Category Archives: 5th Class

Trip to Westfields

4th and 5th Class went to Westfields on Monday with Geoff Hunt.

The first thing we saw at Westfields was reeds, which are the tallest grass in Ireland and we saw a bulrush. I found out that plants give water birds food, homes and oxygen. Water plants filter the water and help to keep it clean. Water plants include bulrush and reeds.

We got to look through binoculars, and we saw loads of birds like ducks, swans, pochard and a tufted duck. I found out that ducks and swans have webbed feet. Some ducks can dive underwater to eat underwater creatures. These include a pochard and a tufted duck. Dabbling ducks can not dive under water. These include a mallard and a shoveler.

Thanks to Geoff for being our guide and to Orla as well for coming along. Altogether, we had a great day.

By Brian



Show Racism the Red Card

Sara, a woman from the organisation, “Show Racism the Red Card” came in to talk to us about racism on Monday.

What is racism? We learned today that racism is treating someone badly, unfairly and unkindly because of their nationality, skin colour, religion or culture.

What should you do if someone is being racist? First, tell the person that that was not okay and not to do it again. Then comfort the person that was being racially abused. It should stop them, but if the person is still being racist, tell a teacher, parent or someone you trust.

After this lesson today I learned so much but I was also angry. How could people be so mean that they have to do or say something mean to someone because of who they are?

We are very grateful that Sara came in today. I hope I have taught you something today.

By Niamh M., 5th Class


Happy Holidays!


We went on a mystery tour today that ended at the park. There are lots of lovely decorations around the city. Check out our weatherproof ornaments on the tree that are made from recyclable materials.
We hope everyone has a happy, relaxing break with their family and friends.

Trip to Ardnacrusha Power Station and Parteen Weir

Today we went on a trip to Ardnacrusha and Parteen Weir. I’m going to tell you about some of the things I learned.

First we went to Parteen Weir, a fish hatchery. We learned about the life cycles of the Irish salmon and the European eel. We went to see all the male salmon in the tank. Tom caught a male salmon with a net. I didn’t really want to touch him because he didn’t look too appealing.

We went to see the female salmon. They were slightly smaller and had a different pattern. To get the eggs out, you have to put your hand around her gills and squeeze.

We then saw the babies, called the fry. We learned that they get microtagged and get a fin cut off so the people at Parteen Weir know that it’s one of their fish. We saw the men doing this. First they put them in a tub of anaesthetic so the fish don’t feel the operation.

We then got the bus to Ardnacrusha, and we had our lunch in the visitors’ centre. We watched a video about hydro-energy. We got dressed in high-vis jackets and helmets, and we climbed a lot of steps and stairs. We went inside a big room at the top of the building where they control the water electricity with flicks and stuff. That was my favourite part. It was very cool.

By Natali (5th Class)











“The Amazing Potato” Party


Look at the variety of tasty dishes the students in 5th Class made for our potato party today. We could choose to either write a book review of “The Amazing Potato” or else make a potato dish to share with our classmates in school today. Most people chose to bring in something homemade, but some enthusiastic students cooked and wrote a review. For dessert, we did an apple tasting test in science.

Here are a couple of reviews of the book we read this month:



Limerick Animal Welfare Talk at the Library

On Tuesday, we went to the Limerick City Library, and we met Chris. Chris works with Limerick Animal Welfare. She told us many things that were funny and important.

She had a dog called Bertie. Bertie is a St. Bernard. He is eight years old. St. Bernards were once used to rescue people from mountains. They have a really good sense of smell so they could sniff people out.

I learned a lot. One thing I learned is how to be a good pet owner. It might look easy, but it’s really not. People first have to care for their pet, give it enough food and water, provide a safe and protected area for their pet, make sure that the animal has something to do when you’re not around. You should also play with your pet and give your pet lots of love and attention.

Chris told us that once there were builders and they found a little seal pup. They didn’t know what to do with it, so they called Limerick Animal Welfare. They had to bring the seal to the seal sanctuary, and they had to feed the baby seal a fishy mixture through a tube down its throat. After a couple of weeks, the seal went from 20kg. to 45kg., so they released him into the sea at Quilty, Co. Clare. I’m glad the stories we heard about all had happy endings like this.

I learned a lot from this talk. An important message I took from the talk is that animals have feelings, just like people have, and we should always treat animals kindly

Katie (5th Class)

Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Mindfulness Lesson

Today pupils from 3rd to 6th class took part in an online mindfulness session, organised by Walk in My Shoes and St Patrick’s University Hospital.  Pupils on the junior side of the school, infants to second class, also took part using an adapted version of the online session.  All children in LSP took part in mindfulness today.


Walk in My Shoes Radio, Ireland’s only all-digital pop-up radio station, was launched  by a host of mental health advocates, celebrity ambassadors and well-known presenters. The station will broadcast live from St Patrick’s University Hospital from Monday 10th – Friday 14th October to mark World Mental Health Awareness Week. It is the only pop-up radio station dedicated to promoting positive mental health.

This year, Walk in My Shoes Radio is looking to set the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Mindfulness Lesson and called on all secondary schools, and those in 5th and 6th classes in primary schools, to join in setting the record on World Mental Health Awareness Day, the station’s first day on air, Monday the 10th October.


LSP and all participating schools are attempting  to set the world record with a national 30 minute mindfulness lesson, which took place this morning,10th October.
The mindfulness class was taught by a mindfulness practitioner in the lecture hall at St Patrick’s University Hospital and the 30 minute class was broadcast as a Google Hangout connecting participating schools all over the country.


We thoroughly enjoyed being part of the experience and all the work with Donna on mindfulness over the past number of weeks definitely helped us today.  We are learning a lot from her sessions and it is something we hope to continue practising in our school when Donna’s time with us is over. We are very thankful to the P.T.A for having funded the mindfulness sessions we have had since our return to school in September.


We will keep you posted as to how the world record attempt progresses.


Global Goals 2016


Last Thursday and Friday were very busy days in L.S.P.  Children from first to sixth came together to celebrate Global Goals and to discuss, in particular, gender equality.

What are Global Goals?

In September 2015, all 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted a plan for achieving a better future for all – laying out a path over the next 15 years to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect our planet. At the heart of “Agenda 2030” are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which clearly define the world we want – applying to all nations and leaving no one behind.


How did we spend the day?

Juniors and seniors read picture books that allowed children to hear stories where the main characters defied typical ‘gender stereotypical’ roles.

The day began by all the children assembling in the halla.  We watched a review of what Global Goals are all about, a concept that was introduced at last year’s Global Goals day.  We then proceeded to watch a video that shows what has been achieved since last year.

What did we discuss?




We discussed the following:  What is gender?  What is equality?  What is gender equality? Whose issue is gender equality?

In groups the children then worked on responses to the following questions:

Do we have gender equality in our school?

Do we have gender equality in Ireland?

Do we have gender equality in our world?

Please see the Green Schools Notice Board to see what the children of L.S.P had to say in response to these questions.

All classes then returned to their classrooms where they all worked on Gender Equality lessons, all compiled by Educate Together and Plan Ireland.

Each class then returned to the halla where they had five minutes to report back to all classes what they had learned when working in their classrooms.


What did we read?

We read some wonderful picture books ‘Rosie Revere, Engineer’ by Andrea Beaty, ‘Derek the Knitting Dinosaur’ by Mary Blackwood, ‘The Story of Ferdinand’ by Munro Leaf and some classes heard the story ‘Princess Smartypants’ by Babette Cole.  These are superb stories where the main characters challenge gender stereotypical roles and live their life by staying true to themselves and being happy with who they are.

How can we make a change?

We looked at how we can be agents of change for gender inequality.



Homework Exercise

We were set a homework exercise where we had to research who the political leadership, local leadership and Local Community Influencers and decision makers were in our lives.  We looked at this in relation to gender.

We sang our song ‘Listen’ where we were reminded of how people hearts beat the same, how we all love to laugh and how we all love to sing, despite gender, religious or personal belief systems.  It was a very fitting end to the day’s work.


On Friday…

On Friday we all met again in the halla and discussed the results from the homework exercise set.  Please see Green Schools Notice Board for the results from this exercise. It was very interesting how the results were so similar across the six classes that took part.  We had updates from the Green School Committee as to how we are progressing towards our fourth Green School Flag ‘Travel’, updates as to how we will continue this year with all the work achieved to date with Waste and Waste Management, Energy and  Water. We had a word from Orla who officially welcomed everyone back to school and spoke on some key points that needed to be addressed, and we then sang our Green School Songs that have been composed over the years.

What did we achieve?

We achieved so much over the course of the two days.  All the work ties directly with our Learn Together Curriculum and we were extremely proud of all the children who worked so hard and spoke so sincerely about wanting to build a better world for all.