Last Wednesday, Peter Gunning visited the school to speak to the 6th class students. Peter is the author of the novel Reaching the Heights, a novel which all of the 6th classes have enjoyed reading this year. Peter Gunning spoke to the children about the writing process, the inspiration for his characters and his thoughts about Reaching the Heights and the other novels he has written (including Stanley!).
Peter also read an extract from the book and used a wonderful Cork accent to add to his dramatic reading! The children asked some very insightful questions and really enjoyed the visit. Thanks to Ms. Murphy for contact Peter to organise the talk.
On Friday, we used a variety of materials including dice, coins and playing cards to complete some maths investigations. We had to predict how often we thought each possible outcome would occur and then carry out the experiment
On Monday 25th of May, two volunteers from the RNLI station in Howth came to talk to the 5th classes about water safety.
Two people from the RNLI came to our school. RNLI stands for Royal National Lifeboat Institution. The RNLI save people if they are having trouble at sea. They showed us some videos of people being saved. There was a competition of who can dress in their gear the fastest. They also taught us to be safe at sea. We learnt a lot and it was fun!
2 women came and told us about the RNLI they told us about their work. They work for free, they are volunteers. They told us about some flags the white and black flags are for surfers the red and yellow flags are for people to stay between and the red flag is danger. They told us about the boats the big one is called All Weather one and the small one is called The Inshore Lifeboat. We have to be safe around water because it can be very dangerous when you’re alone and always have to wear a hat, get an umbrella and wear suncream slip, slap, slop be safe.
The RNLI women were called Irene and Bev. They told us the flags on the beach where people can swim and where people can’t. Irene and Bev showed us the boats they use .One was the all-weather boat which is very big and there was another boat that was very small. They said they have 8 minutes before they go out on the boat to rescue someone. We had a race who could get changed first in 8 minutes. At the end we got a RNLI book and a wrist band.
We have been learning lots about Balbriggan and its history. Our focus was mainly on Bremore Castle and Smyth’s factory. We worked in groups to make projects based on what we had learned! If you would like to know more about Smyth’s factory you should read here.
To celebrate World Book Day, the third classes held a book swap in the hall. Any child who brought in a book was allowed to swap it for a new one. We also spent some time reading our new books in the hall and completing some wordsearches based on books we have read. We had great fun!!
We have been learning about procedural writing with Ms. Hegarty. We wrote science experiments, directions and recipes. To celebrate our great work we followed a recipe for Rocky Road. Everyone helped to measure, mix and crush the ingredients. It was delicious!
To celebrate engineers week we were set the task of building towers using spaghetti and marshmallows. We had to try and make a tower that was at least 30cm tall and could support a chocolate egg. It was quite hard but a lot of fun!!