Welcome to Our
5th and 6th Class Page 2022/23!
The Solar System
5th and 6th class have been learning all about Space. We worked in groups to create 3D dioramas of the Solar System. Take a look below to see the finished projects.
We had great fun designing and making different structures during Engineers Week. We made a bridge, a rocket, a catapult and a boat. We definitely have some future engineers in our midst!
We made some delicious pancakes on Pancake Tuesday. They tasted amazing!!
We have been learning all about electricity. Take a look at our fantastic projects which we proudly presented to the younger classes.
5th and 6th class have been taking part in Book Club. We read our books at home and enjoy discussing the plot each Friday over a hot chocolate. We cannot wait to get stuck into our next book!
Take a look at some of the beautiful artwork created by 5th and 6th class this year.
Marathon Kids and David Gillick Visit
Over a period of 8 weeks, we participated in 32 running sessions and completed our first marathon. We also learned about the physical and mental benefits of running. Former Irish athlete and world class sprinter, David Gillick, visited Ballygar N.S to present us with our medals. It was an amazing day that we will never forget.
During Maths Week, we designed and implemented some exciting Maths games for the younger children. We also had great fun completing our Maths Trail.
During Science Week, we conducted a range of exciting investigations. First we decided on our experiment. Next we conducted a fair test and finally we presented our findings to the class. We made ice-cream, Oblek and cool crystals. We also cleaned coins using a variety of substances and watched gummy bears grow!
Genealogy Project with Martin Curley
We had great fun researching our family trees with Martin. We were able to go back four or five generations! We finished our 5 week projects with an exploration of the ruins of Castle Kelly in Aghrane Forest.
We enjoyed some delicious pizza as a treat for finishing our first marathon!
We have taken part in lots of sporting activities this year. We participated in the Mini 7s hurling, camogie and football. We also had some fantastic coaches come to our school to teach us football, hurling and tag rugby.
5th & 6th Class 2021/22
Maths Week 2021
We exercised our problem solving skills during National Maths Week 2022. We completed a maths trial around our school environment. We discovered fun facts including the fact that February is the most popular month for birthdays. Well done to Alex Doyle and Dominik Mrozek who were our Mathematicians of the week.
Congratulations to our County Under 12’s Champions, St Brendans Boys. They had a fantastic win over Oranmore on September 12th. We are very proud of our sporting pupils and the excellent performance they put in. The future is indeed bright for our local sporting club, St Brendans.
We participated in Jersey day. The Jersey Day campaign is organised by the charity organisation Goal. Goal works with vulnerable and needed communities around the world.
We enjoyed our time hurling with our coach Cian O’Connor. We would like to thank Cian for sharing his sporting knowledge and skills with us.
We enjoyed our day out at the Tag Rugby Blitz in Creggs. Micheál Glennon was our trainer for this event and a great day was had by all.
Our 5th and 6th class pupils were busy in the school garden planting some shrubs with Ms. Hannon.
Halloween Fancy Dress
We had a variety of scary characters at our Halloween Fancy Dress. See the many spooky 5th and 6th class students here:
We took part in a sustainability project. 3M are committed to sustainability and efficient use of energy. Our students showed excellent entrepreneurial and design skills in creating their entries for this project and we were delighted to be names overall winners. The class worked in their designated pods to produce their ideas and entries. Well done to all for their participation. It was an excellent boost to the school community. We were involved in a presentation ceremony held remotely. Well done to the winning pod who won €575 euro to invest in sustainability in our school.
We participated in many different experiments across the science curriculum. We also learned many scientific facts from the viewing tutorials from the Galway Science and Technology Festival . On November 12th we had some very helpful visitors in the form of the Transition Year Students from Colaiste Mhuire. The students showcased many demonstrations of science experiments that were extremely interesting.
Well done to 5th and 6th class pupils who helped paint the front windows of the school. The did a fantastic job of the painting and it really did help to spread some festive cheer.
A massive thank you to pupils and families that donated to our Team Hope Christmas Shoebox appeal this year including 5th and 6th class.
Our annual carol service and nativity play went live on the 21st December. Our 5th and 6th class gave an amazing rendition of the Nativity play. We also performed some Christmas Carols. Our sixth class girls sang solo part of “Oh Holy Night”. Saibhe Naughton from 5th class also accompanied 3rd and 4th class on the harp.
What an excellent performance.
Our 5th and 6th class took part in our “Big Christmas Quiz”. The prizes were organised by the student president Christopher Holmes. Christopher was also our quizmaster for the event. It was a tight competition but Hanna, Bartosz, Patrick, Niall and Robbie McArdle were the team winners. Well done to our SNA, Ms Hannon for preparing the event.
World Book Day
Please see link below to view for Engineers Weekw
Laundry Art Challenge
We took part in the Laundry art remote learning challenge where we were challenged to create a picture using our laundry. Click here to see some more of our creations.
We designed and made chain reactions based on Rube Goldberg machines.
Click here to see some of our chain reactions.
Boat STEM Challenge
We learnt all about how boats float and were challenged to use the knowledge we had learnt to design and make a boat that floats. Here is one of our boats in action
Click here to see some more of our designs.
3D Name STEM Challenge
This week we were challenged to create our name in 3D. Here are some of our creations
For more click here
We narrated the story of the Nativity.
We have been busy completing lots of different art projects. Click here to see some of them
We painted these lovely Christmas scenes on the windows at the front of our school.
Our Charcoal penguins
We have been learning all about the harmful effects of plastics on our oceans. We researched the effects and created e-book projects. Click on the links below to view our projects
Microbeads by Caoimhe and Adam
How Long does it take plastic to degrade in ocean by Christopher an Robbie
Sources of Marine Debris by Niall, Patrky and Amelia
The effects of plastic on Marine Life by Olivia and Alyssa
How long does it take certain materials to degrade in the ocean by Pat, Daithí and Nikola
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch by Eoghan, Serena and Hazel
Microbeads by Calum, Dominik and Naomi
Sources of Marine Debris by Diarmuid and Angela
Great Pacific Garbage Patch by Robbie, Zofia and Bartosz
We had great fun taking part in lots of different activities during Science week 2020.
Water Pollution and oil spills
We learnt all about water pollution. We learnt about oil spills, how they effect the environment and the various methods that are used to clean up oil spills. We then conducted an experiment to investigate the different ways of cleaning up oil spills. We also investigated the effect oil can have on birds feathers.
We also took part in a virtual science workshop and took part in lots of fun experiments where we learnt about
-the cohesive and adhesive properties of water which create water tension,
-capilliary action in plants and
-how water gets to our taps
Show and tell
We concluded the week with a fabulous ‘Show and Tell’ session where we showed off some of our really cool science projects experiments.
Click Here to see see more pictures of our activities from science week
Class Presidential Election
We have been following the American Election closely this year, and decided to have our own election for class president.
Candidates worked hard to perfect their election speeches and manifestos. They ran very successful campaigns coming up with excellent slogans, and tag lines. Their classmates worked hard to ensure their campaigns were successful producing election posters and flyers.
Prior to our ballot, our candidates went head to head in an election debates.
Well done Eoghan Conroy who won the election and is our new class president. He is already working hard to fulfill his promises and has already begun his work on organising lunchtime leagues for our 5th and 6th class.
We are really enjoying using our new online maths programme, Mathletics. Well done to everyone who has earned mathletics certificates for all their hard work solving maths problems.
We have been getting involved in a few gardening projects this term. We planted window boxes with winter bedding plants.
We are also really proud of our minion planter which stands proudly at the front of our school. Keep an eye out for him if you’re passing our school over the coming weeks!
Hour Of Code
We took part in Hour of Code where we were introduced to computer coding.
A huge effort was made for our Halloween dress up! Well done to everyone. Here are some of our costumes
Autumn Leaf Art
We were very creative and made these fabulous leaf art creatures. To see more click here
We had great fun participating in an array of exciting and fun activities to celebrate maths week this year.
Firstly we completed a maths trail around our school grounds. We went out and about to solve maths problems around our school grounds. Click here to see some pictures of our maths trail.
We also participated in a live maths workshop where we learnt some really cool magic tricks and the maths behind them.
We also took part in the ‘Guess how many sweets in the jar’ competition.
Well done to Hazel and Zofia who were are Mathletics of the week.
Click here to see more pictures of our cartoon art paintings.