We had such fun this week experimenting with our chain reaction contraptions...some worked....some didn't...but we learned so much about working together changing our designs and still having fun together!
Met Éireann watch out!!
This week in class we made anemometers. These instruments are used to measure the speed of wind. We took our anemometers outside to measure the speed of the wind on the day. Thanks also to our classmate Eoin for being our photographer on the day and to Ben who kept a very strict eye on the stopwatch!.
Electromagnetism and motors and hand fans!
In the first term we looked at magnetism and how it relates to electromagnets and motors. We made electromagnets and completed circuits to make motors spin. We learned about what symbols are used to draw and record circuits. As an investigation we made hand fans and explored how colours blended.
Cispheil na mBunscoil
6th class really enjoyed partaking in Cishpheil na mBunscoil again this year. We had a competitive boys and girls team along with non competitive teams representing the school. It gave all the boys and girls an opportunity to develop an appreciation of Basketball. The skill standard rose steadily as our weeks of practice progressed.
Senior Infants Reading Buddies
Jimmy Crowley Concert
Recently Jimmy Crowley entertained us with a wonderful concert at school. We had great fun learning to sing Péigín Litir Mhór prior to the concert and were thrilled to be able to sing it with Jimmy on the day. Following the concert Seán, Shane and Darragh from our class were lucky enough to meet Jimmy Crowley in person!!
Fighting Words Workshop.
Recently sixth class took part in a creative writing workshop based at the Graffiti Theatre, Blackpool. The workshop is lead by a volunteer tutor group. The pupils wrote a collaborative story entitled "The War of the Water Balloons" and can be viewed at the attached link...http://www.fightingwords.ie/stories/war-water-balloon
What a performance today from the boys and girls in 6th Class as they presented their Christmas play "O'Connor's Circus" for the rest of the school. The performance was flawless and went down a treat with everyone. All the hard work of the last few weeks paid off and it was a triumph for all concerned. Many thanks to all our wonderful parents for providing costumes for the cast. We couldn't have done it without ye!! Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and every good wish for the New Year!
Secret Santa in 6th Class.
There was great excitement and expectation last Friday as the identities of the various Secret Santa's were revealed! Lots of laughter could be heard coming from Mrs. O'Connor's classroom as chocolates, hair gel, make up bags and robots exchanged hands. It was yet another example of the great classroom spirit we have had since September.
World War 1 and the Cloghroe Connection.
Recently, we were very lucky to have had a visit to our classroom of Shane Connolly's grandmother, Geraldine Connolly. Shane's two great great granduncle, Michael Horgan, fought in the trenches with the 1st Munster Fusiliers. Unfortunatley Michael died in action in northern France. Shane's other Great great granduncle was returned home at the end of the Great War and never fully recovered from its effects. We were very honoured to hold the World War 1 medal presented to Micheal's family. Many thanks to the Connolly family for sharing this precious family heirloom with us.
Our Crocus Project
6th class are participating in a project called The Crocus Project. The Crocus Project encourages primary school children of 11 years of age and older to commemorate those who were persecuted during the atrocities of the Holocaust in World War 2. It is organised by Holocaust Education Trust Ireland.
This October we planted crocuses at the bottom of the main school steps. The crocus is a flower that blooms in early spring. It comes in different colours but we have planted vibrant yellow ones as a symbol of the Star of David.
Each month we will make observations on their progress and mark them on our class charts. We will record the data using photographs, illustrations and words.
Red Cabbage Indicator Experiment.
Recently we used red cabbage for a slightly different reason than eating it. We soaked it in warm water for two hours and then extracted the red colour from the water. We used this water to test the acidity or alkalinity of a variety of household materials. The results were amazing and the colour schemes which were produced were second to none!
Data Collection Fun!!
Who ever said that Maths isn't fun??. Sixth class pupils have recently been collecting data on each other with a view to finding averages in the areas of the height of everyone in the class and the amount of time spent on after school activities. We also had some fun group problem solving activities. It all lead to plenty of discussion, debate and was not without a few rechecks with the measuring tape!.