Category Archives: 5th Class

Feasts and Festivals around the world

For History this month, 5th class have been learning all about feasts and festivals that are celebrated around the world. We have been learning about ones that took place long ago as well as current celebrations. The class were then split into groups of two and each group was given their own country. The groups were asked to research the feasts and festivals that take place in their given country, pick one of these and then create a project based on the feast or festival they chose. Each group then presented their projects to the rest of the class. We had so much fun working on the projects and learned so much about the different festivals that take place around the world.

Friendship in 5th class

We have just finished having ‘Friendship week’ in 5th class. Firstly, the class discussed the importance of being kind to others and we came up with lots of great ideas about how we can show our kindness to one another and be good friends to our classmates. Each child was given a secret friend who they tried to do nice and kind things for throughout the week. The class did lots of fun activities all week, including co-operative games in the PE hall, as well as “passing the compliment,” where everybody in the class wrote something kind about everyone else. We also made friendship bracelets, using multicoloured wool and beads and then shared these bracelets with each other. There was a kindness bucket hanging on the outside of the classroom door. After each day, everybody wrote one act of kindness on a piece of paper, that they observed throughout the day and dropped it in the kindness bucket. This is something the whole class really enjoyed and our bucket was overflowing by the end of Friendship week.



Experiments in 5th class

This month we have been learning all about the amazing human body and we completed two experiments based on our learning. The first was to compare our heart rates when we were at rest and after exercise. We found that our heart rates were much higher after we exercised because our working muscles needed more oxygen during this time. We also designed our own models of the human lungs, to help us understand how they work, using a plastic bottle, a straw, and two balloons. When you breathe in a muscle under your chest called your diaphragm moves down and your ribs move out. Our model worked in a similar way. When you pull down on the rubber, the space inside the bottle gets bigger and the air spreads out.

We have started reading a new novel this month, “A Greyhound of a girl”-By Roddy Doyle. We are really enjoying the story so far and decided to design characters from the story using a variety of fabrics and fibres and anything else we could find.

First Student Council Meeting

Today was a historic day at Ashbourne ETNS, we held our very first student council meeting. Róisín sat in our first meeting to hear all our great ideas for what we would like to do over the next few months. All of the children had collected ideas from their class mates and also had their own great ideas.

We have decided on what we would like to focus on for the next few weeks so watch this space…..

Making Snowmen in 5th class

In December the class were working really hard, rehearsing for their Winter Assembly. It all paid off on the day and we hope that everyone who was able to make it enjoyed our show. The winter song we performed was “Frosty the Snowman”. This inspired us to create our very own snowmen. We had so much fun creating these and were delighted with the finished products.