2020 - 2021 4th & 5th Class
Following our mid-term break, we returned rested and rejuvenated and ready to take on the remainder of term one! There was no shortage of variety during November. During Science week, we completed daily tasks and challenges. We worked in pairs to see who could make the tallest tower using six index cards. We created walking horses from paper, yes walking horses! We had great fun racing these. Let's just say some horses were more athletic than others!! We designed and tested balloon cars and parachutes. Our designing and engineering minds were put to the test. We also had a Science themed table quiz which got quite competitive. A bumper filled week.
During SESE lessons, we've also been learning about the life cycle of the salmon and our immune system. Linked with this was our focus on Explanation writing during English class. We discussed the features of an explanation and practised collating and writing simple explanations. Then, the children had to complete a mini explanation project on a theme of their choice as part of their homework. One word...wow! I was blown away by the effort and enthusiasm. Well done to all the children for working so hard.
In Art, we were learning about warm and cool colours. We completed some paper weaving using warm and cool colour creations. We made the most colourful and eye-catching friendship bracelets during Friendship Week. This was a very calming lesson for Ms. Kingston and us as we really had to concentrate on what we were doing!! Friendship week included various other activities such as 'Secret Ninja' where each of us were secretly being extra kind to someone on our pod. We wrote notes and drew pictures for someone special to remind them just how much they mean to us.
We continue to do GAA training with Gavin each Wednesday and we're all really enjoying this. Gavin begins each lesson with some really fun and at times quite competitive warm up games! We are working very hard on improving our skills: passing, soloing the ball and working as a team. Ms. Kingston is also keeping us active during the day with some movement breaks. This is all part of our work towards the Active Schools Flag.
On Monday 30th November, we led an assembly which marked the 150th anniversary of the Consecration of Saint Finbarre's Cathedral.
Although the return to school has brought many new routines and practices with it, I think it is safe to say both the children and teachers are glad to be back in the physical classroom! The children in 4th and 5th class have made a wonderful start to term one, settling back into school life well. Recently, we have been improving and working on our basketball skills with our new basketball stands. We are due to begin some GAA training with Gavin, a coach organised by Kinsale GAA Club. We look forward to this! We have been busily researching topics and learning how to write clear and informative reports. An impressive effort so far, well done to all.
2019 - 2020 4th & 5th Class
Term one was a busy term with lots of fun activities and plenty of variety.
This term, the children learned about the painting technique referred to as pointillism. Each of them created their own original piece using cotton buds. We imagined what we might look like as a superhero and what our unique super powers might be! Towards the end of September, we worked in teams to create our scarecrows for the Harvest Festival. Some famous faces from the world of rugby and music inspired us. It was rather challenging at times but plenty wire, tape and twine made the process somewhat easier! Each year, the children participate in the Credit Union art competition. This year's theme was entitled 'Walk of Life.' I think you'll agree that they had some fabulous interpretations of this theme. Later in the term, we tried some weaving and made bookmarks on a plastic canvas base.
Garry Mc Carthy of GMC Beats visited the school to complete Music workshops with each of the classes. The children learned how to write and structure their own rap lyrics and recorded and created a class rap. It was such fun!
As part of our focus on Space week, we explored space in more detail, completing some research on the chromebooks. We also completed a scavenger hunt around the school grounds in which we had to gather further information and facts about the Solar System.
At the beginning of October, Niamh O'Flynn spoke to each of the classes on the theme of Biodiversity. She spoke to the class in detail about her work with animals. We completed a nature listening exercise on the school grounds and did some bird watching.
November was a very busy month. 5th class attended a Science exhibition in Bandon Grammar School at the beginning of November. The children from 4th to 6th classes combined forces to research, investigate and carry out their group experiments. Each group worked on a specific area of the Science curriculum. They created display boards, outlined the steps of their experiment, carried out investigations and collated and recorded their results. During Science Week, the children presented their finished work and findings to the other classes and parents in the school. Some parents were encouraged to get involved and try the experiments! The children did an amazing job, explaining and presenting their projects. Well done to all.
Towards the end of the term, we worked on the theme of electricity. The children created simple, parallel and series circuits.
In December, two representatives from the local RNLI station visited the school to tell us about their incredible work, the training involved, the various equipment used and some of their rescue missions.