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.

April

April has been a very significant month for our 5th and 6th class pupils as a lot of the children prepared for their Confirmation. The children worked on their religion journals, completed some beautiful artwork and, most especially, perfected their original song as part of their Shine a Light project. The Confirmation was a beautiful celebration and the children were a credit to themselves and to their families.

Amidst the Confirmation preparation, the children were also busy completing the different elements for the Blue Star award. We took part in the specially designed quizzes online and the children got the chance to showcase their knowledge – as well as their competitive streak! The children are also completing their EU passports, learning lots of different facts about the EU member states, and are in the middle of completing their individual projects ahead of Europe Day in early May. I look forward to seeing their creative projects.

The pupils learned about how plants reproduce, and we carried out some flower dissection in class.

The children are making brilliant progress with the Accelerated Reader programme and are enjoying taking part in the online quizzes to earn their certificates.

As the summer is fast approaching, we are looking forward to all the lovely outdoor activities that the good weather brings.

March

The month of March has flown by – it is hard to believe we are already approaching the Easter Holidays.
The children have been busy putting together their WW1 projects on a variety of interesting titles. They have really embraced their learning about the War, particularly as we’ve also been finishing reading War Horse.
As part of Engineers Week 2024 the children took part in a STEM challenge to design and make their own paper airplane launcher. They came up with lots of interesting designs and tested different building materials as well as different styles of paper airplanes.
The children got dressed up as their favourite characters for World Book Day, and they had a lovely time doing some shared reading with Junior and Senior infants.
I rith Seachtain na Gaeilge, bhí na paistí ag cleachtadh a gcuid Gaeilge trí cluichí nua i ngrúpaí beaga. They also put together an ‘Iris Faisin’ – a fashion magazine detailing lots of celebrity outfits as Gaeilge.
A highlight of this month was undoubtedly the Fifth and Sixth Class retreat. The children thoroughly enjoyed the day. They learned all about the Poor Clare Sisters and took some time to reflect and pray, as well as having plenty of fun – there was some fantastic singinand dancing on the day!
Wishing all of the pupils and their families a very pleasant Easter break. Beannachtaí na Cásca oraibh go léir!

February

This month, the children in Fifth and Sixth Class have been learning about
the seventeen Global Goals for sustainable development. The class designed posters and took part in a Zoom with representatives from Ireland, the UAE, South Africa and Kenya to learn about the impact of the Goals in lots of different countries. We heard from the Irish Youth Delegate to the UN, who encouraged the children to use their unique skills and talents and to get involved in their local community.
The class also pitched their Junior Entrepreneur ideas to the Dragon’s Den
panel. All of the groups presented their work with great confidence and a lot
of creativity was demonstrated in their presentations. A huge thank you to
Mrs. O’Meara and to Stephanie and Henry Stone for assisting with this element of our project.
This Lenten season, the children discussed their prayers for lent and how they hope to give some extra time for prayer as we prepare for Easter. The Confirmation candidates celebrated their Ceremony of Light and are now in
preparation for their upcoming Pledge mass.
The children completed some lovely Valentine’s Day art work. They took
part in a Zoom workshop with Wexford artist Nadia Corrigan to create
unique Valentine’s cards, and they also made some heart-shaped tealight
holders.
The class have been learning about key events in WW1, and are currently
working on some research projects which they will be presenting soon.
March is sure to be another busy month and the children are all excited for
the run up to the Easter holidays.

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.