Fifth Class

Journal

Teacher: Ms. Mann

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!

Fourth Class December Update

‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”…and we are really getting into the spirit of Christmas in Rang a 4. The boys and girls have been rehearsing loads for their opening performance in this year’s Christmas Show, ‘Cinderella’.  What a show we have in store for you! Get your tickets early!

We have been working hard on our Tin Whistle this term and the improvement is very impressive. We have learned a whole host of songs including some Christmas tunes such as ‘Oh Christmas Tree’ and ‘The First Noel’. Most children love performing ‘solos’ for their teacher and fellow classmates and it is great to see their confidence growing as their skills develop.

We have enjoyed creating some fantastic pieces of artwork in recent weeks. We used recycled Christmas cards and used a picture extension technique to create some fabulous festive pictures. We experimented with lines and shadow to create Snowy Winter Scenes and we worked on our cartoon drawing skills to draw close-ups of the one and only Rudolph. Have a look below at the photos of our masterpieces.

In Science this month, we were learning all about ‘Materials and Change’ and we engaged in some very cool experiments to reinforce our learning. We changed cream into butter by applying the force of shaking, then we added a pinch of salt and tasted our homemade butter on crackers. It is safe to safe it was a thumbs-up from everyone. We also mixed baking soda and water to create our own fake snow. We then had a competition to see which group could make the best miniature snowman. Have a look at our photos and judge for yourself. We also made snowballs and then poured vinegar on them to observe the chemical reaction. As we predicted, the vinegar caused the snowballs to fizz and bubble up before melting. The excitement didn’t end there though. Mrs.Meade brought in ‘Buzz Snow’ and we were amazed watching a tiny scoop of white powder expand by up to 100 times when water was poured over it. It looked like real snow and felt like real snow but it would not stick together like our home-made version so we were unable to make snowmen out of it.

The boys and girls have finished learning and revising all their multiplication tables from x0 up to x12. We had lots of fun in our stations playing games and engaging in activities to reinforce our tables and develop great speed and accuracy. All the hard work paid off and we did brilliantly in our Tables Test. Mrs. Meade is very proud of us.

We were delighted to be invited to the Salesian’s Panto ‘We will Rock You’ earlier this month and we had a great morning at the Lime Tree Theatre. We are also very excited to go and see ‘Aladdin’ in U.L. before our Christmas holidays. It will be another great day out.

It has been a busy and exciting term and we are all deserving of a good break now after our hard work over the last few months.We’ll see you in the New Year!

 

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