Strictly come dancing!

We have been focusing on creative dancing in PE over the last few weeks, transferring our talents and skills from our frequent GoNoodling in the classroom. At the start we pretended to have Magic Dust bouncing on various body parts, from our toes to our heads, and created individual movement pieces for 8 beats. Then we joined forces and made collaborative movement pieces in pairs and in groups, both mirroring each other and using completely contrasting moves. After that we experimented with a Space Bubble around us and practiced moving in different ways like running, skipping, hopping, walking, turning, jumping and floorwork. We then introduced different ‘flavourings’ to the main ‘ingredients’ of dance by changing direction, speed, levels, shapes and body parts. We love creating fun dances in pairs and with our friends every week, even though it’s thirsty work!

India Projects

We recently completed group projects on various elements of Indian culture, following our teacher’s trip to Kolkata last summer. Each group researched and presented on a particular aspect of Indian culture such as food, religions and customs, clothing and festivals, animals, traditions, sports and languages, famous people. We learnt a lot of thing we did not know about India and how different some things are there, in comparison to Ireland. After researching, each group illustrated their findings on a poster before presenting it to the class. We peer and self-assessed the quality of our project presentations just before the Easter holidays. Some children mentioned they would love to visit India in the future. We can’t wait for our next group projects!

Gymnastics in Ms. Mc Nicholas’s 5th Class

Our student teacher Ms. Cantwell has been doing gymnastics with our class for PE. We have covered paired balances, counter balances and sequences. We are really enjoying taking part in these gymnastics lessons.

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Plastic Straws

We have been learning about the Global Goals for Sustainable Develpment. These are a set of 17 goals agreed by the United Nations (UN).

These goals aim to to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change. We are taking part in the Our World Irish Aid Awards. This competiton aims to raise awareness of the goals. 

We took part in a Skype lesson to learn more about the global goals. We learned about a town in Scotland where they successfully banned the use of plastic straws.

We  also took part in a Skype lesson about the damage that is being done to the Coral Reefs by pollution.

Inspired by these lessons, we have decided to try and end the use of plastic straws. We have written to over 30 businesses in Balbriggan to ask them to stop selling or serving plastic straws.

We also wrote to Fingal County Council and Balbriggan Tidy Towns.

You can support us by not using single use plastic straws! You can see some pictures by clicking here.

More videos of Ceolchoirm Sheachtain na Gaeilge

A few more clips of our great concert for Seachtain na Gaeilge today. The 5th classes did a lovely version of Óró sé do bheatha bhaile with percussion, chime bars, guitars and keyboard, and the Junior choir sang Raglin Road and the Foggy Dew beautifully. You can download the following clips to have a listen:

IMG_rang a 5 Ms F,

Ms Mc N & Ms Mem Óró,

ó ó ó óró Óró percussion only

IMG_óró percussion + singing

IMG_5th Class Óró

IMG_5th class Dublin in the rare auld times

IMG_Jnr choir Foggy Dew

Ceolchoirm Sheachtain na Gaeilge 2018

Comhghairdeas le gach rang a ghlac páirt i gceolchoirm Sheachtain na Gaeilge.

Bhí dánta, ceol, amhráin agus rince le fáil. Bhí na páistí go léir go hiontach ar fad! Go raibh mile maith agaibh do na múinteoirí agus páistí go léir  – chuir sibh an-obair go deo isteach sa cheolchoirm!

Go raibh maith agat do Michael freisin, a d’ullmhaigh an stáitse agus do Gill agus Colette a chroch suas na póstaeir a rinne na páistí chun an halla a mhaisiú.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine!

Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam!!

Balbriggan Co. Dublin