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We wrote winter stories and displayed them in time for Christmas! 

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Image result for blubber gloveBlubber Glove Experiment

The animals of the Arctic and Antarctic circles spend their lives surviving subfreezing air temperatures and frigid water. Their secret is blubber, a thick layer of body fat that comprises up to 50% of some marine mammals.  
With the Blubber Glove experiment, we tested a blubber substitute on a small scale and saw what it’s like to take a dip in cold water without turning into a human popsicle.
The process was quite messy but very enjoyable!
 Dabbing with the glove 🙂      
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This is a very easy one to try at home.  We used margarine instead of shortening and it worked equally well!

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Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks

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We were learning about segregation and civil rights. We  looked at several powerpoints, interesting videos and took notes on our white boards before writing up a biography.

                                                         

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We painted our windows 

We painted our windows and created beautiful candles using tissue paper and clear roll.  They have made our windows look so Christmassy!

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We drew the Grinch and also wrote Christmas poems based on our senses!

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Image result for penguins clipartPenguins on Display

Here are our penguins on display!

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We have been busy with our winter art, creating snowmen negative space silhouettes and perfect penguins. Have a look.

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Image result for cupcakes clipartRice Krispie Buns

We learned how to make rice krispie buns during one of our Irish lessons, so we decided to put those instructions into action and made some ourselves.  They were delicious and more than enough to go around.

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Our classroom walls are certainly a lot more beautiful with these mosaic pieces.  

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We drew our own s-elves by using a step by step method with Ms Connaughton.  Some interesting little fellows!

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We wrote Acrostic Winter Poems and displayed them on our classroom wall.  First we brainstormed all we knew about winter, then we created a first draft before going onto our finished piece.

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Our First Debate

John and Leahrose from 5th class and Leo from 6th represented our school on our first debate whose motion stated ‘Ireland should take refugees’.  

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We are thrilled to announce that they won and brought St Aengus on to the next round along with other team members Allannah and Rachel.

These debates are run by Concern.About the Concern Debates

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The Concern Debates have been running for 33 years, involving over 50,000 post-primary students in Ireland. Debating topics related to global development encourages participants to explore and be challenged by some of the world’s most important issues.
By taking part, students also learn the valuable skills of research and debating. Some are inspired to go on to become advocates for social change both at home and abroad. Around 140 schools across the country participate annually.

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We have been learning about levers, gears and pulleys.  We found out about the lever in particular,  which is one of the most basic forms of a machine, and helps lift heavy objects with much less effort.

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We created our own levers using rulers and round objects for the fulcrum.  We also created levers/pulleys while making a crocodile whose teeth chomp when pulled.

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Have a look at this video to find out more about levers!

 

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We are learning how to play chess this year.  We are lucky to have Ms Mc Carthy join our classroom for an hour each week and help teach us the pieces, moves and strategies.  

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We played Halloween games on the last day before midterm.  We tried bobbing for apples or as the teacher calls it, ‘ducking’, we tied apples to strings and did out best to bite into them with no hands, and we played pin the wart on the witches nose.

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We finished our Halloween masks, our witches feet, spooky stories and flying bats! It’s been a busy October!
Here are our masks

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We also wrote Halloween limerick poems.   Have a read!

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We also wrote disgusting potions using instructional writing. They are magical!

 

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Our spooky corner looked great!

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Have a read of some of our spooky stories

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We created our own designs for witches feet.

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We composed Irish Acrostic poems based on Halloween

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And we painted some beautiful silhouettes

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Tá Oíche Shamhna ag teacht agus táimid ag ullmhú an seomra ranga. Rinneamar ceachtanna éagsúla ar an abhar seo fósta i ngaeilge.

Halloween - Oíche Shamhna (2)

Halloween is coming and we are preparing our classroom. We have done several lessons in Irish on this subject.

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Have a look at our short stories/scéalta.

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We began making Halloween masks using the paper mache method.  This as we know is very messy but so much fun!

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Burt celebrate their win at the O Donnell Park in the replay with Milford Photo Brian McDaidBurt Champions

This weekend, for the first time in their history, Burt lifted the Donegal Intermediate Football Championship title beating Milford by two points in the final replay at the O’Donnell Park.We were lucky enough to welcome a few members of the winning squad to our school today for a visit with the cup.  The excitement at school was contagious today!

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Check out our photos with the cup! 

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Image resultMr Kelly and the Glenswilly team also deserve our congratulations on their win this weekend against Kilcar, Ms Connaughton’s home town! Glenswilly have won their third Donegal SFC title!

 

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We experimented with how water can travel and creep by being absorbed by material. We learned about the process of Osmosis.

We used water, plastic cups, tissue paper, and food colouring.

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We also conducted chromotography experiments to find out who/which marker ‘wrote the ransom note’.

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If you want to find out how this works and how to do it, please follow this link: 

http://www.primaryscience.ie/media/pdfs/col/creeping_colours.pdf

Image resultThe Renaissance

As part of our history curriculum, we’ve been looking at the Renaissance, and in particular, the artists that featured.  We took understanding Michelangelo and his painting of the Sistine Chapel to a new level by getting under our tables and seeing for ourselves how difficult this must have been!

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We also looked at Da Vinci and his amazing intellect.  We looked at illustrations for inventions and study of anatomy.  We then looked at the Mona Lisa.  Finally, we created our own pictures inspired by the image of the Mona Lisa.  What do you think???

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We wrote our own Autumn Acrostic Poems using all of the facts we already knew and gleaned from a powerpoint we watched.  Have a look!

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Constructing Boxes

For one of our art lessons, we created little boxes using Popsicle sticks and pva glue.  We then decorated these in any way we wished.  Some of our creations  ended up being significantly taller than others!

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Here are a few other ideas on what you could make!!
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Assembly

We performed our class assembly on the first week of October.  Our theme was debating and our set was St Aengus Court where Homework was on trial for being a ‘bad guy’.  We had a judge and jury, defense lawyer and prosecuter.  We also had character witnesses and tape evidence.  The class performed fantastically and Homework was found innocent.  Well done to everyone!!

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Here are a few photos of us rehearsing.

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So far this September, we’ve conducted many science experiments.  We made bouncing eggs and secret messages using milk and the lead from our pencils.  These have been done to research the effects of various liquids eg vinegar or the fat in milk and what happens when the water evoporates.

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We also made lavalamps using vegetable oil, water, food colouring, plastic bottles, torches and alka seltzer.

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We’ve been learning about arguing, debating and being persuasive in class.  We are completing our assembly based on this subject too.  We recently, in our groups, took stances on whether school uniforms are a good thing or not.  This was very interesting as it meant perhaps taking a side with which we don’t agree!

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We created some beautiful pieces by using a silhouette patchwork effect.  We have them display in our classroom as we are very proud of them.

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European Exercise Week

As part of European Exercise week the school took part in  many races of varying length, marathons and basketball shoot outs.  This culminated in a shoot out with the class teacher.  The successful students guaranteed a night off homework for the entire class, so the excitement was high!

Image result for playing basketball clipartMs Connaughton took on Oisín Kerrigan and Rachel Bradley.

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Mr Kelly was then taken on by Cora Elee Carlin and Rhys Elliot dsc_0078 dsc_0079 dsc_0080 dsc_0081
The students of both 5th and 6th class were successful!

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We’ve begun the novel There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom.  The book is about a boy called Bradley Chalkers. He is the oldest child in the class. He tells enormous lies. He picks fights with girls, and the teachers say he has “serious behaviour problems.”

No one likes him – except Carla, the new school counsellor. She thinks Bradley is sensitive and generous, and she even enjoys his far-fetched stories. Carla knows that Bradley could change, if only he weren’t afraid to try. Sometimes the hardest thing in the world is believing in yourself.  

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So far we’ve been really enjoying it. We created these movie posters to go with the book.  They are based on predictions on what they story might entail.

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POP ART and Andy Warhol

We looked at the artist Andy Warhol and his style of art.  In 1961 Andy came up with the concept of using mass-produced commercial goods in his art. He called it Pop Art.

He would use commercial images and reproduce them over and over. One early example of this was a series on Campbell’s Soup cans.

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In one painting he had two hundred Campbell’s soup cans repeated over and over. Andy often used silkscreen and lithography to create his pictures.

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We created our own images and used the photocopier to create four of this image on one page to create an Andy Warhol style effect.

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We started our science off this year with a slimy bang.  We’ve been learning about Non Newtonian Liquids, liquids that don’t behave normally.  We used cornflour, water, food colouring to investigate what happened when we applied force to the mixture.
The was very messy, interesting and exciting!

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When you mix cornflour with water, the large cornflour particles remain ‘suspended’ (float around) in the liquid.

Cornflour slime is thick because the particles are packed very close together, yet they are still able to slip past each other.

When you stir the mixture slowly it acts like a liquid because the suspended particles have time to move past each other.

Yet when you put sudden stress on the mixture, by rolling it for example, the water quickly flows out of the area but the particles do not have enough time to move out of the way.

The cornflour particles temporarily stay packed up where they are, which makes the slime act like a solid.

 

Check out this really cool video about Non Newtonian Liquids!

 

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We created our own stories using emoji pictures. This was lots of fun and there were some interesting recounts!

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We looked at optical illusions, strangely as part as our history lesson about mining and mirages.  This was interesting, it worked for some better than others!

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Here are some examples of other optical illusions.  What do you see???

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Welcome back to a new school year everyone. We are delighted to welcome three new girls to our class, Michaela, Leahrose and Lauren 🙂

We’re going to have a great year, so lets get started!

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Water Safety

We had the lovely Bonnie with us today to talk us through water safety as our holidays approach and the weather continues to be warm.

We talked about all types of safety around the pool, the beach and indeed the farm and bath tub.

We learned then how to throw a life ring out to someone in trouble and also how to wade out properly so as not to tread on dangerous ground.

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 Euro’s 2016

We’ve been getting ready for the Euro’s in the classroom too. We took a tally of who we thought might win.
We are also recording each result.

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We created our own home and away sports wear.

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We matched the teams playing, ie the countries, with their capitals. We also located these on a map.

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How Bread Rises

We learned all about yeast at school and how bread is made. We discovered that if we add yeast to a mixture of warm water and sugar, the ingredients will react with one another and bubbles of carbon dioxide will be let off.

To illustrate this we used a basin of warm water, plastic bottles with stones as weights, yeast, more warm water and sugar and of course balloons. 

The exciting part was waiting to see the balloons expand and rise!

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The Olympics

We started learning about the Olympics, famous Olympians, various sports and ancient games.

We created an Olympic torch display.

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Here are some of our Olympics inspired poems.

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Battle of the Books

Lauren, Ryan, Keelan and Dearbhla went forward from St Aengus in May to compete in Battle of the Books hosted by Buncrana Library. They took part in a class quiz before making it through to the final. The answered many difficult questions based on two books read. They did very well! We are very proud of them!

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Our medieval Exhibition

We held an exhibition/show and tell of all our castles, shields, swords and medieval pieces.  All of the classes came down to the hall to view them.  Afterwards we held a general knowledge quiz.  It was a tremendous success!

Here are Rachel, Holly and Ryan with their pieces.

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Here are Keelan, Emma and Adam!

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Below are Ella, Michael and Allannah again.

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Some group tables!

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We also created projects on a city of our choice.  We took these to our show and tell too.

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Alice Doherty with her family crest shield.

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Ms Faulkner even came and took part in our medieval mischief!

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Senior Infants Assembly

Senior infants performed their assembly last week.  It was all about music and musical instruments.  There were certainly many rock stars on stage.  Eoghan Harkin was a fantastic conductor!

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Farm Safety 

This week we had two farmers call in to our school and tell us all about keeping safe on the farm.   We watched a video about several dangers and how to spot them.  We also heard many stories and told some of our own too.

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Parachutes

We learned about gravity and forces this week in science.  We then created parachutes using plastic bags, string and masking tape.  We then tried these out to see how successful they are.

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When you release the parachute the weight pulls down on the strings and opens up a large surface area of material that uses air resistance to slow it down. The larger the surface area the more air resistance and the slower the parachute will drop.

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  Ancient Egypt

We’ve begun looking at Ancient Egypt, the making of the pyramids, the Pharaohs, making a mummy, life in Ancient Egypt and the discovery of various tombs.

We began by making a group sarcophagus.  This require a lot of team work.

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Medieval Times 

We have begun looking at Ireland and Europe during the middle ages.  We looked at different types of castles, how they were defended and ways of attack.  

We looked at the training a knight needs before he is reading to go into battle (stages of squire and page).

We imagined that we were knights and created shields for ourselves.

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Ms Connaughton is sorry for her reflection in these!

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We then wrote up what we thought a ‘knight’s code’ ought to look like and include.  Some of these were very interesting!

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We also began projects based on this topic of learning.  We were given the challenge of creating a castle, shield or sword using what ever materials we have available to us.  Some of the results so far have been astounding!! Thank you so much to all the helpers at home!! You have make this a project to remember!

Conor and his dad created this amazing pieces out of the cardboard from a new pram box!

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All of the boys were at hand to help Conor paint his masterpiece!

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Michael Mc Kinney and Dearbhla Porter made these fantastic shields  

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Clodagh Mc Kinney made this great piece of armour

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Here are the pieces on display in the front porch area!  We are very proud.

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Stephen Hegarty and his daddy made this fantastic castle completely out of wood!DSC_1354

Emma Quigley made this castle with inner stairs, towers and flags!

It even has a drawbridge with twine used to great effect!

What attention to detail!

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Ryan and his mum created this intricately designed shield! How effective are the colours used?!?!

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Holly Whoriskey amazed us all with her ingenuity! She created her castle using crackers, biscuits and cones, all held together with butter!  What an imagination!  (Thank you mum too!)

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We also wrote stories inspired by this period of danger and excitement.  We used many new terms that we have learned such as portcullis, battlements, battering ram and moat.

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     Stanley

We began another class novel about a boy called Stanley.  We have been enjoying reading it together as a class.  We have completed many activities based on this book, and have created our own booklets too!

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     Our Cherry Blossoms

 

Here are how are cherry blossom pictures turned out! Aren’t they beautiful?!

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Relays and Races

We made use out of the brief sunshine by completing several races, sprints and relays.  We finished off these competitions by having a good old fashioned wheel barrow race!

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      The Media

We have been learning about the media.  First we looked at newspapers with certain things in mind such as advertising, reviews, notices, catchy headlines, interesting stories, persuading titles, famous faces and more.

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We then looked further at catchy headlines and what makes a good title for a story.   We then came up with our own. 

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Finally, we looked at logos and advertising.  We looked at all the different types of logos that we already know, the phrases that go with them and the jingle too!

Badminton 

This week for PE we played badminton games in teams, groups and pairs.  We hadn’t used the rackets in some time so there was lots of experimenting and relearning.  We were exhausted by the end of the lesson, but raring for more!

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Math Games

On Friday we played math games to revise various topics.  Our favourite was Squish!

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Ethan has been working very hard on this maths too.  He has been working on regrouping.

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Origami

We also created various origami figures by folding paper in various ways.  We followed instructions to make a boat, a pelican, and even a snapper.

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Cherry Blossom Art

We have been studying Japan and completed a Japan themed assembly, so this week we also created cherry blossom pictures using a blown paint technique and crepe paper for the flowers.  It was exhausting moving the black paint to create branches!

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We also made Kokeshi Dolls using templates and toilet rolls.

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Our Spring Clean

 

 

We participated in a local clean up where we collected rubbish from our school to the end of the road and back.  We gathered a lot of rubbish. We wore aprons describing what we were doing, gloves and we used pickers for safety purposes.

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Battle of the Books

We took part in the classroom quiz to determine which four students would continue on to the next stage in the competition against other schools.

This quiz was based on three books.  Some of the questions were quite tricky.

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In the end Dearbhla, Lauren, Ryan and Keelan were the winners!  Well done!!

      Abstract                             Instruments

 

We revised the various instrument families of the orchestra, string, woodwind, brass and percussion.  We then picked our favourite instruments and created abstract designs based on these.

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St Patrick’s Day Art

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Limericks!   

We created silly limerick poems and leprechauns to hold them!  Have fun reading them!

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3D shapes!!  

We’ve been learning about 3d shapes in math! Lots of hands on fun!

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We looked at edges, faces and vertices/points!

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Mother’s Day Art

We made beautiful bright cards for our loved ones and we also created fridge magnets in the shape of ice cream cones!

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the great Mammys, aunties, grannys and sisters out there!

 

1916 Rising

Preparation Underway!  

We are preparing for the 100 year anniversary of the 1916 Rising by learning all about it, the signatories of the proclamation, the leaders of the rebellion, the locations used, and the successes and failures.  We are also reading the Guns of Easter by Gerard Whelan.
So far we have completed different projects around this theme.
We created eye witness accounts written on stained paper.

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Our 1916 display is coming together well too!

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The Irish Famine

 

We looked back to 1845 to the time of the Great Famine in Ireland.

We learned all about the decimation of the potato crop, the blight, the dependence on the ‘purdy’, starvation, soup kitchens, coffin ships, work houses, as well as the landlord system.

We then created Famine inspired poems and stories based on what we knew.

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A short prayer for those that suffered and were lost, and for those that still experience hunger today.

Electricity!

We became scientists in the classroom and created electrical circuits to make light bulbs work!

This was a hands on experiences and a lot of finding out what worked as we went along.

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Michael Mc Kinney was an invaluable man to have on the day!

He was a whizz with the circuits!

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Ethan and Michael working hard!

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Allannah, Holly and Annie had no bother making the fan motor power!

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Norah and Emma make both the light bulbs glow at once!

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Clodagh brought in a solar powered toy car.

She showed us how it worked.

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We also made buzzers sound and fans whirl!

Rounders 

This week for our PE lesson we took advantage of the drier ground and bright skies and took to the school playing field for a game of rounders.  We used a football and kicked it rather than a baseball and bat!

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The Planets

We have begun creating our planets using balloons, paper and pva glue!  

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This is a sticky process!

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Valentine’s Arts and Crafts

We created beautiful pieces for our loved ones for Valentine’s Day.   First we made a raft using popsical sticks and pva glue.  Then we painted jigssaw pieces romantic colours.  Finally we glued the pieces to the raft and wrote our message.  They turned out fantastic!

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We also made Valentine’s Day cards……… Love Bugs!

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Finally, we painted our windows to ‘celebrate!

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Synonyms

We discussed what a synonym is (words that mean the same thing) and then created our own synonym poems using words for scary, dark and hot.

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Happy Chinese New Year!

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Ball Handling and balancing skills

We learned more interesting ways to move and stop a ball during our PE lesson last week!

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Geology Rocks!

While we were looking at Planet Earth and its composition, we took a look at different types of rocks and fossils.  St Aengus are lucky enough to have a rock collection in our science store so we examined these using magnifying glasses! 

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Nuts for Knitting!!

We’ve begun knitting in our spare time in the classroom. Some of us have even started finger knitting.  Some of us are complete beginners and are getting a lot of help from our friends!

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 Space Theme

We’ve begun looking at Planet Earth and Outer Space.  This week we completed some group work based on each of the planets.  We used books and computers to complete our research and we recorded these findings on large posters!

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    St Brigid

We prepared to celebrate St Brigid’s Feast Day on the 1st February by making St Brigid’s Crosses.

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Easter Rising 1916 

We have begun our study of the 1916 Rising in the run up to its 100 year anniversary.  We have begun booklets of our own to record important facts and figures!

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Fabric and Fibre

We had a very kind lady come in to our classroom and teach us in weaving through using different fabrics and fibres.  We learned about the warp and the weft.

We created looms using old CDs.  The we began our creations!

 

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How to blow up a balloon!

We wrote instructions carefully on how to blow up a balloon!  The class had a lot of fun telling Ms Connaughton how to do it!  We then created art inspired profiles to allow us to ‘illustrate’ the instructions!

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Diversity!!!

We completed our assembly about diversity and celebrating difference! In art, we created splatter paintings using bright colours then made handprints on top!  This was lots of messy fun!!  

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Monday Morning Exercise!

Transition year students from Buncrana have started to visit us each Monday morning for our weekly P.E. lesson.  They so far have been helping us with our ball handling skills.  We have had great fun playing a lot of different games!

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  Building Houses

And Drawing Blueprints!

We learned the process involved when building a house.  Then we tried our hands at becoming architects!

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Irish reading!

We made Irish reading booklets to improve our reading each night.We wrote the story together.

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Math Skills in Action!

We used our Math skills on concrete Friday to pick out items we would love from the Argos catalogue and how much the items would cost altogether! This was an interesting process!  Many unusual items were chosen!  Our budget was €200 so we had to be careful not to excede this!

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We’re Back to School!!!

We have all had a wonderful Christmas and are fully rested and re – energized (mostly!!!) and ready for what the new year has in store for our class!

Since we came back we’ve begun looking at China.  We learned a lot already through Powerpoint presentations and our workbook.  We created mini fact file booklets for our display.  We also created Chinese Lanterns.  We looked up Chinese letters to write words authentically on them.  This was lots of fun.

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More Mexican Art!!!

This time we took our inspiration from the feast day celecbrated in South America and Mexico – The Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos.  This holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.  We created Sugar Skulls to represent this tradition.

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Hot Chocolate and Cookies!

After our hard work in the work up to performing our Christmas play, we celebrated by having a lovely treat: hot chocolate and cookies in the staff room!

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Next we wrote up instructions on how to make the perfect hot chocolate!  

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Our clay pieces are coming along well!

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We painted our windows!     

We brightened up our classroom by painting our windows!!

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Our Christmas Play

We performed our Christmas play ‘Baboushka’ last Thursday night to great success and applause!  We put so much work into this and we are so glad that everyone enjoyed it!! Thank you all for coming to see it!!

 

 Amazing Aztecs

We have begun looking at the amazing Aztec peoples of Mexico!  We also created some Aztec inspired art.

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Our Local History Project

 

Towards the end of November the children were presented with the task of undertaking research on ‘our local history’.  This could include anything from the Griannan an Aileach Fort, Burt Castle, the Derry Walls, Inishowen or even the school and it could be presented in any format, orally, in written form, pictures, diagrams, powerpoint or video!  
The children took this very seriously and spent many hours studying, interviewing, drawing, gluing, cutting, pasting and learning!

On Friday 11th December 4th and 5th classes presented their projects individually, in pairs and in groups to the class!  Some of these were outstanding!!!  Many of the other classes in school were also eager to learn about our ‘local’ findings!

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These boys decided to look at farming locally – past and present!

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Michael Doherty also chose to look at farming locally – from 1850-2050.  His presentation was amazing.   He even looked at the future of farming, which might include, drones, satalllite communication, driverless tractors and machine pickers.  
He also looked as far back as the old market days and fairs.

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                     He explained about the cow passports coming in in the 1970s.       And he also showed us his/his father’s future!
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Thank you to all the parents, grandparents, extended family and friends who helped with these projects!

Super Santa
Descriptions

We wrote some super fantastic descriptions of the jolly old fella himself and some of us composed some Santa Claus poems!  Take a look!

 

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We also created some dancing Santa’s to ‘livin up’ the display!

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Christmas Clay Decorations

We began making our Christmas clay decorations and candle holders.  This was quite tricky and messy! It took lots of strength and patience to manipulate the clay into the various shapes!

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   Winter stories

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 Christmas Art

We began decorating our classroom in preparation for Christmas!

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 Norah was delighted with the decorations and festivities!

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 Singing Club

We had lots of musical fun this week at singing club with Maureen!  We started preparing our Christmas songs!!!!  This was very exciting!

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Then the percussion instruments came out!!

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Michael led us in song with his bodhrán!

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And Maureen and Isaac had a dance!

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Our History Project

Some of us are working so fast at putting our ‘local history project’ together!! We are so thankful to all help from home too!!! We are looking forward to 11th Dec to see everyone’s final pieces of research!

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A few boys decided to take a look at farming in the area in the past and present.  They also chose to use their artistic and team work skills to work together and create a pictorial representation.
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Conversations

We’ve been working hard on becoming good conversationalists!  We took this a step further last week.  We prepared a topic for discussion or brought in an object/toy to talk about in pairs and small groups!  
We chatted about farming, tractors, I’m a Celebrity, a butterfly, a bird in a cage and cars!!  Lots to discuss!

Afterwards we wanted to record our conversations to show how we’ve been working on taking turns, body language, eye contact, listening, and asking questions.  However after our last lesson we decided that a little preparation was in order.  So we wrote down a dialoge of our conversation to prepare ourselves!
This was an interesting journey!

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 Similes

We discussed comparisons and similes.  We recalled all the various ones we know eg as brave as a lion, as quiet as a mouse, as light as a feather!   

Then we created our own simile poems! Take a look!!

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Click on the pictures for a close up!

 Snow!!    

To show our excitement at the first flakes of winter we created snow inspired creations.  Again we used perspective to represent ourselves catching the flakes on our tongues!

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Buncrana Firemen came to visit 

 

Two firemen came to visit 4th and 5th class at St Aengus on Friday to inform us on fire safety.

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We learned the several main causes of household fires, how to prevent these, what to do in the case of a fire and who to contact (999 or 112).  

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The firemen then gave us a safety certificate for our classroom and fire safety packs with different activities, stickers for escape routes at home, door hangers to remind us to close doors on our way to bed at night and playing cards with fire risks and safety helpers.  These were lots of fun to play.

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Ethan had lots of questions for the firemen.

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Oral Language

Our class has been improving our speaking and listening skills by holding conversation stations.  After our second lesson we created these ‘conversation’ posters.  

We displayed these outside our classroom door and have left ideas for conversations you could have too!

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Winter Poems

We wrote some brrrrrrrrrrrilliant winter acrostic poems this week.  We hope you enjoy reading them!

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We celebrated science week by conducting a series of experiments in our classroom.  We investigated various surfaces and reflections and then proceded to discover what kind of shadows are formed by opaque, translucent and transparent objects. 

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We had so much fun conducting these experiments!

Happy Science Week!!!

 

 

 

  WINTER!!

Winter has certainly arrived! The days are getting shorter, the trees are bare and the days have become dark and wet.  We have noticed the temperature change on the school yard too.  Our winter coats are back on! 

We took our inspiration from nature to create these beautiful winter scenes.  We used only a few colours to work on our blending.  We are very proud of these!

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Norah really enjoyed painting these!

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If you’d like to try these, follow these steps:

Begin by painting a white moon towards the center of the painting. Then gradually create tints by adding a touch of blue/pink/purple/red to the white, then a bit more, and so on until the sky was completely painted.  Then add white stars and finally black trees.

We also created ‘Sneezing Snowmen’ for fun!  They were lots of fun.

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Early Christian Ireland

We have been learning about Early Christian Ireland, what a monastery looked like, what a round tower was used for, the life of a monk and the reason Ireland became known as ‘the land of saints and scholars’.

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We looked at the beehive type cells lived in by the monks in remote areas of Ireland.  Sceilig Michael is a great example of this.

We also coloured intricate artwork pieces that were inspired by illustrations from the ‘Book of Kells’, a manuscript written by the monks close to the year 800.

 

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Today in our Irish lesson we create our

own ‘biachláir’ or ‘menu’.  

We used our Irish dictionaries to look up our favourite foods!

This was lots of fun.

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Counting Money 

 

 

Ethan Coyle had lots of fun couting various amounts of money with our large coin set! Michael Doherty was on hand to offer financial advice to his good friend Ethan!

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Ellie Sweeney impressed us all with the fantastic story she wrote during our free writing session.  We thought we’d share it so you could enjoy it too! 

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Halloween Disco 

The Halloween Disco was a huge success! Thank you to all who helped organise it or took part in it in any way!!!!   Everyone had great fun!!!

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Enjoy the holidays!

 

 

 

Ellie Sweeney and Norah Murphy from our 5th class wrote a short conversation in Irish to recite for us at assembly.   They did a fantastic job of putting it together and presenting it.

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Halloween  

We wrote scary stories using spooky descriptions and careful handwriting.

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We also wrote spooky poems! Below is one written by Alice Doherty.

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We painted our classroom windows to prepare for Halloween.  Some of 6th class helped us!

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Wainfest 

Wainfest is a book and art festival organised by Donegal County Council’s Cultural Services division and this year’s events take place between the 10 and 17 of October.

On the 15th October, we went to the Regional Cultural Centre (RCC) in Letterkenny to meet Gerard Whelan, the author of our novel The Guns of Easter.

We asked lots of questions on how to become a better writer.

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Math week  

  We are celebrating math week by completing different activities to practise our numeracy skills!

We completed many puzzles and some of us were very quick to find a solution!

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The Skeleton 

We’ve been learning about our skeleton! We even used x ray images to put the bones back together!!

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We then created some skeleton art using q tips and sugar paper!

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    My Body

We began learning about our teeth and then the heart.

 Now we have progressed to learning about all the different organs in the human body!  

We used an assembly model figure of the organs to piece together where each one is in the body.  We also completed group work to research what each organ does.  

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This was lots of fun.  Please clink on the video links below to watch us in action!

Pádraig Mc Dermott

Emma Quigley and Clodagh Mc Kinney

Ryan Elliot and Jade Arbuckle

Rachel Bradley, Allanah Curran and Annie Harkin

Our Magical Potion                     Receipes 

 

 

 

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Flags for Schools Initiative

As part of Ireland’s Centenary Programme to commemorate the 1916 Rising, Óglaigh na hÉireann, the Defence Forces, will play a key role.

Their first major task  is the delivery of an Irish Flag to every Primary School in the country, and today, the 6th of October, we were pleased to welcome two members of the defence forces from Finner Camp, Bundoran to St. Aengus’ N.S.

They presented to us the tri colour and a copy of the proclamation.

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Football Final Fever!

On Friday the 2nd of October, Mr Kelly refereed the final of the first class boy’s soccer league.  It was a thrilling match and there was much celebrating when ‘Liverpool’ won!!!

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Eadaí

Tá muid ag déanamh staidéar timpeall an téama ‘eadaí’ ag an ám seo.  We are doing study around the theme ‘clothes’ at the moment.  Bhain muid an sult as na cluichí teanga i ngaeilge.  We have had lots of fun playing Irish language games!

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Concrete Friday

We love using our math skills on concrete Friday by playing and creating using numeracy games.

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Ancient Rome

We began a study on the Ancient Romans!

Check out some of our Mosaic Artwork.

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Michael Doherty took learning into his own (broken) hands at home and created some Ancient Roman armour and weaponry out of cardboard and paper!

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Our Assembly

Our first assembly was held on the 25th of September which was a non uniform day at

St Aengus N.S.

 Over €450 was raised for the refugee crisis.  We highlighted this as well as the Rights of the Child in our assembly.  We made a video of our assembly if you would like to know more! Click on this link:

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Roald Dahl

We started our learning by preparing to celebrate Roald Dahl day on the 13th of September.  We prepared by reading extracts from our favourite Roald Dahl books!

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We started our learning by making promises for the year ahead.

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Welcome to our 4th and 5th class blog!

It’s going to be a great year for our class!