We’ve had a very busy and productive month of October in 6th class! We’ve been doing fractions, decimals and percentages in maths stations with the children rotating around various games, activities and problem solving tasks based on these topics. This system gives the children an opportunity to experience small group learning, independent work consolidating this learning and active game based learning in maths. Many thanks to Gemma who is team teaching with us for maths and who is an amazing part of our maths learning this year!
All of our tag rugby drills and skills practice really paid off in some super games in Eamonn Ceannt Park over the month with great examples of teamwork, sportsmanship and a bit of healthy rivalry thrown in to the mix!
Our class creativity shone through in beautiful La Dia de los Muertos skull designs and creations for Halloween using pearl clay and mixed media. Our steam punk robots are also in the production line with the finer details currently being added before painting!
We went on a historical tour of the locality with archaeologist Frank Myles in mid October. Frank very nicely gave us each a very interesting booklet on the history of the area and told us all about the work of an archaeologist. He then took us out to lots of places of interest in the locality, where among many interesting facts, we learned that Oscar square has a bomb shelter underneath it dating back to World War 2, that Newmarket Square was once a butter market and has the remains of a Dutch billy house dating back to the late 17th century, that Weaver’s Square was named after the community of Huguenot weaver’s once settled there in the late 17th century and that the Tenters is named after the tenterhooks once used by these weavers to hang their cloth up to dry. Frank really opened our eyes to the traces of and clues to the past all around us and really brought the historical aspect of our locality alive for us. I think there may have been one or two budding archaeologists inspired by the experience! Many thanks to Wendy for the fab photos!