Fáilte go dtí rang a cúig!!
End of Year – Goodbye 5th… Hello 6th!
Lots of goodbyes at the end of the year – huge thank you and send off to GAA coach Tommy, our reading buddies.. and ourselves! The last day was magical with this very talented bunch having musical sessions and feasting on their baking.. Thank you so much for all the super generous gifts and I can’t wait to see you all in 6th class!
Have a great summer everyone!!
5th and 6th enjoyed a guest speaker from the DSPCA, talking to us about animal welfare and puppy farms. We also got the opportunity to hold and look at African snails!
Sowing and Stitching
This month in Art, we have been working with fabric and fibres. We have learnt some of the basic stitches and used this to sow finger puppets, felt teddies and now we’re making character puppets.
To kick start our sports day, we had our own classroom Olympics! Events included table tennis, straw races, fidget spinner towers, bottle flipping, pass the oranges and ping pong challenges!
The new playground is open for business and 5th class were the lucky first ones in!
Art Workshop – Leah Hewson
We were SO lucky to have the hugely successful Leah Hewson in for a print workshop. She talked to us about her own art, her art process and favourite materials.
Then she let them go for it! They had to create 2/ 3 stencils and create a pattern. Then using acrylic markers, layer their pattern and let their creative juices go crazy! It was great fun and wonderful experience to have an artist in the room. Thanks a million to Leah!
5th class has started reading buddies with Katie’s 1st class. Before we started, 5th had to train up to become reading mentors to their young peers. Only a week in and everyone is wonderful supportive and kind to their buddy. I think this is the start of a beeeautiful reading friendship!
STEM: Science – Making Water Filters
We have been discussing our local water systems and how water is cleaned before reaching our homes/ schools. Using cotton wool, sand and stones, the children built their own water filter systems and attempted to filter dirty water!
We hope everyone enjoyed Multicultural Day! The class worked so hard to prepare the room … between beautiful projects on the hill tribes of Thailand, creating interesting fun facts about the country, writing our own Thai myths, looking at the many festivals celebrated there and celebrating with our own decorated elephants, buffalo racing posters, jungle tigers, lanterns and songkran shirts! The room was a feast of colour and smells! 10 children prepared two delicious curries in school and then lots of food came from home too! Akhilesh was the class photographer for the day… please enjoy a selection of his photos from the day!
Here are the chefs at work!
We also really enjoyed touring all the other countries!
We have had a terrific run of success with both GAA and now football. A selection of girls and boys from 5th class and 6th class have been representing the school in various leagues and tournaments with huge success!
Well done to all the players.. and continued good luck to the football players!
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!
A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.
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!