Sixth Classes

We are very excited to have begun our 6 week block of cycling lessons with our instructors Francis and Paul from Bike Green on the first Thursday back after Christmas.  Our sessions are split between learning about the theory of cycling in the classroom and practising skills on the bicycles in the playground.  The boys and girls are learning lots of useful technical information such as how to make sure your helmet is fitted accurately, cycling laws, the various road crossings you could meet and how to check your bike every time you go for a ride. 

This year for our Christmas Art, as well as painting our windows, 6th class also made colourful Christmas character lanterns, Christmas cards in Paper Construction and these beautiful angels as part of our Fabric & Fibre strand in Art. 

Christmas has arrived at the Model School! Yesterday 6th Class began our tradition of painting the windows for Christmas and today the boys and girls finished the job!  Lots of paint, lots of laughter and although we were shivering outside taking the photos there lots of smiles at the end looking at their beautiful art work! Didn't they do a fabulous job?  Well done everyone!  Have a look at the other windows ...

Something interesting is going on down in 6th today!  What are they up to?


October was full of healthy eating delights!  This month our Well-being Committee were full of great ideas!  Firstly we enjoyed porridge and stewed apple as an early morning treat, next came some fruit and vegetable smoothies with surprise ingredients and then we had gorgeous spiced pumpkin soup!  Lots of these were very new tastes and it was great to see the children trying new healthy foods.


On 23rd September we were invited to take part in a Samba Drumming Workshop organised by Monaghan County Museum.  We learned lots about different types of drums from around the world and a wide variety of rhythms to play on them.  It was very loud but great fun and in the end we put together a fabulous piece of samba drumming.  

As part of our team-building activities on the 1st of September we had great fun with a Marshmallow tower building challenge!  Each group was given four marshmallows and 10 pieces of spaghetti.  The challenge was to build the highest tower capable of standing independently and holding a giant marshmallow on top by working collaboratively.  There was lots of laughter, some scientific learning about the strongest shapes and even some sneaky nibbling of the marshmallows.  A lovely way to start learning to work together to achieve our best!  

Welcome to 6th Class!  It's great to see everyone looking so rested after the holidays.  We are looking forward to a great year working together!  

This month we took part in a Junior Achievement Climate Change workshop via Zoom.  We learned about how lots of our choices affect our carbon footprint and some of the consequences of these for the earth.  Chiara taught us about a cyclic economy rather than linear so that we reuse, repurpose


Maths Week this year ran from October 10th - 18th.  In 5th & 6th Classes we did an escape-the-room type challenge in our pods.  Some of the challenges were really tricky but Mrs Kelso and Mrs Berry were amazed at the determination and inventiveness of some of our pupils who just would not give up until they cracked the final code!  Super work! 


As part of our work on Plant life in Living Things in Science we took part in National Tree Day's big campaign to plant 1,500 native tree saplings in schools around Ireland.  Our wild cherry arrived last week as a tiny sapling and is now safely planted in the science garden.  Hopefully, it will be strong enough to weather the winter and grow big and strong!    


5th & 6th Classes are loving Maths Workshop!  We might not be able to move around stations and share resources as we used to but with lots of problem-solving challenges, drills, DT, games and teaching stations there's lots of fun and great mathematical learning going on every fortnight on our Maths Workshop days.         Well done, Boys and Girls! Keep up the great work!


On Monday 20th September we took part in a Zoom interview organised in association with Tralee Teachers' Centre with author David Walliams.  It was a great opportunity to join with lots of other Irish schools and chat live to this famous author whose books so many of us have really enjoyed reading.  

Welcome to 5th & 6th Class!  It's great to see everyone looking so rested and relaxed and full of enthusiasm for a new term together!  We are looking forward to getting to know everyone better.  


Sadly, this year we were unable to have our usual Christmas celebrations with parents.  We did have great fun however in adapting, performing and recording a play for the other classes to watch.  Mince-pie obsessed Santas tried to sneak treats under Mrs Claus' watchful eye and unfortunate foxes, a frugal Goldilocks, misunderstood wolves and many others all tried to persuade Santa to move them to the Nice List!


December was the season for bringing a little festive cheer to all our lives with an advent calendar full of treats.  Under each beautifully illustrated date of the month were lots of treats to encourage us through the dark days and dreary headlines. 

With good co-operation and reaching targets we enjoyed a festive hot chocolate,  painting the windows,  a movie, some extra PE and lots more!   


We were delighted to take part in a project to make Christmas table centres for Blackwater House. The children were glad to be doing something to bring a little Christmas spirit to the residents and had great fun make the table centres.  We think they looked super!


In September we tried out a new way to communicate our learning in History - making a movie!  Each group was set one aspect of the story of how a gold salamander found on the Antrim coast tied in to the story of the Spanish Armada. 

I was amazed at how creative the children were in each telling their part in all sorts of ways.  We had wee old gentlemen fishing for