Sixth Class Blog

Week 16 – Nollaig Shona

A very merry and safe Christmas to everyone from 6th Class. We’ve had a fantastic Term 1 and look forward to a safe Term 2. Enjoy the Christmas break and relax and unwind.

Nollaig Shona Daoibh go léir ó Rang a Sé

Garda visit

We welcomed the community guards to our school today to inform and help us on how to keep our community safe. It was a very information talk and the girls were amazed by some of the facts that they learned. Have a chat with your child and see what they learned!

Week 15

We’re almost there and soon it will be Christmas.  Only 7 more sleeps!!

The girls haven’t slowed down in the lead up to Christmas holidays so I’m sure they are getting tired and in need of a well-deserved break. Over the last month the girls have created some amazing 3D art sculptures in Art.  Our little Christmas Wonderland, lead by Blitzen, sits in the front hall to welcome everyone each day.  The girls demonstrated leadership and fantastic teamwork in order to finish these earlier than planned.  They look great girls, well done.

Last week we had County colours day and here were some of the girls captured by Miss Cunniffe.

Sadly, those smiles didn’t last as Waterford were unlucky this year.  But next year could be brighter.  We are still proud of their achievements, and even the Kilkenny supporters may have given a shout for their neighbours!

In Maths, the girls were busy discovering how to construct triangles.  Well done on this work girls.  They liked the challenge and as the week went on, they became more confident in choosing what equipment and method to use.
In History we learned about a very advanced civilisation in the Aztecs.  What amazing engineers and mathematicians they were when they planned and built the Impossible City of Tenochtitlan on Lake Texcoco near Mexico city.  Unfortunately the Spanish Conquistadors were also impressed and conquered their city, and in the process, spread diseases which wiped out the entire population.  This was the awful downfall of the Aztec society.

We had some great fun in Music recording our Christmas song ‘Christmas Candle’ and also some other popular songs such as ‘Jingle bells’, ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’ and ‘The 12 days of Christmas’.  Ask the girls to do some carolling over the holidays!

Only a day and a half of school left and we’ll see how we finish it off next week!

Best wishes, Ho! Ho! Ho!

Mrs Power

Week 13

The girls are well underway with their Christmas cheer and as the days are flying by, they are becoming more like their “Blitzen” character. 

As 6th class leaders, the girls are taking on 4 challenges everyday.  Can we reach 29 Hi-Viz jackets?  Can we lead with zero wrappers?  How many random acts of kindness can we carry out each day?  Are we working on our “Fitmas” levels each and every day?  In one week, the girls have shown that the trend is on the rise.  So well done girls, only a few weeks left so keep it up!

In English we have been listening to lovely Reports and reading some to our target audiences.  The layout in their Publishing Copies is fantastic, and we are getting there with our Documents on the tablets also.  The girls are also enjoying poetry and oral language.  We started studying ‘Stopping by the woods on a snowy evening’ by Robert Frost.  And I’m really enjoying ‘Think-Pair-Share’ oral language and how the girls communication is developing.

We moved on to 2-D shape this week in Maths where the girls are doing a lot of discovery.  Ask the girls what Dominoes, Trominoes, Tetrominoes, Pentominoes, Hexominoes.  And also, what about Diamonds, Triamonds, Tetriamonds, Pentiamonds, Hexiamonds!  And how have they used these to tesselate.  The girls also did some teaching and informed the class about Symmetry of 15 different 2-D shapes.  Good work here girls.

In Science the girls, again, did some teaching.  They worked in pairs to inform the class about some Materials that changed the world.  Ask the girls about some of these materials.  At this time of year, we must think of others and so in Geography, we learned about Famine and the causes of it and how it can affect people’s lives.  And also in History,  we got some inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi, and how he brought about peace in non-violent ways.  How can we help others in our area at this time of year?

We are doing our Music and  PE dance classes outside now so have a listen for the girls as they practice their Christmas songs and learn some new cultural dances.

Art is getting very exciting now as our 3-D art sculptures got blasted with a lot of papier machee!  There was a lot of hands on mess, but they are ready now for the next step next week, which is the painting and decorating.

Lots more fun ahead in the coming weeks.  Try to get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat healthy so that you have the energy for the last few weeks of school.

Best wishes,

Mrs. Power

Week 12

This week the girls were getting into the Christmas spirit.  And they even convinced me to play some Christmas music!  

We have been playing some Irish – Cluichi Teanga (word language games) over the last few weeks.  Some familiar ones are ‘Feicim le mo shuilin beag, rud eigin ag tosu le…’ (I spy with my little eye) and ‘Deir O’Gradaigh (Simon Says), and some others.

We have listened to some of the wonderful Reports in English and all the girls are doing their final drafts in their copies and typing them into a document.  Well done for getting to the final stage.  I am really impressed with the work you have produced.

The girls went on a virtual tour of the Rainforest in Geography and learned about Solids, liquids and gases in Science – Have any of you been experimenting in the kitchen by making some ice-cream??

In Art, the girls have been very busy cutting, bending and tying wire to make the frames for our art projects.  We will soon see a Christmas Tree, a Gingerbread house, a Present and Blitzen the reindeer!

6th Class are taking on the role of Blitzen in our Christmas theme this year.  Blitzen along with Donnar were the leaders of Santa’s Sleigh in the story ‘Twas the night before Christmas’.  And 6th Class are going to show leadership in the lead up to Christmas – We will be monitoring our leadership each day by see can we have the lowest wrapper count in the school;  Can we show leadership by wearing our new hi-viz jackets each day;  Can we carry out a Random Act of Kindness each day!  December 18th is International Migrants Day and we will display some positive and welcoming wishes for all our migrants, especially during these times.

Ho! Ho! Ho!  –  Let the festive fun begin!

Best wishes,

Mrs. Power

Week 11

Great progress made again this week.  Well done girls.  

We had some fun in Irish doing drama this week, where the girls brought their story to life “Sa Stiuideo Teilifise”.  It’s easier to learn Irish if you have some fun along the way.

In English, the girls are becoming much better at their Comprehension Strategies in Guided Reading groups.  They can see that by slowing the reading process down, a better understanding can be gotten.  They are also about to start adding their Final Draft on their reports into their Publishing copies.  We may take some recordings when the girls read them aloud next week.

We had a little review in Maths this week also, to see how far we have come since the start of the school year.  You are all doing well and if you keep up the good work in class, you will continue to improve.  We also played some maths games online using the topic of ‘Place Value’.

In History the girls were looking and learning about indigenous nomadic groups from around the world.  Why not ask them what groups they learned about.  We learned about some unusual landforms from around the world also, in Geography such as – The Grand Canyon, The Uluru, Mt. Rushmore, Glaciers and many more.  And in Science, the girls learned the sad effects of oil pollution around the world.

We started our Christmas Art projects this week also, so watch this spot for updates over the coming weeks.   

Only a few weeks to Christmas, I’m sure the excitement is starting already.

Take care,

Mrs. Power

Week 10

The girls are well and truly settled in now after the midterm break and enjoying school life.  Some are already ready for Christmas!!!  But this is the fun exciting term on the lead up to Christmas break.  

The girls have been busy editing their first drafts of their Reports on Unusual plants in English.  They are taking on board some suggestions from their teacher and improving their work so that it’s even better.  Soon, when they are happy with all the changes they have made, they will move on to their Final Draft in their Publishing Copies.

In Irish they have had fun learning and composing Irish using online resources.  They have also enjoyed some board games using the language in a more relaxed manner.  Games such as Snap, Biongo (Bingo), Splot, and Iasc (fish).

Over the past number of weeks, the girls have focussed really well in Maths class as we have been covering Fractions, Decimals and Percentages.  They are doing well on understanding the connection between these and also how to change from one to the other.  Well done on your concentration here girls and also for asking questions.  It’s really important to ask for clarification when you are unsure.

In History, ask the girls what they have learned about in the Industrial Revolution??  Or what landforms did they learn about in Geography and how they are formed.  And in Science, what have we learned from our puzzles and Q&A session on ‘Plants that changed the world’.  

As you can see, it’s been another busy week in the 6th class room, and remember to keep up the safety both in and out of school – wash, sanitise, distance….You can do it!

And finally, Happy Kindness Day – Remember to do your one act of kindness!

Take care,

Mrs. Power