St. John's SNS Arklow

6th Class - September and October 2022

6th Class - September and October 2022

6th Class September and October

5th November 2022

All five 6th classes have had a great start to 6th class . The new classes have settled easily into the groove of their new class groupings and many new friends have been made along the way, whilst maintaining older friendships on yard time .They have taken on the responsibility of being the eldest in the school and many have taken up posts of responsibility in jobs such as active school , green school and student council . They are setting a fantastic example for all the younger members of our school community .



In September 6th class revised the skill of making predictions whilst reading . Good readers make predictions before, during and after reading. We have been using titles, pictures and blurbs to make our predictions.

We have read some very interesting texts as well as picture books such as An Angle for Soloman Singer over the past few weeks and have also started class novels in guided reading groups .


6th class also got stuck into the genre of Persuasive Writing this month and we have had some fantastic (and occasionally heated!) discussions and debates. We began by studying persuasive language in advertising before moving onto speeches and debates. The children have thoroughly enjoyed writing their own arguments following the structure of a Persuasive Writing text.

Oral Language:

We are putting our persuasive language to the test in a fun game called ‘persuade me and also” “The Argument Game” In this oral language game, students are given a topic card and have just 30 seconds to persuade their audience to agree with their side of a statement.

Some examples of topics we have enjoyed discussing are:

  • The school day should not be longer.
  • Mobile phones are necessary.
  • All children should get pocket money.
  • Dogs are better pets than cats.
  • The Xbox is the best invention ever made.


6th class worked extremely hard learning about place value and how to interpret and record data in the first few weeks back to school. We analysed bar charts, multiple bar charts, trend graphs and pie charts. We had great fun gathering data from our classmates and presenting this information using various graphs.

We have moved onto learning about fractions in our maths lessons, exploring equivalent fractions, adding fractions and simplifying fractions. We’re also powering through decimals and percentages and have engaged in lots of fun maths games and much problem solving .


Táimid ag caint faoi Mé Féin agus Oiche Shamnha

Táim in ann na ceisteanna seo a fhreagairt:

  • Cad is ainm duit? _____ is ainm dom. / Is mise ____.
  • Cén aois thú? Tá mé ___ bhliain déag d’aois.
  • Cá bhfuil tú i do chónaí? Tá mé i mo chónaí sa/i_____.
  • Can rang ina bhfuil tú? Táim i rang a sé i Scoil Naomh Eoin.
  • Cé mhéad duine atá i do chlann? Tá _____ i mo chlann.
  • An bhfuil ton deartháireacha nó deirfiúracha agat? Tá ____ agam. ____ is ainm dó/di.
  • Cén dath atá ar do chuid shúile? Tá súile ___ agam.
  • Cén dath atá ar do chuid gruaige? Tá gruaig ___ orm.
  • Cén sórt duine thú? Is duine ________ mé.
  • Cén sórt bia is fearr leat? Is fearr liom ________.

Other subjects

In our history lessons, we have been learning all about the Celts. We experienced what it would be like writing as the Celts would have written, using an alphabet known as the Ogham alphabet and writing from the bottom of the page to the top. We also discovered all about plantations in Ireland . In science we learned about the digestive system and even did experiments to replicate the digestive system in humans . We also learnt about the differences between climate and weather and the factors that influence weather conditions.

In PE we were lucky enough to have the GAA trainers in with us for 6 weeks and learnt lots of skills whilst having lots of fun . We had the best afternoon at the farewell party for Cáit and Mary our much loved school secretaries . We've included below one of the poem we wrote in their honour and performed at their celebration.

Ode to Secretaries

Although Ms Loughlin may take the glory

There is no doubt , Mary and Cáit know the real story .

They have tales long and lengthy

The secrets they could tell , there would be plenty.

The endless phonecalls that they took,

Non stop writing in the book .

As secretaries go , they have been the best ,

You can forget all the rest .

So what exactly does a secretary do ?

Typing? filing? If only you knew!

They Bandaged legs and stuck on plasters,

There isn’t a task they couldn’t master .

Ambulances they called ,

Tissues they supplied,

Shoulders they provided

For those who cried .

Friends they’ve been to all the staff

Always great for a chat or a laugh

From our wedding bells, to the births of babies .

Cait and Mary have been true ladies .

It's true to say they’ve been the glue

And without them , what shall we do ?

To make life easier and spend less time on the phone,

They added these messages to the answer phone.

Dial one to say ….. the teacher is no fun.

Dial two to say there is no homework done! ……..

We all know Ms Loughlin makes the rules ,

But the awesome secretaries run the school .

Take a look at the pictures below to see a selection of this fabulous work!

Keep up the great work 6th class

Ms. Fleming, Mr. Ó’Luasaigh and Ms. Rees. Ms. O’Loughlin and Mr. McGovern

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