Lá Glas & Engineers Week 2022

The children in Sixth Class had great fun and learned lots exploring Matisse in art, orienteering around the school, engaging in TSI Literacy Circles and constructing pin wheels and high paper towers for Engineers Week 2022.  A big thank you to Mr O’Boyle for organising so many fun activities. 

TSI Literacy Circles

The boys and girls in Rang a Sé are currently engaged in TSI Literacy Circles where collaborative learning, team teaching, reading comprehension strategies, vocabulary, inquiry led questioning and feedback systems have taken centre stage in relation to their reading.  The children are being led through this collaborative approach to literacy by Mrs Mulhern, Mr O’Boyle, Mrs Cawley and Ms Loftus.

Concern Debates

Well done to Aoibhinn, Aoife, Kahu and Seán who performed superbly for Kilglass National School on Tuesday in the second of our Concern Primary debates against Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Ballymote.  We were proposing the motion “Shopping local must become the new normal”.

Building on the experience of our first debate with Shay, Thomas, Lauren and Charlie and after lots of great effort in preparation Aoibhinn, Aoife, Kahu and Seán emerged as victors after the delivery of their speeches and refutes on the day.

Thank you to Scoil Mhuire gan Smál for two great debates.  Our next team will now turn their attention to our next debate against Sooey National School where we are opposing the motion “Sustainable cities should have free, regular, public transport available to everyone”.

Lá Fhéile Bríde

The children created some lovely St Brigid’s Day Crosses today to mark her Feast Day and the first day of Spring.  St Brigid is buried in Downpatrick with St Patrick and St Colmcille.  In Christian lore, St Brigid and her cross are linked by a story about her picking rushes from the floor and weaving this cross at the death bed of a pagan lord in Kildare.  St Brigid’s crosses are hung over the door to protect the house and outbuildings from fire and evil.  Soft rushes grow in acidic wet soil.  They flower in summer and each plant can produce up to 70,000 seeds which can remain dormant in the soil for up to 60 years!  In the past they were used as animal bedding and cover for turf and potatoes.

Sa Siopa

Bhí na páistí i Rang a Sé ag glacadh páirt i ndrámaí beaga bunaithe ar an téama “Sa Siopa” le déanaí.  Bhain na páistí an-taitneamh agus an-tairbhe as na drámaí.

Investigating Gravity

For the month of January Sixth Class have been busy investigating gravity and air resistance.   They have designed and made parachutes and paper helicopters, calculated weights on the moon and different planets and have lowered the centre of gravity by making acrobatic clowns.  Check out the photos below to see the children exploring what has been described as the universal glue!

Toy Theatre

Over the last few weeks, Sixth Class have been immersed in The Toy Theatre project.  It has been inspired by the watercolour painting The Toy Theatre (1910), one of Jack B Yeats many works in the Niland Collection.

Each step on the journey required great artistry and creativity from the children.  Firstly, the children made and decorated their own toy theatre.  Next they had to design and make backgrounds, set pieces, characters and props. Then the children had to build a story around a scene in the painting “Toy Theatre” by Jack B Yeats.

Finally, they had to perform and film their toy theatre play.  The children were full of creative ideas, met lots of challenges and had great fun completing the projects along the way.

We hope you will enjoy the magic of The Toy Theatre videos below.

Science Week

This week Science Week was in full swing.  On Monday Sixth Class linked to an online workshop “Music to Your Ears Science Show” hosted by Sligo Science Festival in Sligo IT.  The children found out how our ears pick up sound, and how they can be damaged by loud music. They uncovered the mysteries of how CD players and MP3 players work and saw all kinds of unusual ways to make sound and music.  On Friday, as part of the Galway Science Festival, created Sixth Class had lots of fun making Scribble Bots which were a great success.  Check out the photos below.

Halloween Fun!

Sound Work!

The children in Rang a Sé are busy investigating the area of Sound at the moment.  We started off by making some string telephones and have lots of interesting experiments and investigations lined up in the days ahead.

 

Football Skills

Over the last few weeks Sixth Class have been busy engaging in lots of football drills honing key football skills.  This is part of the Connacht GAA Skills for Schools Programme.  So far we have had input from Ross Donovan (Sligo), Cora Staunton (Mayo) and Johnny Heaney (Galway) focusing on the body catch, hand pass and solo.  A big thank you to Daniel Hayes and Oisin Arthur, past pupils and Transition Year students who helped us out during their work experience.  After Midterm we will have more sessions focusing on the punt pass, high catch and pick up by Cathal Cregg (Roscommon) and Keith Higgins (Mayo) which we look forward to.


 

Ukuleles!

 

 

On Tuesdays, over the next 12 weeks, Catherine McGlinchey from Music Generation will be sharing her fantastic musical talents with the children in Sixth Class.

 

 

We are being introduced to the world of rhythm, beat, tempo and percussion.  Lots of the clapping and rhythmic games are already zooming in on our listening and responding skills.  We are learning all about rhythm syllables (ta, titi) and staff notation (crotchets and quavers) in a fun and engaging manner.

 

 

 


 

Electric Fun!

Towards the end of the Summer Term last year the Parent Association purchased a range of science kits for the school to the value of €1250 based on the many topics of the Science Curriculum including Materials, Heat, Air, Water, Sound, Electricity, Magnetism and Forces.

Since our return in September, Sixth Class have been extremely busy investigating and having great fun exploring the new equipment in our Electricity Kit. We have made simple circuits, series circuits and parallel circuits. We have made circuits with switches, bulbs, motors and buzzers and have examined and grouped materials as conductors and insulators. We have learned a lot and hope to apply our knowledge and the results of our investigations to some design and make tasks in the weeks ahead.

 


Building Bridges

Figure It Out

Míreanna Amhránaíochta ó Cúla 4

 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbcLsUBW9b3AgMxkiet3mnzspREWj6o54

 


 

Scéalta

 

https://soundcloud.com/forasnagaeilge/sets/an-gum-1
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