25 Apr · Ann Gallagher · No Comments

Sowing seeds in First class

    In First Class we have been learning all about living things. We have carried out an experiment to see what conditions plants and animals need in order for them to grow. This is an aspect of our study about habitats and what habitats we have in ireland. Each group got some different seeds to …

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23 Apr · Ann Gallagher · No Comments

Second Class showing their baby chicks to the school

Second Class Second Class undertook the very exciting project of hatching baby chicks using an incubator in class. They waited patiently for 21 days for the eggs to hatch and made sure the incubator was at the correct temperature everyday so that the baby chicks could  grow inside the egg.      The incubator in …

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23 Apr · Ann Gallagher · No Comments

Coder Dojo

Barbara Hughes sharing her knowledge and expertise with the classes.   Powerpoint presentation briefly outlining computer science and the science behind coding……. What is Computer Science  

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23 Apr · Ann Gallagher · No Comments

Magnificent magnets

Fun with magnets in First class.    Testing out the magnets with iron filings.    Testing out the force of attraction through a table.  The children thoroughly enjoyed moving a car across the top of the desk using a magnet and a car attached to a magnet. Testing out magnetism. The boys were using round …

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20 Apr · Ann Gallagher · No Comments

Dancing raisins

  Investigate what happens when we put raisins in sparkling water and 7up. This week we wanted to investigate what happens when we mix objects of different densities, ie. raisins and 7up. We chose 7up but any clear fizzy drink will work.   We poured the  7UP into the tall glass. We noticed the bubbles …

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20 Apr · Ann Gallagher · No Comments

Walking Water

Mission: To see if we can make water to move from one location to another. Our investigation of capillary action. Capillary action as we found out is how flowers move water from the ground beneath them up through their stems up into their petals and leaves. From our discussion on habitats we discovered that cacti …

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19 Apr · Ann Gallagher · No Comments

Marvellous marbles

The mission: roll a marble from the top of the box to the bottom in the slowest time possible. This week we were working as engineers looking at ways to slow things down. Traffic engineers use all kinds of ways of slowing down traffic. They have designed methods to encourage drivers to slow down and …

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11 Apr · Ann Gallagher · No Comments

Investigating Engineering in Dundrum

As the school have moved location this year we decided to take advantage of this and go on a class walk around our local area. We looked at aerial images of the school on google maps in our class with our teachers and learned about Dundrum. We picked out some of the most obvious features …

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22 Mar · Aongus · No Comments

Engineers Week

During Engineer’s week, 4th Class had two outstanding engineers come to their class. Their names were Carl and Alan. Alan is a Civil Engineer and Carl is a Chemical Engineer. They told us what engineers do and that if we didn’t have engineers, we wouldn’t have all the high-tech things that we have today. Carl …

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22 Mar · Aongus · No Comments

Making the world a better place!

During January and February, Fourth Class decided to spread the message about some things that need to change on Earth. With the help of an artist, Caroline Lynch, the class made some outstanding posters. The posters showed some world dilemmas such as plastic pollution, global warming and the use of palm oil, in colourful detail. …

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22 Mar · Aongus · No Comments

Visit from a Biologist

   This term some classes had a visit from Gordon Cooke (Hayden’s Dad). They learned that he is a lecturer and researcher at the IT in Tallaght in Biological Science. He talked to them about bacteria and told them what type is good and what type is bad. He also told them that medicine can …

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1 Mar · Ann Gallagher · No Comments

Lets get connecting

K’Nex Masters at work We have been very busy in school this week constructing with our K’NEX. We have decided to explore the world of Civil Engineering and try our hand at building structures for specific purposes. First of all we spent some time drawing up the blue print and planning the building we wanted …

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26 Feb · Ann Gallagher · No Comments

Up Up and Down

Learning all about Pulleys.. In First Class we are learning about simple machines we use,  to make everyday life easier. To start off our investigation we are learning all about pulleys. We first of all looked at a simple video of how a pulley worked and had a short discussion about Pulleys in our lives. …

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26 Feb · Ann Gallagher · No Comments

Trailing around our school

Trailing around School  This week in First Class we decided to take our Maths outdoors and it was loads of fun. We took our clipboards and sheets and went outside to gather the information we needed. We decided to measure how many steps we took from the front door of our school to the gate. …

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16 Feb · Ann Gallagher · No Comments

Catapult

Catapult experiment   For science this week we looked back into the past to see what science experiement people used years ago. We decided to make a catapult.  We made an experiment with lollipop sticks and elastic bands. It was very simple and lots of fun. We realised we needed to reinforce the catapults to …

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4 Feb · Ann Gallagher · No Comments

An Egg-cellent Friday

We’ve had a busy week in First Class this week. We have been learning all about protein and how it is important for our growing bodies. We spoke about where protein comes from and why it is important in our diet. As part of our investigation, we decided to carry out the egg and vinegar …

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28 Jan · Ann Gallagher · No Comments

Edible Engineering Experiment

Edible Engineering Experiment   This week in science we were set the task of working as an engineer to build a bridge out of food. Before we undertook the project we came together as a project team and discussed the work of an engineer. We then look looked at the most important infrastructures in our …

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11 Jan · Ann Gallagher · No Comments

Taking measuring into our own hands

                                                                     Our busy fingers have been tracking our steps this week in first class. The cold weather didn’t stop us putting our coats, …

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13 Dec · Tamasine Jones · No Comments

Our Trip to Airfield

We braved the elements to visit Airfield last week and even though it was a very cold day we enjoyed our trip. We were lucky enough to see the farmer collect the eggs and milk the cows and we even saw other gorgeous farm animals huddling together for warmth! Our numb fingers and toes didn’t …

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26 Oct · Aongus · No Comments

ReelLIFE SCIENCE Videos

The whole class was recently working to make 9 different science videos. We were working in groups of 2 or 3. Each group made brilliant and interesting science videos to enter the competition organised by the National University of Ireland in Galway. The competition is called ReelLIFE SCIENCE. There were 1500 participants in the whole …

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