Science

Science is taught as part of SESE (Social, Environmental and Scientific Education) and is integrated with geography and history. We enjoy doing experiments with the children and sometimes we participate in science workshops such as the “Discover Science” programme in the Discovery Park in Castlecomer.

2nd & 3rd Class Read “Brush – A Tale of 2 Foxes”

Date posted: 5th December 2011 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, History, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

The children in 2nd and 3rd class read a book called “Brush – A Tale of 2 Foxes” over the past few weeks.  It was written by Pierce Feiritear and illustrated by a 14 year-old boy called Conor O’ Brien.  It’s a story about 2 young foxes, Misty and Ash, who try to help feed their family during the cold Winter months and get up to all sorts of mischief on the way!  We really enjoyed reading the book and the children completed a book review and scored the book out of ten.

2nd and 3rd class pupils love writing stories.  In English, 3rd class wrote wonderful stories about animals!  They used great adjectives and verbs when writing their stories!

In SPHE, we completed a lesson called “Flower Power”.  We discussed our possibilities and strengths and recorded them on petals on flowers.  Some boys and girls are really good at soccer, others are really good at being a friend and sharing.  Our flowers are now on display in the classroom on our SPHE wall.

In SESE, we learned all about volcanoes, how they work and lots of facts about them.  We integrated the SESE lesson with Visual Arts and completed “Exploding Volcanoes” with lava, rocks and fire exploding from the craters.  Have a look at our work!

In History, we learned all about Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving was first celebrated in 1621 in America.  Turkeys are eaten at Thanksgiving, just as we eat them for Christmas in Ireland.  We used our handprints to make “Thanksgiving Turkeys” in Art!

 

Date posted: 5th December 2011 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, History, Middle Classroom, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Science Experiments

Date posted: 24th November 2011 | Category Blog, Science, Senior Classroom |

4th, 5th and 6th Class have been looking at heat and light in science. We discovered that white light can be split into seven colours, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. We shone a torch through a glass prism and saw this happening.

We also looked at heat and discovered that heat travels in different ways, by convection, conduction and radiation. We made colourful spiral snakes and hung them over a radiator. When the radiator is on the heat causes the snakes to move! This shows heat moving through the air by convection.

Date posted: 24th November 2011 | Category Blog, Science, Senior Classroom |

Autumn Activities in 2nd & 3rd Class

Date posted: 6th October 2011 | Category Blog, Class Work, Mathematics, Middle Classroom, Science |

We have been very busy in 2nd and 3rd class completing lots of exciting things, some revolving around the theme of Autumn.  Have a look at our photos…

We made Autumn Frames using cardboard and tiny woodchips.  The children then decorated the frames with Autumn Leaves.

We learned a poem called “Duilleoga Deasa” in Irish and completed a collage of Autumn leaves in various colours.

In Science, the children were divided into groups and given a bird to research.  They were looking for information on the internet and in our class library and then recorded their findings.  We learned lots about the magpie, the robin, the thrush, the swallow and the owl.  Here is a picture of our mini-project on our class wall.

In Maths, we completed a traffic survey just outside the school grounds.  We recorded our results on a giant graph in our classroom.  The children were disappointed that not many tractors passed the school!

Date posted: 6th October 2011 | Category Blog, Class Work, Mathematics, Middle Classroom, Science |

Summer Scavenger Hunt

Date posted: 22nd June 2011 | Category Blog, Science, Senior Classroom |

4th, 5th and 6th class have learned lots about nature this year – topics we learned about included birds, flowers and minibeasts. On Monday we took advantage of a break in the weather to go around our school grounds and complete a scavenger hunt.

We looked for various flowers, leaves, plants, birds and flowers. We found lots of interesting things.

Ivy on the school wall



Daisies and buttercups by the fence

Speedwell down by the river

Elder flower in the hedgerow

We also learned about other wild flowers in June like Clover, Thistle, Dog rose, Honeysuckle, Gorse and Fuchsia.

 

Date posted: 22nd June 2011 | Category Blog, Science, Senior Classroom |

Minibeasts in the Infant Classroom

Date posted: 30th May 2011 | Category Blog, Geography, Junior Classroom, Science, Visual Arts |

Junior & Senior Infants have been busy learning about Minibeasts in SESE. The story of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” was a big hit with the children so they made their own booklet of the story as well as their own “very hungry caterpillars” out of egg cartons!!

As the children were learning about caterpillars, they were also taught about the lifecycle of a butterfly. They made their own beautiful butterflies coming out of a chrysalis or cocoon to show what they had learned.

Date posted: 30th May 2011 | Category Blog, Geography, Junior Classroom, Science, Visual Arts |