Since the start of the year 5th and 6th class have been working hard on their J.E.P project where they had to come up with a product that would go down a treat with the whole community. They have decided on a sale date of the 20th of April from 8:30am to 3:30pm. They are selling them at the school in the first classroom from the basketball court (Ms. McGrath's classroom) at a great price of €1.79 for 5 marshmallow treats and €2.49 for a pack of ten. If you want to be in with a chance of winning a free pack of ten delightful mallow magic treats you can buy a raffle ticket with the extra cent-what a bargain!
Hope to see you there!!!.
This half term we are working on gymnastics in our PE lessons. We began by practising balances and travel patterns. Some people came up with very inventive balances in their groups and they were able to use these balances to complete a performance for the rest of the classes. We came up with lots of different travel patterns too, like jumping, skipping, leap frogging and sliding to name a few. We are looking forward to doing more performances in our PE classes throughout this term.
Following on from our achievement with our JEP picture we had our Dragons Den in class before Christmas. Keith Brigdale, Tim Collins and our lovey secretary Olive played the role of our dragons. Caoimhe, Oisín, Síomha and Sarah O'D all presented their excellent ideas to the dragons. Without a doubt they were all impressed with the ideas, time and effort that all four had put into their project. Caoimhe presented an idea for a recipe book that was colour coded. Síomha had an excellent business idea called 'White to Bright' where she transformed plain cups and t-shirts to personalised items. Sarah followed with her interesting and fantastic idea for a geographical board game. Finally Oisín presented his idea for marshmallows with a twist. The dragons thought that although that the girls had clearly put everything into their product and presentation that Oisín's idea would be t eh winner o this occasion.
We have since taken Oisín's idea and renamed it 'Mallow Magic' and are beginning the process of producing the product. We will next be conducting some market research to see how we can ensure that our business is as successful as possible. We will keep you posted!
This year in 5th and 6th class we had lots of exciting things going on in the lead up to our Christmas holidays. At the start of the month we began by putting up and decorating our Christmas tree. We made some Christmas Jumpers in art and baked some reindeer cupcakes too. It was great fun ::)
Before the Halloween midterm we decided to carve some pumpkins. In our table groups we cleaned out the pumpkins and then as a team decided what type of pumpkin we wanted. Ms. McGrath did the carving after we had drawn on all the features of his face. After all the hard work was done we raffled them off so that some people could bring them home for Halloween Night.
Last Monday we had a very special visit from Michael Browne into our classroom. He did a workshop with us on forces. We learnt so much and got to try out lots of cool experiments. He taught us how we use friction everyday. We put some of our shoes to the test to see who had the best grip. Calvin's shoe was definitely the one with the best grip while Ms.McGrath's was the one with the least grip. We also tested the way that air pressure can work in syringes with a particular focus on how air pressure doesn't stop instantly. We then took our knowledge from this experiment to work with water pressure. WE looked at the way that different objects can move based on the pressure that they apply to the ground. We learnt so much new information and just hope that Michael can come back to us soon to educate us even more!
As part of Science Week this year 5th and 6th class played host to junior and senior infants and 1st class to demonstrate some experiments for them. We took on four experiments including, a taste challenge where children had to try and see if they could taste the difference between an apple and a potato while they had their nose blocked. It was through this experiment that the children learnt that your sense of taste is linked with your sense of smell. our next experiment demonstrated the use of carbon dioxide in blowing up a balloon. we created CO2 by using lemon juice, water and baking soda and showed the children how this mixture could be used to blow up a balloon just like our breathe. Thirdly we created quick sand and showed children how quick sand works. we also discussed how to save ourselves if we get trapped in quick sand.
Finally we demonstrated the reaction between mentos and coke-this was undoubtedly the crowd pleaser and all the children really enjoyed watching the explosion that happened. 5th and 6th really enjoyed demonstrating the experiments and it is clear that we certainly have some excellent teachers in the making!
This year 5th and 6th class are taking part in the Junior Entrepreneur Project (JEP). We have been busy thinking of some excellent business ideas this year with some people coming up with ideas for bird houses, bath bombs, edible play dough, stress balls and festive decorations to name a few. We are now down to the final four products to choose from with our Dragons Den taking place very soon. Our final four ideas are top secret until our final idea has been chosen. As part of the JEP we had to fly the flag outside our school and submit a photo of it. We found out on Thursday that our photo has been chosen as the winner from all the other schools in Ireland. We are very proud of ourselves and delighted with our achievements. We are looking forward to what lies ahead for our business. Watch this space!!