerpoint. The results of their efforts are on our class website. You can see them if you follow this link!
As part of Learn Together we are learning about values to live by. The children brainstormed values and then we read some short stories to learnidentify some more values.
The class are going to participate in the 100 Word Challenge. This happens on a fortnightly basis where the children are given a prompt and are asked to write a piece using only 100 words. This is a long-established challenge and children across the world participate.
The idea behind the challenge is to promote writing, especially the idea of writing for purpose- the purpose here being that the children have an audience to write for, their writing will be read by teachers and by other participating children and the class themselves will have the opportunity to comment on the writing of others. The comments and the posts are moderated across every blog and the 100wc website.
We have discussed in class that the children will plan, draft and write their piece as homework and they can then upload the piece themselves to our blog or they can do it in school. In the long-term it will be easier and better for them to be able to do this at home but initially I will support in any way I can until they are confident.
Have a look at the 100wc site to see what other children are writing- if you are unsure of anything or have any questions pop them in the Homework Diary.
This link takes you to the log-in page of our class 100wc blog, the children have the username and password which is unique to our class. Please remember to write your name in the title so I can identify you. Any unidentified work will not be published.
While learning about the The Great Famine in Ireland we were also learning about the environmental and socio-economic factors that contribute to poverty and famine in developing countries. We played a farming game where the children had to choose a crop to grow and then there crop was exposed to environmental factors which could increase or decrease their yield. Subsequently, the farmers were given some form of aid which would give them support in saving or increasing their yield. The children were surprised to learn how few choices farmers in the developing world have and also how they are at the mercy of weather systems which are being made more dramatic because of climate change. The game is from the website of Irish Aid and is a really useful tool to explain the role of Irish Aid as well our role as consumers and carbon-producers!
We were very lucky a few weeks ago when Dora, our resident gymnast, designed and taught a lesson. Dora, along with some pals, set up five stations with a different activity at each one. Dora showed how each station should be completed safely and then the class were split into groups so they could rotate the activities. The class had a great time and we were very grateful Dora could share her skills with us!
In class we use a phrase to help us remember which letters take an urú! Here is a picture in case you forget…
We started learning Long Division today. We are using the DMSB method (divide;multiply;subtract;bring down). There is a poster in the class to help the children remember how to do it and you can find it here if you or the children need to see it. Remember Dangerous Minions Swipe Bananas.
Hall of Fame
As a class the children are learning the song Hall of Fame as Gaeilge!! When we have learned it we’re going to make our own music video to go with it, so it is very exciting! There is already a translated version online done by the very talented students at Coláiste Lurgan. The link is here so you and the children can watch as we learn the words!
The children were asked to try to solve this problem from Nrich. They all worked hard to find the most amount of ways to arrange four cubes. The winning number was 18! Maybe there are more…
We have been learning about 3D Shape in Maths. The children had fun making prisms and pyramids from Lollipop sticks and sticky tack.
A Special Surprise
Olivia has been learning the cello since September and just before the end of term she came to give us all a taster of what she has been learning. We are very proud of how much she has learned and look forward to the next recital!
Following on from the first foray into sewing the children sewed their own Christmas felt decoration. The improvement on first attempts at sewing was fantastic, and the children were able to work much more independently to create their decorations.
In December our writing genre was procedural writing. This ranged from given each other instructions to demonstrate how specific and clear the instructions must be, to instructing their teacher how to make a jam sandwich as well as following, then analyzing and critiquing instructions for making Christmas decorations. Finally, the children chose to write their own instructions for various things.
In Maths we had been learning about the Circle and constructed circles using a pair of compass for the first time. This translated into a Circle image and a piece of sewing. For most of the class this was their first time to have a go at sewing. The class had a go at sewing a parabolic curve in its simplest form and they did a great job. Some of the more experienced sewers had a go at completing a more complicated curve. They showed a lot of resilience and perseverance to complete the sewing as it included learning new skills and improving others.
In class the children really enjoyed learning about Limericks and enjoyed a range from classic Edward Lear to contemporary Benjamin Zephaniah. They wrote their own and had a great time which shows in the quality of their Limericks.
The children worked together in pairs to create a factfile/poster of what they learned about Ancient Rome. They did this using Microsoft Word on the laptops. The use of a laptop trolley is new to us this year but it is a great way for the children to transfer skills and learn some new ones. Their work is published on a website which you can view if you follow the link below.
The class made Roman buildings when we were learning about Ancient Rome. The projects were so amazing we felt e should hold a mini-museum to showcase the work. We had visitors from 1st and 4th class, it was great fun!
The class studied poems about Autumn and then rewrote and illustrated them before creating their own poems which they also illustrated. What a talented bunch!
In Science we have been learning about Matter; Liquid, Solids and Gas. The children arranged themselves as the particles in Solid , Liquid and Gas.
As part of our learning about the local ecosystem and hedgerows, both 5th classes went for a walk in MountKennedy Woods in Newtownmountkennedy. We had a lovely time and discovered lots of surprises including bamboo, sweet chestnuts and a caterpillar of a moth!
The children created Autumnal trees using tracing paper,colour and black paper. They look particularly effective displayed in the window.
What a scary bunch!
Maths Week 2017
Storm Ophelia did her best to prevent Maths Week from happening but we prevailed. One of the activities we participated in was to use a series of triangles and squares to make a new square. It was a version of a tangram. We made a Maths Trail for Tom’s 2nd class, we had great fun going around the school, solving clues to break the code and get a treat!
In October we learned about energy, its sources and how it is generated into electricity. We designed and created our own wind turbines and windmills.
The whole school took on their teachers- it’s fair to say the pupils won and the teachers (some of us…) need to work out more!
When learning about 2D shape we sorted the shapes according to specific properties including which type of symmetry, if any, they had. This was a bit challenging!
We learned about Pop Art and how Andy Warhol approached his paintings. We chose our own item and created a Warhol-esque piece.
In Maths we represented the place value of a number using place value markers.
Art and Learn Together
In our Learn Together curriculum we have been learning about Hinduism. The children worked together in groups to make our first big piece of collective art this year.
We started the year off learning about Place Value. The children used concrete materials to visually represent decimal numbers. Then we headed out to the playground to order decimals from smallest to largest.
Welcome to 5th class!!!
I was very excited to welcome my wonderful new class today and I am looking forward to an exciting year of learning and fun!!