5th class News-January 2015 

Ms. Mulhall’s News:
We are currently working on a class project all about Italy. We have been researching Ancient Rome, Pompeii, Italian food and much more. It’s been great fun working in pairs and using the laptops. Our art work was also inspired; we have created beautiful mosaic designs. We also tried paper weaving and it was very enjoyable. We made lovely coloured place mats and with St. Brigid’s day approaching we may even be able to weave some rushes soon!
 
Ms. Beirne’s News:
We have been covering a lot of work on decimals and percentages and we can now calculate all the reductions in the January sales! In English, we were working on our First Steps exposition writing where we wrote on many interesting topics and debates. In Geography, we started working on a mini-project on the E.U. where in pairs we had to carry out research on a different member state. In art, as part of the Green School’s Travel and Transport theme, we have been working on drawing out maps which depict our journey to school. 
 
 
                                                            6th class News-January 2015
 
 
Ms. Carroll’s News: 
In art we have been working on ‘Sewn pictures’. We used hessian and drew a picture on it using white chalk. We then sewed the picture using various colours of embroidery thread. In music, we are working on singing and putting music to ‘The Land of the Bumbley Boo’ by Spike Milligan. We are working in groups and can choose any music genre to sing it. 
 
Ms. Coyle’s News: 
This month we were learning about the lives of Native Americans and a number of their different tribes. They lived in houses known as teepees. Following this, we constructed teepees in art. In science we looked at the topic of heat. We carried out a number of experiments. We found that metal is a better conductor of heat compared with wood or plastic. We also discovered that it is better to wear light coloured clothes on a warm sunny day as dark colours attract the heat. 
 
 
                                                      5th and 6th class news-February-April 2015
 
February 2015
 
Ms. Mulhall’s News: 
We are still busy working away on Scratch, our computer coding programme. We’ve been working in pairs to create Exposition scripts and it’s been great fun. In S.E.S.E we recently learned about life on board ships for explorers in the past. It was very interesting and gave us great room for discussion and research. We have displayed out recent art work outside our classroom. We created graffiti art tags and they are very colourful. We were inspired by our new class novel, ‘Reaching the Heights’.
 
Ms. Beirne’s News: 
We have been working on the topic ‘Exposition’ in our First Steps writing this month. We have also been introduced to Stanley and his fellow detainees at Camp Green Lake as we begin work on our class novel ‘Holes’. In Maths we learned all bout 3-D shapes and we made our own tetrahedrons using cocktail sticks and blu-tac. In science we have been learning about the earth’s natural greenhouse effect and about how new human activities are increasing this effect to cause global warming. This lesson is of course linked to our travel initiative as part of the Green Schools’ programme.    
 
 
Ms. Coyle’s News
This month we started our novel ‘The Guns of Easter’ by Gerard Whelan. We are enjoying reading about the life of young Jimmy Conway at this time. The novel is linked with our history topic of the Easter Rising which took place in Dublin in 1916. We have learnt that the British were in charge of our country at the time and groups such as the Irish Citizens’ Army were trying to get rid of them and take back the country. 
 
Ms. Carroll’s News
In English we are currently reading the novel ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’. This novel is about a young boy called William Beech who was evacuated to the countryside in Britain during World War II. He is being taken care of by Mr. Tom Oakley in the quaint village of Little Weirwold. Under Tom’s care, the very thin and sickly-looking boy begins to flourish. We are really enjoying reading this novel. 
 
 
March 2015
 
Ms. Mulhall’s News:
We are currently reading a class novel called ‘Reaching the Heights’. We are thoroughly enjoying the novel so far and are eager to continue reading. Our art work was also inspired by ‘Reaching the Heights’ this month. We created fabulous Graffiti name tags, which are on display outside our room on the top floor. We also have a visiting teacher in our classroom this month. Ms. Egerton has been a great support to us all and together we have been completing lots of new projects, art work and experiments. It’s been great fun! 
 
Ms. Beirne’s News:
We have been doing some research this month on Australia. We learnt all bout the unique flora and fauna of that continent. We also learnt about Aboriginal culture and traditions and engaged in a lot of Aboriginal dot painting in art. In Maths we learned about the circle, including construction of circles. We learned about the use of data and how to take a tally in order to construct bar charts etc. so that information can be conveyed and viewed easily. We also continued our novel ‘Holes’ and have been doing lots of oral language activities connected to it!
 
Ms. Carroll’s News: 
World Book Day was celebrated on 5th March 2015. However, in 6th class we extended these celebrations and had a ‘World Book Week’. We participated in lots of book related activities during the week. We discussed our favourite books, we participated in a table quiz, we made CD books using recycled CDs, we compiled mini-projects based on our favourite authors and we participated in a ‘design a bookmark’ competition.  
 
Ms. Coyle’s News: 
This month we were busy preparing for our ‘Seachtain na Gaeilge  concert and we learnt two songs, ‘Abair Leat’ and ‘Mamma Mia’ as Gaeilge. We have had a visiting teacher, Ms. Ferguson, teaching in our class for the last three weeks. We have learnt about Greece and the Ancient Greeks. In art we did exploding shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day!
 
 
April 2015
 
Ms. Beirne’s Class: 
In Maths we have been doing operations involving money. They have been integrating this with Gaeilge by doing role-plays ‘Ag Siopadóireacht’. We have also been working on ‘Length and Area’ and have been measuring and calculating the perimeter and the area of various sections of the classroom and corridor. We learned about Tom Crean and his various expeditions to the South Pole and this has been integrated with research on the Antarctic in Geography. As we approached the end of our class novel ‘Holes’, the class are working in groups to reconstruct a 3D model of Camp Green Lake, the setting of the story. 
 
Ms. Mulhall’s Class:
We have been working hard in Maths class throughout the year. We have recently covered the topics of money and length and are moving on to the topic of area! We had a great time at the St. Peter’s Sports’ Day on Friday last! The weather remained dry for us and we completed all the activities. We were very tired after the day’s events. Our recent art activity involved extensions of magazine clips. This was great fun! We were very creative and have produced lovely art work. 
 
 
Ms. Carroll’s Class:
In English poetry this month we studied kennings and cinquains. A kenning is where something is described without using its name, e.g. stick fetcher = dog. A cinquain is a poem based on patterns of syllables. It has five lines with 22 syllables in total and follows the syllabic pattern of 2, 4, 6, 8, 2. We learned some kennings and cinquains and then we wrote our own ones! We also enjoyed our history trip to The National War Museum in Co. Louth. 
 
Ms. Coyle’s Class: 
This month our class went on a trip to the National War Museum in Co. Louth. We got to see what trenches were like during the war and the weapons and vehicles used. In science we did a number of experiments based on light. In one we did some secret writing and in another we conducted the experiment of the magic coin. A coin seemed to disappear due to the refraction of light. In English we looked at alliteration and used this to write tongue twisters! 
 
 
                                                            5th and 6th class news-May 2015
 
Ms. Beirne’s Class: 
In maths we have been learning about chance and weight. We listed all the possible outcomes in different situations and used our knowledge of fractions to work out the probability. In history we learned about the pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart as well as the importance of the Land League in Irish history. In science we learned about forces and carried out different experiments to show the use of air resistance in everyday life e.g. how a parachute works as well as an experiment which demonstrated the properties of different materials in terms of friction and movement. We completed the novel ‘Holes’ and drew up character profiles for the main characters as well as writing about the main themes of the novel. 
 
Ms. Mulhall’s Class:
Last week we visited Bay Sports in Athlone on our school tour. We had a great time. The weather was a bit drizzly but our wet suits kept us warm. We roasted marshmallows and played team sports throughout the day. The kayaking and water park were both excellent also. It was a long day and we were exhausted after the activities. At the moment we are busy designing and creating a green school’s banner in our class. This banner will be used to celebrate the arrival of our 4th Green Schools’ flag in June. Together, we are having great fun completing this project during our art and S.E.S.E lessons. 
 
Ms. Carroll’s Class:
In Geography this month we explored Europe. We learned about industry in Europe, geographical features of Europe, famous European people, transport throughout Europe and many other interesting topics. We explored how Europe has changed over time; from the Stone Age to the Roman Empire to The Renaissance to Modern Europe. We also learned about the European Union; the history of it and the role of the E.U. We also explored the story of chocolate from the theobroma cacao tree to a bar of delicious white, milk or dark chocolate. We got to sample some cacao nibs and some chocolate with various percentages of cacao.
 
Ms. Coyle’s Class: 
This month our class went on our school tour to the Baysports Centre in Athlone. We went kayaking, pedal karting and pier jumping. We learned some bush craft survival skills and spent time in the water park. Back in the classroom we have been studying Brazil in Geography and are working on projects in groups. In music we have learnt ‘Wake Me Up’, ‘Lean on Me’ and ‘The Climb’. 
 
Here are some dates to keep for your diary:
1st June                  Public Holiday                     School Closed
26th June               Summer Holidays                School Closes 12 noon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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