In English we did the poem Taking My Pen For a Walk and the children did just that….
Welcome back to the 5th and 6th class page. We have all started back with great enthusiasm. We got straight down to work. HISTORY: We did some research on the World Trade Centre disaster as it was the 10th anniversary, we watched films, documentaries and read articles from books and newspapers published the day after the 9/11 attacks. Afterwards the children planned and wrote their own story as if they were a survivor of this awful catastrophe. I couldn’t believe the quality and insight of the stories that the children wrote.
In ART the children drew their own portraits…..who are theses kids? All children, boys and girls alike have started to sew. Some have taken to it like a duck to water and others are getting there. At the moment we are sewing our names and we plan to move on to sewing buttons on next. Should you need a stitch at home make sure to avail of this free service while its still a novelty.
This month the children, in groups, constructed the Twin Towers from the World Trade Centre before the 9/11 events. They put in a marvellous effort using only recyclable materials. We now have three fantastic W.T.Centres in our school.
ENGLISH: It’s that time of year again when they start advertising for the Dear Grace letters. Volumn 10 of the book will be released this year and 5th and 6th class are already planning their letters….I hope.
RELIGION: We have sorted our confirmation dates for 6th class. Confirmation will be held in Ballymore Church on Wednesday the 14th of March at 11 o’clock. The class are learning the Rosary and the Mysteries of the Rosary at the moment.
PE: 5th and 6th class will have Rugby every Tuesday after 11 o’clock break for this term. The will also have football on a Friday afternoon. We practice regularly for our up and coming C.na mB matches. The Girls have one win behind them already and hopefully the boys will after todays game.
English reading….story or poem and Novel
Irish Reading….sceal nó dán
My Spelling Workbook: Sentences and spellings from current Unit
Irish Frasaí… new phrases given each week to be learnt in conjunction with previous phrases.
Tables….revise all multiplication and division
5th and 6th Class Work 2010-2011
We have studied World War 1 in detail and are now doing projects on it. We also read our second novel War Games which was very good and gave us a great insight into World War 1.
Early this month the whole school started Phase 1 of Food Dudes, whereby a delivery of Fruit and Veg, all prepacked was dropped at the school door each morning for 16 days. Each child got a portion of fruit and veg each day and had to eat them to get the Food Dudes gift of the day. There were four fruits and four veg, repeated four times each to get the children used to eating them (eg Day 1 -cherry tomatoes and apples, Day 2-peppers and bananas, day 3- rasins and carrots, day 4-apples and cucumbers, day 5-cherry tomatoes and apples and so on….) Most children participated whole heartedly and recieved all gifts, others struggled on particular days, but all in all it was a great success and we now have great enthusiasm from the children and teachers to bring in fruit and veg each day…..long may it last. Phase 2 is starting Monday 4th April.
We also grew Sunflowers in our new greenhouse made out of milk cartons and given to the school by Liz Egan. Two children are responsible for watering them each day. We are planning to grow veg in the school garden over the next few weeks.
We celebrated St Patricks day.
19 children from 6th class made their Confirmation in Rosemount Church on March 10th at 11.O’clock. It was a lovely day and all children looked fab.
This week we are going to Dublin to visit the Jeanie Johnston Memorial ship. We have studied the Great Irish Potato Famine (An Gorta Mór) in great detail over the past few weeks and the children have found it fascinating. The Jeanie Johnston Memorial Ship is currently docked at the Quays in Dublin, and it is an accurate replica of the original ship which sailed between Tralee in Co. Kerry and North America between 1847 and 1855. Here the children can go back in time and experience life on the coffin ships, through photographs, sound and hundreds of genuine artefacts. The tour will convey a deep sense of history and will to be a memorable experience for all who come on board. So 5th and 6th class, myself and Mrs Murray will visit this replica of the great tragedy that our ancestors endured. As we are also studying the Novel “Under the Hawthorn Tree” which tells the sad story of three children’s fight for survival during this time. We will also visit various memorial monuments to the famine victims in the Stephens Green and on the Quays.
This month started with a blast of activity. With national Chatholic Schools Week in full bloom we celebrated St John Bosco’s feast day on Monday 30th Jan and we also cheated an celebrated St Bridgets Day early as we were off to a rugby blitz on Tuesday. On Wednesday we had some Grandparents into our class to tell us about their childhood for Grandparents Day. On Thursday we celebrated St Blaizes Day with morning mass and throat blessing later in school. On Friday evening we entered 2 teams into the Credit Union quiz held in Moate. Both teams did extremely well and we were very proud of them. Our U11 team won their group after a tie breaker question against Moate Convent. They are now through to the Regional Finals and we wish them all the very best. Below are some stories written by children in 5th and 6th class regards the weeks events:
GRANDPARENTS DAY 2 February 2011
Grandparent’s day is on the 2 of February. It was a very special day in 5th and 6thin Tubber ns on that day because 5 grandparents came in and told the children all about their lives. They played hopscotch ,skipping ,whip and a top ,conkers, chestnuts ,swimming, dancing, fishing ,played on a trees that they called round towers and they climbed up and in winter they played Jack show your light and when it was very cold and it snowed they slid in the frost , made snowmen, threw , snowballs , cough birds and then let them go .
In school they had a lot to learn. They had to learn Religion off by heart and were tested by the priests. Some people were taught by teachers who were French nuns. The jobs at home were doing messages, get food, tidy bedroom, tidy house, weigh flour and lots of outside chores. Christmas ment a lot and every house had a candle lighting in the window which ment a welcome to strangers. As presents they got jigsaws, snakes and ladders rag dolls war ships and plenty of toys made from wood. If yoi were lucky enough to get a porcelane doll you had to be real careful not to let hwe fall as she would break easily. They had no TV, DVDs, PS3, Xbox not even an iPod. Lots of people had no toilets, running water or electricity. The streets were very gravel and dusty and on market they were full of poo. Grandparents play a very big role in our lives. Thank you to all the grandparents who visited us to tell us stories. It was fun. The Children gave their grandparents cards and posh sweets to thank them.
By Áine Healy
The Credit Union Quiz
by Dearbhla O’Reilly
Two young girls from Tubber N.S have made up a band called Fantasy. The 2 girls are on Youtube and they have 165 views already. We think the girls will turn out to be a great success in the future. Their first song is called Shine and hopefully the girls have a lot more for their fans. The two girls names are Kayla Gannon and Saoirse Halpin and both girls are in 5th class and their fab teacher is called Mrs Dowd. One weekend Kayla went over to Saoirse’s house and both of the girls thought it would be a great idea for them to start a band. Their voices go brilliantly together. The girls hope that Louis Walsh or some record company will see them on Youtube and offer them a record deal and become famous. We all hope the girls have a new song and post it on Youtube. Kayla and Saoirse hope that when their 1stCD comes out that loads and loads of people will buy it and they hope you all enjoy it too. The girls would love if more people watch their video on Youtube . If you want to view it then type “celgan1” in Youtube …..
By Kayla Gannon
Last Tuesday the 6th class went to a rugby blitz in the Midland Warriors pitch in Moate.There were 3 teams A,B and C and we faced teams such as Oliver Plunketts in Moate.We set out at about 10 o ‘clock and had to pick up Oliver Plunketts,Rosemount and Streamstown. Some of the lads in TY refereed the matches.Everyone got to play a couple of matches and some people were better than they thought.Luckily we didn’t have any injuries during the day.A great time was had by all.
By James Sheridan
On returning to school we found out that our class received a wall plaque from World Aid Awards for our great understanding in the World Aid project. Only a small number of schools out of 1000’s received this award. The Our World Irish Aid Awards is an annual primary schools programme, now in its sixth year, which encourages pupils across Ireland to consider the lives of children in developing countries. With the help of their teachers, the students explore the day to day challenges faced by children of their own age in other countries.Our individual projects were based on the The theme of this year’s Awards ‘A Better Future for All the World’s Children’. The programme is run by Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs. The core aim of the Our World Irish Aid Awards is to broaden the knowledge and understanding among young people of the Millennium Development Goals, as well as the work of Irish Aid in partnership with developing countries.
We also found out that Claire King had been selected for the Regional finals with her Doodle4google entry….the theme was “To me happiness is….” Claires entry was that happiness to her is her circle of friends. We wish Claire the very best in the next round.
This month the children have completed 2 projects. They each worked on their own project for their Irish Hero. They all did great work. When they had completed their projects they wrote their heroes biography on tea stained paper and presented each biography to the class.
The second project was on Irish Aid – a bright future for all the world’s children. The children worked in groups and put a lot of time and effort into presenting great projects based on the second Millennium goal…education for all.
The class along with Liz Egan started the school garden. We grew all types and colours of flowers. The children enjoyed it and asked lots of questions.
Fantasy Creative Writing competition., Irish Aid projects
The children got to dress up for Halloween on the last day before mid-term break. Everyone dressed up in costumes that were home made. They looked fantastic. Well done to all at home who helped them and thanks.
For Halloween we drew Pumpkins using straight lines only and still managed to get the perfect circle. We linked Music and Art and listened to “Fossils” from “Carnival of the Animals” and the children sketched on black card, what they imagined was happening. Very imaginative …from a skeleton disco to a skeleton orchestra.
This week (1st Oct) the children created their own jig-Saw for our JigSaw Mania display…..this was fun and looked a lot easier than it actually was. By using straight lines we divided the page. The difficulty started after we cut out the pieces when we tried to put them back together again…..We got their in the end and ended up with these….
Perfect face using straight lines only.
The Doodle 4 Googletime has come around again and the theme is “To me Happiness is……”and we had some fantabulous entries.
Dear Grace Letter. A great oppertunity for the children to do free writing.
St Bridgets Cr Union Halloween Postercompetition………………..very scarrrrrry stuff.
Credit Union Poster competition: The theme this year for the 27th annual poster competition is based on the theme ‘Local. Trusted. Serving You’, whereby the children will draw or paint a poster.
All 5th and 6th are thrilled to be back!!!!! Even the teacher!!!!!
We have started the Basketball League, and every team will play each other and the second round will be a knockout.
The basketball league has ended and Harry’s Team beat Sean’s Team in the final. But well done to all. Everyone seems to have improved immensely from the start of the year, keep it up.
Basketball coaching started this week with Coach P.
The boys football Cuman na mBunscol has started up again and thus far we are getting nearer to O’Connor Park for the final. We beat Pullough last Wednesday with a great show of sportsmanship by all involved. Man of the match on the day was Kevin Fallon who scored two great goals. Well done all.
The Girls football/Sports started back again this month with Mrs Dowd and Trina. All girls from 4th to 6th are welcome to join on Tuesday evenings from 3:15 to 4.30. The girls will play a variety of games and learn drills and skills to accompany these games. The main starting team for any game (as with the boys) will give 6th class priority.
In Art we used “The 14 object Name design” to decorate our names, as always some were very imaginative….see below.
The children experimented with warm colours to paint an Autumn scene. They were to incorporate “prespective art techniques” done in class to show various objects in the distance and up close. The pictures came out lovely and are displayed in the hall out side their room.Wonderful work by all.
The class entered the Edco “Junior Painter of the year” competition where the theme was “This makes me smile…..” the children did fab work. You’d be surprised at what makes 10-12 year olds smile!!!!!