Fifth Class

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Teacher: Ms. Mann

5th Class End of Year Update!

Wow! It is hard to believe we are nearing the end of the school year and counting down the days to the summer holidays. 5th Class have been super busy over the past few months.

In SESE, we learned all about Space and our Solar System. Each pod had to research a planet and present their project to the class. We had great fun using papier maché to create our own mobile planets which are hanging from the ceiling of our classroom. Ms. Mc Mahon taught us all about Mexico, the food, sports, animals and climate. We carried out our own research afterwards and worked collaboratively to make amazing projects. Check out the pictures below!

For Art, we enjoyed using a special folding technique involved in making origami dragon eyes. Have a look at the photos! Our colourful Summer flip flop pictures and funny ice cream drawings have gotten us in the mood for trips to the beach during the holidays!

Ms.Mc Mahon learned a lot from us too this term as we took part in ‘Teach the Teacher’ lessons. We each came up with one lesson each to teach the others in the class. Our teacher learned all about cars, elephants, lions, World War 2 and Spain (and many more). Each lesson was superinteresting and unique!

Our ‘Summer Staycation 2021’ booklets were super fun to do and turned out really well. We all chose 3 locations to visit this Summer in Ireland and designed a booklet based on them. 5th class became ‘tripadvisors’ giving some very interesting recommendations on holiday destinations to their friends!

To reward all of our hard work this year, we were treated to yummy ice-cream cones when the ice cream van came to school! We were also mesmerized by the cool magic tricks carried out by the very talented Peter Blackthorn. We took part in egg and spoon races and sack races for our sports day!

We would like to give a special word of thanks to our two lovely SNAs Linda and Marian who are in our classroom every day. They are extremely helpful and so kind to us. Have a great summer Linda and Marian!

We are looking forward to a relaxing and fun Summer ahead!

5th Class Easter Update

Happy Easter! The children were all delighted to be back in school with their friends on the 15th of March!

We had a lovely two weeks on the run up to Easter with lots of fun learning activities.We were fortunate to have a Teaching Practice student, Ms. Mc Morrow with us in 5th Class. She carried out some fabulous lessons. Each child had the opportunity to make an Easter basket during Gaeilge and were rewarded with yummy,sweet treats over the course of the two weeks.

The school celebrated World Book Day on the 25th March and there were some amazing costumes in our class, ranging from a Pokémon trainer, Sir Alex Ferguson, Farmer Jones, Harry Potter to Joe Wicks! We drew some of our favourite book covers and wrote out the book blurbs. This made for a very cool World Book Day display in our room! We listened to the audiobook by David Walliams ‘Worlds Worst Children’ while we worked and that was very enjoyable!

Jeanne, a French girl joined our class for the two weeks and the children really enjoyed learning about her country’s culture and getting to know her. We did a lovely lesson on France, learning all about the French food, landscape, sports and we even practiced some French phrases. Jeanne was able to help us with pronunciationof various words!

In Literacy, we worked on explanatory writing and learned all about the Life Cycle of the Salmon. The children wrote some great explanatory texts. In History, the children learned all about the 1916 Easter Rising which tied in nicely with a 1916 drama lesson.

Monday, the 22nd March was World Water Day and the children carried out a fun Science experiment which helped them understand that some objects cannot be absorbed by water and are therefore labelled as hydrophic.

Of course,the children were super excited to do some Easter Art. They made cool Easter Egg ornaments which involved folding, sticking and colouring and we also created some colourful Zentangle Easter bunnies. We received some interesting and fun new board games which the pods had an opportunity to try out!

It was a very busy few weeks and we were all so grateful to be back in the classroom! Stay tuned for further updates from Rang a Cúig. Slán go fóill!

5th Class December Update

It has been a busy few weeks but we are really getting into the spirit of Christmas in rang a 5.

We have enjoyed creating some wonderful pieces of artwork in recent weeks. The children used pictures from old recycled Christmas cards to create their own cards to send to loved ones. We worked on our cartoon drawing skills to draw mischievous looking ‘Grinches’ from Art Hub. To support Limerick in the All Ireland Hurling Final, we practised folding and cutting skills to create green and white snowflake mobiles.

The 5th class are being rewarded for their hard work each day on the run up to Christmas. We have created our own class Advent Calendar and the children get to enjoy a small treat each day- fluffy socks day, popcorn party, Christmascharades/puzzles, listening to Christmas songs. It’s a great way to stay motivated and focused.

For Science Week, the children had the opportunity to present their incredible experiments to the class. We watched volcanic eruptions, lava lamps and elephant toothpaste being created. We investigated energy and forces by making mini cars out of straws, cardboard and toilet rolls. It was enjoyable to watch the cars being raced and then having to work as engineers to tweek designs to make them mov efaster. See photos below of our bright scientists hard at work. We also learned a lot about various Irish scientists and what they had discovered and invented.

Every Wednesday is well-being Wednesday in Rang a 5. In the morning, we check in with our emotions, thoughts and feelings and record them in a well-being journal. The children love this, especially at this time of year when things are super busy and a little stressful. It helps to clear our minds and settle down to work. For World Kindness Day, the children wrote fantastic acrostic poems using words we discussed associated with being kind. Children read them out to class and we really enjoyed listening to them.

We brought Dragon’s Den to 5th class this year. For persuasive writing,children took part in a Cereal Box Challenge. In pairs, children designed and presented their own cereal brand. They did a great job trying to persuade the audience to buy their product. Excellent work future entrepreneurs!

We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and we look forward to the New Year, from all in Rang a 5 😊 🎄

5th Class Mid Term Update

Welcome back to another school year. 5th class began this unusual school year with a great attitude towards work, adhering to the daily routine of hand washing and sanitising. They love being reunited withtheir friends and working as a team within their new pods. It was lovely for children to experience a sense of normality, having face to face interactions with their friends and teacher.

Each morning this term, the children engaged in a focus task to get them motivated for the day ahead. They had been out of the school environment for a long time and these fun focus tasks helped regain attention and concentration. Focus tasks included puzzles, riddles, dingbats, spot the difference, sudoku, pictionary and many more.(Plus, children had a chance to earn points for their pods which they loved😊)

In literacy, the children have enjoyed learning a new ‘powerword’ each day. We used our dictionaries to look up the meaning of the new word and put it into a sentence. It has been fantastic to see children using the new vocabulary in their recount writing. The pupils wrote very spooky recounts inspired by scary pictures. An excellent effort has been made with regards to handwriting and spelling.

In September, we practised the comprehension strategy of prediction while reading the books ‘Train to Somewhere’  and listening to the audiobook ‘I believe in Unicorns’. This month, the children completed sensory charts and changing images while reading ‘Dandelions’ to practise the strategy of visualisation.

In maths, the children have been engaging in fun warm up games such as noggle, popcorn, buzz and table shootdown. We have been revising our tables and mental maths strategies the children had learned in 4th class. Last week, the children were working on data and drew out bar charts into their copies based on their favourite chocolate bars and colours.

In gaeilge, the children just finished the theme ‘Oíche Shamhna’ and have learned lots of new vocabulary based on the topic. They also recited the fun poem ‘An Chailleach Ghránna’ from the new ‘Bua na Cainte’ programme which they loved.

For art this month, the children made clay creatures, Halloween silouhettes and very creative monster bookmarks.

On Friday, children were rewarded for all their hard work with a party. I loved their spooky costumes😊We played exciting games : find the creatures in the yucky buckets, toilet roll mummy and gold coin toss. The children ate some treats and watched ‘The Addams Family’.

Stay tuned for more updates!

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