Fourth & Fifth Class

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Teacher: Ms. Mc Mahon

Fourth & Fifth Class Summer Update

What a wonderful run up to the Summer holidays we have had! Each day 4th and 5th class have had something exciting taking place. Have a look at the photos of our ‘Teach the Teacher’ lessons which the children so expertly taught throughout the month of June. The class enjoyed learning how to bake a biscuit cake, play the guitar, draw a giraffe and make a giant sling shot. There were many more fantastic lessons which were well thought out and prepared by each pupil. After we had learned about a new topic, we took part in quizzes on Kahoot on the laptops, completed word searches and played BINGO.

Summer is a lovely time of the year to create beautiful artwork. We used colourful wool and paper plates to weave bright rainbows. We took inspiration from our Gaeilge stories on ‘Laethanta Saoire’ to paint a sunny holiday beach scene. The Gaeilge stories included details about travelling on an aeroplane, swimming in the sea and playing games on the sand. We used dictionaries and the knowledge of our briathra learned earlier in the year to help us write the paragraphs.

The class have worked super hard at their Maths and English this year. They completed dictation sentences each day for the month of June, looking out for correct punctuation and  spellings while ensuring their cursive handwriting was nice and neat. The children took part in Maths games and revision booklets to revise all of the topics covered in the curriculum this year. Well Done 4 and 5 on all the progress you have made in these subjects since September!

May and June were very active months. We spent time in the sunshine in the Astro Turf with our football and hurling coaches, practicing new skills and playing matches. It was an added bonus when Declan Hannon came to visit Kilcornan NS as part of our Greenschools flag raising ceremony. There was great excitement when the ice-cream van and the Liam McCarthy Cup made an appearance too!

Our school tour to Derg Isle Adventure centre in Scarriff was thoroughly enjoyable. The children took part in kayaking and land activities. They were served a yummy hot chocolate with marshmallows to warm them up after their swim! A successful day out overall and an excellent way to finish out a busy school year.

The Sports Day was a huge hit with our class. Thank you to 6 class and Ms. Mullane for organising the various stations: Egg and Spoon race, dress up race, wheelbarrow race, sack race and the three legged race. We also did throw a welly and a small football blitz.

A special thank you to Linda for all of the hard work she has done for us this year, caring for and helping the children in 4th and 5th

I have really enjoyed teaching 4th and 5th and wish them all the best next year! Have a lovely Summer everyone 😊

Fourth & Fifth Class Easter Update

Happy Easter Everyone! What a productive, enjoyable few months it has been.

4th and 5th class has been a ‘hive’ of activity since Christmas. We studied the anatomy and lifecycle of a honeybee which led to our writing of a detailed, scientific explanation of the different stages of a honeybee’s development. Take a look at our colourful, collaborative bee art display in our room! Another cycle which we learned all about, was the Water Cycle. See the pictures of our Water Cycle experiments which we stuck to our windows for sunlight. We are now very confident in writing explanatory texts!

Engineers Week was very cool. As a S.T.E.M activity, we brainstormed ideas and designed our own individual skiers using only lollipop sticks, tinfoil, sellotape and pipe cleaners. There was great excitement racing them down the slope ! In Science, we also investigated how magnets work. We learned about the North and South poles of magnets and how they can either attract or repel each other.

The Greenschools committee has been working super hard the past few weeks. Our class discussed food wastage in the home. We did our own Tesco grocery shops on the school laptops in pairs and planned a breakfast, lunch and dinner for three days. We chose foods that we could reuse and ensured we were getting value for money. There were lots of calculations to be done! We now know the meanings of ‘best before’ dates and ‘use by’ labels from examining some food items. As we are learning all about weight in maths, we also checked to see grammes and kilogrammes on the packaging! We will try extra hard at home to reduce waste!

In Gaeilge,we became weather reporters! It was exciting to present the’ réamhaisnéis na haimsire’ os comhair an ranga! Sár Mhaith a pháistí! The children learned avery funny poem called ‘Dumpysaurus agus an chearc’ which they love to recite! 4th and 5th class are also excellent singers. ‘The Green Grass Grew All Around’ was a catchy song we sang in class. It gets confusing but we mastered it!

Pancake Day and Grandparents Day were also fun days which we celebrated! The children enjoyed yummy, chocolate treats thanks to 6 class. Did you see that we had a Litter Pick Up day too? We used pickers, bags and gloves to cleanup our school grounds! The place is looking great!

World Book Day was lots of fun! We dressed up as our favourite book characters and took part in a ‘Book Quiz’ in class. We then did a book scavenger hunt where we were given the task of finding information such as ‘item of food/clothing’ or an ‘interesting sentence’ in the books from our library! We listened to an audiobook by David Walliams which was super relaxing. We will be finishing our second class novel ‘Wonder’ after the Easter Break.

Have a lookat our Zentangle Easter Bunnies and ciseáin cásca which we created this week! We played a Gaelic football match to finish out a busy few months! Thanks also to Linda who has helped us everyday in the classroom!

Happy Easter from 4th and 5th Class!

4th & 5th Class Christmas update

Nollaig Shona daoibh go léir! What a busy term this has been!

In English, we have been working on our Persuasive Writing. We took part in our very own Dragon’s Den and used persuasive language to convince the class to buy our cereal. Each day we learn a new ‘Power Word’ and it’s exciting when a power word is spotted in a text we are reading as points can be earned for groups!

In Maths, we came up with our very own Christmas Dinner shopping list. We researched the prices of all our favourite Christmas foods on Tesco online. The aim was to compile the most delicious three course meal,while staying within budget!

In Gaeilge, we learned a new poem ‘Seáinín Bán’ off by heart and had fun reciting it together as a class. We have been busy exploring the themes of ‘Bia’ and ‘An Nollaig’ this term, listening to the excellent stories in Bua na Cainte and playing the interactive whiteboard games.

We designed our very own Class Advent Calendar. Check it out below! We got lots of nice treats and took part in fun, festive activities throughout the month of December!

The Green School theme assigned to our class this year was ‘Biodiversity’. We used recyclable milk and juice cartons to design our veryown birdfeeders. We learned that bird feeders help to reduce birds stress, give them strength needed for migration and help them to survive the harsh winter.

Our class have been lucky enough to use laptops this term. In History, we learned all about the Great Irish Famine and afterwards we were given a topic based on this theme to research in pairs. Have a look at the photos of our finished whole class project!

We love Art in 4th and 5th Class. On pyjama day, we drew pop up ‘munching reindeers’ and the following week, we drew a beautiful winter village scene. Also, take a look at our Christmas Tree Art inspired by the poem ‘A Little Peasant Girl’s Christmas Morning’ by SH Bradford.

Have a wonderful, safe Christmas and we look forward to welcoming all of the children back to school in the New Year!

Fourth & Fifth Class Mid Term Update

Oíche Shamhna shona daoibh! It has been a very productive, yet enjoyable term for 4th and 5th class so far. We have been working hard each day since starting back in August.

Completing ten minute focus tasks each morning such as riddles, wordsearches, crosswords and mental maths games have been very enjoyable and get us warmed up and ready to learn. We will be doing lots more after the break.

In literacy, we have studied a few poems and even wrote our own. We had to come up with a list of ‘Useless Things’ in our pods and compiled a poem together which we are very proud of. Prediction and visualisation have been two comprehension strategies we have been practicing. Reading the book ‘Dandelions’ and ‘Train to Somewhere’ helped us to learn how to use these strategies when reading!

In Geography, our class learned all about Ireland, the provinces, counties, lakes, mountains and rivers. We also researched the country Japan. It was fun to design and make Japanese lanterns afterwards!

4th and 5th have learned how to play the game of Chess in pairs which helps us with our maths language – horizontal,vertical, diagonal lines. We are preparing for our own in-class chess tournament after the Halloween break. It gets super competitive!

In Science, we carried out a yucky experiment to learn all about digestion in the human body. In groups, we worked together to draw and label the various organs!

Take a look at the pictures below of some of the beautiful art-work we have completed so far- We experimented with warm and cool tones to make pastel pumpkins. Check out our spooky Halloween silhouettes too. Teacher was blown away by the artistic ability of the kids taking part in the Credit Union Art competition entitled ‘Imagine’. ‘A Dot Can Be..’ was also an interesting art task we completed. We turned a simple black dot into very imaginative pictures.

We listened to the life of artist Vincent Van Gogh and painted our own versions of ‘Starry Night’. They are proudly on display in our classroom!

5th Class took part in project work this term. 4th Class learned a lot about Germany, North Korea, Australia, Spain and many more countries. 5th class did an amazing job at presenting their work to the class. Well Done 5th! 😊

Have a restful break 4th and 5th and enjoy the ‘bob nó bia’ !

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