2021 - 2022 4th & 5th Class
4th and 5th have had another busy half-term and the excitement for Christmas is building. We are all really looking forward to a well deserved break.
The children have been doing some great work in Maths and making links to the environment with some practical activities. We have studied lines and angles, 2D shapes and we went out to the school yard to look for various lines, angles and 2D shapes. We also created some shapes and lines and angles using masking tape on our tables and we named them. 5th used their protractors to measure the angles. We linked this topic to art also by creating our own shapes and within these shapes, we have various lines, angles & 2D shapes.
The children did their own project work on a county of Ireland. They researched using the I-pads and presented their project on colourful sugar paper. These turned out wonderfully with some very hard work put into the projects. Well done, everyone.
In November, we learned about ‘The Day of the Dead,’ a Mexican festival and celebration. We studied the traditions of this festival and its similarities to Halloween. We linked this topic to art by creating our own ‘Day of the Dead’ skeletons using coloured paper and other craft bits.
As COP26 was a big talking point over the last month, we too, in 4th and 5th class discussed the environment, climate change and global warming. We chatted about things we can do to help the environment. The children created posters to encourage others to protect our world and environment. In pairs, they created their own sustainable island, discussing and drawing things that would make their Island a good place to live. We engaged in a walking debate in the classroom where I called out statements and the children moved to the ‘agree’ or ‘disagree’ side and spoke about why they chose to agree/disagree; a really lovely activity to hear everyone’s point of view on climate change and our planet.
We have been focusing on narrative writing with some fantastic stories being produced by 4th & 5th class. They wrote stories with a focus of a door / doorway. Then we linked it to art by creating some ‘looking through a keyhole art’. We also studied the poem ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,’ and painted a picture of what we visualised after having read the poem. Some lovely snowy and wintery pictures were painted.
We took part in science week this year by engaging in a variety of science experiments throughout the week. We had loads if fun in 4th and 5the class. We created our own bubbles on our tables using washing up liquid, water and straws. We tried to blow bubbles inside bubbles and we had a competition to see who could blow the biggest bubble on the table. We also made our own lava lamps and we could clearly see the oil and water not mixing. We also tested out some balloons and put them under tables and stood up on the tables to see how many children it could withstand! We were very surprised and found out it held 11 children before some balloons couldn’t handle the pressure anymore. We also tested what would happen if we mixed an acid (vinegar) & an alkali (baking soda). There was some overflowing experiments but that is what science is all aboutJ
The children have created some lovely Christmas art that has been brightening up our classroom over the last few weeks. We created some lovely snowmen and snow globes using pastels and chalk. The children also took part in a Santa dash as part of active schools. We ran the Multose mile all dressed in Christmas attire. We spiced things up a bit in 4h & 5th and the two classes challenged each other to see who could win. The winning class got bragging rights and they certainly did that! 4th won best dressed class & 5th won the running part of it but it was all about the taking part and having fun and there was plenty of that on the dayJ
September was a busy month in 4th& 5th class. To begin the school year, we discussed our interests and favourite things. We drew these onto t-shirts to create ‘All about me t-shirts.' They look beautiful and are brightening up our hallways. The children have been busy adjusting to school life and learning new routines. We listened and learned new things about each other and what our interests are. We learned that we are all unique and are interested in different things. The children drew positive affirmation portraits of themselves and wrote words that describe them around the portrait; a lovely link to SPHE where we had been chatting about words we would use to describe ourselves.
In Religion, we read and listened to the creation story. In groups, the children drew what God made each day onto a number that was assigned to their group. The creativity in this activity was out of this world and the children really enjoyed working as part of a group.
We have been learning about the colour wheel in art. We learned about primary, secondary and tertiary colours and did a lot of mixing to create some beautiful new shades. We transformed our colour wheels into eyes which made them very ‘eye catching!’
In History, we studied and investigated Martin Luther King. The children used the i-pads to find out facts about Martin Luther King and they shared their findings with the whole group. They were all really interested in his life and doing their own research. Then, we created some amazing portraits of Martin Luther King using paint. The work produced was absolutely fantastic. Well done 4th& 5th class for completing such amazing work. We also engaged in Maths week in October. The children had great fun playing some new card games as well as practising their Maths skills. We even got the chance to show some card tricks to the class.
The children have been so lucky to be doing G.A.A every Wednesday with Gavin. The children really look forward to this and always return to class with red, rosy cheeks and a smile on their faces. They have been learning new skills like soloing, hand passing, kicking and catching. They engage in some fun games to begin the lesson which always spikes everyone’s interest.
This half term is always wonderfully weird with Halloween approaching. The children created some Halloween poems and spooky stories in English. They displayed some excellent imagination and creativity in their writing. We played some fun games like eye ball toss, sucking vampires and mummies! These games were a great hit in 4th and 5th class. We carved some pumpkins and each group designed their own scary face. We used these pumpkins tomake pumpkin pie and soup. This was really delicious. We created some spooky Halloween silhouette pictures of haunted houses and spooky trees. We learned about Tim Burton and created some Tim Burton inspired characters. We used charcoal, chalk and pastels to make them look extra spooky. It was very messy work but lots of fun. There are some scary characterson display in the 4th and 5th classroom at the moment. The children have shown such amazing creativity with each child producing a weird and wonderful Halloween character. We also engaged in some guided drawing where the children created some Halloween skeletons and some funny ghosts. What a great half term it has been!!
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.