Today we created our own C02 powered rocket. When water is added to a vitamin C tablet the gas carbon dioxide is released. The pressure of the carbon dioxide gas builds up inside the canister until it becomes so great that it blows the canister from its lid. The gas rushing out of the end of the canister pushes it in the opposite direction. have a look at our result!
Over the next 10 weeks 5th class will be participating in a serious of STEAM engineering workshops. We are lucky to have two chemical engineers from Eli Lilly assisting us with the programme. In week one the theme was bridges. We had great fun making body bridges and constructing our own bridges using lollipop sticks. We are already looking forward to the next workshop!
Our class were fortunate to be invited to Kinsale Community School for Gaelic coaching. Transition year students got the opportunity to practice their coaching skills as our class participated in football and hurling drills. It was great to see everyone trying their best and everyone really enjoyed it. A big thank you to the Kinsale Community school who treated our class with tayto's and club orange as a reward for their participation.
We recently opened a stationery shop in school. Charlie and Faith from 5th and M.J. and Flynn from 6th have been helping to run the shop. We have been delighted with the response from other classes and have sold out most of our stock. We have learned about profit, loss, margins and above all good customer service. We may even seek to expand the business next year. "From a tiny acorn grows a mighty oak tree!"
5th class took a break from the textbooks and classroom as we completed a maths trail last Friday. We were lucky with the winter sun as we got to put some of the maths concepts we have learned into everyday use as we solved a series of problems. Great fun was had and we learned how important maths is in everyday life.
We have just completed our 2 day workshop here in 5th class with Bizworld. It has been an amazing learning experience for us. We all worked as directors of our own company and learned about the world of business. We used skills such as negotiating and developing a socially responsible business. The workshop came to life when we had to pitch our company's product to a dragon and try and get investment [ bizbucks !]We also had to create an advertisement for our product and made a pitch to 4th class where they also got an opportunity to invest in our company;s product! We really loved our 2 day workshop with Linda from Bank of Ireland! Our products that our company created were School Tech , Home on the Road, Bench Buddy and Transport for Life!
This year, 5th Class took part in the 'Port of Cork' competition. This is an exciting initiative that aims to educate primary schools on the history and workings of Cork Harbour. We looked at the involvement of Cork Harbour in Word War One. We did a lot of research, writing and drawing on this subject, as well as making some impressive ship replicas. As a reward for our efforts and for entering the competition, our class will get a boat tour of Cork Harbour. Táimid ag tnúth go mór leis!
We recently put the finishing touches to our Recipe Books. This was part of a creative writing project, whereby we each researched, wrote and illustrated a recipe of our choice. Our teacher then compiled and copied all the recipes. The finished produce is an A3-sized Recipe Book for each of us to take home. We hope to have some fun trying out eachother's recipes!
Today, Wednesday 22nd March 2017, 5th Class had their final lesson of 'Tech Kids' - an eight-week block of computer lessons taught by Niamh. During the eight weeks, we learnt some valuable computer skills, including coding, building a website, how to use microsoft and how to use html. On our final day, Niamh presented us with our very own rulers that we had made using photos we chose from the internet. We also received certs for our achievements.
On Wednesday 22nd of February, 5th Class held a 'Bake Off' in their classroom. Every pupil chose a different sweet treat to bake at home, and then brought in their wares for everyone else to sample. The result was a massive selection of mouth-watering treats - including scones, chocolate-biscuit cake, flapjacks, cheesecakes and cookies. The selection included many treats from different countries -including Estonia, Croatia and Slovakia. By the end of the day, there wasn't a crumb left in our classroom -everything had been devoured, and we kindly offered some samples to the other classes. We had great fun and stocked up on sweet treats before Lent began!
Cyber Bullying Talk : We were very lucky to have a visit from our local gardaí who spoke to us about the dangers of cyber bullying and how to keep ourselves safe online.
Over the last few days 5th Class have been doing lots of science experiments, and it is our very own students that are the scientists! Science teaches children to make observations and collect information to make a conclusion. Our 5th Class have been outstanding at practising all of these skills. These are some of the photos from the experiments so far, and we look forward to more over the next few days!
Here are some photos of 5th Class doing Irish in class.
The children loved engaging in Irish Drama "Sa Bhialann" where they role-played scenes in a restaurant with a waiter and customers. Children learned lots of new phrases such as:
"Fáilte go dtí bialann....."
"Seo daoibh na biachlár!"
"Ba mhaith liom _______ don réamhchúrsa."
"Bhí an béile an blasta."
"Beidh mé ar ais arís!"