Category Archives: Fifth Class

Websites for 5th class for Home- based Learning

Here are some websites that Ms. Cunniffe and Ms. Harney recommend for Fifth class pupils.

Safe Search Engines for kids:




SESE (History, Geography, Science):

P.E /SPHE:  – This provides a selection of free videos, including dancing, exercise, meditation and reflection activities.

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Art :

General Resources:

Debating Term 1


On the 24th of October, Ms Connaughton’s and Ms Kiely’s 6th classes debated the motion “All children should have daily chores. Mrs Cronolly prepared the children for the debate, the judges were Ms Cunniffe, Ms Harney and Ms Glynn. 5th and 6th classes, Mrs O Rourke and some of the teachers and SNAs, and some of our parents came to the debate. The proposing team was Kevin, Ruby, Lauren and Emma from Ms Kiely’s class. The opposing team was Emma, Fionn, Daniel and Jay from Ms Connaughton’s class. Kevin and Emma were the team captains. Rachel Murphy was the chairperson. Both teams spoke superbly and had prepared well for their speeches. We were very impressed by each speaker. The motion was not carried. Everyone enjoyed the day.

Summer Term 5th class

Steam project

Steam: Week 1

  • How does the Leaning Tower of Pisa not fall?

The Leaning Tower of Pisa was built by Bonanno Pisano in 1173, now that’s a long time ago! It was built in Pisa. Enough of the facts, lets now find out how the Leaning Tower of Pisa hasn’t fallen yet! 5 years after the tower was built it started to lean 0.2 degrees north of vertical. A few years later the tower tilted 1 degree south.     

           Outstandingly it’s still tilting up to this day! The reason why this beautiful tower started to tilt is the foundation under the tower started to soften a lot. It was because it started to rain quite a lot in Pisa, Italy. That is how the Leaning Tower of Pisa is still leaning is said to probably live for another 200 years! Thank you for reading this.

Steam: Week 2

Today during ‘Steam’ I learned about process engineering. ‘Process Engineering’ is the branch of engineering that is concerned with industrial processes, especially design, operation and control. We were shown a powerpoint about process engineering. In the powerpoint we learnt about isometric dots. Isometric dots are dots that engineers use to sketch the things that they will build. We were given an isometric dot sheet to do. We had to draw certain shapes on the sheet. We also learnt how rice is made. It was very interesting. Then we did our daily assignment. We had to make working sweet factories that had working systems.

Steam: Week 3

Today during ‘STEAM’ I learned about mechanical engineering. Mechanical engineering is the branch of engineering that is concerned with design, construction and use of machines. We were shown an interesting PowerPoint. During the PowerPoint, we were shown a video of a man who found a very interesting and inventive way of opening his door. It would be way easier and faster to just open the door manually. Nevertheless it was still interesting and creative. Then we had to blutac two marbles on either side of a ruler and then put the ruler halfway off the table to see if it will balance. Then we were taught about wind turbines and had to make our own one. It was hard but my team and I got ours finished. That’s this week’s steam round-up.

Steam: Week 4

Today during STEAM I learned about ‘transport engineering.’ Transport engineering is the branch of engineering that is concerned with functional design and operation. We were shown a powerpoint. During the powerpoint we were shown a video on how a plane works. It was hard to understand but at least I learnt something. Then I had to make a paper plane.  We then learnt a bit more about transport engineering on the powerpoint. Then we had to do our weekly assignment. We had to make boats that floated and could hold cargo.

Steam: Week 5

Today during ‘STEAM’ I learned about environmental engineering. Environmental engineering is the branch of engineering concerned with using natural sources. We were shown a powerpoint. During the powerpoint we were shown a video.

Art Activities


Cooking All Stars at Cloonakilla NS

Over the past 6 weeks the children from 5th class have been taking part in the Cooking All Stars Programme with Mrs. Cronolly, Ms. Harney and Breege. SuperValu provided all of the recipes, cookery equipment and aprons, and Smith’s SuperValu Monskland generously provided the ingredients for each week’s lesson. We learned lots of cookery new skills and practised making some delicious new recipes. We tried out a new one each week.

  • On week 1 we learned about the food pyramid and healthy eating.
  • For week 2 we made scrambled eggs.
  • In week 3, on Pancake Tuesday, we made pancakes with healthy bananas as a topping.
  • On week 4, we made granola.
  • We made tomato marinara sauce for pasta on week 5.
  • We made hummus on week 6.
  • We had lots of fun each week and we each got a little recipe booklet at the end with some new recipes to try at home with our families.



The children from Ms Harney’s Class are taking part in the SuperValu Cooking All Stars Programme during Tem 2 2019. Each week the focus will be on learning a key cookery skill and learning fun facts about a hero ingredient. Then we will have a demo by Ms Harney and Mrs Cronolly and a practical lesson where we will cook a healthy recipe for our classmates. We can then take our skills home and practise cooking healthy meals with our families.

Term 2 6th class

Public Speaking Event at Cloonakilla NS

On the evening of December 11th pupils from 5th and 6th classes and their teachers Ms Connaughton, Ms Kiely, Mrs Cronolly, Ms Harney and Ms Cunniffe held a public speaking event for our parents in the school hall. It was a great success.

The theme of the event was “Role Models.” Some of the children read a Seamus Heaney poem, others read aloud pieces they had written about their own personal role models. There was a debate on the night. The motion was “We need better role models for our generation” and the debaters on both sides had excellent speeches prepared. There was lovely musical entertainment provided by the children and Mrs O Rourke.

We were delighted to see so many of our families there to support us on the night. Our teachers and parents were very proud of us. We debated again with 4th class as an audience the next day and we hope that some of the children in that class will take part in public speaking next year. We will have another debate next term.

Term 2 6th Class

Confirmation 2019


On April 3rd 2019  we  made our Confirmation with children from Clonown  parish , in St Peter’s and Pauls Church Athlone.  We went to the church on Friday the 29th of March for a practice. We had an excellent practice and we were all feeling confident for the big day. We all had a splendid day with amazing reading from Katie Browning and Luke Duignan and some lovely Prayers of the Faithful from Therese Farrel, Juilet Shine, Zoe Collins, Kevin Jordan, Eleanor Gaffey and Lucy Barclay. Then Caimin Macken, Ryan Carberry, Dylan Berry, Amyleigh Harkin Brown ,Sarah Keenan, Mya Conroy and Seán Noone. Also some excellent singing from Kaitlin Mitchell, Tara Duignan, Kyra Brennan Donovan, Stephany Faria Fogaca, Aoife Carroll and Aaron Hurley. Finally we had the Reflection from James Doherty and Emma Fitzpatrick. We all had a wonderful day making our Confirmation and everyone did absolutely brilliant. We hope everyone had a nice day with their families .  Thanks to our wonderful teachers who helped us along the way Ms Kiely and Miss Connaughton, and to our marvellous choir from 4th and 5th classes and Mrs O’Rourke who played the piano. WELL DONE TO EVERYONE!!!! By Aaron Hurley and Zoe Collins.

Seachtain Na Gaeilge 2019


During Seachtain Na Gaeilge 2019 our school had a Ceilí in our hall. Children from 3rd 4th 5th and 6th classes took part in the Ceilí.The 3rd and 4th class pupilsperformed “The German Clap Dance” and the “Siege of Ennis”.The children from 5th and 6th classes danced “The Walls of Limerick” and “La Vinca”. Then Fionn played the harp, Cathal played the accordian, Leon played the violin and Lauren danced a jig.Everyone had a great time dancing and performing the dances they worked hard on learning.


Spar 5-a-side Soccer League.

During March, three girls teams and three boys teams represented our school and took part in the Spar 5-a-side soccer league. Every team played three games. One of  the boys teams qualified for the semi -finals. Cornafulla N.S., Ballybay N.S., Roxborough N.S. and Abbeycarton N.S. were also at the tournament. There were very strong teams at the tournament. Everyone at the tournament had fun. By Sarah G, John Hurley and Sean Noone.

J.E.P Showcase Day

On 21st of March 2019 our fifth and sixth classes showcased their J.E.P products in the school hall. Parents, teachers and pupils could buy the products and enter various competitions on the day.

The four J.E.P. products were

  1. D.I.Y The Healthy Way
  2. Bangin’ Bracelets
  3. Multiboxes
  4. Premium Tye – Dye T- shirts

Every group sold lots of products and made a profit. Everyone had great fun at the showcase day and we learned all about being entrepreneurs.

Saving Energy Lesson

During March we had a “Switch It Off Month.”

We learned all about energy and how to save energy with Mr O’Leochain. We discussed renewable and non-renewable sources of energy.

We looked at a clock that was getting the energy from two potatoes. The clock was connected to the potatoes with two wires.

We also looked at a dinosaur plant that has been dormant for 50 years and we tried to bring it back to life. We placed the dinosaur plant in a bowl of water and it slowly started to turn green and make its own energy through photosynthesis.

We also looked at a shrimp. The shrimp hadn’t been fed for 3 or 4 years, but it feeds itself by from the algae on the glass.

We also observed small pieces of volcanic rock. It had lost all of its energy and therefore was lighter than a normal rock.

Then Mr O’Leochain explained how the bog is formed and the energy that comes from a sod of turf.

We all enjoyed learning about energy and that there is energy in everything!

Cycling Course

6th Class did a cycling course as part of the Active Flag Programme in the School. We did it for four weeks and it was a lot of fun cycling.

We learned how to be safe on the road cycling and we also learned the m-check and the signals on the bike. We learned about the two o’clock position on the bike and also the primary and secondary position on the bike and why we have to wear a helmet safely. We got up on the bikes and to put this into practice. We split into two groups and practised cycling around the yard then we moved onto the carpark and practised our signals. Once we knew all these skills we moved onto the road and went for a small cycle. We have all learned a lot from the course and we had a lot of fun participating in the cycling course. Now we all know how to ride a bike safely and carefully without being in danger.