Sports Day this year was fantastic! The weather was glorious and we made the most of it by walking to Rathcoole Park for some morning activities ahead of the actual Sports Day activities. We had a lovely time, leasurely playing in the playground, playing frisbee, football, skipping and more!
From 11.30 onwards,we made our way around the stations at St. Mary's football ground. In the race, Cristian, Risiqat and Abdullah were the medalists. We all had a great day, and were absolutely exhausted by the time we got back to school!
This month, we are learning all about World War I - the context and causes of the outbreak of the war, the alliances, the outcomes,and the conditions that the troops fought and lived in.
In the interests of gaining a better understanding of trench warfare, we even did a battle simulation in class! Having tried to attack the enemy as they sheltered in their trenches (built from tables), we began to realise why so many men died in the war, without huge territorial gains.
We accessed online records of men from South County Dublin, including Tallaght and Saggart, who enlisted with the British forces to fight in World War I - many of whom died in foreign lands - as well as to see artifacts that have survived from that time. You might like to check them out yourself on the local library's website!
For the month of April we have been fortunate to have a visiting teacher in our class. Leona has taught us about lots of interesting topics and really challenged our critical thinking skills.
In Maths, we learned about Data and Capacity.
Here, we are taking part in a court case to decide whether Guy Fawkes and his peers were guilty of the Gunpowder Plot.
In Science, we learned about light, refraction and magnification. We made our own magnifying glasses using plastic bottles, glue and water.
Then we took them outside to the garden to examine some minibeasts!
The Home Learning Enrichment Programme has been a resounding success in Fifth Class this year. The standard of projects created by the children, at home, with the help of their parents, has been outstanding. Each of us has been invigorated by each others' projects and we have gone from strength to strength.
Battery-powered car made out of two plastic bottles
Hovercraft made from the top off a plastic bottle, an old CD and a balloon - Oisín
We visited the South Dublin County Council offices yesterday. This followed on from our recent learning about democracy and local government. Mayor Paul Gogarty brought us in to the council chamber where we had an opportunity to put questions to him in the setting where council meetings usually take place.
Mayor Gogarty was extremely patient and answered all of our questions in great detail. We learned a lot about the running of South Dublin, and even got goodie bags at the end.
But best of all, Mayor Gogarty exercised his authority as Mayor of South Dublin to decree the day a homework-free day!!! Aoife was gobsmacked!!
We are Munster's counties fair.
Cork, Kerry, Limerick Clare,
Waterford, Tipperary here we are,
Welcoming you from near and far.
Leinster is beyond compare,
Dublin, Wicklow, Carlow, Kildare,
Wexford, Offaly, Laois, Kilkenny, Longford and Louth are as good as any.
Meath, Westmeath and that is all. over now to province small.
Connaught is the smallest oh,
Galway, Leitrim and Mayo,
Roscommon, Sligo that's the lot,
Just one more verse for you I've got.
We are Ulster's counties nine,
Let's forget the dividing line,
Donegal, Derry, Antrim, Down, all are counties of renown.
Armagh, Monaghan and Tyrone, Cavan, Fermanagh now all are known.
This month, we have been covering the Relationships and Sexuality aspect of the SPHE curriculum. Today we watched some videos about puberty and reproduction. You may like to watch these videos and discuss them with your child. Your child might like to rewatch them to pick up on some information they might have missed on first viewing.
During the month of Feburary we have been reading a biography of Brian Boru. The author had to make up some of the details of his day-to-day life but she knows most of the important facts about him from reading historical documents from that time.
Sometimes it gets confusing, dealing with so many names and places, births, deaths and marriages - so today we worked together to compile two relevant family trees and get our heads around the politics between the Gaels, the Norsemen and the Danes.
Obviously, we are most invested in Brian himself, so when we heard today that his second wife, Achra, had died in childbirth, there was an audible gasp in the room! Then we were scandalised to find that he remarried very quickly afterwards - frustrating Gormla's ambitions to make him her next husband!!
We can't wait to read what happens next....
Last Wednesday, our class went in to Dublin City Centre to visit the National Gallery of Ireland. This was part of a unit of work in our Visual Arts classes where we were looking at famous works of art. We were particularly looking at artists who have been inspired by the work of earlier artists. One of the pieces we saw was The Artist's Studio, by John Lavery, which was inspired by La Meninas by Diego Velázquez.
We really enjoyed the adventure on the Luas and walking across the city centre, as well as seeing some of the most striking pieces of art in the National Gallery. Emma, our tour guide, really helped us understand what the pieces were about and asked us questions that really got us thinking!
Most of us have agreed that we would love to visit the gallery again - and the good news is, we can visit any time with our parents - and it's free!