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5th & 6th Class

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Teacher: Ms. Mullane

Fifth and Sixth Class March Update

WOW! What a busy term we have been having! On the 5th of February we took part in the DELL Robotics competition. We had such a fun day learning about other STEM projects and taking part in several robotic challenges with our robot 'The Curraghchase Crusher'.Justin, Fionn, Rory and Micheál were our designated drivers on the day. They did a super job in all the challenges. This was an amazing learning experience and we are so delighted to have taken part in it. Thanks to Ms Quinn for all her help throughout our learning experience and to Úna Murphy.

On the 8th of February we received the sacrament of Confirmation. Bishop Brendán, Fr Donworth and Fr Chris O Donnell celebrated this special day with us. This was both a special school and community day.  As a class we choose to make a charitable donation to the Butterfly Club in Rathkeale. This club does wonderful work for children with special needs and provides respite for their parents.

For all our hard work, Ms Mullane treated us to a pizza party. It was delish!

On the 2nd of March,  we took part in the Peace Proms in UL. This was a super fun day of singing and dancing. Some of the songs we learned included The 'Greatest Showman' medley and a fun Pop medley.

We had a great day out and loved learning all the songs.

6th class were busy hosting our annual Pancake Tuesday event on March 5th. Darragh, Luke, Hazel and Michaela were the chefs for the morning! We worked as a team to make this a fun day for everyone. Thanks to everyone for supporting us!

Stay tuned for more updates from our busy classroom!!

5th and 6th Class December Update

December has been a very busy month in our classroom. We have been practising so much with Kate for the exciting production of the Wizard of Oz. Everyone has been involved from acting to stage management to making props! It’s going to be a very entertaining show!
During the month Mura from Goal visited to tell us about the work they do. We took part in drama activities and role play. We also had a recycling workshop. We will be reminding our parents & family to recycle where possible.
Our robot is finally built after some fun attempts! Our STEM project is almost ready for YouTube! There are some future directors and producers from Kilcornan bound for Hollywood!!
We were very lucky to have had some GAA skills workshops on Friday mornings. We improved our skills and had lots of fun.
This month we were working on persuasive writing. We created posters to promote healthy eating & worked on our debating skills.
We created lots of Christmas art to get into the Christmas spirit.  We would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and New Year. Stay tuned for our updates in the new year.

Dell Robotics Competition

Ms. Mullane and her 5th and 6th Class have been hard at work this term! They have been chosen to take part in Dell's Robotics Competition in January 2019. This prestigious competition encompasses all aspects of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)The world currently faces an unprecedented need for new innovators, thinkers, and problem solving leaders. We already need double the number of qualified workers if we want to fill open STEM positions.The study of robotics inherently relates to all facets of STEM, and when students learn through exploration, it increases motivation and desire to succeed. The study of competitive robotics not only encompasses all four pillars of STEM education, but also encourages important life skills like teamwork, communication, and project-based organization. We applaud Ms. Mullane and her class for the effort they have been putting in! Please find below a letter from the team. We would appreciate any help parents can give to support this initiative!

27th November 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians

This year in Kilcornan National School, 5th and 6th class students have been chosen to take part in the Dell Robotics competition.

This competition involves designing and creating a robot to take part in various different challenges. it covers subjects subjects such as Science, Technology,Coding, Computing, Engineering and Maths. There are two parts to this competition: making the robot and a written presentation on 'Maths in Everyday Life'.

We have been divided into different groups as part of this project. Our roles involve P.R, I.T, Engineering and Design, Construction, Resource Research, Testing and Recording, Artwork and Coding. Everyone has a part to play in this project.

We will be fundraising in the coming months for the costs of the arena, batteries and lots more. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

We are working on this everyday and are delighted to be involved in this project.In January when our robot is completed, we will be entered into a competition against other schools in Dell.

We thank Úna Murphy and Dell for giving us this opportunity to learn more about robots in the real world.

Thanking you,

The Robotics Projects Team

Marina Mullane

Ms. Mullane's Fifth and Sixth Class

Welcome to Fifth and Sixth class! We have had such a busy term but we worked hard and had lots of fun. September was busy settling back!
On the 4th of October we were lucky to participate in a LEAF workshop in Curraghchase with Rachel and Ray from An Taisce. LEAF(Learning about forests) is a fun way for us to learn about our forests and natural environment.
We are also very lucky to be taking part in Vexrobotics sponsored by DELL. We will learn about Science Technology Engineering and Maths ( STEM) while having fun! We will design, build, program and compete with our robot in a super competition organised by DELL. Thanks to Úna Murphy ( Fionn & Darragh’s mom) for her enthusiasm and help!
We had super fun during maths week. We took on a challenge to build bridges using spaghetti! We loved taking part in our maths trail and lots of fun activities.
The Wizard of Oz is in full swing in our classes. We are busy learning our lines and practising for the stage! We have loved our classes with Kate every week.
In art we took inspiration from Jackson Pollock and created our own pieces. We had lots of fun and loved the clean up!!
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