Like always, we've been doing a lot of work on our SESE History topic of the month 'The Romans'. The children made Power Points and have been researching Rome, soldiers and their armour and they also looked at chariots, weapons among other areas of interest and created some posters for our display! We listened to the story of Romulus & Remus also and created a real life comic strip which is on display outside our classroom!
In maths, we were studying a quite difficult topic - money. We worked very hard throughout the week on our topic and were rewarded with money stations on the Friday as a fun way on consolidating our learning. In the stations, we used chrome books and opened the Tesco website to research different items which packs of various sizes were the best value. We figured out some simple word problem cards and noted our results and we also played some opponent games that required speed and accuracy to work out problems. What an enjoyable way to revise our maths knowledge!
We love Christmas time because of all the lovely art work we are able to complete in class. Our classroom and the corridors outside our classroom are awash with beautiful art pieces. We also constructed some snowman door stoppers using socks and rice. The children really enjoyed this activity and i'm sure these snowman are keeping a lot of doors open in various homes!
Our art work isn't just confined to the walls of inside and outside our classroom but this year we also used our windows as another area to display some art. Orla, our SNA drew some amazing images on our windows related to Christmas - Reindeer, pudding, crackers, presents, the Manger and many more. We painted these images onto our windows and the results are amazing. I'm sure if you're passing by Prosperous school you can see our creations too!
Our PE this year so far has focused on the Games strand of the curriculum. We've completed basketball, soccer, football and unihoc and are pros. To finish one our final PE lessons before the new year we changed up our usual routine and did some circuits. 13 stations were placed around the hall area and the children split up into groups of twos or threes to workout together. The stations varied from burpees, tricep dips and planks to shuttle sprints, star jumps, squats and toe taps among many others. We really enjoyed these stations and we impressed Mr. Geaney so much that we were surprised with a homework pass for everyone in the classroom. Well done everyone!
Lastly, to finish the term in style before Christmas, we put on our own show for our Junior Infant reading partners. Over two weeks of rehearsing, prop making and script alterations led to a wonderful display of dramatics in our classroom today. Our scripts were 'Bob the goofy reindeer', 'Holiday high jinks' and 'Not the night before Christmas'. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all the infants that came to see it. We finished our play with the popular song 'I wish is could be Christmas.' Merry Christmas everyone!!
It has been a busy first term here in Ms Smyth's 6th Class. In October we were delighted to be invited to St Farnan's Post Primary School where we participated in a STEM workshop with the transition years. We constructed and raced a battery operated car and launched a rocket. We were given a great insight into the fun and learning that awaits us next year in Secondary School.
We have had a great term getting to know our Junior Infant partners during our Shared Reading sessions and we were delighted to partner them on our Annual Witch and Wizard Walk for Hallowe'en. It was a very significant event for both classes, 6th Class were completing the walk for their 8th and final time and Junior Infants were just starting out on their first walk of many!
For National Tree Week this year we studied the Birch Tree and learned a lot about the Downy Birch and Silver Birch in Ireland. We have also been learning about life in Ancient Rome and have studied the various causes, effects and possible solutions to the problem of Climate Change on our planet during our SESE lessons.
In PE we have focussed on the Curriculum Strand of Games this term. We have enjoyed playing Basketball, Benchball, Soccer, Uni hockey and Tennis. Teamwork has been an important aspect of our work in PE this term. We were also lucky enough to get a dry, sunny day in December to go to the Prosperous tennis courts to put our serving, forehand and backhand skills into practice.
At the moment we are very busy getting all of our work finished before the Christmas holidays and revising for our Christmas tests. We have still found time, however, to complete some Christmas artwork to brighten up our classroom. We had great fun today filling our old socks with rice to make our snowmen doorstops. We have been working hard and have definitely earned our two weeks Christmas holidays! We will come back in January feeling refreshed and ready for the new term ahead!
This week the children decorated our class Christmas Tree, kindly provided by Calvin Farrell’s parents complete with stand and water bowl. The class will be designing and creating their own ornaments in the lead up to Christmas, but until then these will do nicely.
Last month the class conducted Science Experiment using Newton’s 3rd Law to launch Bottle Rockets. First they designed their rockets and launch pads, then mixed baking soda and vinegar to create carbon dioxide!
The results were explosive!
In our biweekly Teach a Lesson segment the following students delivered excellent content!
Sadhbh Dennehy gave the children a lesson on Musicianship, as well as giving them a few words of Portuguese.
Kelly Rock is a keen Scout, and taught the class about some of the history of the organisation and the activities they do – she devoted most of her time to ensuring they could make the “Scouts Honour” sign correctly!
Jack Gordon used his “Teach a Lesson” to instruct the class on the noble sport of Bumball.
Like Sadhbh before him, Matthew Bodindorfas chose to honour his heritage by teaching us some Lithuanian. He even brought in some Lithuanian sweets to share with the group!
Sophie Lewis quizzed the class on Dogs, and Crossbreeds in particular.
Halloween was great fun, here’s the class ahead of the Witches and Wizards Walk!
We began our first month in school with a country study. Our focus this year was South Africa and the children explored so many elements of this country through a number of different subjects. The children completed projects on South Africa and presented them to the class. We also studied Nelson Mandela's life and created some 'wanted posters' for his capture. We did a drama scene based on the 'Late Late Show' in which Nelson and his family had to be interviewed. We compared and contrasted South Africa to Ireland and did some group work art activities on this which are on display in our classroom now. We also completed some stunning horizon art work based on the South African animals which are part of the big 5 safari.
As our local church in Prosperous, The Church of our Lady & St. Joseph was celebrating it's jubilee, all the children were tasked with creating a piece of art work. The theme in sixth class was community. We discussed how we keep our faith in the community. Responses included cake sales, the shoebox appeal and even charity runs were mentioned. We completed this piece of art which was draped in the church for all the parishioners to see. We were very proud of our creation!
One of the main traditions with sixth class that all children look forward to is shared reading with Junior Infants. This year is no exception and we've been doing great work with Junior Infants. We've really enjoyed spending a half and hour each week with the infants and we look forward to it every Friday.
It has also become tradition that the children of sixth class are invited to St. Farnan's Post Primary for a STEM workshop. This year was no different and for science week the children took part in an excellent workshop which was ably assisted by the transition years. They had a very enjoyable time and created some amazing race cars and rockets.
To celebrate maths week, we undertook some really fun maths stations at the end of the week. The stations varied with activities like using the chromebooks for Mangahigh, match sticks puzzles, kaboom multiplication game, maze games and difficult colour counter games. We really enjoyed them!
Another focus of our SESE topics has been Europe. We've looked at the European Union and the history behind it's establishment. We also did European tourist projects. Different country jigsaws were scattered around the room, the children matched these up and the country they matched was their focus. They created some excellent projects as a result.
A firm favourite topic with the children of sixth class is electricity. We studied the history of electricity by doing a focus study of Thomas Edison using our Ipads. We also completed some posters that warn children of the dangers of electricity and the risks associated with it when you are near it. We completed some simple circuits in which the children needed to light bulbs, introduce switched and make a propeller fan.
We really love art in our class with some budding artists in the making. Have a look at a selection of our works:
We started off by exploring the colour wheel:
The follow on from this we created our own intepretation of Kandinsky's 'Squares with Concentric Circles'
We created some still life drawings of various items from our classroom.
In keeping with the halloween feeling, we created modern variations of Edvard Munch's 'Scream'
Lastly, we used printing to create some spooky Halloween images
What a busy time we’ve had in sixth class and in particular for our last term in sixth class and our last term in Primary school. Seeing as we graduated yesterday, it is the perfect time to look back on all that we have created, worked at and achieved over the past couple of months.
Once we had our standardised testing done, it was time to enjoy some fun activities. We decided to bring our maths outside for a change and completed a maths trail of the main yard. We had great fun completing this trail and we learned lots of new information.
We have become somewhat experts at tag rugby and have been busy learning the skills that make an excellent player. Word filtered around the school that we were doing a great job so Ms. Dunne asked sixth class if they would teach her fourth class how the play. The sixth class set up three stations and taught the basic skills to the fourth class students. It was wonderful to see the leadership from the sixth class and feedback from the fourth class students suggest that they were excellent teachers!
Also part of our PE curriculum was orienteering. We did some fun orienteering activities in the hall where we had to work in groups with our friends to solve the problems. Check us out below!
We love active week in 6th class and this year was no change. On the run up to active week we partook in the move it morning every morning from 8.45 a.m. – 9.05 a.m. We did so many different activities and had great fun. We also had a brilliant active week. Check out the blog on active week on our news feed!
During active week we were asked to organise the junior sports day because of our excellent work with the daily mile. We were privileged to be asked and we took the role very seriously. We were delighted to get such praise from the teachers and as a reward we visited spar for some ice cream. It was great to be rewarded for our efforts.
We have loved art this year. One of our favourite art pieces was Tin foil embossing where we used wool, glue, tin foil and sharpies. Check out our creations below.
Another really fun activity at the end of the year was using the Lego WeDO sets. Mr. Geaney got the sets from Kildare Education Centre and we had great fun creating and using these STEM pieces. Check out the pictures and some videos of them in action below.
Congratulations to this wonderful sixth class group on their graduation. They were super all year long and I wish them every happiness into the future – Mr. Geaney
September 2018 June 2019
What a wonderful school tour we had last Thursday, 13th June. The tradition of the sixth class tour visiting Avon Rí changed slightly this year. CP Adventures have moved their adventure centre to the grounds of Russborough House just a couple of miles up the road form Avon Rí.
Our day started with a briefing and the children headed off in the groups to begin their exciting day. The activities they undertook included Archery, Rock Climbing, Low Rope obstacles courses, orienteering and puzzle making. All of these activities occurred before lunch time. The children sat around the fire pit and ate their lunches together before being bussed a couple of miles down the road to Blessington lake to complete a number of water activities. There was water rafting, kayaking, swimming and water games. This was by far the children's most favoured activity of the day and despite the cold temperatures they had a smile on their faces from beginning to end.
There were a lot of tired children and teachers on the bus journey home. The signs of great day!
Today, we accompanied our shared reading partners from Junior Infants on a teddy bear's picnic to Gerry's garden. We all brought in a teddy from home and we collecting our Junior Infants. They were very excited!
We walked and chatted to the garden. We left our bags and teddies to one side and enjoyed some fun games together. We ate lunch together and shared some treats before departing again. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day and was a nice way to celebrate all the excellent reading we've been doing together all year.
A big thank you to Gerry, our caretaker for letting us have our picnic in his wonderful garden! We had a great time!
Ms Smyth's class completed a cross-curricular study of Antarctica this term.
We researched the life and adventures 4 different Antarctic explorers: Robert Scott, Roald Amundsen, Ernest Shackleton and Tom Crean. In pairs we created an e-book on our favourite explorer using the Book Creator app on the ipads. We then presented our books to the rest of the class
We also researched Antarctica for our group projects. We focused on the climate, history, animals of Antarctica and Amundsen and Scott's race to the South Pole. We learned some very unusual and interesting facts about Antarctica.
Did you know?
Any doctors and scientists stationed in Antarctica have to have their appendix and wisdom teeth removed before going there?
Antarctica is considered a desert due to the lack of rainfall?
There is a volcano on Antarctica?
The first child ever to be born on Antarctica was born in 1978?
We then used clay to create some animals of Antarctica.
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