6th Class

The weeks are flying by, 6th class continued to research the secondary school they will be going to. They also got into groups and started planning the school sale/ food day that will take place in June. We had great fun playing rounders and football with 5th class. I nGaeilge we were focusing on our oral Irish and played a dice game to work on asking questions as Gaeilge. In Art we finished off our ‘This is me’ portraits. The children really enjoyed learning about WW2, we had great discussions. On Thursday we had a visit from Fighting Words to present us with a hard copy of the book we wrote. We then went to see our buddies on Friday to read them some of our stories and they had written little stories for us 😃

This week was ‘Active Week’, we really enjoyed our outdoor adventure lesson, we then complete a workout circuit with our buddies. To finish the week the whole school participated in a school workout. In English this week we edited our speeches and completed our final drafts. Some students then read their speeches out loud, they did an amazing job. In Irish we have been working on our grammar and comprehension. We finished our projects on a Mediterranean country. In Maths we were learning about 3D shapes. 6th class created their own shapes using match sticks. We learnt all about the properties of the different shapes. We started our ‘Stay Safe’ programme and had great discussions about staying safe. We had our last Spanish lesson this week, we are really going to miss it . In music we continued learning the cup song as Gaeilge (Amhrán na gCupán) 😃

We were all delighted to see each other after the Easter break. 6th Class got straight back to work. We started cricket with our new coach and then we really enjoyed our outdoor adventure activities we completed for our other P.E. lesson. In music we started learning ‘Amhrán na gCupán’ which is the cup song in Irish. In Drama we divided up into our different groups and started working on our mini plays. Each group were given different scripts and had to choose what character they wanted to become. We look forward to seeing the different performances. In Gaeilge we have been very busy working on our grammar, story writing and learning all about na cláranna difriúla. As part of their homework this week they had to watch an Irish TV programme as Gaeilge. I am so impressed with their ‘Timpiste’ stories and with their mini books they created based on ‘Cláranna Difriúla’. In English we were reading and learning about the pros and cons of Zoos. The children have been working on drafting their speech based on whether zoos should stay open or close. In History we learnt about the amazing Marie Curie. In Geography we were learning about the different Mediterranean countries, they children the paired up and picked one country to research and complete a mini project on it. To end the week, we looked at the work of Michelangelo in Art, we discuss his artwork in the Sistine Chapel. We then tried to draw and colour upside down, it is not as easy as it looks. We also got to enjoy DEAR time out in the sunshine. Well done on another great week of work 😊

We have had a very fun and busy week before we finished up for Easter. This week we started working on our year book and completed some of our assessments. We also really enjoyed listening to the project presentations this week. In Art this week we used papier-mâché to create our lovely Easter baskets. 6th class also drew beautiful bunnies.

We did baking with our Junior Infant buddies, we made Easter baskets with chocolate, corn flakes and mini eggs.

Bhíomar ag scríobh nótaí leisciúil i nGaeilge. We finish up for Easter they played a ‘Bris na Cód’ activity to win their Easter baskets that were filled with chocolate. We also hosted assembly this week, we learnt and taught the school all about Easter and how it is celebrated all around the world.

Well done on another great term. I hope you all have a lovely Easter. Beannachtaí na Cásca daoibh go léir.

6th class had a great time making Easter Bunnies with their buddies this week. In English we were discussing the pros and cons of ‘Homework’. Some of the children acted out a Class Action play. The children were divided into debate teams and they went head to head to debate whether ‘Homework is necessary’. They came up with so many wonderful arguments. We started working on the year book and we had great fun deciding what the teachers would be if they weren’t teachers 😃. In Maths we were working on the circle. We are delighted to have our English and Maths stations back. I nGaeilge an Seachtain seo bhíeamar ag foghlaim faoi na rialacha don aimsir fháistineach agus nuair atá tú ag obair le huimhreacha. The children also created Clár ama Scoile and created ceisteanna about the clár ama. We are looking at lots of different timetables at the moment to prepare ourselves for secondary school. To finish off the week we used papier-mâché to create our Easter baskets.

Tóg Amach Mé

6th class had their last STEM session with Liz this week. They were learning all about the direction of light. They used mirrors to experiment and created telescopes. They really enjoyed setting up P.E circuits for their buddies on Wednesday. 6th class continues to enjoy Spanish😃

6th learnt all about St. Patrick’s Day and Lá Fhéile Pádraig. They used chalk and pastels to create beautiful shamrocks. We all dressed up for Lá Glas and had a parade in the yard. 6th class have loved getting to know their buddies in Junior Infants. We also watch our wonderful Ceolchoirm, took part in Tráth na gCeist and had an Irish movie le grán rósta agus milseáin 🙂

6th class had a fantastic week with Ms. Hastings and we are really going to miss her. They had so many fun activities to complete from making windmills to creating animations on the iPads using what they created in Art. In Maths they continued to work on chance. They also held a class debate also had lots of Gaeilge activities to complete for Seachtain na Gaeilge, from completing a word hunt in the yard, dancing at the Céilí and participating in a Scríobh leabhar and seanfhocail competition 😃

6th class had another wonderful week. We started off the week with a visit from our rugby coach and a visit from Liz. Liz taught us all about forensic sciences and we had to collect and analysis data to figure out who committed the crime. In Geography we have been learning all about weather and created wind socks. In Gaeilge we have been learning about the aimsir. 6th class created wonderful weather forecasts and presented them as Gaeilge. In English the children have been working on recount writing, they received letters from their pen pals and are now working on writing a letter back to them. In Maths the children have been learning all about chance and really enjoyed creating spinners. On Tuesday we were very lucky to get pancakes from our wonderful PA and on Thursday we celebrated World Book Day.

6th class have been very busy working with Ms. Hastings this week. We started the week with a zoom visit from Liz, we were learning all about energy this week. We look forward to Liz coming in after the midterm break. 6th class have started a new novel called ‘Private Peaceful’. In maths they have been working on area, they really enjoyed all the hands-on activities this week. They are really enjoying learning about WW1 in history. They had a great time in drama creating freeze frames based on conflict. In Gaeilge d’fhoglaim siad faoi Lá Fhéile Vailitín agus an aimsir. In P.E, they have started developing their hockey skills. We continue to get multiple orders every day for our customise bottles and keyrings, 6th class are working away getting all the products ready. I hope you all have a fantastic midterm 😊

6th class had an incredibly busy week, we launched our business this week ‘Castleknock Prints’. 6th class were very busy collecting preorders, money, creating adds and making our customised water bottles and key rings. We have sold and made so many products already that we have had to order more stock 😃. In Irish this week 6th class created beautiful calendars do 2022 as Gaeilge. D’fhoghlaim siad Amhrán na bhFiann agus faoin aimsir fháistineach freisin. In English we were learning all about blogging and transitioning to secondary school. 6th class wrote blogs for 5th class giving them advice about 6th class. In History we were learning about the Gaelic revival. In Art this week we finished our Piet Mondrian paintings and then created beautiful fans. It was internet safety day on Tuesday so we were learning about how to stay safe when we are online. We were very lucky to have two coaches this week, one for rugby and one for football. I am sure sixth class are ready for a relaxing weekend after such a busy week😃. Maith sibh! 

6th class have been keeping an eye on their ecosystems to see if there is any growth, they have been recording their observations. We also learnt about the lungs this week and sixth class created 3D lungs. It was our last week with Carl, we have really enjoyed completing ‘The Power of Design’ workshops. In Irish, we have been focusing on the writing progress and most people are nearly finished writing their story, I am really looking forward to reading them all. In Maths we have been learning all about time and the different time zone around the world. In Art this week we look at the work of Piet Mondrian and we then tried to recreate some of his work. We also finished off our superheroes. It was also the Chinese New Year on the 1st of February, we learnt all about their traditions and how they celebrate the New Year. This year is the year of the tiger.

6th class were very busy this week. We started the week by taking time to reflect on work we completed so far this year and we then updated our ‘Pupil Profiles’ with some of our favourite pieces of work. In groups we created mini ecosystems and will monitor and record how they grow over the next week. In Geography we learnt all about Malawi and created fact files in pairs. We have been working very hard in Irish this week. We are all writing a story as Gaeilge based on a ‘Timpiste’. In English we were reading all about Superheroes and created our own superheroes in Art. We also played some games using our spellings this week to help us reinforce our spellings for the week. In maths we have been learning all about percentages. We were very lucky to have our rugby coach back in with us this week and we also had Carl in on Wednesday to work on the ‘Power of Design’ programme with us. We are currently creating new ways in which we could get to school. 6th class came up with some very creative ideas. For our JEP project we created surveys and distributed them to our target market, we then analysed the data and created graphs using the data. We can’t wait to get our order forms out next week and get started on creating our products 😃

We started off the week with our debating competition. The debate team did a fantastic job, they had very tough competition and it ended up a draw. This week a Leinster rugby coach came to visit, he will be training us for six weeks in total. He is working on our rugby skills and teaching us how to play tag rugby. In Irish this week we really enjoyed learning the song ‘Tóg amach mé’, we also really focused on our Irish grammar. We had our second session with Carl, who continued to work on the ‘Power of Design programme. Sixth class were busy at work creating surveys and questionnaires that we are going to distribute to our target market to ensure there is a need and want for the product we are selling as part of our JEP programme. We had a great time in Drama this week, we started off playing drama games and trying tricky tongue twisters and then all the pupils worked in small groups to create a TV talk show about explorers who visited the Artic and the Antarctic. It was also Martin Luther King Junior Day on the 17th, in History we learnt all about his achievements and his life. The children then completed additional research using the iPads and created fantastic drawings of Martin Luther King Junior.

Athbhliain faoi Mhaise Daoibh go léir. Happy New Year to you all. 6th class, are delighted to be back in school and have been very busy. In History we have been learning about Daniel O’Connell. In Geography we have been learning all about Global Warming, 6th class have great ideas on how we can help reduce Global warming. In Science we have started looking at different Ecosystems which linked really nicely with our English comprehension this week. We were reading and learning all about the animals found in the Artic and Antarctic. We continued to work on explanation writing and the children chose two animals from the Artic and Antarctic, they wrote fantastic factual reports on these animals. I nGaeilge támar ag foghalaim faoin téama ‘Sa Bhaile’, the children create beautiful Irish booklets about all the different types of houses, we also revised the aidiacht shealbhach this week. The children really enjoyed drama this week, they had to create a script based in a shop where the shopkeeper had to deal an irate customer. We had a great time watching all the performances. We put more work into our business this week, we have ordered all the materials needed to create our product. We can’t wait to start producing our product 😊. We were very lucky to have Carl from Junior Achievement Ireland come and visit us. We started the ‘Power of Design’ programme with him. It gave us a lot to think about. In Art 6th class produced beautiful ‘Funny Cup’ drawing using all different types of patterns. We also started our pairs project on designing a room. In P.E this week we started basketball and focused on developing our throwing skills and dribbling.

It is hard to believe that we are at the end of our first term already. 6th Class have achieved so much this term and have been working extremely hard. This week we organised our different teams that we need for our business. We spent time playing team building games, we will begin the work on developing our products after Christmas. The children also completed their assessments tests this week, I am very impressed with their oral Irish, Maith Sibh! We had another fantastic cycling session this week. Monday will be our final session and they are taking us out on the road, so we can put all our new skills into action. We had a zoom about Christmas around the world, this gave us some useful knowledge we can use as we begin to start our pairs project on Christmas in a different country. We painted our Christmas ornaments this week, so they are ready to go home to hang on the tree. We also created ‘Snowmen’ in Art. We had great fun recording our Christmas alphabet and our #Christmas nativity play. On Thursday this week, we had a very special visit from loads of different farm animals. 6th class loved having a cuddle with the rabbits and guinea pigs, they were high fiving the ducks and petting the pigs, llamas, and goats. To finish the week and put us in the festive mood we had a ‘Panto Party’. Nollaig Shona daoibh go léir.

6th class had a short but very productive week. We started the week by outlining our beautiful Picasso’s paintings. Some children now have their Kumihimo Braid completed. In Art this week the children have made Christmas decorations out of salt dough, once they are dry enough we will paint the. We then watched and listen to ‘We’re Walking in the Air’ from the ‘Snowman Movie’, this inspired our snowman chalk drawings this week. In Gaeilge we continue to work on our oral Irish, the aimsir láithreach (dara reimniú) agus éadaí. In English this week we continued to work on explanation writing and the children all chose one plant to write an explanation piece on. Our Geography theme was very suited for this week as we were learning all about ‘Storms and Weather Disasters’.

We have had an incredible busy week in sixth class this week. We took part in round two of the ‘Concern Debating Competition’, unfortunately we didn’t win but our debate team did an incredible job. We really enjoyed our cycle safety lesson this week, the children are learning new skills every week to ensure they stay safe when cycling on the road. We took part in a ‘Fighting Words’ workshop, sixth class worked collaboratively to write a chapter of a book, they also had an illustrator there to create a beautiful illustration to accompany our story. We can’t wait for it to be published and look forward to getting our hardcopy. I nGaeilge we have been working really hard on building our vocab around ‘Éadaí’ and learning the rules for the ‘Aimsir Láithreach’. In History we have started learning about the plantations and settlements in Ireland in the 1500s. In English we have started learning about explanation writing. We were reading about different types of killer plants and then the children wrote an explanation on how each plants captures and digests it’s prey. The children really enjoyed playing games of word tennis to expand their vocabulary. We were also very lucky to get a visit from the PLAYground Orchestra, they had us dancing and singing along to all the different festive tune. In Art this week we were learning about Pablo Picasso, we then recreated some of his cubism art pieces.

We put a lot of work into our JEP project this week. Each table worked together to create a product idea to bring to the Dragons. The Dragons had to pick one business idea to go forward. I would like to say a massive thank you to Ms. Moloney, Mrs. Kelliher and Ms. Furney for being our Dragons, they had a very difficult job because sixth class had so many wonderful ideas. The whole class will then come together to work on creating the chosen business idea. Keep an eye out for our product launch in the near future. We also had a business visitor over zoom this week. Lisa who founded ‘Spotlight Oral Care’ spoke to us about how she came up with their products and gave us a great insight into her business journey.  

6th Class finish their marathon this week, they have ran 26.2 miles over an eight week period. They were also busy getting the ‘Goodie Bags’ ready to sell them on Friday. They made a fantastic €260. They will be now working in teams to create business ideas to bring to the Dragons. The Dragons will make the final decision on what business idea will go forward to production. The children are all very excited. They also really enjoyed their second cycling lesson this week.

This week was ‘Science Week’, the children had a great time learning about the human body. The had to reconstruct the human body in groups by putting all the bones and organs in the correct place. We then focused on learning about the heart. We completed two experiments- one experiment, involved testing our pulse and looking at how it changes after exercise and the other experiment consisted of us recreating how the heart pumps blood around the body. After learning all about the heart the children created a brochure or poster to inform people about ‘Heart Health’ and gave them factual information about the heart. 6th class also watched ‘Let’s Talk Science’ with Joanna Donnelly the RTE weather presenter.

We also started our cycle safety programme, the children thoroughly enjoyed this. We had our first debating competition against Holy Spirit S.N.S, unfortunately we didn’t win but it was a very close debate, and our debate team did a superb job. I am so proud of them all. As part of our JEP project, we have to fundraise, so they have money to invest in their company. The children came up with the idea of selling ‘Goodie Bag’ to raise money. The children made posters to advertise the ‘Goodie Bags’ which will go on sale on the 19th of November. The children had to be very creative as it is harder to run fundraisers at the moment due to Covid.  In Maths we have been focusing on fractions. We have been learning about equivalent fractions, improper fractions, mixed numbers, how to simplify and then how to add and subtract fractions. We have now completed the 7th week of a Marathonkids, we have one more week to complete. In Art this week the children learnt how to complete a Kumihimo braid. Keep up the super work Rang a Sé, I am already looking forward to next week.

Thank you so much to the wonderful PA for organising the 6th class hoodies, 6th class love them 🙂

6th class have been very busy researching and getting prepared for our debating competition next week. We will be participating in the first round of the ‘Concern Debating Competition’. I have been blown away with the debates this week and it was very difficult to pick such a small team because we have so many excellent debaters in this class. Maths stations have also started in 6th class, the children really enjoyed the stations, and we now have a good grasp on long division with decimals. We also started our JEP project, the children are very excited about this project and spent the week learning about what an entrepreneur is and they each researched one famous entrepreneur. In Geography we were learning about Africa and the 54 countries within Africa. The children used the iPads to research and create a fact file on one African country. Diwali was celebrated on the 4th of November this year, so the children created beautiful henna hands and rangoli patterns in Art. Some pupils from 6th went to Christ Church with Ms. Furney to look at the wonderful ‘Living Faith Living History’ project they completed last year. They had a nice hot chocolate in town before returning to school, the rest of sixth class had a hot chocolate and a movie while we waited on them to return. We have now just completed week 6 of a MarthonKids, we have two more weeks to complete.

We had a very productive week. Six class had a zoom with Clare Daly the MEP. She was blown away with their knowledge. We painted our lovely pumpkins this week and designed our goodie bags for our treats. In History we were learning about the ‘Native Americans’. We all really enjoyed playing ‘Minecraft Educational’ on the iPads. We completed all our Halloween assessment, a massive well done to all the pupils. They have been working very hard. It was also ‘Maths Week’ this week so the pupils completed a Maths Trail outside, they created acrostic poems for Maths Week and they created tricky problems in pairs. I hope you all have a lovely break. Oíche Shamhna daoibh go léir🎃

We had another busy week this week. We had great fun carving pumpkins. 6th class finished their beautiful extension pictures. In Art this week we started making our pumpkin lanterns out of clay. In P.E we moved onto to working on our football skills and really enjoyed playing mini football games. We are now up to running 1400m a day. In Gaeilge this week we continued to work on our oral Irish and looked at writing recipes as Gaeilge. We wrote a recipe for a fruit salad as Gaeilge. In Maths this week we were working on lines and angles. We went outside and used the iPads to look at lines and angles in the environment using our ‘Maths Eyes’. The children then created maths questions based on the pictures they took. They also worked in pairs to create a lines and angles poster. In SPHE we discussed and watched a video clip about Halloween safety. The children then created beautiful Halloween safety posters.

In 6th Class this week we have been very busy. We have been working on completing our Irish projects ‘Mé Féin’. I can’t wait to look at them all, they look fantastic, and a huge amount of effort was put into them all. Maith sibh rang a Sé! We have also been working on our oral Irish, designing Biachláir difriúla agus ag féachaint ar agus caint faoi bhia sláintiúil. Bhí an rang go léir ag féachaint ar briathra difriúla agus cé mhéad siolla atá i ngach briathra. They were dividing verbs in Irish based on how many syllables are in them, to learn about whether they belong to the Céad Réimniú nó Dara Réimniú. In Geography the children were learning about the different stages of a river. They then used the iPad to research a river of their choice and completed a fact rile on that river. In Science we have been looking at thermal energy and had great fun completing experiments about how food colouring reacts differently when placed in cold water and hot water. Each group also had to create an insulated glass. We will be carrying out further investigations on Monday. In English we have been looking at procedural writing and in pairs the children created a starter, main course and dessert for our ‘Come Dine with Me’ competition. The children will be presenting their menus to the class next week and they we will find out who created the winning menu 😊

This week in 6th class we finished off our short stories in English. I am really looking forward to reading these over the weekend. In Geography we started learning about Rivers. We have been learning about the importance of healthy eating and exercise in Science. We have also just completed our second week of Marathon for Kids and we are now running a 1000m per day. In Art this week 6th class created eye capturing colour wheel eyes. We have now completed all the topics we need for our Irish project, I can’t wait to see all their projects next week. We have been working on Data in Maths and completed two surveys on the different modes of transport in Castleknock, we completed one survey on Monday and the other one on Thursday. The children then used multiple bar graphs to record their findings.

I am so incredibly proud of 6th class this week, 6th class put a very special assembly together for Cannon Houston. We are unable to sing because of Covid, so the children learnt the sign language to the song ‘True Colours’. Please see the amazing video below. In Maths this week we started working on Data and drawing different types of graphs. We have spent a lot of time working on our final drafts of our short stories. I am really looking forward to reading them all. In Irish we have started working on our ‘Mé Féin’ project. On Monday we had the opportunity to attend an interview with David Walliams, one of our favourite authors. We also started our eight-week programme to complete a marathon with MarathonKids, the children are really enjoying getting out and completing their laps every day. We are also still working on developing our throwing, catching, running and skipping skills during our Athletic P.E. lessons. Well done, Rang a Sé! Another super week full of hard work 😊  

We had another very busy week in 6th class. We started off the week by attending a zoom interview with Micheál Martin to learn more about our Taoiseach, he gave us a detailed insight into his life. On Monday we also discussed 9/11 and the children wrote fantastic recount newspaper articles based on the events of 9/11. In P.E. this week we moved onto working on the athletics’ strand, we worked on developing our running, throwing and skipping skills. In Art we finished off our ‘Looking out the Window’ drawings, we also started constructing our family photo albums. On Wednesday we attended a zoom with Shane Casey, he thought us how to write short stories using nature as an inspiration. We have our first draft completed, I am really looking forward to reading the final drafts. Our iPads arrived this week, so sixth class used them to complete research on The Burren. We look forward to another fun packed week next week 😊

6th class had another very busy week. We really enjoy learning about Malala Yousafzai in English. The children wrote amazing newspaper articles about her and then we recreated scenes from her life story in Drama. Tá rang a sé ag obair go dian ar a chuid Gaeilge, bhíeamar ag foghlaim faoin gcorp, uimhreacha pearsanta agus an aidiacht shealbhach an tseachtain seo. In SPHE we were discussing how all families are different, the children created a family shield and an acrostic poem based on their family name. The family trees the children created in Art look fabulous, they also created a family tree as Gaeilge. To reward all their hard work, we had an ice-cream while we relaxed in the sun. Keep up the super work rang a sé 😊

6th Class had a very busy, first week and a half. They are all delighted to be back together as one big class, and we look forward to making this a great last year in CNS for all of the pupils. Over the past week and a half, we have been working really hard on our oral Irish and Irish grammar. 6th class had a great time in P.E. developing their rugby skills. They were hard at work learning about ‘The Immune System’ in Science and ‘The Celts’ in History. They learnt how to write their name using the Celtic ogham alphabet. 6th class enjoyed working in pairs to create a brochure all about the immune system. We were also discussing family trees and each child researched their family tree and created a beautiful painting in Art. In English we have been focusing on recount writing and the children chose an outstanding animal to research, learn and write about.

I have been blown away with how hard all the pupils in 6th class have been working. I am really looking forward to all the learning, adventures, and experiences we will have together over the next year.

Maith sibh Rang a Sé!

Mrs. McMurdock 🙂