Archive for the ‘Fifth Class’ Category

PostHeaderIcon May and June 2022 in Ms. Downey’s Class

Every Child a Reader Project 18/5/2022

Ms.Cox entered a competition to win books for Gardiner Street School. She had to write a letter explaining how much we love books and why we should win. She must have been very convincing as we won. As well as the books,the prize included oil pastels for each class and we followed a Monster Doodle Art Workshop on YouTube and created our own Monsters. 

Skipathon and Marching Band 26/5/2022

After an absence of two years we were finally able to hold our annual fund raiser once again.  5th Class took part in the Marching Band and were most impressive managing to play the Tin Whistle while marching at the same time. Our talented musicians, who are taught by Caty, were accompanied by Kevin on the piano. Congratulations to Emre who was last person standing in Ms. Downey’s Class in the Skipathon. 


Amber Flag Day 2/6/2022

Ms. Mongan organised a Wellness Week as part of our work towards achieving our Amber Flag. We had Mindful Monday, Thankful Tuesday, Well being Wednesday and Terrific Thursday. As part of Terrific Thursday the children had to wear something amber and ‘crazify’ their hair. There was some great crazy hair in Ms. Downey’s Class!

Swimming Classes

This year Ms. O’Doherty allowed both the 5th Classes to finish their swimming classes that were cut short back in 3rd Class due to Covid. We went to a new pool in Markievicz Leisure Centre in Dublin 2 and Philip drove us on his bus. The teachers were fantastic and all the boys and girls either learned how to swim or improved their swimming. We are hoping that next year Ms. O’Doherty might allow us to be the first 6th Class to go swimming!


MarathonKids Day in Santry Stadium 15/6/2022

Back in February the two 5th Classes began the MarathonKids Programme. We performed 4 running sessions per week and also learned about the benefits of physical activity. All schools involved came together in Santry Stadium on Wednesday 15th of June to take part in taster sessions of athletic events, to complete the final lap of the marathon and to receive their well-deserved medals. We all had a wonderful day thanks to Athletics Ireland.

Rolling Down the Hill (Not sure if this is an Athletic Event but we sure had lots of fun!!!)

Target Throw

Obstacle Relay 

Micro Hurdles   






MarathonKids Mile and Medals

Sunrise: Oil Pastel Art

We put those oil pastels to good use again in June to create colourful sunrise pictures. Lets hope we see some beautiful sunrises like these during the summer.

Let’s Go School Tour in DCU 24/6/2022

‘What a tour!’ ‘Best Tour ever!’ ‘ Didn’t want it to end!’ ‘Can we go again in 6th?’

Super Slide

Assault Course





Wrecking Ball

Rock Climbing

Disco Dome

Wobbly Ladder



Zorbee Ball Roll

Life Skills with Odhran

Over the past two months Odhran our School Completion Project Worker has been doing a Life Skills Training Programme with the class. It has covered topics such as:

  • Self-Esteem
  • Decision- Making
  • Smoking Information
  • Advertising
  • Dealing with Stress
  • Communication Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Assertiveness

We really enjoyed the book, the activities, the discussions and learned a lot for the future. Thanks for all the great debates Odhran!

Mountjoy Square Project Update 

In February we worked with Karin on the history  of Mountjoy Square and Clare on drawing and printing scenes from the square. Our prints have now been framed and have also been made into a book about the whole project.  We were each presented with our framed print and a copy of the book by Karin and Ms. O’Doherty on Tuesday 28/6/2022.  What a lovely end to the year!


Goodbye 5th Class, Hello 6th!

Goodbye to all my wonderful class from Ms. Downey in a very sad and empty A2.

Top tips from the current 6th Class!




PostHeaderIcon March and April 2022 in Ms. Downey’s Class

Pancake Tuesday March 1st

We started off March by decorating and eating delicious pancakes to mark the start of Lent.

Georgian Dublin Project

We continued with our Georgian Dublin Project with Karen and Claire. Here are our amazing sketches. We will be bringing our framed prints home later in the year.

Digital School’s Project  

5th Class spent a lot of March working on our Digital Project on Georgian Dublin. We each researched and illustrated a different theme. Ms. Calvey co-ordinated all our work into a fabulous digital book.  

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Fuair Rang a Cúig duaiseanna mar bhí siad ag baint úsáid as a lán Gaeilge i rith an lae.

Blue Star Flag Quizzes

Ms. Downey’s Class has been very excited about taking part in the Blue Star Quizzes in order to renew our Blue Star Flag. The Blue Star Programme teaches primary school pupils about European cultures and the EU. This year thanks to our iPads we have been able to complete the quizzes using Kahoot. So far we have completed the following:

  • History Junior: Winner Milan
  • History Senior: Winner Lara
  • Geography Senior: Winner Lucas


Recycled Easter Hats

This year in school we used our lunch water cartons and recycled paper to create fantastic Mini Top Hats. Some boys and girls also made hats and bows at home. 

Cáisc shona daoibh go léir ó Rang a Cúig!

PostHeaderIcon January and February 2022 in A2 Ms. Downey’s Class

Happy 2022 from 5th Class. Here are just some of the activities we have been doing over the past two months.

Winter Silhouettes

We learned the difference between a tint: when white is added to a colour and a shade: when black is added. We designed and created winter pictures using this knowledge.  


Georgian Dublin Project

We are currently involved in a project on Georgian Dublin. At the beginning of February Karen from the Mountjoy Square Society gave a tour of Mountjoy Square and Park and welcomed us in to  her beautiful Georgian House on the corner of the square. Then an artist called Claire came in and gave us a lesson on drawing. She explained how important it is to get the basic shape first and then showed us how to work on the details and the textures. Each of the boys and girls drew wonderful illustrations of  Georgian  Dublin. Then Claire helped the class to turn their drawings into prints by first etching their illustrations on to a plastic plate and then inking that up and finally using her printing press, which reminded them of a pasta making machine, to make the print. Next month we will be going to the printers to see how these prints are copied and made into a book. At the of the project each child will receive a copy of the book along with their framed print.   


Valentine’s Day

We created lovely Valentine’s Day heart prints using pinks, purples and reds. Maybe you were lucky enough to receive one of these cards!


Cricket Taster Lesson

Cricket Ireland was kind enough to send two of their team to give us a Cricket taster lesson. We learned the names of the equipment: wicket, bat and ball and the names of the positions on the team: wicket-keeper, batter and a bowler. The boys and girls really enjoyed it and the coaches have promised to come back and do more lessons in September. I f you cannot wait till then check out the Cricket Ireland website for details of your nearest club.


Mind your Mind Week 2022: Worry Dolls

We really enjoyed Mind your Mind Week this year. We put all our names in a basket and picked one each. We had to be ‘extra nice’ to that person for the week and at the end of the week we tried to guess who had each of us. We also had a Joke/Riddle Day. We did Mindfulness Sessions each day with Bressie. Ms. Downey read the story ‘Silly Billy’ and we heard about the Legend of the Worry Dolls from Guatemala.  Finally we made our own Worry Dolls and weaved a bag for them too. No more worries for A2!