I hardly need to tell you that St Catherine’s gave a fabulous performance at the National Children’s Choir concert – much thanks due there to the incredible talent and hard work of Roisin and April! But that’s not all we’ve been up to:
In maths 5th class have really begun to shine as confident, creative mathematicians – it is so exciting to hear the brilliant explanations and ingenious methods that are shared during our number talks.
In SESE 5th class have been investigating mini-beasts, designing urban parks and using their knowledge of circuits to create electric buzzer games. One of the nicest things about teaching this class is getting to see their great teamwork skills and kindness in action when collaborating on projects like these.
In art we created colourful cats inspired by Laurel Burch, designed clay tiles that represent our city, and collaborated on a piece of community art. You can see some photographs of their finished pieces below.
In English we worked as detectives to investigate the crime that takes place in Alfred Noyes’ narrative poem The Highwayman. We’ve also been reading the novel I Am David, and have written some very sinister ghost stories inspired by Knights of the Borrowed Dark!
In February 5th class visited Dolphin’s Barn library to meet author Dave Rudden and hear him read from his new novel. We also took a trip to Dáil Éireann, and had a brilliant day in Kippure Estate, Co. Wicklow, where we completed an orienteering course and faced some climbing and high ropes challenges.
We’re now getting to grips with performance poetry with the help of former All-Ireland poetry slam champions John Cummins and Colm Keegan. The top poems (and most expressive performances) will be chosen to take part in the 2017 St Catherine’s Poetry Slam and one talented performer will be crowned the champion. Watch this space for more news on this soon!