Welcome to our 6th Class page! We will be using this page to keep you updated on the learning taking place and also as a way to share any information with you.
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As our 6th class pupils near the end of their time at St Francis NS, we wanted to advise you of a few events and activities in the run up to their graduation. During the coming weeks they do have a lot of curriculum work to complete, standardised tests to take in mid May and the school teams are participating in various blitzes. We also have a variety of activities planned for our Active Schools Week in early June, culminating in Sports Day on Friday 14th June.
Brigitte is putting together a Graduation Video of their time at St Francis NS. Please could you send in any photos you have of your child through the years at St Francis NS either on a memory stick or by email for digital photos (to email@example.com) or bring in actual photos which we will scan and return to you. At the very minimum, we will need a baby photo of your child for the video.
We are putting together a “Education Passport” which will be sent to your child’s secondary school at the end of this term. The materials are intended to send a rounded picture of your child’s progress and achievement at St Francis NS and support their transition to secondary school. It includes:
1. a copy of their 6th Class school report (available 2nd week of June),
2. a My Profile document, completed by the pupil in school
3. a My Child document, completed by parents (this will be sent home to you next week to complete)
4. samples of their school work (selected by the pupils)
Friday 21st June
Class trip to Carlingford Adventure Centre, followed by a BBQ in school for pupils, parents and staff. Letters were sent home on Monday about the tour and payment can now be made online. We will be in touch nearer the time asking everyone to contribute something small to the BBQ.
Tuesday 25th June
6th Class Graduation Mass in the school hall at 7pm. This is a very special farewell for the pupils, parents and staff, where we celebrate and reflect on their time at St Francis NS. Pupils are presented with their graduation certificates and watch the video of their years at St Francis NS. This is followed by teas and coffees – and graduation cake!
Wednesday 26th June
We will have a whole school assembly in the morning to watch the Graduation Video with everyone and 6th Class pupils will finish school at 12 midday. Parents are invited to collect their children from school for the last time, after their Guard of Honour Farewell from the other pupils.
We will notify you of any other activities as and when they arise.
Le dea mhéin
Confirmation Souvenir Photograph
RSE Parental Consent letter
Children in 6th Class have completed their second year of Scratch coding lessons with Joan McCann from The Code Lab, where they built on their knowledge of Scratch from previous years. They worked in pairs to create a game called “Monkeys Love Banana’s”, and they used logical thinking and problem-solving skills to get this project fully working. They also used the new Video Sensing and Sound Editing features in Scratch.
They were introduced to the BBC Micro:bit, a mini programmable computer. They quickly realised that they could take their coding knowledge from Scratch and use it in a different coding language, Microsoft MakeCode. They worked on a number of projects, where they coded the Micro:bit to create a Rock-Paper-Scissors game, a Digital Dice, a piece of wearable-technology including a name tag that displayed their name in lights, and a heart badge, and even a Harry Potter Sorting Hat Algorithm, that tells you what house you will be in when you arrive in Hogwarts! Check out the photos to see their creations.
9th October 2018
Artist of the month
This month, we have been learning about Andy Warhol, his creative techniques and designs. Last week, we focused on pop art and drew our own 3D designs.
SESE history project about Blackrock
6th Class have worked extremely hard on their local history project. They have researched and explored the history of our village, learning some amazing facts from over the years. After the projects were completed, they presented to the class. Everyone spoke extremely well and did so with such confidence. Well done everyone! 🙂
Our writing based on the novel Wonder.
This term, we have been reading the novel Wonder and have based lots of writing on the story. This week, we have been focusing on descriptive writing and have written in full detail about Jack and Auggie’s first time up Skeleton Hill, where they brought their sledges. We hope you enjoy reading our writing – Rosa, Charlotte & Anne.
Skeleton Hill by Micah
As I tugged my ride to the top of the hill, my feet stepped through the icy snow,making a crunch. Step by step, I looked around at the falling snow as far as I could see into the horizon. With a cool breeze whipping into my face, I thought this was going to epic! Nearing the top, I peaked over the summit and thought different to before; maybe this was going to be scary afterall. Mounting the sledge, I thought this was it!
As I dropped down the hill, like a speeding car gliding through the snow, the icy wind zoomed past like a bullet and the adenaline rushed through me. As I started pulling the string to steer, the pinecone aroma drifted into my nose. Closer to the bottom, I tugged the string back and slowed down, hoping to come to a halt at the bottom of the hill.
At the bottom, the snow on my face changed into water. I looked up at what I had just done with adenaline still racing through me. I just stood there, thinking about what I had just accomplished. That was epic! I started tracing my steps back up the hill for a long day of fun.
Skeleton Hill by Tara
I pulled my old, plastic, run down sledge up to the top of Skeleton Hill. Over the soft thin layer of snow, I could feel the sharp, delicate snow flakes brush against my rosey red cheeks. Me and my brother placed our sledges on to the snow and let a few kids pass us as we waited for dad to hurry up! Jamie and I sat on our sledges and took a deep breath, hoping that this wouldn’t be as scary as it looked. Swoosh – Jamie and I giggled the whole way down to the bottom.
Feeling exhausted, we dragged our sledges back up to where dad was waiting patiently. We were ready to go again! As we flew down the hill for a second time, I went numb a little on my face. I could hear the echo of the kids giggling and saw Jamie in the distance ahead. I was daydreaming in a way, but still paying attention to what I was doing. Snow dust hit my face like a fan as the ride came to a stop.
” Whoohoo!” Jamie and I shouted loudly! I tried to stand up, but I had pins and needles. I trembled to my knees. Finally, after about five minutes of trying to get back on my feet, I was standing up. My legs were like jelly as I trotted over the crunch of ice.
Stay Safe programme
Part of our SPHE programme involves the Stay safe programme, where children will be learning, through a range of scenarios and discussions, about a variety of topics. Topics cover a range of situations, including ensuring children know how to keep themselves safe, stranger danger and bullying. Please be aware that sometimes children may come home with sheets which they will have to complete for their homework.
Please see the link below, which provides parents with information regarding the programme and what it involves throughout each topic. If you have any queries or questions regarding the programme or the topics being covered, please don’t hesitate to come and speak to me 🙂
Speech & Drama
This week, we started our Speech and Drama sessions, which will be taking place every Wednesday afternoon. This week, the children started to explore the poem ‘Remember Me’ by Ray Maher. The children have been given some of this poem for next week, please remind them to learn it.
We have had a great start to the year with lots of hard work. We have started to read our first class novel of the year: Wonder and we are all thoroughly enjoying it. We have done some amazing art based around the novel and some of the main characters.