You can keep up to date with our learning here. We are excited to show you our projects, art work and much more.

April & May 2021 Update:

We have been doing great work this month and we have worked on World War Two, The Holocaust and The Emergency. In music class, we composed pieces in response to The Blitz and what that may have sounded like. Hear our pieces below. We enjoyed hearing songs from the 1940s, in particular, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy by The Andrews Sisters. We read some of Anne Frank’s Diary entries and learned about her life. Finally, we completed projects on what we have learned.

We also studied the works of Impressionist artist, Claude Monet!

March 2021 Update:

….and we’re back!

Virtual Winter Concert

This year as we know, has been a little different to what we are used to. Please enjoy these two songs, as sung by the Senior Room of BETNS.

December 2020 Update:

December is always lots of fun and this month was no exception. In P.E, we finished up our Athletics strand which included the long jump, shot put and running. One of our pupils jumped 3.2m!

We did lots of work through many subjects, as we studied the life of Kerryman, Tom Crean. In addition, we learned lots of new things about Antartica that we didn’t know before. Have a look at our storyboards as Gaeilge below. They are very impressive!

November 2020 Update:

Recently, we have been working on Mexico (the geography of the country, its history, the Aztecs, it’s food and Freida Kahlo). We really enjoyed this topic, particularly the nachos and salsa!!

Here are our wonderful Freida Kahlo portraits:

October 2020 Update:

This month, we have mastered the locations of the counties of Ireland, we learned how to do long division, we studied Bia (Food) in Gaeilge class, we explored narrative writing and wrote spectacularly spooky stories (full of an absolutely amazing amount of awesome alliteration).

Happy Halloween everyone! We hope you all enjoy the well deserved break and we will see you all next week.

Here is our depiction of The Wild Swans at Coole, by WB Yeats.

September 2020 Update:

We’re Back!!

Welcome back to our new class of 4th, 5th and 6th this year, who make up our Senior Room.

Senior Room 2020-2021

This month, we are learning more about plate tectonics, earthquake, tsunamis and volcanos. We are finding out lots of interesting things about this topic through our STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art and maths) projects and activities, as well as incorporating the topic into our music, English and drama lessons. We are having a great start to the year and we are very busy as always!

Listen to our group compositions of tsunamis and an earthquake here:

We said goodbye to our five brilliant graduates of 2020 in a number of special ways throughout the Summer. We wish them all the best in their bright future ahead. We miss you already!


March 2020 Update:

Before our month got interrupted, we were very busy! On the 3rd of March, we attended the ESB Science Blast in the RDS. We showcased our project titled “Does Practice Really Make Perfect?”. Our project was viewed, judged and critiqued by the judges and we were awarded with a plaque for our efforts. The children had a ball exploring the various exhibitions, watching experiments, taking part in STEM challenges and using Virtual Reality systems. Needless to say it was a very memorable day. We cant wait for next year!

February 2020 Update:

Our theme of study this month is Greek Mythology. We are listening to the stories through audiobooks and learning about Persephone and Hades, Orpheus and Eurydice and Theseus and the Minotaur. In our Geography, we are familiarising ourselves with the physical features of Greece, as well as comparing the names of historic and modern Greek cities.

In Gaeilge class, we are learning phrases and vocabulary to help us describe our school. Listen to us practice here, here, here and here!

Maths lessons this month have been very creative. We have been learning how to find the area and perimeter of irregular shapes. We have worked outdoors to practice these skills, then we used architect floor plans to master the skill of measuring using a scale, following in the creation of a dream home floor plan which includes the area and perimeter of each room.

We explored the works of the French-Russian artist Kandinsky. He mixed the primary colours and created abstract paintings that we all really loved. We created abstract paintings, inspired by his work.

We have made a series of floor routines in Gymnastics class, varying in skill level and duration. This has resulted in a fantastic whole class routine, that the children are very proud of. Have a look at the video on our Facebook page.

January 2020 Update:

Welcome back! We are all well rested after our Winter break and are ready to learn all about American culture, politics and history.

We have studied Native Americans, researching different theories about how they arrived in North America. We made dream catchers and presented projects based on Native American culture, traditions and languages. We are now able to name major cities, landmarks and some physical features of the continent.

We have been working on Gymastics skills in P.E this month. One of our wonderful parents came in to help out for our first Gynmastics lesson, to share their skills with us. We are perfecting our tumbles and landings, practicing aerosport balances and aiming to choreograph a floor routine next month.

December 2019 Update:

This month we have been very busy researching different types of Winter celebrations around the world. Some of the children in our class celebrate Christmas in some way, but it is so important to remember that there are lots of other celebrations happening at this time of year too. We worked together and individually on projects to learn more about Hanukka, Kwanza, the Winter Solstice, The Wren, Nollaig na mBan, Fiesta de los Reyes and Chinese New Year.

We had so much fun getting ready for the Winter Concert. We have an amazingly talented bunch who gave us a great show.

November 2019 Update:

  • This month we are learning through the theme of Africa. We will be learning about different aspects of the continent through the different subjects. We had a drumming workshop from Afro Beats and we got to play a huge selection of African instruments.
  • We completed projects on the Maasai Tribes of Kenya and Tanzania, studying their history, culture, language, traditions, housing, foods and education. We made a Maasai village using clay and recycled materials and presented our project to the class.
  • In Learn Together, we discussed Stand Up Awareness Week. Our lessons were about taking a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. The lessons took an equality and human rights approach to respect and inclusion .
Some of the senior room at the Afro Beats workshop

October 2019 Update:

  • In our Gaeilge lessons, we are focusing on developing our oral language skills. This month, we are learning all about food (bia). Click here to listen to a conversation in our restaurant Bia Blasta, where two diners are deciding what to order.
  • Through Learn Together we explored conflict resolution and fair debate, by writing and performing in a drama depicting a meeting between Greta Thunberg and Donald Trump.
  • Our overall theme for the month was Ancient Egypt. We studied this topic through English, art, music and geography. Have a look at some of our work below. We completed fantastic projects in groups, filled with facts, maps, drawings, hieroglyphics and pictures and these are shaped like the Pyramids of Giza.
As part of Learn Together, we found out all about the Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muentos.

September 2019 Update:

  • The children in 5th & 6th researched current news issues and wrote a 30 second news report. Hear how they got on here and here .
  • This month we have been studying through the theme of Space. We read about the moon landing, learned about the Solar System and lots of galaxies, we read Buzz Aldrin’s book “Reach For The Moon”, we drew astronauts, wrote stories, created fabric aliens and also painted our names as star constellations.
Check out our aliens below, click the link to hear all about them (these links will only work until December)!

Above, you can see a STEAM project, where we made a 3D solar system. We researched the size of the planets to make sure we had them to scale, made a plan about what our planets should look like considering all we know about their make up, and added recycled materials to make them as realistic as possible. We all really enjoyed this activity.

Below you can see some images from the Climate Change Action Week, where we continued the protest towards Red Lane. We also did a drama activity based on our Space theme. Our dramas were full of aliens, rockets and moon landings!

Check out our fabric aliens below, click the link to hear all about them (these links will only work until December)!


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