School Calendar

5TH & 6TH CLASS

Welcome to Ms. Hayden’s class!

Welcome to 5th and 6th class! Our class is looking forward to a busy year ahead. We’ll be taking part in lots of exciting learning activities and new challenges throughout this year. As the most senior class in the school we are sure to be trusted with lots of new responsibilities and we hope to set a really good example for our younger peers. We are excited for all that this new year has in store.

January

The pupils in Fifth and Sixth class started the new term with plenty of energy. They were well rested after their Christmas break and came back to school full  of enthusiasm.

To begin our new term, we treated ourselves to a lovely breakfast club morning which was a great success.
This month, the children have begun preparing their pitches for the Dragons as part of their Junior Entrepreneur project. There are already some fantastic and unique ideas! We also took part in a webinar with Tom Keogh, the founder of Keogh’s crisps, to learn about his journey and to gather some tips about starting a business.
As part of the Grow in Love programme, the children have been learning about social justice. This c0incided with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and the children created some fabulous and original artwork inspired my Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.
The class have been learning about mapwork and location tools in Geography, and have taken part in simple orienteering activities on the school yard. We had some very cold days this month, but nothing deters these pupils when the chance to get outside arises!
The children are looking forward to celebrating with all of the Grandparents at our upcoming Grandparents’ Day celebration. We are looking forward to seeing the first signs of spring very soon!

December

What an eventful month this December has been in 5 th and 6 th class!
Of course, the month got off to a flying start with our wonderful Christmas performances. Our class put a huge amount of work in to their production of ‘Bah! Humbug!’ and it is fair to say that the hard work certainly paid off. The children put on a brilliant performance and should be very proud of
themselves.
It was straight back to work as the month carried on, and the children have been learning about Charles Dickens, population growth around the world and about the Irish Defence forces. They thoroughly enjoyed the visit from An Gardaí Síochána and even got to perform Feliz Navidad for them during their visit.
The children completed some lovely festive artwork, including some window decorating! They made sock snowmen and showed off their sewing skills as they made their Christmas tree ornaments.
The children have continued to work hard this month, even as the festive spirit and excitement began to kick in! I know they are all looking forward to the Christmas break now and are sure to have a wonderful two weeks at home with their families.
Wishing you all a safe and enjoyable Christmas. Beannachtaí na Nollag oraibh go léir.

November

November has been another busy month for Fifth and Sixth class. The children have been especially busy preparing for their Christmas Play ‘Bah Humbug’. We have really enjoyed learning all of the wonderful songs and the class have  shown such dedication, learning their lines, gathering costumes and props and being so co-operative throughout all of the rehearsals. We hope to put on a stellar performance on the night!
For Science Week at the beginning of November, the class completed the Rainbow Jar experiment in class. They also completed individual research projects on a wide variety of famous scientists, mathematicians and engineers and they presented their work very confidently to their peers.
Sna ranganna Gaeilge, rinne na daltaí fógraí faoi tithe ar díol. The children put a great deal of work into designing their advertisements.
As part of our Junior Entrepreneur project, the class took part in an online video call with Bobby Healy, the CEO of MANNA Drone Delivery. It was so interesting for the children to hear first-hand the challenges of setting up a business and growing the business to become an international company.
The class also completed beautiful Winter Sloth pictures, using paint, chalk and oil pastels. They are very proud of their finished pieces.
We are now ready for the lead up to the Christmas holidays and we look forward to another busy December.

October

It’s hard to believe we’ve reached the halfway point in our first term! The pupils in 5th and 6th class have had a very busy month. The children created some beautiful art projects, including some lovely collage work with Ms.Kinsella. They created some spooky pumpkins as well as some interesting
Halloween paintings inspired by Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’.
They class took part in a STEM project, creating their own haunted houses using wooden skewers and paper; they really put their architectural skills to the test!
For Maths Week, 6th class assisted with the Problem of the Day challenge across the school, and they loved giving out the daily prizes. 5th and 6th class worked closely with the younger classes, creating Shape Monsters and guiding them on Maths trails. It was a great success.
Of course, the Halloween dress-up day was the highlight of the month! We saw some wonderfully creative costumes and had a brilliant time on our walk to Huntington Castle.

September

Fifth and Sixth class got off to a brilliant start this September. Everyone was delighted to be back with their friends in school and settled down to work without delay. The children created a beautiful graffiti art board using their names and their likes and interests.

In our SPHE lessons, we also created timelines of significant events in our lives. The class also showed off their brilliant art skills by creating some LEGO portraits.
Ms. Kinsella has joined our class for a number of weeks and the children have been taking part in lots of creative activities with her; drama, Gaeilge games, lessons on Monet, learning about the skeleton and the French Revolution to name a few! We are delighted to have her in our room.
Fifth and Sixth class absolutely love P.E. and playing games outside. They’ve been getting on excellently at swimming lessons each week. They’ve also been learning some new songs with Paul during their guitar lessons.
It’s hard to believe we’re already at the end of September. We’re all looking forward to all that’s to come in the run up to Halloween.

Very soon, we’ll be beginning our preparations for the Junior Entrepreneur Programme, as well as lots of activities to prepare for the Blue Star
award.