St. John's SNS Arklow

6th Class September / October 2021

6th Class September / October 2021

6th Class September and October

10th November 2021

All four 6th classes have had a great start to 6th class . 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 and October 6th class learnt how to make predictions while we read. Good readers make predictions before, during and after reading. We have been using titles, pictures and blurbs to make our predictions. Sometimes, we can confirm that our predictions were correct and other times, we have to adjust our predictions slightly once we have read the story/text.

We have read some very interesting stories over the past few weeks and have also started our class novels in guided reading groups which the children are really enjoying . informational texts next month!


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. The four classes took part in inter class debates which were completed online through google meet ,with the other individual classes . There was some tough competition between the teachers who were almost as ompetitive as the children and unfortunately two classes were disappointed not to be winners - We’ll keep it under our hats as to who triumphed on the day .

Oral Language:

We are putting our persuasive language to the test in a fun game called ‘persuade me’. 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 Bia.

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. The Celts also inspired our art lessons where we used coloured paper to create Celtic knot designs. In our PE lessons, we have been working hard to improve our sprinting, relay races, javelin throwing and jumping.

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 Mr Cavalliere and Ms. Rees

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