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.

Science Experiments!

Date posted: 7th February 2012 | Category Blog, Science, Senior Classroom |

The senior classes have been learning lots of new information in science in the past few weeks. We looked at electric circuits and discovered how they work.

We also looked at forces and fulcrums. We did experiments to see how things can balance in various ways.

Here you can see that one coin can balance two others depending on where they are positioned on the ruler.

Date posted: 7th February 2012 | Category Blog, Science, Senior Classroom |

2nd & 3rd Class Work…

Date posted: 7th February 2012 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Middle Classroom, Science, Visual Arts |

The children in 2nd & 3rd class have been learning about the human body over the past few weeks.  As well as learning the names of various bones in the body, they got the opportunity to see inside the human body and learn about the functions of various organs such as the heart and lungs.  Above you can see our skeletons and below, a model showing the inside of our bodies!

We have also been learning about magnetism in Science.  The children were given opportunities to freely explore the properties of magnets in groups.  We completed experiments to see if magnets worked through various materials.

As part of the literacy strategy introduced in primary schools over the past few weeks, the children have been learning new and interesting words each day and creating sentences with them.  Here is our word wall, showing some of the words we now know!

In Art, we studied the works of Pablo Picasso and learned about his Blue Period, Rose Period and African Inspired Period.  The children then created their own Picasso inspired works and thought of a name for their piece of art.

We also designed our own ski jackets for the wintery weather and used various textured papers to enhance our designs…..

We also completed a collage entitled “Stormy Seas and Pirate Ships” using various medium.  They are on display in the corridor, just outside our classroom.

 

 

 

 

Date posted: 7th February 2012 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Middle Classroom, Science, Visual Arts |

The New Year has started off well in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 3rd February 2012 | Category Blog, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Science, Visual Arts |

The Junior Classroom have had lots of fun during the first month of 2012. To start off the new year we made our own New Year’s Resolutions!

In SESE, we have been learning all about the colours of a rainbow so we made our own colourful “Rainbow Clouds”

We then experimented with white light to show how it is made up of all the colours of the rainbow.

The children had great fun making “Colour Wheel Spinners” to show that when all the colours of the rainbow are blended together they will create white light too!!

       

Toys have been a central theme for us in many subject areas this month. We learned a lot about the toys from long ago. Take a look at what roller skates used to look like!

We made our own toys too! Look at our pinwheels and paper helicopters below.

We had great fun watching them spin around in the air!

Finally on the 26th January, we celebrated Australia Day with our classmates. We learned all the names of Australian animals like the possum and wombat and of course we learned sbout snakes!

Have a look at our slithering sss…snakes!

The children also enjoyed learning about Aboriginal Art in Australia which inspired us to make our own dot patterns of our handprints using cotton buds! Didn’t the children do a fantastic job in their appreciation of Aboriginal Art and Culture!

To finish the month on a high note, the children learned the words of the well known Australian song “Waltzing Matilda”. They were, as always, very enthusiastic singers and so they performed the song over the phone to Ms Wilson’s brother in Australia! They really enjoyed hearing their recorded performance and of course getting a message back from Australia saying how great they were!!

 

 

Date posted: 3rd February 2012 | Category Blog, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Science, Visual Arts |

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 |