We have been very busy in Ms Bourke’s room over the last few weeks in particular with science club which finished up this Tuesday. In our first week we learned all about sound and how it moves in vibrations through molecules. We played with boom whackers and other fun instruments. The next week we made guitars and lava lamps. With our lava lamps, we used Alka Seltzer as a catalyst to make two immiscible liquids move. We learned that a catalyst is something that causes a reaction, and immiscible liquids are two liquids that do not mix (oil and water). In the third week we learned about viscosity, and had a viscosity race between thick and thin liquids to see which had the lowest viscosity. We poured honey, water, paint and oil down a table on its side to see which would travel the fastest. The water won which means it had the lowest viscosity. In our final two weeks we learned about optical illusions, but perhaps the highlight of the whole science club was this week when we made puking pumpkins and did a lung test. We put baking soda, food dye and vinegar into pumpkins which caused a reaction and made liquid spew from their mouths. We all had so much fun and hope to do it again next year.
We have been extremely busy in Mr. Kelly’s 6th Class to date. We have had lots of fun doing different types of art such as Autumn leaf prints, Halloween scenes and self portraits.
We are coming to the end of our drama lessons with Paula which we have thoroughly enjoyed. We developed our cooperation and improvisation skills during our drama activities.
We have had the chance to write creative stories about The Fiery Mermaid, Destruction and The Snare. We used lots of descriptive vocabulary and phrases.
We are really enjoying Maths Week so far. We worked together as teams on the iPads playing different games each day. Our favourite so far is the Car Park game. Some of us also came close to completing the most difficult level of The Tower of Hanoi.
We were very lucky to have a guest speaker from Newbridge library to tell us more about World War 1, German U-boats, what soldiers used to wear and especially how Kildare and Newbridge people were affected by the war.
We are all working hard to reach our target of reading six books by Halloween.
Lastly, we are all trying our best to keep active. We do circuits and Drop Everything And Run every day which gives us a nice break and helps us to keep fit! We are all involved in other sports too like Basketball after school and cross country during lunch time.
We are all really looking forward to enjoying ourselves over the Halloween break.
It has been a busy start to October for Mr Connolly’s 5th class. We have written poems in English, learned all the major rivers, lakes and mountains of Ireland and designed dreamcatchers in Art. As we approach the end of our weekly swimming lessons in the Curragh pool, we have enjoyed learning new swimming strokes and we are now more confident in the water. Our class has been very active too! This week we ran a combined 210km during our cross country and drop everything and run sessions. That’s the same distance as Newbridge to Belfast. We are also very proud of winning the school attendance award with full attendance from everyone this week. We are now looking forward to Maths week and the upcoming Hallowe’en festivities.
Ms. O’Toole’s class have been very busy! We have only been back a month and already we have learnt so much. In our classroom you will see our walls covered with: rivers, plants, hedgehogs and Rosary beads in our sacred area. We love to do art, especially painting, so you will also find some beautiful autumnal paintings on our windows. We can’t wait for next month when we will be tackling long division in Maths and learning about Native American tribes in History. Watch this space as we hope to share our Native American projects with you soon!
Two weeks ago we started swimming lessons in the Curragh swimming pool as part of our PE programme. In art, we drew pictures of our shoes. We also decorated a jigsaw piece with things that we like to do on it. We decorated the jigsaw pieces to show that we all fit together. Every day we have drop everything and run. This is when we run around the school to keep our energy levels up throughout the day. Every day we have skipping ropes on the yard with us at big break. Last week we learned our school motto. Our school motto is ‘through body and mind to God’. In history, we did a presentation on homes through the ages in groups. At lunchtime every day we watch ‘News Today’. We really enjoy this because we get to learn about other children around the world.
Ms. Brophy’s 4th class are delighted to be back at school. Our first week back we began learning how to play the guitar with Don Nea. We learned ‘How much is that Doggy in the Window’, ‘Drunken Sailor’ and ‘Kumbaya’ using the notes E minor, D and A. We also enjoyed drawing self-portraits in art, making posters to promote Newbridge tourism and watching videos about Barn Owls. Our class are trying to improve our running skills during P.E and some members of the class are taking part in cross country and football. Aoife in our class donated 14 inches of her hair to the Rapunzel Foundation. We are very proud of her.
December has been a really busy month in Mrs Dunning’s class. We have been getting ready for Christmas. One of our favourite things has been our Christmas art. We were asked to make a display for the big hall. We made a silhouette of the Nativity scene and Jesus in his manger. We used different shades of blue and white paint for the background and we let that dry. Then we got a print of the nativity scene and we painted it black. We cut this out and stuck it onto the blue background. We thought it looked really good and we were proud of ourselves. Every time we pass the display, we are reminded of the true meaning of Christmas – The birth of Jesus Christ.
Last week was very busy for 4th class. The carol singers had been practising for weeks with Mrs. Galvin and Mr Nea. On Tuesday we all walked down to Dunnes Stores for our first performance. It was so fun. We sang a lot of songs including Jingle Bells, Snowflakes and Silent Night. We wore Santa hats and Christmas jumpers. Loads of people came to watch us and we raised a lot of money for St. Vincent De Paul. On Thursday we went to Tesco and sang the same lovely songs. It was very nice to raise money for charity by singing our favourite Christmas carols. We are already looking forward to next year.
It’s almost Christmas and Mr Kelly’s class are preparing for the Nativity play in the church. The play is as Gaeilge with some English songs in there too. It has been a great way to practise our Irish. The whole school will be there to watch it on Friday the 22nd of December, and parents are invited to watch it too. We have been practising the play since November and luckily everybody in the class has a speaking part. We are also very lucky to have microphones so that we can be heard. Our teacher Mr Kelly worked very hard to find and make props for the play and we also have lovely costumes. The play tells the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. We are acting the parts of Mary, Joseph, the Three Wise men, the Innkeepers and we even have a sheep! It is important to remember the meaning of Christmas and how it all began. Merry Christmas to everyone from Mr. Kelly’s class and enjoy the holidays.
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