Engineering: Newspaper Towers

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This week in 6th Class we discussed Engineering and various types of engineers.  The children worked as Civil Engineers and created Newspaper Towers in groups.  The children had to build a tower that was as high as possible but had to withstand some strength tests.  Firstly they had to predict the height of their tower and then get to building!  The next day we did two tests, the first was a blowing test and in the second we used a hairdryer!!

 

Sa Bhialann

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This week the 6th Class theme for Irish was “Sa Bhialann”.

We have been learning and using lots of words and phrases all week.  In groups we prepared a “comhrá” on our whiteboards and set up our own “bialann”.  We arranged props, some of us got dressed up and then we performed our “comhrá” in front of the class!

Collection of November art from 6th Class

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Joining in with our Iceland topic, the children completed Aurora Borealis inspired pictures using chalk.

The lightning pictures were created using wax for the lightning, sponging over the page with a collection of colours, waiting until the background was dry and then adding in detail!

Movement Circuits

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Some action shots of 6th Class creating movement circuits using 10-15 different movements in each group!  The children then show the others their circuit and then follow along themselves.

Team Hope Christmas Shoe box Appeal

On Monday, Team Hope came back to school to collect the Christmas shoe boxes which the children had been busily packing over the mid-term break.  Every child carried their shoe box down to the Robert Smyth Hall and built them up against the back wall to make a very colourful mountain!  Sixth Class helped carry out and load the boxes into the Team Hope van.  Well done to all the children who took part! Taney children sent off an amazing 359 boxes to surprise and thrill the lucky boys and girls who receive them; what a fabulous Christmas present to get!!

Rediscovery Centre School Tour

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Last Thursday Sixth Class went on a trip to the Rediscovery Centre.  The children engaged in an “Everyday Engineering” workshop which introduced various engineering concepts and processes, types of engineering, and illustrated how engineering is an essential part of our lives.  The hands-on activities included engineering challenges from K’Nex towers and circuit building, to constructing an earthquake-proof house.  Some of our houses even managed to stay intact during the earthquake!  A great day was had by all.

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