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We made some videos as Gaeilge and you can see them if you 
 visit the main North Bay website http://www.northbay.ie/school/category/classes/5th-class/ here.

We've begun exploring light pictures.   First of all we did some pictures where the shutter on the camera was left open for a few seconds.  This is what we got.

Then we went to the PE storeroom and made some pictures by leaving the shutter open for 8 seconds.  Check these out.

Click on the picture to see a full size version of it.

We saw some drop capitals made by an artist called Jessica Hische who has a website called Daily Drop Cap.  
She does some very clever designs and after seeing them this is what we came up with.








Chinese New Year

This is the time of year when Chinese people the world over celebrate the new year.  The Chinese calendar is a lunar one which means that it is decided by the position of the moon.  The Christian festival of Easter changes date every year because it too is lunar based.

The Chinese New Year is a festival which lasts for fifteen days but is usually shortened to two or three days.  To celebrate it Chinese people gather and hold parties, parades and special meals.

This is the year of the rabbit beginning.

1. The Rabbit also translated as Hare, is the 4th animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac.

2. People born in the year of the Rabbit show creativity, compassion, and sensitivity


The three main Chinese religions are Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism.  The main belief is that of the balance between Yin and Yang, the two life forces.

They are usually shown by this  

symbol but sometimes 

a scales that needs balancing is used instead.




There are different ways of saying Happy New Year in Chinese.  “Xin Nian Kuai Le” “Sun Lin Fai Lok” or “Gong Hay Fa Choy”.  They all mean slightly different things but the main idea is to wish good luck or fortune to someone.


Here are some more Chinese phrases.

Nee hau, mah – Hello

Wadda meensa shuh Elvis – my name is Elvis

Wah tsung Ireland lai – I come from Ireland.

Oct 18 - 22

Here's the poem we learned for Halloween.

Oct 4th to 8th 


Friendship Fortnight  Sept 27th to Oct 8th 
As part of the friendship fortnight we've been discussing the qualities that a friend 
should be able to find in us.

You've got a friend in me - is this true?

Can your friends count on you to:-
listen when they're sad?
listen to their interests and things that excite them?
listen to their problems?
listen to their hopes and dreams?
think before you speak?
lie to make them feel better? (little white lies only!)
be loyal?
keep (some) secrets? 
stand up for each other?
forgive them?

Do some children try to own their friends and feel jealous when they
choose to spend time with other friends? Why might this be a 
problem and what is the solution?
If we are jealous then our friends might feel uncomfortable.
We should have lots of friends and our friends should have lots of friends too
- if we try too hard to hold onto a friend they might get fed up and not want 
to be friends anymore.

If we forgive our friends all the time is there a danger
that they'll keep doing the annoying things?  How can you make sure this doesn't happen?
If your friend isn't being fair to you or keeps letting you down then you need to talk to them
and tell them how you feel.  If they say they'll do something, and then don't
you should let them know you are disappointed and, if they're a good friend, then  they'll try 
not to do it again.  If you don't tell them that they upset you then they might think that everything is okay.

Poetry  - Off By Heart
We have been watching a programme about some children who took part in a big poetry recitation competition in Britain.
The first poem they had to recite was Sea Fever by John Masefield.  We have learned the first verse so far.

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull's way and the whale's way where the wind's like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over.

By John Masefield (1878-1967).
(English Poet Laureate, 1930-1967.)

Week - Sept 20th to 24th

In Art we started looking  at the work of Fernand Leger  .  We saw that he uses a limited number of colours red, yellow and blue. 
Some of his paintings are in tones of grey.  We call it monochrome  when a picture is done using tones of one colour eg. blacks and greys.

We started doing Long Division - Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!  
Ah no - it's easy really.  Here are some examples we did on the whiteboard.


Week - Sept 13th to 17th 

In SPHE / LEARN TOGETHER we were talking about how things get left for others to do when maybe we should be doing them.

We like the Stained Glass game and this game Tower of Hanoi

In SPHE this week we discussed how slagging is fun but has to come with a feeling of respect and affection.  We slag the people we like but we don't really want to hurt their feelings.  When we slag non-friends it can be to get at them.  Sometimes people use the excuse "I was only joking." 
When we find something that someone is uncomfortable about and use it to slag then we are being mean.  
Even with our friends it is safer not to slag about things like body shape, colour of skin and hair.  It is too easy to hurt feelings.  Our friends might pretend that they are not hurt when they really are.

We learnt about the Present  Past and Future tenses.

        BEGINS                                BEGAN                            WILL BEGIN                             BEGINNING                                 BEGUN

Logic - thinking things out - we were playing this game in school today but only got as far as level 16.  Can you get higher on your own?

Visit the 
Archive page to see notes from previous lessons.

Week - Sept 6th to 10th

We learned about Islam as the Festival of Eid ul Fitr which marks the end of Ramadan was on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th September.

In Science we have been learning about Electricity.  Here are the notes.