Hello and welcome to our 6th Class Blog!
Term 3 ⇒
Today we made ‘Merge Cubes’ as part of Space Day and studying the solar system! These are 3D Cubes that when used with the merge app, change into an interactive image on the screen. Today we looked at the solar system and made notes of our findings. We can’t wait to book the i-Pads again and discover some more.
For P.E we had some fun playing Uni-hoc. We practiced some new skills in our pods before playing mini matches within our pods. It was great fun!
We began rock painting as part of our Amber Flag Campaign to create our Kindness Garden. We used special rock painting pens and brainstormed positive quotes that we could draw onto the rocks. We are very happy with how they turned out and we have a lot more to do!
Over the past few weeks we have been practicing our basketball skills. We finally got to play our matches using all of the skills we have learned and practiced. 🏀
We have been preparing for our confirmation since September and now that we have returned to school we had the chance to begin our Confirmation Art. Here is art that the two 6th Classes done recently.
We recently took part in the ‘I can do it’ campaign to promote fitness for children! We decided to promote it in this way. If you look close enough you can see all of us in the photo!
As part of our Amber Flag and Active Week we are getting out and doing laps of our school pitch. Each lap we do is equal to 1 kilometer and we are seeing how many we can do to run to different locations around Ireland.
For Earth Day 2021 we dug up our Pumpkins that we planted back in October. Back in October we planted these pumpkins filled with non-recyclable rubbish. When we dug up the pumpkins they were still full of the rubbish that we had planted in them, this goes to show how important it is to recycle and get rid of all rubbish in the appropriate way.
We practiced different forms of Dance as part of our P.E. We made up our own dances and preformed them for Ms Moriarty.
For Easter we done some art with drawing and painting. We free handedly drew the Easter Bunnies and then painted using soft pastel colours! We think they’re fabulous, don’t you?
We planted lots of different seeds using pots that we made ourselves from recycled newspaper. These pots are biodegradable and are filled with seeds of flowers, tomatoes, sweetcorn, cucumber etc.
Here we are practicing dribbling and shooting skills in basketball in preparation for our matches against eachother.
For our Amber Flag we are making bracelets for the whole school that will be given out for a donation to Pieta House. We chose 4 different words as part of our ‘BE’ Campaign which you can read more about on our Amber Flag page.
We had fun playing out on the field when the weather was good! We love whole class games.
We recently planted a rose bush with Mr Durcan to remember the times during covid-19. We can come back to St.Marys in many years to see this rose bush and to remind us of these memories both good and bad.
Our First Week back to School !!!
St Patrick’s Day/Lá Glas
For Lá Glas, we dressed up in green and practiced some moves for a new dance we learned – An Dreoilín. 🕺🏼
Check out our rainbow weaving and our pots of gold 🌈
Ms Moriarty was very happy to have us back to School and we had a great first week!
Learning from Home
During our time learning from home we got up to loads of different activities. Check them out below ⬇️
We finished our Novel, Holes by Louis Sachar. It was a fantastic read. We completed some Kahoot Quizzes and made a whole class collaborative display. It was so enjoyable.
We decorated our classroom for Christmas! Our door is “Among Us” themed and we hung tinsel on our tables.
We also named our pods different fun Christmas names.
We made Christmas Cards for a local nursing home as part of our well-being Advent Calendar.
We had lots of Christmas Quizzes and watched some of the old Late Late Toy Shows!
We gave our Kris Kindle Presents to one another 🎁
and we made some Christmas Tree Ornaments with Clay! 🎄
Some amazing teachers in our school also made us Crepes for all the hard work we done leading up to the Christmas Holidays 🍫
Collaborative Project on Ireland
Our class completed a collaborative project on the counties of Ireland. Everyone on of us had a county each and we included all of the facts in relation to that county into a flip book. We think you would agree it looks pretty cool 🍀
Over the past few weeks we have been reading the novel, Holes by Louis Sachar! So far we are really enjoying it and we can’t wait to watch the movie at the end! On Thursday we done a Kahoot quiz based on what we have read so far! It was really enjoyable and we are a very competitive bunch!
This week we decorated our room for Christmas! Our tree is filled with chocolates and candy canes!
We finished up our GAA skills with Martin and Caroline! We had so much fun over the past few weeks and we are really grateful for the opportunity to be able to continue GAA this year! We had a great time, thank you so much Martin and Caroline!
US Presidential Election
We took some time out of our day to watch the US Presidential Election! We studied the history of the elections and how a president is elected in the United States. We really enjoyed learning about how the voting works!
For Science week we completed a whole class experiment each day.
For our first experiment, we filled some left over Halloween pumpkins with our Lunch rubbish and planted them on the school grounds, we plan on digging them up next April on World Earth Day to see the effects of not recycling our rubbish.
For our next experiment, we placed hard boiled eggs into different fizzy drinks to see the effects of sugar on our teeth. The drinks we used included 7up, Coke, Red Bull and Orange juice.
Another experiment we done was using some white bread. We rubbed the bread on different surfaces around the room. We also had some Pods sanitizing, washing with soap, washing with just water, etc. to see the different levels of bacterial growth.
Finally, our last experiment was to see the external effects on plants and their water intake. We placed celery sticks in jars along with food colouring and water. We then put the jars in different locations around the room to see the effects of daylight, darkness, heat etc.
World Kindness Day 2020
For World Kindness Day we focused on spreading kindness around the school and getting as many classes involved in doing so too. We made an announcement at assembly and added kindness posters to our Amber Flag Board and around the school. Mr O Connor delivered lollipops too our room and Ms Moriarty gave us Kinder bars with an important message to go with them. They were lovely treats.
Well done to Mark Murray who won the Credit Union Art Competition. Mark is a keen artist and is very talented. We are very proud.
On our last day before the mid-term break we had some Halloween fun. Our room was decorated with our Halloween art work and the whole class took part in a Halloween Quiz which was great fun! There was 10 rounds with lots of questions, all based on Halloween. We dressed up and had a Halloween party with a lot of treats. We have worked very hard during the first term and we are all looking forward to a well deserved week off school! Happy Halloween Everyone!
This week we planted our Daffodils outside the front of the school. We done this in our pods and Mr Durcan helped us to dig the spots for them. Our Daffodils were planted in front of the school crest and we look forward to seeing them bloom in spring.
For Art this week we painted some Halloween Haunted Houses. This involved us using our brush in a particular way to create different tones of color using only 4 colours. Once our blue background was dry we painted on our haunted houses. They look very cool and really spooky! During the week we wrote up “For Sale” notices for our haunted houses. However, we don’t think anyone would want to buy one! 👻
Last Friday we did a Maths trail as part of Maths Week. We were all split into our pods and each pod had a group leader. Each Pod was given an i-Pad and the maths trail which had lots of questions on it. There were 4 main tasks with 5 or 6 questions on each and one hidden question at the end. In our Pods we had to use the trail to find the answers all around the grounds of the school. The bonus question at the end was that we had to find the average amount of steps from the 5th class window to the bottom of the field. When we had all of the answers we had to find Ms Moriarty and return our i-pads. We uploaded our answers to Seesaw and the winners of 1st, 2nd and 3rd got to choose between a lucky dip or a hole punch. It was very enjoyable. Photos to follow.
We had a lot of fun last week for Maths Week 2020. We used our whiteboards to play lots of different games like place value bingo and guess the question. We also done a minute test whereby everyone in the class has to stand up and close their eyes and once they think the minute is up, they sit down! This was really cool to understand different peoples perceptions of how long a minute is.
We love doing Drama and playing lots of different acting games. Here is our class doing some impersonating outside in the yard. Can you guess what we were acting as?
With the great weather last week we enjoyed getting out in the fresh air to play some rounders! Last year we worked on our ball throwing and catching skills to prepare us for playing the game of rounders! It is very enjoyable.
GAA Inclusivity Day
We made posters for GAA inclusivity day as part of the European week of sport. Our class discussed what it means to be inclusive in sport and the importance of making sure everyone is included no matter what. Our local GAA Club, Donaghmore Ashbourne is an inclusive sports club and caters for everyone.
In Science, we studied the Water Cycle! We focused on the 4 main components of the water cycle – Accumulation, Evaporation, Condensation and Precipitation. We then got into pairs within our pods and created mini water cycles using lunch bags.
In these pictures you can see the bags stuck to the window. This is so that they will be in direct sunlight to allow evaporation to take place. Once the water is evaporated it will move up the bag and will gather as condensation. When the temperatures drop and the sun goes down the condensation will cool and will fall as precipitation.
We enjoyed doing some work outside in the shade while the weather was good!
Well-being is a huge part of our classroom this year. Since we came back to school we have been focusing on having a Growth Mindset as opposed to a Fixed Mindset!
Art about us
To start off our year we made sculptures about ourselves using paper that was cut into pieces. Each piece will tell you something about us!
Memories from 5th Class ⇓
Seachtain na Gaeilge
Ar feadh Seachtain na Gaeilge, d’foghlaim muid an amhrain, Girls like you le Maroon 5 as Gaeilge. Rinneamar amhrain le rang Mr Cawley freisin. Check them out at the links below ->
World Book Day 2020
On World Book Day, the 5th of March, our class dressed up as book characters! See if you can spot any of your favourite characters below!
We also went down to Ashbourne Library to meet with an Author and Alexander got to take home one of his books for helping him out, well done Alexander!
Finally for World Book Day we made our favourite book characters using potatoes! We used paint and stuck on different bits and bobs to design our characters, they turned out really well!
On Pancake Tuesday we turned our class into a pancake cafe and had some yummy pancakes after lunch. Ms Moriarty cooked them on a crepe maker and we got to add our toppings! It was a lovely treat.
10/2/2020 – Today while we were in school it began to snow. We couldn’t believe our eyes. It was quite strange because at the same time we began a new unit in our reading zone that was also based on snow! What a coincidence.
Last week we elected some student council members from our class. Everyone who went forward shared their amazing proposals with us. Ms Moriarty wish she could of picked them all to be on the council. Ella O Brien and Leo Kelly were the two people elected from our class, having put forward some amazing reasons for us to vote for them. Congratulations Leo and Ella!
As part of Catholic Schools Week, last Wednesday, the 29th of January, was Grandparents Day. We were so fortunate to welcome so many grandparents into our classroom. We showed them around the room and shared our work with them. We introduced them to our friends and let them sit at our tables! It was extremely enjoyable and a memory that we will keep close forever.
Science Science Science
As you know in room 9 we absolutely love to do science experiments. Recently we carried out a new experiment.
On Monday we spent some time looking up Storm Brendan’s weather forecast on Met Eireann. We looked at each of the different forecasts and it was interesting to see the changes in the weather due to the storm. The wind forecast in particular was very colourful so we decided to recreate a piece of art on it! Check them out below ↓
This week in room 9 we learned about lines and angles in maths.
We used masking tape to create different angles on the tables and we worked together in groups to find all the angles and measure them. It was great fun and we got to find so many angles.
After a busy first term it was time for us to have some fun and chill during our last few days of school before the Christmas holidays. We organised a Kris Kindle back in November and we got to give our gifts to each other. It was so much fun and everyone was extremely grateful with what they received.
We also had a hot chocolate party as a small reward for having such a fantastic first term. Everyone had to bring in their favourite mug and Ms Moriarty used a slow cooker to make the hot chocolate. We had different toppings such as marshmallows, cream and sprinkles. It was delicious!
Have a great Christmas everybody!
As a part of our Christmas Countdown, we decided to make Christmas cards to send to others to let them know that we are thinking of them at this festive time. It was very exciting as some people may have not been expecting this card from us. We posted them in the local Post Office just in time for Christmas.
Busy Busy Bazaar
On Wednesday the 4th of December was the Annual 2019 Bazaar! In room 9 & 10 there was Santa’s Grotto. We spent a lot of time decorating our classroom for everybody! It looked fantastic when it was finished.
In Mr Dunne’s classroom was the book stall. In there you could buy books DVD’s and lots of cool bookmarks. In Ms Ivie’s class you could buy your Class Calendars and the Christmas arts and crafts that were made in school.
In Mrs McNulty’s classroom there was the movie room. They were playing a movie called Christmas Chronicles. It was great to sit down and chill out! In Ms Flaherty’s classroom you could get your nails painted.
In Ms O’Brien’s classroom was the parents tea and coffee room and Ms Wylde’s room was full of deliciousness, there was guess the weight of the cake, the cake stall and best of all, the crepes. They were so tasty! In the hall there was the wheel of fortune, the Bric a Brac, the toy stall and the bottle stall, all of which were very busy.
We all had a great time at the Bazaar and it was a huge success for our school. Thank you to everyone that helped to make it so enjoyable.
Room 9 Mathematicians
From the 14thto the 18thof October we had Maths Week. Our focus was on length so we done lots of activities based around this. Our class got into groups and measured eachother using meter sticks that we made. We then found the average of the class by adding them all up together then dividing it by thirty two and then we got 149.25 as our answer. We also found the average height of each class in the school and displayed our answers on a on a bar chart. It was very interesting to see the heights on display. We hung the graph on our corridor for the rest of the school to see.
We also used bar charts to display other information we had collected, for example, favourite colours, foods, subjects and football teams. We got into groups of five or six and chose our topic. When we counted up all of our data we displayed it on a bar chart.
Then there was a competition where you had to guess the amount of cubes and lollipop sticks in the container. We also did some tessellation art. If a shape tessellates it means it can be repeated without any gaps forming. A triangle is an example of a shape that can tessellate.
We also used the I-pads and played Mangahigh. Mangahigh is a maths website that allows you to play many different maths games. It was really enjoyable and we love using the I-pads.
5th Class Scientists
On the 18thof November, our class show cased some science experiments for the other classes in the school. There was lots of different experiments taking place such as, dancing raisins, Ooblek making, skittle rainbows, lava lamps, elephant toothpaste and many more. We had to decorate the tables with posters displaying our methods and the name of our experiments for all to see.
We got to see how sometimes experiments only work with certain substances. One of our experiments was with baking soda the other was with 7up. The experiment with baking soda did not work but the experiment with 7up did. It was very interesting and we had a lot of fun.
Rugby World Cup
During October, in Ms.Moriarty’s fifth class, we had rugby skills with our rugby coach, Kevin. We played lots of warm up games such as, no man’s land, stuck in the mud and dodge ball. It was great fun and we learned so many new skills. Thank you Kevin.
We also had a class Rugby World Cup draw. Mark and Clara had in the draw South Africa and South Africa won. In second place came Rìan and Sabrina with England and in third was Jason O’Neil with New Zealand. We had a poster up on the wall and each week we wrote in the scores of the matches. One day we got to watch some of the Ireland match in school it was great to see different skills that we had been learning with Kevin, happening on the screen. Ireland sadly got knocked out in the quarter finals by New Zealand losing 40-14 but we really enjoyed following the tournament.
Every week in room 9 we do maths activities. Our class splits up in to groups and we complete fun different activities. Sometimes we use the i-pads for maths based games and we play dice games, card games and make pictures using tangrams. The dice game is where you role two die and try get to 100 but if you role a one its back to the start and it’s the next persons go. With the cards we can play games like snap and go fish. The cards are really big and fun to play with. Tangrams are plastic, flat shapes that join together to make patterns and pictures. We learn a lot from the games and it is really fun to work in groups.
Back in September we began cycling in school. We started off by learning about all the different parts of the bike and as the weeks progressed we began to learn signs that would be useful for cycling on the road. We cycled on the yard for four weeks and for the last two weeks we went out on the road. Our instructors, Don and Richie were so cool. At the end of our 8 weeks of cycling we had a quiz to test our knowledge of what we had learned.
It was a lot of fun and we all really enjoyed it. We learned so much about cycling and how to be safe on the road, thank you to the school for organizing it.