Welcome to the 6th class page. There are 29 pupils in 6th class, 12 boys and 17 girls.
6th class went on a trip to the Museum of History and Archaeology where we took part in a guided tour and workshop on ‘Kingship and Sacrifice’. This tour and workshop focused on the Stone Age and Iron Age period.
We learnt a bout levers, gears and pulleys in Science and then we worked in pairs to build some lever mechanisms of our own.
6th class took part in the Write-a-Book competition and produced a range of interesting stories, factbooks and cookbooks. Thomas received the award of merit and Josh, Christopher and Mark received the highly commended awards.
6th class spent a week in the Gaeltacht in Annagry, Co. Donegal in the middle of May. While there we attended Irish lessons in Coláiste na Rosann each day. Everyone stayed with an Irish speaking family while there. They boys stayed in Teach Carla and the girls stayed in Teach Bríd. During the week, we went to the Dunlewey Activity Centre, Arranmore Island and Carrickfinn beach. We also had different activities in the coláiste each evening. We had a ceilí, a quiz night, a talent show and a disco. Teams from GKNS came in first and third place during the quiz night and we came in second place during the talent show. It was a great week and everyone had a fantastic time in the Gaeltacht.
We were learning about Canada in preparation for International Day on June 2nd. We have learnt about Canadian cities, landmarks, food, animals, native people and art. We also completed individual projects on Canada.
Totem Poles – We learnt about totem poles of the First Nation people of Canada and then created our own totem poles. A totem can be the symbol of a tribe, clan, family or individual. First Nation tradition provides that each individual is connected with nine different animals that will accompany each person through life, acting as guides. Different animal guides come in and out of our lives depending on the direction that we are headed and the tasks that need to be completed along our journey.
Native beliefs further explain that a totem animal is one that is with you for life, both in the physical and spiritual world. Though people may identify with different animal guides throughout their lifetimes, it is this one totem animal that acts as the main guardian spirit.
Some of our projects on Canada:
During the month of March, we have spent a lot of time learning about the Easter Rising.
Seachtain na Gaeilge
6th class learnt ‘The Walls of Limerick’ and performed this dance with 5th class at the Céilí at the end of Seachtain na Gaeilge.
This month we have been doing a lot of work on the topic of ‘Australia’.
We created our own Aboriginal Art using acrylic paint and cotton buds.
We completed a class survey on our favourite Australian animals.
This year our theme for Anti-Bullying Week was ‘Kindness Counts’. We really enjoyed giving each other compliment presents each day and completing the kindness challenges. We also wrote some poems on the theme of ‘Kindness Counts’.
Kindness Counts by Charlotte
Keep a smile on your face.
Include others while playing.
Never say mean things.
Don’t leave people out.
Nice people are the best people.
Even when it’s a bad day, smile.
Stop bullying if you ever start.
‘Kindness Counts’ by Andrew
Kindness counts so everyone be kind.
If you see bullying going on don’t be blind.
Tell a teacher or a friend,
Whatever you do, don’t let it get out of hand.
If you bully someone you’re making them sad,
And if I told your parents they would get mad.
So everyone don’t forget to be kind.
Kindness Counts’ by Jonathan
You may try to think what counts, what really matters…….. numbers count, but what else? The answer is kindness.
Kindness can leave someone higher than the moon, higher than the sun and higher than the stars.
It is the foundation of our society as a whole because without kindness there is only chaos. Kindness Counts!
This month we visited Trinity College and completed a trail around the college. We then went to the playground in Merrion Park. Afterwards, we went to The Natural History Museum where we received a guided tour. On the tour our guide Geraldine focused on Irish animals and Australian marsupials.
We had a guided tour of the cathedral and then a stained glass window workshop.
Dress Up Day – Friday 28th October
We created haunted house pictures for Halloween.
We created ‘cut-out’ montages in the style of Henri Matisse. Matisse was a French artist who liked to use bright colours in his pictures.
He also liked to use cut-out shapes.
We carried out a number of experiments during Science week.
Soluble and Insoluble: We mixed a number of materials with water to find out which ones were soluble (would dissolve) and
which were insoluble (would not dissolve).
Exploding Bag Experiment: We placed vinegar and bicarbonate soda in a zip lock bag together.
The acid in the vinegar reacted with the bicarbonate soda to create carbon dioxide. Eventually so much carbon dioxide had been created that the bags ‘popped’.
We looked at the work of Albert Durer, and in particular his hand sketches. We then created some hand sketches of our own.
Recycled Christmas Decorations
6th class were learning about New Zealand and the Mauri culture.
In Art we studied Ta Moko (Mauri facial tattoos) and then created some of our own.
We learnt how to draw mandalas and rainbow mandalas.
The main theme this month was ‘Mountains’.
The children worked in groups to complete projects on different mountain ranges from around the world.
Mountain Shape poems
Mountain Plaques– we used clay to design mountain plaques
We tried to replicate ‘The Scream’ by Edvard Munch using chalk pastels.