Sixth Class have been honing their debating skills over the last six weeks with lots of support from Mrs Mulhern and Mrs Cawley.  Debating is a fun, educational way of encouraging students to really engage with topics. Learning to debate teaches students how to apply critical analysis and how to prepare an argument using facts and sound research. It also teaches students valuable communication skills such as how to deliver a speech and how to effectively defend the points they make.  We watched as the children went from strength to strength.  Some valuable lessons were learned.  Research is essential for putting together a strong argument. Communication is essential for delivering that argument. But refutation and rebuttal are essential to debating your argument. As the weeks progressed the children realised that when debating refutation and rebuttal is often the deciding factor in winning a debate.  The following are the motions which were debated:

  • Homework should be a thing of the past
  • Getting rid of plastic pollution in our oceans is just a dream 
  • Sport always brings communities together

Let there be Light!

Spooky Music Composition

Gardening and a Nature Walk

The boys and girls in Sixth Class were busy preparing the garden beds for the winter.  They were weeding and putting down cardboard, weed barrier and pallets.  We also went on a lovely autumnal nature walk, noting our observations along the way.

The House that Grew, Spooky Skulls & Scarecrows

The children have created some lovely art over the last few weeks.  The House that Grew explored line; this was followed up by lovely decorative sugar skulls.  Finally, we got stuck in to creating some scarecrows for the Kilglass House Scary Woods Walk and the Easkey Scarecrow Festival.  Enjoy.

Music Composition

The boys and girls in Sixth Class created a lovely musical composition based on the story Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins.

I am an Artist

The boys and girls in Sixth Class have created some lovely clay creations of old buildings and ruins.  Their next art project involved lots of drawing and working with paint and colour to create some visually striking images.  Sixth Class bringing the visual arts to life.

Writing Genres

Comprehension Strategies

Figure It Out