Category Archives: 5th Class

October in Katie’s Fifth Class

This month the children completed lessons based on World War I across a range of subjects – History, Visual Arts, Geography and English. They researched areas of interest using iPads based on the topic and created projects in various formats (PowerPoint presentations, posters, books, art work, etc.). They presented their projects to the class at the end of the month. Everybody put a huge amount of effort into their project.

  

   

In Visual Arts lessons the class designed World War I themed silhouettes. They used chalk pastels to create a sunrise background and used black card to make a silhouette depicting an element of life during World War I.

  

   

The children also made autumnal clay bowls in Visual Arts lessons. A range of techniques and skills were used to create their bowls (rolling the clay, using moulds, shaping the clay, etc.).

  

  

Our school participated in Maths Week during the week of the 12th of October. We had lots of fun playing various card games to improve our mental arithmetic. We looked for elements of maths in the world around us and created ‘Maths Eyes’ posters to show how maths is everywhere!

  

In Science lessons we learned about the different parts of plants and their functions. We planted bulbs and are delighted to see plenty of growth already!

  

A huge congratulations to everyone who received their pen licence in October! Maith sibh!

  

  

 

September in Katie’s Fifth Class

We are all delighted to be back in school and have had a very busy few weeks. We have all adapted very quickly to our new school routine.

We created self-portraits in Visual Arts lessons. See if you can recognise anyone!

We also learned about a famous artist, Henri Matisse, who was renowned for his collage work. The boys and girls created name collages using a range of coloured card.

  

The children really enjoyed our History lessons. We learned all about Grace O’Malley, the infamous pirate queen. The boys and girls completed lots of different writing activities based on her adventurous life.

A huge congratulations to everyone in our class who received their pen licence in September! Maith sibh!

 

February in Katie’s Fifth Class

February was a very busy month in Katie’s Fifth Class. ‘Pop Art’ was the focus of our Visual Arts lessons. We looked at the art work of both Andy Warhol and Jim Dine and discussed artistic elements of their work. The children designed pop art based on onomatopoeia (Andy Warhol). They also created tissue bleed hearts using vibrant colours (Jim Dine).

    

Friendship Week took place in our school from the 10th – 14th of February. Each class completed various activities relating to friendship – secret friend, pass the compliment, friendship games, etc. On the last day of Friendship Week our class created friendship bracelets to give to their secret friend. The week highlighted the importance of showing kindness to others and how even the smallest act of kindness can make a difference.

   

The boys and girls worked hard to improve their léitheoireacht Gaeilge over the month. They have been reading a variety of different stories and playing different word games to help with their word recognition. The class are becoming confident young readers as Gaeilge!

 

January in Katie’s Fifth Class

January was a very busy month in Katie’s Fifth Class. We were delighted to be given the opportunity to use our brand new instruments during Music lessons to develop our sense of pulse and to create rhythms. The class worked hard, learning how to read and perform standard music notation. A huge thank you to Meath County Council who awarded the school a grant for the purchase of these instruments.

   

 

In Visual Arts lessons this month the class designed and created miniature houses and furniture using a range of artistic skills – painting, constructing, sewing, etc. The children spent the month working on their houses and demonstrated excellent teamwork skills in the process.

     

Fractions was a significant part of our Maths lessons in January. The children learned how to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions and learned how to identify equivalent fractions.

 

 

St Andrew’s Athletic Club, Ashbourne

We are an Active School and encourage all our pupils to take up sport in order to get their recommended sixty minutes of physical activity every day! We’d like to help link our pupils with local sporting opportunities and to this end Michelle from St. Andrew’s Athletic Club in Ashbourne came in to speak to boys and girls from Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Classes today.

Michelle explained they train in all weather on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7-8pm and new members are welcome. Children who’d like to try out athletics are welcome to give it a go and have a free week of sessions before deciding if they’d like to sign up and join. Children can train once or twice or three times a week and opt to compete if they like but Michelle explained the emphasis is on fun.

The club also do a two kilometre run in Ashbourne on Sundays and are hoping to establish a junior parkrun in Ashbourne. Junior Parkrun Info

Families interested in running and fitness could plan a day of athletics with their upcoming 2k race for children and 5k and 10k options this April. St Andrew’s AC 2/5/10k

Click here for more info from St Andrew’s AC