Last month in one of our ICT sessions, we completed some podcasts to advertise places around Ireland and a couple of places within the EU. We hope you enjoy listening to them as much as we did.
On 20th March we visited the mayor, Mark Ward, at South Dublin County Council. While we were there the mayor explained his job, how the county council worked and answered the children's many questions.
The children were given the chance to sit in the council chamber and try out the microphones.
At the end of the visit, the children asked to sign the book of condolences for the victims of the mosque attack in New Zealand.
Many thanks to Mayor Mark Ward and to Karen Gainsford in SDCC for facilitating our visit.
Each year we learn about a human organ. This year, we focused on skin. We enjoyed building models of a cross section of human skin.
In January and February, we have been practising Gymnastics in PE. We have been working on keeping tension and control throughout our bodies while we attempt balancing, jumping, etc.
We have also been talking a lot about personal hygiene in the context of PE. The children know that they need to become more aware of their bodies as they exercise, and should not need to be reminded to take off their jumper or hoodie if they are sweating. We have also talked about regular showering and daily use of anti-perspirant as they are entering puberty.
In February, we have been learning about Light, and how light can be affected by the medium it travels through. We have talked about how light moves more slowly through glass and water than it does through air, and the impact this has on how we see things.
Our Science experiment for the month was to try to make our own magnifying glasses. It was all hands on deck to try to make them, so we don't have any pictures of the process, but here is a picture of some of the most successful specimens:
The biggest challenges we faced were cutting perfectly compatible discs of plastic from old plastic bottles, and then achieving a perfect seal using a hot glue gun. We then had to fill the 'bubbles' with water, before testing their magnifying properties.
We observed that writing viewed through the water in the bubble appeared larger, as with a magnifying glass. Interestingly, writing viewed through the air bubble inside the water bubble, appeared smaller than normal!
During the month of January, we were learning all about the 1916 Rising. We talked about the circumstances that led up to a determined group of men and women staging a rebellion against the crown forces. We also learned a little about the world stage at the time, when World War I was in full flight.
It was the perfect excuse to take an outing to Collins Barracks museum in Dublin City Centre. Ryan's Mam, Shweta, came along for the trip and we had a wonderful time.
There, we split into two groups and were brought on a tour of all of the fascinating artifacts they have on display there. We saw an original copy of the Proclamation of Independence, uniforms, flags and so much more. It was exciting to see real items that were there at such an exciting moment in our nation's history.
Fifth Class have come into 2019 with a bang, as a throwaway comment has led to some extremely heated debate on the relative intelligence of men and women!
The children did some research for homework and came back to school with arguments to support or reject the motion 'Males are naturally more intelligent than females'. Interestingly, many of the facts and statistics we found conflict with one another, which has made the debate even more complicated!
Many of us were intrigued to take a look at the statistics closer to home, such as this infographic by the CSO:
...and this article by the Irish Times that reports that girls outperformed boys in the majority of subjects in the Leaving Cert.
Ultimately, many people were unconvinced by their opponents, so we will have to delve further into the questions of gender and equality as the month progresses.