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Mars Rover STEM Challenge

Given various types of pasta, some string, polo mints and sellotape, 6th class had to design and make a Mars Rover. The finished product had to hold a cork on it without falling off, roll when pushed and when placed at the top of a ramp – roll down.

Window Art

The windows in the school have had a face lift this month. In 6th class we all entered design ideas for our windows and we voted on the two designs to use. We then painted these designs onto our windows.

Trip to Airfield

On Monday 6th Class went on a trip to Airfield. We had a delightful day. We saw cows being milked, we toured the animals and gardens, and we spent some time catching and releasing baby frogs.

Sail or Fail

This month 6th Class engaged in a STEM investigation. We began by discussing how frisbees work. We then gathered items from our homes to investigate which one ‘sailed’ the furthest through the air. We were mindful of shape, size and weight when doing this investigation. To ensure fair testing, one person was responsible for throwing the items, from the same point, with the same force.

We then decided to make our own frisbees using materials from home and again we had to be mindful of size, shape, type of material and weight. We drew our designs, made our frisbees, tested how far they ‘sailed’ and recorded our data using charts and trend graphs.

Spring Colours

During the month of March 6th Class were exploring the theme of colours. We did a creeping colours experiment in Science. We did a unit of work on Holi, the Hindu festival of colours. This culminated in a flick Art lesson to represent the Gulal from this festival. We also created our own textured spring cakes using colour to represent flavours.

World War 1 Shoebox Trenches

In 6th Class we have been doing a unit of work on World War 1. The students were set the task of creating their very own World War 1 Shoebox Trench. Armed with nothing but a list of criteria and a schedule of work the 6th Class students spent 2 weeks working on their projects. Their creations demonstrate incredible creativity, resourcefulness and talent. Take a look at some of their trenches below.

All Things Chinese

Throughout January Rebecca’s 6th Class have been designing projects based on Ancient and Modern China. The class produced wonderful slide shows on a huge range of topics including: China the country, Chinese clothes, food and homes, the Great Wall of China, the Terracotta Warriors, Chinese New Year, Chinese philosophers and Chinese dynasties. Everyone was challenged with creating an additional extra – this really allowed the creative juices to flow and what emerged was splendid. Below are examples of some of the slides from their projects and a few samples of their additional extras.

Friday Culinary Delights

Rebecca’s 6th Class have been putting their culinary skills to use every Friday as they engage in an online bake off. So far we have made chocolate brownies, Oreo and Malteser cheesecake and cupcakes. The cupcake session was led by the lovely Lily who shared her love of baking by teaching us all. There certainly are many star bakers in this class!

Spreading the Hanukkah Light

We explored using chalk pastels in Art to depict the shining of the Hanukkah candles.

Spaghetti STEM Challenge

6th Class engaged in some STEM investigations this month. They were tasked with designing and building the tallest freestanding structure using only spaghetti and marshmallows.

Rebecca’s 6th Class Investigate Ocean Pollution

This month Rebecca’s 6th Class embarked on a journey of education about ocean pollution and preservation. We launched our journey by doing a live Zoom session with Padraic Creedon, the Outreach Officer from the Galway Atlantaquaria – National Aquarium of Ireland. We discussed the topics of pollution in our oceans, ocean energy and ways we could help to preserve and protect marine life and the sea. We then set about engaging in Marine Pollution Projects. In Art we explored the use of fabric and fibre with recycled materials to developed awareness poster boards. We then finished off our projects by writing poems about our topics.