3rd class really enjoyed gathering conkers from around the school grounds and learning the rules of the game “conker war”. The children learned all about the native trees and their seeds in their pursuit to find conkers.
Dogs trust came to visit our school to educate the children on how to properly care for a dog. We also found out what we should do in the event that a dog became overly excited. A very enjoyable and informative day.
Making Jelly hands – Infants
Junior infants had great fun making jelly hands and seeing how the materials used turn from a liquid to a jelly mould.
3rd Class had great fun making and testing their rockets. They tested different shapes and materials to see which ones responded the best.
Exploration Dome came to visit
This year for science week we were lucky enough to get to host the exploration dome in our school. The children were able to explore the deep ocean and outer space in this wonderful dome.
Investigating number and symmetry
2nd class were busy investigating number and using a ruler as a line of symmetry. They had to recreate the rest of the picture on the other side of the symmetry line (ruler). They had great fun and it really helped them learn all about symmetry.
Air Quality with GLOBE
Last year we took part in an initiative where we tested the air quality in our area using tubes sent to us by GLOBE. We compared our results last year to other schools around Ireland. We were one of 26 schools to take part and had the cleanest air ! This year we took part again but due to COVID 19 we are still awaiting results. It will be interesting to compare our results from this year with last year’s results.
5th class took part in the maths week challenges posted online. They were quite challenging this year and tested even the strongest of our mathematicians !!
5th class are extremely lucky to have a very kind and caring pupil amongst them. One of our 5th class children rescued a hedgehog, learned all about a hedgehog’s habitat and what foods they should eat and re-created that habitat at home until the hedgehog was well enough to return to the wild.
Science at home – birdwatching
One of our eagle eyed pupils sent us a photo of a very rare albino pheasant that they spotted at home in their back garden. When we contacted birdwatch Ireland they confirmed that the bird indeed was a rare albino pheasant and gave us some interesting facts about it.
5th Class – EU Code week
5th class were very lucky to have had a visit from a local company during EU code week.
SAP employees came into our class and the other 5th class in the school to do an introduction to coding. It was excellent and the children really enjoyed it.
The infants really enjoyed blowing bubbles today. Did you know that it helps to build muscles in your body and that this helps with our speech. You really have to learn to control your breath to get some big bubbles!!
The infants had great fun finding seeds from trees in our school grounds. They brought them back into class and compared them to apple seeds. The conkers were much bigger!
F says ‘f’ as in fingerprint
Junior infants examined their unique fingerprints when they were learning the letter ‘f’. They had fun using the magnifying glass to see their fingerprints up close.
2nd class had great fun designing and creating catapults from Lego. They really used their imagination and came up with some fabulous designs. Testing them was the best part for sure!
3D shapes in 2nd class
2nd class had great fun creating 3D shapes with toothpicks and marshmallows. They were also allowed to draw on the tables to classify the 3D shapes. They listed all the properties they could think of under each shape. Very clever of them!
Odds and evens
2nd class had fun sorting numbers into odds and evens. They did a great job.
Maths fun in Senior Infants
Senior Infants had great fun exploring tangrams and geoboards during math stations.
3rd class were busy planting seeds, they planted different types of flowers to see which seeds would germinate first.
ESB Science Blast
We are attending the ESB Science Blast event in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick on Tuesday 21st May. We are really looking forward to it. We completed a project on the air quality around our school. We conducted traffic surveys, we researched the various causes of air pollution and we put all the information into a project which we will be taking to Limerick. It promises to be a very fun day out. We worked with the Globe project over the course of the year and they conducted the air sample investigation for us. Out of the 26 schools tested around the country, we had the cleanest air!
Well the day finally came and it was amazing. We got to see other school’s projects, present our own and visit some great shows – from Litter lab with scientific Sue and the rapper who taught us all about the solar system. The judges gave us some amazing feedback.
The display was outstanding and it was clear that a lot of work went into the artwork and fantastic PowerPoint.
As this was our first science blast we didn’t know what to expect but we certainly weren’t disappointed!
Rang a 5 took part in the Breakout EDU digital game of “school daze”. Only one group broke out in the 30 mins. Breakout EDU brings the 4 C’s alive, critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication. Successful participants work together to solve clues to open the digital lock. It is not as easy as it seems as there is a digital clock counting down from 30 mins while you work.
We recently received a cutiosity box and put it to the test. The children had to follow the instructions to build a bridge using only plastic straws and tape. Some found it particularly challenging while others thought it was a piece of cake. We then tested whose bridge was the strongest and could hold most weight.
Seeing the magic behind this chemical reaction.
How it works:
Milk is made up of mostly water but it does contain vitamins, minerals, proteins and small droplets of fat. The fat and proteins are super sensitive to changes in the milk and so when the dishwashing liquid is added a chemical reaction occurs.
The soap and fat work hard to join together, which causes the movement. When food colouring is added we are able to witness this chemical reaction occurring.
From farm to fork
We were very lucky to have had a visit from Margaret in Dela restaurant. She spoke to a number of classes about how they grow the majority of the food that they use in their restaurant in their 100ft long polytunnel right here in our village. We planted a number of different seeds which she has kindly taken back to her polytunnel to get them started. When they are ready to plant out we will plant them in our school garden. We hope to harvest them before the end of the school term and make something delicious from it.
5th class made a video to explain the rules of 4 square to the younger classes.
2D and 3D shapes in the environment
5th class used the iPads to find 2D and 3D shapes around the school. They found some great examples.
3D shapes 1st class
1st class have been learning all the properties of 3D shapes.
Observing the weather using a variety of weather equipment
Rang a 5 have been observing the local weather using a barometer, thermometer, anemometer and rain gauge. We have also been observing the clouds and logging them on the Globe observer app.
Planting peas in Rang a 1
1st class learned all about what seeds need to grow into big healthy plants.