The Wildflower Girl

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Upon finishing our second novel this year, “The Wildflower Girl” by Marita Conlon McKenna, the children created character profiles of the protagonist Peggy O’Driscoll!

Science: Healthy Foods

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As part of our Science this month we were looking at healthy foods and the benefits of these foods.  We learned about the many benefits of eating kiwi but also, more importantly, we learned about the benefits of eating the skin of a kiwi!  Yes, the furry part!!  So we decided to try it out….!

Buddy time

Junior Infants and Sixth Class buddied up for some exciting station activities.

In the Sixth Class room they designed some most impressive buildings using marshmallows and sticks, then programmed robot mice to run through a tricky maze to get the delicious cheese!

In the Junior Infant room the children used both English and Gaeilge to converse which visiting the shop and the restaurant.

Peace Proms

Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Classes performed at the Peace Proms concert at the RDS on Sunday 3rd February.

Peace Proms celebrates culture and diversity and promotes peace, tolerance and unity through music.  It was a unique experience where our pupils were afforded the opportunity to perform songs and dance moves with a live orchestra and dozens of other schools from all over Ireland!  The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, even came to watch our performance!

It was a most memorable day for pupils, teachers and families alike.

DreamSpace at Microsoft

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What a day!  6th Class had a wonderful trip to DreamSpace at Microsoft Ireland in Leopardstown.  The day began with some fruit and juice as Amanda explained to the children all about DreamSpace.  The children learned that in 11 years time experts reckon that 50% of the jobs people will be doing then, don’t exist at the moment!  We discussed the prospect of having robots completing human jobs.  However the 4 C’s are the reasons why human input will still be vital – Creativity, Critical thinking, Collaborator and Communicator.  These human skills will always be better than robots (thankfully!).  The activities included coding and creating a 3D reality video which was played for the entire group.  Before we left we all ate some delicious sandwiches followed by a cookie!

Class of of 2019

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Thanks to the initiative of some of our 6th Class entrepreneurs, many of the children in 6th Class are now wearing the hoodie especially designed for them by their clever classmates!

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.

Australia S.E.S.E.

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As part of our Australia S.E.S.E. topic we are studying the Aboriginal People.  The children created their own Aboriginal dance.  They used instruments to add in a musical element and a beat to follow.

Myths & Legends

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It all began with telling versions of the same myth involving Fionn MacCumhall!  A drama, writing some ideas of our own myth, using a mind-map and then creating our own comic strip myth.

STEM Group Challenges

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The pupils in Sixth Class have been very busy since they returned to school.  We’ve been engaging in STEM group challenges including: Marshmallow Towers and Cup Towers.

 

Back to School!

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6th Class began their Science for the year with a critical thinking activity!  They had to save Fred the snake/worm using only 4 paperclips and team work!!

Chicks!

It’s that time of the year again!  This year we have 4 chicks between both 6th classes.  A few less than normal but these ones are a lively bunch and are already trying to escape from their box!  The chicks have been on a tour of the school to meet all the children.

Avengers: Infinity War

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As you can see there are some Avengers: Infinity War inspired pieces here!  6th class created these art pieces manipulating chalk using rubbing techniques and rulers.  Some added in detail using a fine liner pen!

6th Class History projects

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6th class have been on a journey in History over the last few months.  We started with Slavery, moved onto The American Civil War, and we have just finished learning about the inspirational Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  What do you think of our MLK inspired art?

Newspaper Skyline

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In pairs the class created a Newspaper Skyline.  They used sponges to create the background and cut up newspaper for the skyline.  They added detail with fineliner pens or permanent markers.  Some chose their own skyline, whereas others took inspiration from a variety of famous skylines across the globe!

Sixth Class Activities

Sixth Class have been very active in recent weeks, having fun at the Sponsored Walk in Marlay, starting the first week of their Cycling Course.  In the classroom too…painting Salvador Dali themed “Spring Birds” and performing a Jackson Five “I Want You Back” inspired drama!

Final Year Project

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Before Ms. Dolan’s class embark on their final project of the year they had some fantastic project presentations from two members of the other class!  This final project will be on a topic of the children’s choice and it will include a PowerPoint and a presentation.

 

The Digestive System

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Sixth class have completed a delightful experiment to model the process of Digestion!

They used a ziploc bag to represent the stomach, tights which were the small intestine, a metal tray or tupperware box which was the body, and a paper cup with a hole in it which represented both the large intestine and the rectum.

Sa bhialann

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Sixth Class are doing “Sa bhialaan” as our comhrá week.

The class have been learning vocabulary all week.  Today they created a drama of a comhrá in pairs and recorded it on whiteboards.  They then performed it for the class and wrote the comhrá into their Gaeilge copy.

Science Week & Projects

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Sixth class learnt about Australia in October. The children create a range of posters and projects as part of this combined History and Geography theme.  They have also created other great projects and artwork.

To celebrate Science Week children from 6th class got into groups and picked some experiments to show the Junior Infants. They picked a mixture of experiments; ones that they learnt in previous years and new experiments that they had researched.