Tables Championship Finals

On Thursday we had an exciting (and stressful!) day as the finals of the  Maths Week Tables Championships took place.  A huge well done to all the children who reached the finals and showed everyone their amazing number skills and strategies. Congratulations to Alan, our junior champion and well done to Marta and Karol who were our runners up.  In the senior final it was congratulations to Alistair who came in 1st place and his worthy runners up were Daniel and Leon.  Well done to all involved.

Recycle Magic!

Last week a magician visited St. Gabriel’s with a special message about recycling.
He taught us the recycle rap – “Reduce! Reuse! Recycle! Yo!”

The art of Axel Scheffler

Last month (September) 4th and 5th Class studied the drawings of Axel Scheffler, the illustrator of many of Julia Donaldson’s books, including the Gruffalo and A Squash and a Squeeze. We studied the methods of Axel and had a go at drawing our own interpretations of his work. Today, we painted the drawings, as Axel would have using water colours. Check out the amazing results below!

Mirror Mirror on the wall

Today in 4th and 5th Class we looked at mirrors and lenses. Curved mirrors and lens can be concave or convex.

Concave mirrors can be found on spoons. Did you ever notice when you look in a spoon you appear upside down?

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We used a torch and a concave mirror to see why.

Check out why below in the picture we took.

We also looked at concave and convex lenses.

Check out what happened when shone light through a concave lens and light spread out.

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Bright Ideas in 4th/5th Class!

The children in Mr Smyth’s 4th and 5th Class have been learning about Light in Science this month.

Check out the pictures below of our experiment looking at refraction (bending of light).

If you’d like to find out more about Light- have a look at this great video by Bill Nye- the Science Guy: HERE


4th/ 5th Class History: How Cúchulainn got his name

This week the students in Mr Smyth’s 4th/5th Class have been learning about the legend of Cúchulainn and how he got his name. Please check out the great comic strips below which they created about this Irish legend’s story. Thank you!

And if you enjoy them, why not find out more about the story by checking out the cool animation here: