The girls have been very busy during their first month back in school. From mixing colours for their colour wheel art, to creating radial name designs, using chalk pastels to recreate the close-up flower images inspired by Georgia O' Keeffe and responding to W.B. Yeats' poem the 'The Lake Isle of Inisfree' using watercolours, the walls of the classroom are a wonderful sight.
The girls were busy creating 3D Haunted Houses in art.
We ended the month of October with our Halloween Dress Up Day. The girls got dressed up and enjoyed a day of fun and games before the mid-term break.
This November we were lucky to spend some time in the new school garden. Paddy Madden from the Irish Heritage Council spoke to us about wasps nests and we planted peas. Paddy is a wealth of knowledge and we really enjoyed learning from him. We can't wait to monitor the growth of our peas and maybe sample a few in the future! Thanks to Mrs. Harney for organising such a fun afternoon.
We have been looking at colour theory in art again. This time we were learning about warm colours and cool colours and how an artist carefully chooses colours to depict the mood of the picture they are creating. Our warm and cool colour trees have turned out really well.
December has been a very busy month! The girls took part in a big Christmas book quiz and draw-along, watched the Helix Panto, made some beautiful Christmas art and had lots of snowball fights in PE. They kindly gave each other lovely presents in the class Secret Santa. We were treated to wonderful performances on keyboard and fantastic dances by some of the girls!
The girls learned about the Post-Impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh. Creating a piece of collaborative art, they mixed paint to re-create Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Using brushstrokes and then adding fabric to create more texture, the finished product is absolutely beautiful. Well done girls!
This month, the girls were covering gymnastics in PE. They have been working on jumps and balances. After a number of skills-based lessons, they created wonderful gymnastic sequences to music. Their routines improved so much over the weeks and we got to see synchronised performances.
The girls have been preparing a performance. They have been learning about the gymnastics strand in PE and each week practised jumps and balances, both individually, in pairs and in groups.
This month the girls created beautiful Valentine's art. Here are some of the gorgeous pieces.
The girls did lots of science investigations and experiments before the midterm break. They made lava lamps, investigated convection currents and travelling colours and mixed an alkaline (baking powder) and an acid (vinegar) to make a volcano.
We enjoyed lovely pancakes for Pancake Tuesday. A huge thank you to Jackie and Ita!
The girls donated generously and wore blue and yellow to support the people of Ukraine.
The girls brought in and shared their favourite books with the class. They created 'new' covers for their books.
We painted spring tulips and made woven paper plate creations. They are so colourful! We have also been enjoying video calls with a volunteer in the Junior Achievement Programme. So far this month we learned about the circular economy and designed and created apps in our groups. We explored positive and negative space in art also.
Bhí craic agus spraoi againn i rith Seachtain na Gaeilge. Rinneamar iarracht ollmhór Gaeilge a labhairt.
We made Celtic designs and compiled as many Irish words we could think of relating to Seachtain na Gaeilge to make these beautiful shamrocks.
We had great fun dancing and singing during our Céilí. We were even treated to performances from some of the talented dancers in our class at the end of the day.
This month the girls began learning about mystical and magical creatures in English. We studied ‘The Jabberwocky’ poem by Lewis Carroll , a poem filled with nonsense words, that somehow made sense as we explored it further. We decided that we would compose our own poems about mystical creatures. The girls visualised creatures of their own and used their pictures as stimuli to create their superb poetry. Following on from that, they made their creatures out of clay. They painted them and glazed them afterwards. Here are a few of the wonderful creations!
Just before the Easter holidays, the school held a Wellbeing Week. The week consisted of mindful moments, positive affirmations, chalk art on the yard, yoga, creating kind messages on hearts to be displayed on the windows for everyone to see and an outstanding whole-school Friendship and Kindness Tree of handprints. One of the highlights of the week was the Bake-Sale. The girls made delicious treats to sell and along with their school-mates, raised a huge amount of money. Finally on Friday, we came together as a whole school to share a mindful moment, sing our Friendship song ' Count on Me' and watch a video of the fabulous activities of the week.
The girls have been very busy so far this month. They performed in the Peace Proms concert in The Helix at the beginning of May. They also planted radishes and made butter with Ms. Scanlon. They wrote wonderful passages about ‘An Scoil’ and investigated gravity as a force on paper helicopters. They had great fun releasing the helicopters from the classroom and watching them rotate down to the yard.
Active Week has been a wonderful week! We enjoyed tag rugby, dance and a super Sport’s Day. Some girls played in the football blitz and we were delighted when the students beat the teachers in our Teacher v Student rounders game! We finished off the week with a game of rounders against one of the other 5th classes. On Monday we enjoyed ice-cream and a disco on the grass in the gorgeous sunny weather.