We had another busy month during November in Room 17!
In maths, we spent the month working on fractions – equivalent, improper, mixed number while also learning to add and subtract them. Lots of practice with real life problem solving with fractions helped us develop our understanding of this concept.
In English, we looked at the theme of narrative writing with the story ‘Out of My Mind’ and then explored explanatory writing through the theme of ‘volcanoes’. We learnt lots about how volcanoes form and erupt and even wrote our own explanations about volcanoes. We also practiced some more explanations about a variety of topics when working in groups – how does a chicken egg hatch, the water cycle, the lifecycle of a butterfly, the lifecycle of a frog and how do tadpoles grow – excellent explanations by all!
As Gaeilge, bhíomar ag foghlaim faoi na topaicí ‘An Scoil’ agus ‘Éadaí’. Bhí scéalta agus léamhtuiscintí againn bunaithe ar na téamaí seo. Bhíomar ag dul i ngleic leis na Briathra neamhrialta san Aimsir Chaite chomh maith le tús a chur ar an Aimsir Fháistineach. Bhíomar ag cleachtadh conas an chlog a léamh as Gaeilge freisin.
In SESE, we completed a lot of work based on the theme of ‘volcanoes’. We learned about how volcanoes form and the inner structure of them while also researching them using the iPads and completing a fact file about a chosen volcano.
We used the iPads to research facts about Italy and Roman life and completed fact files about each of them. We did another excellent job on our projects based on a figure from The Renaissance, with lots of wonderful research and presentation skills on show.
As part of Science week, we researched a famous scientist and completed a fact file about them. We also wrote some wonderful ‘Science week’ themed acrostic poems. We really enjoyed the ‘Balloon car challenge’, where we focused on the concept of forces. This month, we also learnt about the structure of the eye and the functions of these parts.
The highlight of the month was definitely the clay volcanoes we made and painted and then erupted by creating a chemical reaction.
We really enjoyed spending some time completing some ‘Hour of Code’ Minecraft tutorials on the iPads to introduce many of us to the world of coding.
We leant the song ‘Pompeii’ le Bastille i nGaeilge agus ‘Fanfaidh mé ortsa’ le Mumford and Sons freisin.
In SPHE, we have been looking at the concept of ‘Friendship’ – exploring the benefits and the challenges faced within them. We also explored some scenarios to extend our thinking while also identifying what we look for in a friend.
In Art, we designed some Roman inspired mosaic artwork and Winter/Christmas themed snow globes.
In PE, we were very lucky to have Jonathan in from Leinster Rugby teaching us some rugby skills and playing some fun team games to practice our skills. We also started cycling with Tony and Graham and we are really enjoying learning how to cycle safely.
We were focusing on writing letters at the beginning of the month – highlighting reasons why schools should have drinking fountains. At the end of the month, we wrote some excellent Halloween acrostic poems and some spooktacular Halloween themed narratives for Ms Travers’ writing competition. In addition, we definitely have some future politicians amongst us as we presented some excellent arguments during some informal debates.
Sa Ghaeilge, bhíomar ag leanúint le na scéalta agus ag cur snas ar ár dtuiscint don Aimsir Chaite agus briathra éagsúla. Freisin, bhí an-spraoi againn le foclóir Oíche Shamhna a fhoghlaim agus roinnt dánta a ghabhann leis an téama seo.
In maths, we focused on the themes of Time and Lines and Angles and concluded this topic with some tangram work which we really enjoyed.
In SESE, we were busy learning about The Normans, The Solar System and examining the surface tension of water and the effect of acid. We also had great fun designing, making and testing our egg protectors for the ‘Egg Drop Challenge’ – with varying degrees of success! Although the definite highlight was the amazing projects we completed about ‘World Changing Women’ – great insights shared into many inspirational women!
We continued to learn some new songs -‘An t-Ádh Night’ by Pharell our latest addition. We’ve really been enjoying the music resources on DableDoo too!
We created wonderful self-portraits this month using our drawing skills and symmetry with wonderful outcomes. We also created some haunted scene artwork using our different paint mixing techniques and silhouettes.
Finally, as part of the school’s Well-being initiative and for this month’s theme of ‘Talking Care of my Body’ we made some wonderful dreamcatchers and made some tasty fruit skewer treats to enjoy!
We showed off our wonderful Halloween costumes on the last day before the Midterm – lots of happy smiley faces!
At the end of August, we started our 5th Class journey in Room 17 and we’ve had a busy September! We can’t wait to share some of the highlights as part of our monthly blog post!
We were busy focusing on the ‘Recount’ genre for the month in Literacy – reminiscing on our summer break and creating some news reports.
Sa Ghaeilge, bhíomar ag cur béim ar scileanna agallaimh – ag cur agus ag freagairt ceisteanna bunaithe ar ‘Mé Féin’. Chomh maith le sin, scríobhamar ár mbiachlár féin agus bhí an-spraoi againn le sin.
In maths, we looked at some revision work to start as well as some work on adding and subtracting bigger numbers , some number theory work and place value (place value bingo – a definite highlight!)
In SESE, we were exploring ‘The Digestive System’ and ‘The Food Pyramid’ – drawing our own models of the different parts. We also looked at the story of ‘King Midas’ and designed some comic strips for some of the Greek Gods and Goddesses. We also completed a ‘Counties Project’ based on the Counties of Ireland and designed our own coat of arms for our county.
We created some lovely artwork too – paper hot air balloons, Picasso self portraits and a colour wheel eye display that all look amazing!
We created an ‘Aspiration Tree’ at the start of the year to share some of our goals and wishes for the upcoming year. We also did some work on positive affirmations and made some wonderful affirmation collages.
We also started to learn some new songs – ‘Lig Mé Saor’ le Aviccii agus ‘Amhrán na bhFiann’ – lots of enthusiastic singers in Room 17!
This year in Ms Kelly’s class we have done a lot. We will be doing projects throughout the year. Our first project was on bridges. There were so many things we could do using bridges as a topic. We could make model of bridges, write about bridges or draw pictures of bridges. Most people decided to make a model of a bridge. However, some people chose to write about bridges too. We had about 20 days to get it done. Most people who made models used tall lollipop sticks. One bridge was made out of straws. Another person made a project out of clay. There was also a project made of wood and nails. In assembly, our class did a presentation on Bridges. Everybody had to read 1 fact about Bridges. Then, we sang the song ‘A Bridge over troubled water.’
This November in Ms. D’Arcy and Ms. Ní Mhurchú’s 5th class we did quite a lot! “Mum’s the word” – but we’ve been reading a lot of Shakespeare lately. That’s just one of the phrases that the Bard introduced to everyday life. Other phrases you’re probably familiar with are: “Not slept one wink”, “Fashionable”, “A wild goose chase” and “All’s well that ends well”. Old Spike Milligan has been broadening our imaginations with his crazy poetry including “On the Ning Nang Nong”
Our minds have nearly exploded with all the knowledge we’ve learned about Pompeii and Rome! We’ve made our own volcanoes erupt and wrote stories about life as a gladiator. We thought long division would divide our heads altogether but it surprised us by being very simple.
We also learned how to sketch and draw our classmates with fantastic results. In Gaeilge we’ve been using the APOE system which is an easy way for children to create sentences as Gaeilge. We’ve also been working hard on our Briathra Neamhrialta!
We hope you’re on your best behaviour, because if not – who you gonna call? PEACE PROTECTORS! A group of us in fifth class have been given the responsibility to help out on yard and we have cool high viz jackets so we can be easily seen.
We all felt like winners when Sam Maguire came to visit. We even got to touch him (never washing our hands again!). What a busy month it was! – and December is set to be even busier. ..
This class have been very busy since the start of the year. They have been completing lots of art projects and self-portraits for their class door. They have been learning about Greek Mythology, Comic Strips and Constructing a Norman Castle.
They have designed Dia De los Muentos masks for Halloween. They have been doing creative writing stories and poems for Autumn. Their geography knowledge increased this year as they have been learning all the counties, lakes and rivers in Ireland.
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The students of Ms. Ní Mhurchú / Ms. D’Arcy’s 5th class have been drawing comic strips and doing cool drama and Autumn poems. They have been talking about trees and much more. They have been doing a lot about Autumn and have also been learning about different counties along with learning about hurricanes. They have been on a school tour orienteering and have been doing beautiful self-portraits.
Ms. Lennon’s class were learning about all elements of the Aztecs. For example, they learned that girls married at the age of fourteen, whilst boys married at the age of nineteen. The Aztecs ate a lot of cheese. Also, they had two gods for most things, for example, they had two war gods so one could sleep and one could work.
Ms. Lennon’s class also made some Aztec art such as sun stones from clay. Next the class will make some mosaic masks.
Ms Nic Ghearailt’s class received the Junior Entrepreneur Award for their business. The class sold brownies with chocolate chips. They gave twenty percent of the profit to the Peter McVerry Trust for the homeless. The class came up with their own business idea. They have also been learning a lot about the homeless this year and have built a homeless shelter.
Ms Lennon’s class are doing a play for the End of Year Show. The show will have a dance, singing and recorder that they have already performed at the National Concert Hall. They also sang at both Communions and the 6th Class Confirmation.