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!
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