5th Class Portfolios

Arjon Qepi (Ms. Coughlan's class)

Remote learning provides great opportunities for pupils to experience art in many different varieties.

Ananya Roy (Ms. Coughlan's class)

The boys and girls in Ms. Coughlan's class have been using wordart.com to create amazing pieces of animal word art. Why not create your own word out by clicking on the following link; https://wordart.com/

Ms. McEvoy's Class

This week in Ms. McEvoy's class, the boys and girls were getting very creative with some "laundry art". Check out some of their amazing creations including this masterpiece from Grace Green.

Callum Carey

Oliwier Zgraja

An Gorta Mór

Last week the boys and girls in 5th class have been learning about the Irish Potato Famine. As an addition to learning about the Irish Potato Famine in our History lessons, we have been reading 'Under the Hawthorn Tree' by Marita Conlon McKenna as part of our English lessons. The boys and girls in 5th class created fantastic projects on Google Slides all about the Famine. Check out the brilliant project work from Mr. Daly's class.

Background to the Famine by Caleb Galvin

Robert Peel and the British by Cecilia Dos Santos

Workhouses by Rosemary Uduchukwu

Emigration by Anne Lagutin

Science: Bridges

Here are examples of the 6 types of bridges around the world...

Suspension Bridge: This is a type of bridge in which the deck (the load-bearing portion) is hung below suspension cables on vertical suspenders.

Arch Bridge: This is a bridge with abutments at each end shaped as a curved arch. Arch bridges work by transferring the weight of the bridge and its loads partially into a horizontal thrust held by the abutments at either side.

Cable Stayed Bridge: This bridge has one or more towers (or pylons), from which cables support the bridge deck. A distinctive feature are the cables or stays, which run directly from the tower to the deck, normally forming a fan-like pattern or a series of parallel lines.

Cantilever Bridge: This bridge is a bridge built using cantilevers, structures that project horizontally into space, supported on only one end.

Beam Bridge: Also known as a girder bridge is the simplest and oldest bridge type. It generally consists of one or more spans which are supported by an abutment or pier at each end.

Truss Bridge: This is a bridge whose load-bearing superstructure is composed of a truss, a structure of connected elements usually forming triangular units.

Here are some of the students examples...

Jake Brennan from Ms. Duggan's 5th Class

Liam Campbell from Ms. Devaney's 5th Class

Janicole Abaya from Ms. Duggan's 5th Class

Rian Kennedy from Ms. Devaney's 5th Class

Liam Campbell from Ms. Devaney's 5th Class

Dziugas Taranda from Mr. Faughey's 5th Class

Ava Sherwood from Mr. Faughey's 5th Class

English - Creative Writing

What do you know that you could teach somebody else?

Agoz O from Mr. Faughey's Class

Arthur M from Mr. Faughey's Class

Deana Ojog from Ms. McHugh's Class

Dziugas T from Mr. Faughey's Class

Janicole Abaya from Ms. Duggan's Class

Jake Brennan from Ms. Duggan's Class

Katie Sneyd from Ms. Devaney's Class

Sarah Gleeson from Ms. McHugh's Class


Here are some of the pupils Feast and Festival Projects

Ella Carberry O'Rourke from Ms Dowling's Class

Hikmat Haji from Ms. Dowling's Class

Irin Maria Antu from Ms. Dowling's Class

Sarah Lacatus from Ms. Dowling's Class

Music - Interview Project

The student's conducted a Music Interview, discussed music preferences, compared and contrasted......

Ella Carberry O'Rourke from Ms Dowling's Class

Esther Anu John from Ms. Dowling's Class

Irin Maria Antu's Project from Ms. Dowling's Class

English - Creative Writing - Scary Stories

Student's in 5th Class created their own spine-chilling stories this week

Let's take look at a few examples

Paul Fitzgerald from Ms. McHugh might just be the next Stephen King

Ava Sherwood from Mr. Faughey's would send chills up your spine

Liana Rena from Ms. Devaney's showing great use of paragraphing and dialogue worthy of an Oscar!

Challenge: Click the link below, select a prompt and start writing!

History - Feasts and Festivals - Diwali

5th Class have been learning about various feasts and festivals around the world for the past few weeks. This week they were learning about the Festival of Light

Diwali is India's biggest and most important holiday of the year. The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness. This festival is as important to Hindus as the Christmas holiday is to Christians.

People create patterns called Rangoli on the floor using coloured powders or sand

Families celebrate Diwali with sweet treats


  • DAY ONE: People clean their homes and shop for gold or kitchen utensils to help bring good fortune.

  • DAY TWO: People decorate their homes with clay lamps and create design patterns called rangoli on the floor using colored powders or sand.

  • DAY THREE: On the main day of the festival, families gather together for Lakshmi puja, a prayer to Goddess Lakshmi, followed by mouth-watering feasts and firework festivities.

  • DAY FOUR: This is the first day of the new year, when friends and relatives visit with gifts and best wishes for the season.

  • DAY FIVE: Brothers visit their married sisters, who welcome them with love and a lavish meal.

  • In northern India, they celebrate the story of King Rama's return to Ayodhya after he defeated Ravana by lighting rows of clay lamps.

  • Southern India celebrates it as the day that Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura.

  • In western India the festival marks the day that Lord Vishnu, the Preserver (one of the main gods of the Hindu trinity) sent the demon King Bali to rule the nether world.

Geography: Transport

This week students in 5th class created Transport Projects. They had to choose a mode of transport and answer the following questions on their chosen mode of transport:

When was this mode of transport invented?

Who invented it?

Where in the world was it first used?

Is it used in Ireland?

Is it a popular mode of transport in Ireland?

How many people use this mode of transport daily around the world/in Ireland?

Alisa Topic from Ms. Devaney's Class researched Aeroplanes

Aoife Ennis from Ms. Dowling's Class researched Aeroplanes

Julia Seruga from Ms. Duggan's Class researched Cars

Orla O'Reilly from Ms. Dowling's Class researched Cars

Evelina Tamosauskyte from Ms. Devaney researched Cars

Liam Campbell from Ms. Devaney researched Aeroplanes

Here's a short video about the Evolution of Transport

Here are a few unique modes of transport from around the world!


Its full name is “Electric Elevated Railway (Suspension Railway) Installation, Eugen Langen System” (Anlage einer elektrischen Hochbahn (Schwebebahn), System Eugen Langen). It is the oldest electric elevated railway with hanging cars in the world and is a unique system.


Reindeer sledding is the oldest form of transport in the north, and an ancient part of Sami culture. People of all ages can participate on this very “soft” adventure.


Aboard a traditional wood-carved gondola boat, look out for top Venice attractions such as Rialto Bridge and listen to Italian songs; it’s a must-do in Venice.


The Monte Toboggans first originated in the early 19th century as Funchal´s first means of “downhill” public transportation. Presently and for a number of years now, the “Carro de Cesto” is used to transport tourists.


An aerial lift is a means of cable transport in which cabins, cars, gondolas or open chairs are hauled above the ground by means of one or more cables. Aerial lift systems are frequently employed in mountainous territory where roads are relatively difficult to build and often found in touristic landmarks.


The Isle of Wight Hovercraft is the last remaining commercial hovercraft service in the world. It operates a regular timetable transporting passengers between Ryde and Southsea in Portsmouth, with excellent connections to both road and rail networks on either side.


Costa Rica is world-renowned for its canopy tours, also known as zip-lines. Imagine sailing through the treetops hundreds of meters in the air with a chance to spot some of the country’s diverse wildlife.Though many of Costa Rica’s national parks offer canopy tours, the best are in Monteverde, Arenal and Manuel Antonio.


When the American troops pulled out of the Philippines at the end of World War II, surplus jeeps were left and the locals stripped them down and added roofs for shade. This vehicle has then transformed into a vehicle for public transportation. It is still used and still the popular way to go around cities.


This week we worked on capital letters

Janicole Abaya from Ms. Duggan's Class shows us where and when to use capital letters

Creative Writing

Here's what the students in 5th Class have to say about what age is the best age:

Aileen Alfred in Mr. Faughey's Class

Sarah Lacatus in Ms. Dowling's Class

Tadhg McKeever in Ms. Duggan's Class

Dziugas Taranda in Mr. Faughey's Class

Alexia Rotari in Mr. Faughey's Class

Julia Seruga in Ms. Duggan's Class

Joanne Joseph from Ms. Dowling's Class

Maths: Length

Why do we need to learn about length?

Ask any contractor or construction worker-they'll tell you just how important maths is when it comes to building anything.

To create something of lasting value out of raw materials requires creativity, the right set of tools, and a broad range of mathematics.

Figuring the total amount of concrete needed for a slab; accurately measuring lengths, widths, and angles; and estimating project costs are just a few of the many cases in which maths is necessary for real-life home improvement projects.

Whether you work in construction jobs in the future or own a home, having the ability to do minor home improvements will save a lot of money and provide a sense of accomplishment and self-reliance.

Some everyday uses of length

House Plans

Swimming and Exercise


Home Improvements

History - Feasts and Festivals - Eid

This week the students were reading about the History of Eid


In Religion the students were discussing what they were grateful for. Take a look!

Brayden Davis from Ms. Dowling's Class

Joanne Joseph from Ms. Dowling's Class

Sarah Lacatus from Ms. Dowling's Class


Here's a sample of some of the wonderful art the students created at home

Janicole Abaya from Ms. Duggan's Class

Jonathan Fetsum Berihe from Mr. Faughey's Class

English Creative Writing

5th Class students have been letting their imaginations run wild this week

Jake Brennan's Creative Writing from Ms. Duggan's 5th Class

Story starter!

Toby had thought the art gallery a boring place to visit. In fact, he had said as much to his mum as he trudged up the grand, stone steps to the entrance an hour earlier. “Mummmmm” he had complained, “I hate coming here. The animals never dooooo anything.”

Toby was now thinking he had been wrong. His jaw dropped and he stared in utter disbelief at the sight in front of him, pointing as water cascaded onto the floorboards from the painting containing a herd of elephants stampeding through the Ganges river. Toby could not believe his eyes: this trip was starting to get interesting…

Question time!

What do you think will happen next?

Which other animals will come to life?

How will Toby react to the situation?

What might the paintings depict in the other rooms around the gallery?

Might this have happened before in the gallery?

Sentence challenge!

The verb ‘trudged’ is used to describe how Toby moved up the steps. What does the word mean? What does it tell you about how Toby felt about going to the gallery?

What is a verb? Can you think of different verbs that you could use instead of ‘trudged’?

Perfect picture!

If you could paint a picture of anything, knowing it would come alive, what would you paint?

Sick sentences!

These sentences are ‘sick’ and need help to get better. Can you help?

Toby stood in the gallery. An elephant came out of the painting. Water went on the floor.

Joanna Joseph's Creative Writing from Ms. Dowling's 5th Class

Aoife Ennis's Creative Writing from Ms. Dowling's Class

Julia Seruga's Creative Writing from Ms. Duggan's 5th Class

Maths: Area and Perimeter

This week 5th class have been busy finding perimeter and area of various shapes

This outer space-themed video teaches the concepts of area and perimeter

Project by Janicole Abaya in Ms. Duggan's 5th Class

History: Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa (1910–1997) was a Roman Catholic nun who devoted her life to serving the poor and destitute around the world. She spent many years in Calcutta, India where she founded the Missionaries of Charity, a religious congregation devoted to helping those in great need.

More information about Mother Teresa can be found in the following links:




Blessed Mother of Calcutta

Here is a short history video of the life of Mother Teresa

Project by Kaylee Sweeney Jenkinson in Ms. Devaney's 5th Class

Project by Evelina Tamosauskyte in Ms. Devaney's 5th Class

There are 3 states of matter - Solid, Liquid and Gas

Water is the only common substance that is naturally found as a solid, liquid or gas

Science: Matter

Matter can be a confusing word because it has several meanings. We often hear phrases like “What is the matter?” or “It doesn’t matter”. Scientists have a different meaning for matter – matter is anything that occupies space and has mass.

Matter is made up of tiny particles. These can be atoms or groups of atoms called molecules. Atoms are like individual LEGO blocks. They are the smallest unit that anything can be broken down into without doing something extreme (like hitting a LEGO block with a hammer or smashing atoms in the Large Hadron Collider.) If atoms are like LEGO blocks, molecules are the structures you build with them. The physical characteristics of atoms and molecules decide the form or state the matter is in.

Here's Bill Nye to tell us more.....

The Normans in Ireland

In the twelfth century (the 1100s), there were many warring clans in Ireland. Each clan had their own king. The most powerful king was known as the high king. For example, Turlough O’ Connor, who died in 1156, was once the high king of Ireland, just like Brian Boru. In order to become high king, a king had to fight against other powerful kings. Sometimes the king of Connacht would win, other times it might be the king of Leinster, Munster or Ulster. These constant fights meant that kings had many enemies. The reason the Normans first came to Ireland was in fact due to this fighting.

In 1169, a group of Norman soldiers and knights arrived in Wexford to help the Irish king of Leinster, Diarmuid MacMurrough. They were invited by Diarmuid to help him fight his enemies and regain his kingdom in Leinster. Diarmuid MacMurrough particularly wanted to defeat Tiernan O’Rourke, the ruler of Breffini (now Roscommon), and Rory O’Connor, the king of Connaught, because they had joined armies and had forced Diarmuid out of his kingdom.

Try to draw a Norman knight mounted on his horse going into battle

Battles were fierce and The Norman Knights were well trained and disciplined soldiers

Science Magnetic Car Experiment

Follow the link below and design, make and test your very own magnetic car


Take a Virtual Tour of The Titanic's last journey as it visited Cobh on it's final last journey by clicking the link.

Check out life in a Tropical Rain Forest https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMdD6TTDZ_g

NASA would you like to build robots that will fly into Space? click here on your 2 links to learn more.