5th Class Book List

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SCOIL MHUIRE, BALLINCOLLIG FIFTH CLASS BOOK LIST 2017/’18

BOOK RENTAL

Book Rental fee: €20 (to be paid the first week of September)

Rental of the following:

  1. English Class Reader (Wonderland Series, Stage 4, Book 1 “Up and Running” C.J. Fallon)

  2. English Class Novels

  3. Spelling Made Easy, Level 2 (Violet Brand, Brand Books)

  4. Literacy Leap 5th Class (A Supplementary Programme for Primary English, Folens)

  5. Busy at Maths 5 (C.J. Fallon)

  6. Unlocking S.E.S.E. 5th Class (Folens)

BOOKS TO BE BOUGHT NEW OR SECONDHAND

  1. Béal Beo 5 (Edco) (This has to be bought new)

  2. Master Your Maths 5 (C.J. Fallon) (This has to be bought new)

  3. Alive O- 7 Text Book (Religion book for Fifth Class)

BOOKS TO BE RETAINED FROM 4th CLASS

  1. Chambers New School Dictionary

  2. Philips Irish Primary Atlas (Folens)

OTHER REQUISITES

Scoil Mhuire Homework Journal (only available in school shop for €2)

A4 Display Book (40 pocket)

Four A4 size (32 page) ‘memorandum’ copybooks

One A4 refill pad

Five 120 page copybooks

Two 120 page Maths copy

Geometry Set

Berol Pen or Gel Pen (available in school shop)

Pritt Stick (with pupil’s name on it)

PLEASE PAY TO CLASS TEACHER OR SECRETARY

15 for VISUAL ARTS & PHOTOCOPYING (OR €30 PER FAMILY)


Touch Typing

Touch typing is an important skill in today’s technical world and it takes time to develop both speed and accuracy. We have set up accounts for the children in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th classes on Typing.com. The children will have a chance to practise touch typing during their weekly computer class. We would greatly encourage additional practice at home if possible. The children each have an individual login and password that can be used at home as well as at school, this means they can continue from where they left off every time they log in. Some children may enjoy keeping up with their typing over the summer holidays!

Some tips for typing practice:

  • Sit comfortably with your feet on the floor. You may need to adjust the height of your seat or table and adjust the screen so you can see it comfortably.
  • Your keyboard should be at a height that allows your elbows to be bent about 90 degrees and close to your sides.
  • Try not to look at the keyboard while you type -you can cover your fingers with a piece of kitchen paper if you can’t resist that temptation.
  • Don’t rush -you will get faster with time as you become accustomed to where the keys are and which finger needs to reach for them. A little practice done often goes a long way!
  • As always, be careful when working online: be safe and report anything that you are uncomfortable with to a teacher or to your parent / guardian.

 


5th Class School Tour – Oysterhaven

Oysterhaven is always a very active and exciting place for a school tour! We hope you enjoy our pictures almost as much as we enjoyed the day!

 

 


Active school Week & Sports Day

Active school week was a success this year. The whole week was active and fun and sports day was particularly exciting for everyone! We hope you enjoy these snippets of all the fun!

 

Active School Week – Are you ready?

Next week it will be Active School Week here at Scoil Mhuire. We aim to include a variety of fun activities that everyone can enjoy. The girls will need to wear their track suit all week. We have a lot of activities planned, including:

  • Dance at 10;
  • Dance Fit;
  • Jigsaw Relays;
  • Zumba;
  • Teddy Bears Picnic (Infant classes);
  • School Circuit;
  • Table Tennis (rang 3);
  • Run 1k in a day;
  • “Sports for All Day” is planned for Tuesday!

Let’s keep our fingers crossed for some fine weather. Check back on the school blog for reviews of the activities and some pictures of the children in action!


Science Club

This school year saw Scoil Mhuire introduce an after school science club for the first time. It was offered for a block of 6 weeks, for an hour after school on Wednesdays, to girls in 5th and 6th classes and was entirely optional. The uptake was fantastic as the girls are generally very interested in science and curious about the world around them. In total the club ran three times in the year allowing 36 children this wonderful opportunity to work scientifically in a small group. It was a pleasure for Bean Uí Shúilleabháin (and Iníon Uí Chéilleachair, some weeks) to work with each group as they all displayed such enthusiasm and interest in all things scientific.

In science club the girls were encouraged to bring their own ideas or materials to explore. Teachers also provided interesting ideas and materials for both demonstration and hands on investigation. The girls got a chance to made bouncy balls and slime, to explore friction and electrical circuits amongst other things! Ask the girls how a lemon and some wires might be used to light a bulb, what shapes are best used in the construction of cup-towers or ask them about how oxygen gas can be made and demonstrated to be present – they will have a lot to tell you! We won’t say anything about the dent in the library ceiling or how it might have happened….all in the name of science! It’s nice to know science is leaving it’s mark on the school.


Rocky the Robot

VEX IQ Robotics Competition 2017

Scoil Mhuire Soar Into The Future

Scoil Mhuire have entered in the VEX IQ Robotics Competition for the third year in a row. Over the past five months the pupils of Scoil Mhuire have worked around the clock to design, build, programme and drive their Robot, Rocky.

Rocky the Robot

 

STEM Project

The world needs the students of today to become the scientists, engineers, and problem-solving leaders of tomorrow. Science constantly presents us with new breakthroughs and challenges, creating greater opportunities for problem-solving through technology. The solutions to these problems could help change the world, and technology-based problem solvers will be the people to make it all possible. Each season, one Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) subject is the primary focus of the VEX IQ STEM Research Project. This year the STEM Research Project theme focuses on Robotic Technology in the community. Students are encouraged to think about how Robotic Technology is being used in areas they encounter on a daily basis. Teams will develop an area of study that interests them.

Scoil Mhuire Robotics Team investigated the use of robots in the home and predicted the future of robotics. In October the team visited Collins Barracks in Cork City and analysed how the bomb disposal robot called “Hobo” functioned. Using this information Scoil Mhuire experimented with their own robot. They discovered their robot could travel up to forty three metres while “Hobo” could only travel ten metres. The project team predict robots will play a dominant role in the home.

 

Blue Frog Robotics

The Scoil Mhuire Robotics Team completed an ample amount of research based on robots in the community. Blue Frog Robotics was one company which fascinated them. This company have been developing robots since 2007. Blue Frog Robotics developed a robot called “Buddy” (The Companion Robot). Buddy is the revolutionary companion robot that improves your everyday life. Open source and easy to use, BUDDY connects, protects, and interacts with each member of your family. Their goal is to design and develop robots that are accessible to everyone and help people live easier and safer, and have fun.

 


Christmas Shows 2016

We hope you will have enjoyed some of our Christmas shows this year. For the first time we experimented with a variety of venues for our Christmas performances: some of our Christmas productions were performed on stage at the community theatre; some were in the spacious community centre hall; and the infant classes performed in the school hall. Each class group produced a show of their choice and parents were invited to come and enjoy the festivities. Colourful costumes, music, interesting story lines and most importantly the girls’ creativity and talents made each performance unique and special. It has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience and a great end to 2016!


Junior and Senior Infants had three very successful showings of “Whoops-a-Daisy Angel” in the school hall. Poor Whoops-a-Daisy got everything wrong to begin with, but it all worked out in the end with the safe arrival of Baby Jesus. It was amazing to see such young children taking charge of the stage, singing all their songs, remembering lines and enjoying the story of Christmas. Well done to all involved!


Our first and second class groups joined forces to produce a show called “The Smallest Angel”. 5 Angels were sent on a mission to find the best place on earth for Baby Jesus to be born. They didn’t have much luck until the smallest angel, exhausted from her travels, took a nap in a stable in Bethlehem…..which was of course the perfect spot for Jesus to be born. The girls really enjoyed giving us a tour of the world in this show. We loved the international aspect of it all, as well as the wonderful singing, dancing and acting! Bravo everyone!!


Third class decided to host an awards event this year: “The Stars are Coming out for Christmas”. There were some very worthy contestants: Christmas Cards; the Christmas tree; Santa and his elves; and Christmas Dinner. A surprise last minute entry, “Beth” – the star of Bethlehem (the celestial sort) stole the show and won the award for the “Most Outstanding Contribution to Christmas”. In this show we loved the jokes that just kept on coming from reporters on the red carpet, the professional hosting of the event, the music, the dancing and the poetry. Everyone contributed to make this show outstanding – the girls were all stars!


Fourth class decided to take the traditional well loved story of the “Magic Toy Shop”. Hans, the toy maker had terrible trouble when his cat Grudles got up to mischief and all the toys came to life for one night! There were marching soldiers, dancing dolls, puppets, a rocking horse and even a jack in the box! It almost ended in disaster when Han’s precious porcelain doll fell and broke…but fortunately the other toys were able to find some glue and put her back together again. The costumes were stunning! The acting was top class! The audience loved the story-line and the animated characters. What a wonderful performance – well done girls!


Fifth class created their very own “Christmas Goggle Box” -based on the popular TV show. They worked hard on their script to include some of their favourite shows and a lot of humour – such a creative and smart group of children! We saw a typical family gathered around the TV watching a variety of shows and celebrities including Donald Trump & Melania, Ryan Tibridy on the Toy Show, Dathaí & Máire from the Today Show and even some X-Factor extracts! We were most impressed that our girls created a script with such humour and insight and that the actresses captured each character so well!


The Sixth Class show was a pantomime – all in rhyme! Oh yes it was!!! Cinderella was looking for a fella and her ugly sisters were of course getting in the way, with their big feet! Red Hot Cinders was jam packed with Irish dancing, pop dancing, a minuet and singing, not to mention top notch acting as you would expect in a pantomime! We had audience involvement as the two sixth class teachers danced with the classes to compete for the spotlight – fortunately both classes were winners! There was great humor and the girls were so confident on stage. Weren’t they great? Oh yes they were!


A special word of thank you to parents, teachers and others who contributed to the performances – providing costumes, practicing songs and lines, calming nerves, stage management, introductions, script writing, the set, photography, sound, stage painting, lighting, road crossing, putting out chairs and many other tasks.

 


Judi Curtain visits Ballincollig Library