In response to Maya Angelou’s poem ‘Still I rise’.
by Mae Beckett
You think we are so different,
Well Trump you are so wrong.
We are better together,
For together we are strong.
Who cares what colour we may be
Dubh, bándearg, bán or buí,
Who cares what language we may speak
Irish, Japenese, African or Greek,
Who cares that some of us have fame,
for deep down we are all the same.
For if we were to unite we would
fill the world full of light!
Seachtain na Gaeilge
Seó Gaelach ‘Spraoi do Scoileanna’ le Conchúir Ó Hailpín
A selection of girls from 5th and 6th class represented the school in a GAA Girls Blitz Tournament on International Women’s Day!
We had 2 teams play 3 matches each and we had great fun!
In science this month, we have been investigating and learning about the structure and function of the lungs. They tested their lung capacity, blowing up balloons and then measuring the width, then repeating this after 50 star jumps. They explored the workings of the lungs and its components, through creation of a lung model, using balloons, straws and plastic water bottles.
To celebrate Mardi Gras we learnt about the Zulu tribe or ‘kerew’ of 2017. The Zulu tribe hold a deep, rich history within American culture, dating back to the age of segregation. We took a closer look at this year’s theme Stop the Violence. Then we broke into our own kerew’s and made floats for the Mardi Gras parades.
Maths – Money
We have been learning about Money so for this week’s stations, they created and solved money sudokus, played loop games, monopoly and worked with the teacher solving problems.
Tommy decided to work everyone’s core today with floor football! It was great fun to see everyone sliding around on the floor!!
Before midterm we science kids enjoyed a whole week of science fun!
We did experiment stations – from little discoveries to creating small circuits. Some of our investigations were:
do magnets work through water, making pins float, how many paper clips can you attract with a magnetic through your hand, can static energy make water bend and making simple circuits with play dough ….!
Our inventor of the week was Galileo and we learn about his early life, motivations and discoveries.
We also got to lead Ciara’s 1st class with an experiment – making our own play dough! It was great fun and very gloopy!
We talked about natural disasters around the world for learn together this week. The class then had to choose one natural disaster and write an explanation report based on that disaster. The reports were beautifully presented – well done everyone!
We have been looking at percentages this month in Maths. So, I spent everyone on a mission to find some interesting percentage facts… and check some of them out!
Continuing with gymnastics this month, we worked on some trust and balance exercises.
We took inspiration this Valentines from Tim Burton’s gory art! Since we have been learning about the heart, we made anatomical drawings of the heart set against love!
National Library of Ireland WW1
I am very excited to be heading to the NLI to visit the Ireland in WW1 exhibition. As well as a guided tour, we have the opportunity to attend a workshop ‘Postcards from the Front’ in which the students can write home as either a nurse or a soldier and tell their families what life is like.
It’s Internet Safety Day!! Let’s all remember… don’t be MEAN behind the SCREEN!
World War 1
We have had the Great War take over our January … 5th class made amazing trench 3D projects and presented them to the class. Huge congrats to all the class and the wonderful parents who helped! The creativity is astounding.. from Lego trenches, cake trenches, tea bag sand bags and including army soldiers… they are fantastic, very visual and getting huge interest outside our doors now! Well done!!
We have also looked at many aspects of the Great War, dramatising these events!
Check out all our projects, portraits and action sequences below… (photo credits to the class themselves!)
Maths – Decimals
This month we have been looking at decimals! For our decimal stations … they ordered decimals, played multiplication squares and place value games!
This term we have kick started GYMNASTICS! Yahhoooo!! My bendy bunch love to practice balancing and movement with poise, also revising handstands, cartwheels and crabs. Over the next few weeks, they will be making their own gymnastic routines… watch this space!
To make a change from GAA, coach Tommy took us for a game of dodgeball!! It was GREAT fun!
We have been learning all thing éadaí this month … and using our verbs to write our own stories as Gaeilge.
Chinese New Year
Happy Chinese New Year – the year of the Rooster! Special thanks to Roisin’s mama who arranged paper cutting with special Chinese paper. It was tricky but they turned out beautiful!
This month for art we are working with clay. We started with experimenting with creating texture in clay using things around us.. We went on to make letter tiles and then pinch pots that we shaped into creatures! They turned out fantastic… check ‘em out!
This week has been great fun, getting the festive feeling!! Firstly big well done to the whole gang for performing our Christmas play – The Big Bag Theory and to the extraordinary writers Mae, Ruth and Sarah. Thank you all for coming – we hope you enjoyed the show!
Our last days included games day, dance offs and not to mention the Great Christmas 5th Class Bake off!! Incredible treats were made with such amazing presentation. Our bellies were certainly very festive today!
Thank you all for your super generous gifts and for a brilliant 1st term. See you all next year!!
Passion for Pizza
To wrap up our month of Italy, we watched Gennaro make pizza and then gave it a go ourselves!! Hungry work! They may not have tasted great but they were certainly fun to make … Chefs in the making!
Check out our 5th Class Mannequin Challenge – great fun making it! The class room has never been so quiet!
Girls team 1: Milly Eva Anja Robin Mae Amie Mia Alicia Holly
Girls team 2: Caoimhe Ellen Katy’s Sarah Ruth Roisin Aureja Martha Eve
Boys team 1: Django Khalil Patrick Queinge Charlie Davey Tom Oscar Daniel Sammy
Boys team 2 Lennert Toby Matthew Kai Ethan Beau Adam Luca Will
It’s a non-contest tournament so scores will be kept but no winner. It’s the first basket-ball tournament or even practice for some players so it should be all about big fun and team work! Best of luck players!!
We are working on length this week in Maths. We kicked started the topic with some fun stations – we had to estimate the length of a metre in cubes,
They had to estimate the length of 1 metre, centimetre and millimetre using cubes.
They took on some length challenges in Mathletics.
They created their own unit of measuring using objects around the room.
They threw javelins as far as they could – they estimated the distance length and then measured it out using the trundle wheel.
They helped each other measure their heights, length from fingertip to fingertip, foot, elbow to wrist and longest finger!
Its write a book time again – before we begin preparing to write our own books, we are warming up our creative juices these week!
We enjoyed Narrative writing stations – we brainstormed alternative words for overused tired words, we spotted connecting words in passages, we created character profiles, we played pass the story and finally we retold little red riding hood as either a rap, letter, horoscope or as a comic!
Over the next few weeks, we will begin to write our books… be prepared!
Trick or Treat! We had great fun this week dressing up, making boo bombs .. telling ghost stories and lots more!
We had a Fantastic Maths Week – 5th Class made a math trail for Katie’s 1st class and really enjoyed leading them around the school. They also lead maths station games with junior and senior infants – they were all marvelous so well done and thank you! Aran’s maths group made an incredible Space Project and 6th class joined up for some tricky Maths Puzzles.
Congratulations to Mae for winning Maths Eyes with her FANTASTIC entry!
Maths Stations – 2D Shapes
We have been have great fun doing active Math’s stations.. Last week we were working on 2D Shapes. So we..
1. Drew them paying close attention to the properties …
2. We made patterns while tessellating shapes …
3. We made some tangram pictures …
4. We built shapes using straws …
5. And finally we made a super fun shape dice game!
We made thaumatropes – these are very simple 2 picture animations stuck on stick that when spun quickly has the illusion of one picture. They are not made for digital animations but here’s an idea of some of the animations made …
We created our ow funky notebooks for sketching and drawing. We experiments with different paint techniques, creating different textures and styles across lots of beautiful coloured paper. For example we tried marbling, rubbings with wax crayons, wrinkle and paint paper, tissue paper paint wash, bubble printing and scraping out designs in paint! We bound our sheets together to create a notepad at the end.
GAA has been amazing so far this year – 5th class are getting lots of skill practise and then also great matches.
Don’t forget no huggy wuggies!
We celebrated Roald Dahl’s 100 year anniversary!
Everyone made projects together and we also tried our hands at drawing in the style of Quentin Blake.
So exciting getting to know this amazing bunch..
…to help me, they had to find at least 20 adjectives to describe themselves!