Election Day

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After a busy few weeks of working on our manifestos, poster making and speech writing in our campaign teams Ms. Hanbidge’s class held an election.  This fell on the same day as our actual Presidential Election too which added to the excitement.  A huge congratulations to all the candidates who gave eloquent speeches to both Fifth Classes.  Congratulations to one of the boys, who was elected as class president after an exciting vote count!

The Normans in Ireland

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In September Ms. Hanbidge’s class were busy learning all about the Normans in Ireland.  We learned about their lives, weapons and the huge changes they brought to Ireland.  As part of this topic we built some fabulous motte and baileys and stone castles.  We also tried our hand at feasting like the Normans by making Norman gingerbread.  It wasn’t quite as good as the gingerbread today.  The recipe is here if anyone is feeling brave!

Garda Community Programme

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Yesterday we had our final visits from Garda Anne Marie and Garda Ivan.  They’ve been into fifth class multiple times this year discussing internet safety, Halloween safety and crime investigation.  For our last day we visited the station and the cells.  Although they were bigger and more modern that expected, we do think we’ll avoid visiting again!!

Bike Week

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To celebrate Bike Week Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and InSync Street Velodrome invited our class for a free session.  We had great fun working with the cycling leaders as we raced around the track.  Some of us even tried on the Cathaoirleach’s chain.  Take at look at some photos!

Imagine Dundrum visit

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We were very lucky in Fifth Class to have two visits over the last two weeks from Imagine Dundrum, a local historian, an urbanist and an architect. So exciting!  We went on a walking tour of Dundrum and took part in a mapping workshop.  Take a look at our budding city planners hard at work imaginging their future Dundrum.

Causey Farm

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5th Class had a fantastic day out on Causey Farm.  The weather was brilliant and the pupils thoroughly enjoyed jumping into the bog! We also met some adorable puppies and other animals.  Take a look at our photos!

Famine Ships

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In Ms. Hanbidge’s class we are learning about the Irish Famine.  For independent homework over the last week the children produced famine ship reports and built their own ships.  The criteria was that the boat needed to float, be made of recycled material and have a name.  Here’s some pictures of the Duffy Dinghy, SS Potato, Shippy McShipface, The Death Ride, The Death Star and many more!  Well done boys and girls!

Gymnastics, Dancing and more!

In Ms. Hanbidge’s class we held a talent show recently.  It was all organised by our resident class band “The Creeps” who had the idea, made the application forms, completed the running order, judged and even bought treats for the classes.  They are excellent event planners.  Well done to our fabulous gymnasts, magicians, dancers, actors, musicians and singers!

Active Maths!

Fifth class enjoyed some fun maths this week as we used m&ms to explore theoretical and experimental probability.  Having them as a snack at the end was very welcome too.

Making the most of our fabulous weather we moved outdoors to finish our maths lesson.  While outside we played maths tag too.  Fifth class love active maths!

Seó Faisín

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Bhí Seó Faisín againn i rang a cúig inniu.  Bhí éadaí an-ait á gcaitheamh ag na daltaí.  Ach, bhí a bhfeisteas chomh seolta!  Bhí gach saghas rud le feiceáil, chonaic mé tumadóir, bean galánta, fear gnó le cupáin caife, sagart, béar agus bainis.  Maith sibh gach duine!!

Engineer’s Week

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For a (slightly delayed) Engineer’s Week Ms Hanbidge’s class were challenged to make a bridge at home.  With very little information to go on it was time to get creative.  Our criteria were as follows:

It should be at least 40 cm long.  It should be able to support 50g.  It should be free standing.  It should be made from recyclable materials.  A toy car should be able to travel across it.

These structures were excellent and showed some super creative and logical thinking.  They surpassed all expectations, we may have some civil engineers in the making here.  Well done 5th class!

5th Class Dublinia Trip

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Both 5th classes hugely enjoyed learning more about Viking and Medieval Dublin on a recent trip to Dublinia.

We tried on some helmets and had a lot of fun looking at the exhibition!  There was a trip on a Viking longboat, a visit to the docks to try buy some slaves and tested out their homes.  After learning about their toilets we really appreciate our modern comforts!  While exploring Norman Ireland we saw Dublin city being built, took a trip to a medieval fair and encountered the (rather disgusting) bubonic plague and its victims.  We even saw a real skeleton uncovered by archaeologists.

A very exciting day out!