We started off by exploring the colour wheel:
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.
For the past number of weeks we have been busy exploring everything associated with health in our lives. This has included both food and nutrition and exercise and their importance in our lives and the lives of everyone around us.
We first looked at how to keep ourselves healthy. We learned that every person over the age of 5 years old should be exercising for more than an hour each day. We logged some of our activities on a given day and were very surprised at how active we were! Some people even exercised for over two hours on that day.
We looked at the role of food and nutrition in our healthy lives and how it is important to consume a balanced diet. We kept a food diary for a week in an effort to highlight all the good foods we eat and how we could change some of the not so good foods we eat.
A lot of us have never experimented with food so we undertook a food test. Mr. Geaney gathered some different foods that our taste buds would not be used to and we conducted the test blind folded. We tasted foods like smoked salmon, avocado and chickpeas to name but a few. There were some funny reactions to some of the foods.
We also looked at the sugar content of foods. We learned that the average daily intake of sugar for a person of our age should be 30g. We measured the sugar content of some of our foods and were very surprised with the amount of sugar in some of our favourite foods. For example a bag of very tasty squashies contain a staggering 100g of sugar for a 160g bag!
We moved onto looking at the fats that are in our foods. We learned that there are good fats and bad fats – saturated, unsaturated and trans fats. We chose some natural and processed foods and tested them using brown paper. The trace of fat was left on the brown paper. Mayonnaise proved the fattiest of all the foods as can be seen in the pictures below. Some of us will think twice about eating mayonnaise again after that experiment!
Because we were looking at healthy foods we also discussed healthier alternatives to some of the foods we eat everyday! We spent an afternoon in the kitchen preparing and baking porridge bread, a healthier alternative to regular bread. The boys were against the girls in the baking contest and it seems that an unanimous victor couldn't be called!
In groups, we created a meal plan for a person with a specific dietary issue. Our projects were based on people who:
For the past 10 weeks we've been hitting the school grounds of Scoil an Linbh Íosa to complete the daily mile challenge. This initiative promotes health and well-being through physical exercise. The aim is to get out for 15 minutes each day and complete a mile. This can be done by running, jogging or walking.
As a school we decided to set our sights even higher and see how far we could travel around Europe. Our class was given the big responsibility of collating and calculating the results each and documenting this on our Daily Mile notice board. We've been so impressed with how far each class has travelled and in total the entire school has ran almost 43000 kilometres in 10 weeks!
We've really enjoyed our exercise each day and we've seen brilliant increases in our fitness levels. Some of us began our mile journey half walking and running while now each and every one of us is able to run and the mile and often we've done two miles in the 15 minutes. Well done to everyone and keep up the great work!
On a breezy Thursday in Prosperous, the sixth class children celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation in the company of their families, teachers and friends. From the early morning of the 14th of March, the Church of our Lady and St. Joseph welcomed everyone for this special occasion.
The sacrament of Confirmation is regarded as a very important sacrament for the children as they begin to gain more independence in their spiritual journeys. They are blessed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit which will help and guide them as they develop and grow. This sacrament also marks a coming to the end of their time in Primary School, both an emotional and happy occasion for everyone.
The children welcomed their parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents, godparents and sponsors to their Confirmation on Thursday 14th. Many people made journeys from afar to be with the Confirmation candidates, for which they were very grateful. The church was alive with excitement and was bustling with family and friends wishing the best for the sixth class pupils.
Much hard work, time and preparation was afforded to this ceremony. The children created many pieces of art work, studied all about the Holy Spirit, it's Fruits and Gifts and it's symbols. The children also explored the best ways they can continue the good work that God has set out for them and how they can do good for the world. The children spent much time preparing prayers, gifts and songs which were all preformed so well at mass.
Our ceremony finished with a rousing rendition of 'Spirit-Filled Day' to which a rapturous applause was heard. Many pictures were taken as mementos of this special day. Everyone at Scoil an Linbh Íosa is tremendously proud of our newly confirmed sixth classes. We wish them the very best as they venture through life following the path that God has set for them.
Last Friday, all three classes of the confirmation candidates came together and we celebrated with some treats. This day coincided with our Daffodil day:
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