Some of the Fifth & Sixth classes have been busy with maths this week in celebration of Maths week. The whole school has been delving into maths in so many different ways. In sixth, some classes have been doing a problem of the day, playing countdown and using their maths eyes to spot different maths in their school environment. To finish off the week, we headed out to the yard and car park to put our skills to the test. We used to the number line, estimated the number of windows and measured the perimeter and area of the yard. Have a look at the pictures below of our fun  To celebrate maths week in school we brought our shared reading partners from Ms. Comerfords senior infants outside to complete a maths trail! We had lots of fun and the senior infants really impressed us with their counting skills! Hopefully we taught them a thing or two! Some of the children from our fifth and sixth classes were treated to a STEM workshop on Thursday 11th of October, facilitated by transition years from our neighbouring Secondary School  St. Farnan's Post Primary. Our day kicked off at 10.30 am and we got straight down to business! The children were introduced to their mentoring transition years and were split into groups of four. From this point, the head teacher explained the workshop outline and gave a demonstration of their first task  to build an object that would omit a flashing light when turned. The children worked in groups to complete this task. The second project to be completed was to create a functional rocket that would be able to be launched easily with a design that would let it soar into the sky. The children were tasked with PVC pipes and caps and they had to design fins and launch materials for their rocket. The rockets were then taken outside to an open area where the head teacher and Mr. Geaney launched the rockets using the air compressors. The children watched in amazement. For the month of September one of our main themes has been based on the country of South Africa. We did much research on the country itself, we looked at the animals that are in the Big 5 Safari and we also learned lots of information about the Human Rights activist Nelson Mandela. For drama, we acted out a scene from the Late Late show where our presenter, taking the role of Ryan Tubridy interviewed Nelson Mandela and his family. We also created some art work based on our monthly theme below. We explored the colour of a South African horizon and introduced the animals of the Big 5 Safari using black silhouettes. These pieces of art are now proudly displayed outside our classroom on the corridor: To finish off our extensive work on South Africa, we presented some very impressive projects. We worked on these projects across a number of days both in home and in school using google drive. We added images, we rehearsed and then presented for the rest of our class. Have a look at the group members and their opening slides below: 
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