5th Class

7 October 2019

As you are aware, since the beginning of this academic year, we have been updating and tweaking our approach to homework. Initially, it was suggested that Maths homework would be completed using the IXL website to support concepts being taught in class, however, feedback from parents explained that the website timed out quite quickly, therefore this option wasn’t beneficial to the children’s learning. To ensure that all areas of Maths are continuously being visited, Work It Out will now be used for homework.

To clarify, your child / children should be completing the following homework:
· Project (this will be over a period of either one or more weeks, depending on topic)
· Reading (please ensure this is signed each night)
· Gaeilge reading (this could be in any form – poem, song or story – children will have read this before in class)
· Maths Work it Out (children will be directed as to what questions they are expected to have completed)
· Spellings (these will be specific spellings to the needs of each child, based either on what they are learning in class or the spelling string being taught that week)
· Times tables revision

Our new approach to homework will take time to fully embed and therefore we will continue to tweak and adapt, making changes as necessary. We welcome feedback from parents and, as discussed in the recent Parent Association meeting, there will be a parental survey at the end of October seeking feedback on this new approach to homework.

Project 7th October – 18th October

STEM Activity – Design, build and evaluate a bridge that can carry 1kg weight.

Monday and Tuesday
• Design bridge (can be an Arch, Beam, Cantilever or Suspension bridge)
• Draw a plan and label it
• List materials that are to be used (children may use any materials)
• The bridge must be able to hold 1kg of weight
• This work will be checked on Wednesday

Wednesday, Thursday (and weekend, if desired)
• Build bridge

Monday – Thursday
• Write a detailed evaluation of bridge (to include information on what worked, what didn’t work, how it had to be altered to make it stronger, or how it had to be scrapped and a different approach taken)
• Children must have their model bridge in school on Friday 18 October
• Children must also have all their design details and evaluation of the process in their scrapbooks on Friday 18 October.

25th September 2019
This week in Maths we are working on Addition and Subtraction. By visiting https://ie.ixl.com/math/class-5 children can practise their addition, subtraction and estimating. (B1-B9)

IZAK9 consists of 27 brightly coloured cubes, with each face being populated with different combinations of colour, number and shape. These cubes come accompanied with a suite of online tasks. The tasks are aimed specifically at the “Maths skills development” section of the curriculum – problem solving, integration, critical thinking, collaboration etc.
The children work in teams using the physical cubes to solve the tasks from the whiteboard at the front of the room.
Thanks to our Parents Association, pupils of St Francis N.S. have access to IZAK9 and below are some pictures of 5th class working with them!

5th Class have been working on developing their skills at shading in art and here are some pictures of their beautiful work.

16 September 2019

For the next two weeks, each child in 5th class will be given a country and will be required to do a project on that country.  Projects will be completed in their SESE copies and must include information on the following:

  1. Culture – traditions, cultural dress, sports, language, celebrations, food, religion
  2. History
  3. Landmarks, geography and climate
  4. Famous / tourist attactions
  5. Pictures / diagrams / drawings / map
  6. and any other interesting information about the country.

Children must log, in their homework diaries, what work they do on their projects each night and this must be signed by parent / guardian.

We are continuing with Place Value in Maths. For practice at home visit https://ie.ixl.com/math/class-5.
Children are encouraged to continue to practice their times tables using https://www.topmarks.co.uk/hit the button
5th class children must read every night and will have a poem for Speech and Drama to learn each week.


13th September 2019
5th Class Blackrock Park







Today 5th Class went to Blackrock Park to work with the Park Committee working on the Bee and butterfly hunts.
Lots of red admirals, painted ladies, speckled woods around today and a variety of bees too.


Fifth Class is working on Place Value in Maths. For practice at home visit https://ie.ixl.com/math/class-5.

Welcome back Everyone!

Fifth class will be doing project homework this year. To get us started, each child has been given a famous artist and must complete a project based on that artist in their scrapbook. Finished projects are to be handed up on Friday 13th September.

Projects must include:
Date of birth and death
Information about the early life of the artist
Where he/she studied / how they came to be an artist
Information about their style of art
Some pictures of their more well-known pieces
Own drawings in the artist’s style (optional)

This page will be updated regularly and will contain important information regarding events in our classroom. Please keep an eye on it for any updates. We are a green school and to save paper we use this page to update parents rather than sending home notes all the time.

Thank you all very much for your co-operation.

Anne Donaghy
Class Teacher – 5th Class

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