Category Archives: 5th Class

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.

Student Council Elections

We have been very busy over the past few weeks learning about elections, hustlings and how to give a good speech. We watched some videos of children in America giving speeches to join the student councils in their schools and some encouraging words from Kid President.

We all got very creative for our speeches with some children coming up with songs, dances, raps and some children made very convincing posters and catch phrases.

The elections took place in the library where each child’s name was marked off their class lists and ballots were stamped to make sure everything was fair and official. Each child ticked the box beside the name of the person they wanted elected for their class and placed their ballot in the correct box.


The votes were counted and checked by Robert, Ajay and Maja. The elected members of are student council for this year are:

Emily’s Second Class – Romet                      Sally’s Second Class – Magnus

Katie K’s Third Class – Julia K                      Clara’s Third Class – Robyn and Nikita

Aishling’s Fourth Class – Sofija and Sharya      Michael’s Fourth Class – Ross and Lianna

Shane’s Fifth Class – Daniella and Marcu

We are really looking forward to being part of our school’s first student council and hope to have our first meeting early in the New Year.

(L to R) (back)Nikita, Lianna, Julia, Sharya, Daniella, Ross

(front) Robyn, Magnus, Aoife (filling in for Romet), Sofija

November in 5th class

We have had a very busy month since returning from our mid-term break. The class have been learning all about keeping safe and designed their own water safety posters to raise awareness about what we need to remember to keep ourselves safe when we are near water.

Preparations have been ongoing for our Winter assembly taking place in December. We can’t wait for the opportunity to showcase all of the songs and poems we have worked hard learning and also to share with everyone what we have learnt about various other topics such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Libraries and Australia. Here are some pictures of the class learning the winter song we will be performing.