5th Class

20th March 2020

Gentle reminder to all 5th class parents – please make sure your child has accepted the invitation to join the 5th Class Google Classroom.

They all have their own login with their St Francis NS email address.

Work is being assigned on a daily basis, which your child should be able to complete independently, or with minimal parental assistance.

We are currently reviewing the assigned work in light of the fact that the school closure is likely to continue beyond the end of the month and we will keep you informed of any changes.

I can be contacted at mrsdonaghy@stfrancisns.ie should you or your child need me for anything.

Thank you for your co-operation and my best wishes to you and your family at this very difficult time.

Kind regards,

Anne Donaghy


4th March 2020




3rd March 2020

Rapt audience listening to story teller Brenda in the library!  Thank you Brenda, we loved it!


As part of Engineer’s Week 5th and 6th class had a session making structures with Lego.  Here are some action shots of our budding engineers.


2nd March 2020

We had great fun at Irish Dancing today learning the Brush Dance!  Click on the link below for a look!




25th February 2020

Welcome back everybody!

Today we did our parachute jump!  Pupils were tasked to make a parachute over the mid-term break.  They had to decide what materials to use and how big to make it.  They knew that the parachute that landed last was going to be the winner.  We then had some rich discussion back in the classroom about what makes a good parachute and why some worked better than others.  We then explored Air Resistance and the children evaluated their parachutes in terms of what worked and how their parachute could be made better.  It was a lot of fun!  Here’s a short video of the drop!



14th February 2020

Fifth class pupils have had a very busy half term since Christmas!

We did some work on camouflage in animals and each pupil designed an animal habitat and we had to try and spot their animal hidden in it!

We have also have been learning how to knit and crochet, and have made a large dream catcher style installation called “SWEET DREAMS” to showcase our work.

It is hanging in the school entrance.



We spent this half term learning about all aspects of the Irish Famine (An Gorta Mór) and have completed projects on The Coffin Ships and The Workhouses.  To tie in with this, our class novel was Under the Hawthorn Tree by Marita Conlon-McKenna which we all enjoyed very much.

We studied The Potato Diggers painting by artist Paul Henry and each pupil completed their own version of the painting in watercolours.

For the last two weeks we have had Adeline, a French trainee teacher in our class and we have thoroughly enjoyed her lessons about France and all her help with our work.

Happy Mid-Term everyone!


14th February 2020


10th February 2020


18 November 2019

Fifth Class visited DKIT last Thursday to take part in a Cell Explorers Workshop as part of Science Week.  The children had a very enjoyable time isolating the DNA of a banana!  They learned what DNA is, what is does, what it looks like AND how to pronounce it!  Here are some photos of our young scientists in action!

AND, as if that wasn’t enough excitement, Rónán’s mum, Nessa Duggan, gave us a talk about the Wind  Turbine at DKIT and took us on a tour of it.  We even got to go inside the turbine and look up to the top (60m).  Thank you so much Nessa!  We had a fantastic day!

11 November 2019

Below are some photos of the wonderful STEM Bridge Building projects that 5th class children produced.  Well done everyone, they are amazing.

Homework Project 4 November to 15 November 2019

  • Research Food Chains. Watch the following video:  Food Chains for Kids: Food Webs, the Circle of Life, and the Flow of Energy – FreeSchool
  • Write a detailed description of what a food chain is in your SESE copy.  Your description should include an explanation of the following terms: carnivore, herbivore, omnivore, producer, primary consumer, secondary consumer and photosynthesis, and should include several examples of food chains (labelled diagrams).
  • Draw and label a detailed diagram of a food chain on a sheet of paper (poster) for display and presentation to 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

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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