Ms. de Fréin
Now that we are in 6th class we know that we have a lot of responsibilities. We are minding the Junior and Senior Infants, we help children to their classes in the mornings and we are also allowed to have basketballs in yard! Soon we will have earned our 6th Class jumpers which we cannot wait to wear with pride around the school!
A Dangerous Crossing
We have been learning about the war in Syria and all about refugees this month. Our novel this term is ‘A Dangerous Crossing’ by Irish Author Jane Mitchell. It is a compelling story about Ghalib Shenu who is a 13-year old boy of Kurdish origin who lives in Syria. He doesn’t want to leave his home, but Kobani has become too dangerous. His family has no choice but to leave everything behind and try for a new life elsewhere. Our favourite time of the day is when we get to read the novel!
Refugee Blues by W. H Auden
We have been studying the poem 'Refugee Blues' by Wystan Hugh Auden. We have been practising saying the poem aloud and soon we will perform it for our 5th classes. It is a very emotional poem written during WWII about the plight of the jews who were forced to flee Europe under Hitler’s rule. We listened to Sheila Hancock reading the poem for Holocaust Memorial Day and we based our fabric and fibre art lesson on the first line from the poem:
Say this city has ten million souls,
Some are living in mansions, some are living in holes:
Yet there’s no place for us, my dear, yet there’s no place for us.
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!
We have been studying Carol Dweck’s growth mindset as part of our SPHE programme. We have been learning all about how “In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.” We have started changing our mindsets from ‘I can’t do this’ to ‘I am going to try harder and think positively’.
We designed motivational posters to display outside our classrooms to inspire everyone to always try their best!