Monthly Archives: February 2018

Science- Space

Senior Infants carried out an experiment to explore gravity on Earth. We held two bottles of water at the same height and predicted which bottle would hit the ground first. We had many different predictions so there was a lot of discussion. We varied the weight of the bottles and also dropped them from different heights to ensure it was a fair test. Check out our photos below to see the results!

We had great fun launching a rocket. We blew up a balloon, let it go and noticed what happened. Next, we discussed ways in which we could control the path in which the balloon was travelling. We then connected the balloon to a piece of string and launched our very own space rocket in the small hall!

We carried out an experiment to discover why there are craters on the moon. To make the moon’s surface we put flour and cocoa powder in a big tray. We used pieces of plasticine as meteorites and predicted what would happen when we dropped them onto the moon’s surface. We changed the size of the meteorites and dropped them from different heights to see if there was any difference in the craters. As you can see making craters was quite messy but great fun!

 

6th Class – Chance

This week we have been looking at the topic of ‘chance’ in Room 15. The boys took part in a variety of experiments, including the rolling of dice, and the picking of coloured cubes from a bag. We analysed the findings, including a look at the amount of odd/even numbers rolled, the most common number rolled, and how the results corresponded with our predictions before the experiment and what we felt ‘should’ happen. We created graphs to represent our results, and discussed how probability works.

Senior Infants- Science- Space

During the month of January, Senior Infants were learning all about the theme ‘Space’. It was a very popular theme because it was so interesting and lots of fun! We watched some Youtube clips of astronauts brushing their teeth and washing their hair in a space station!! We learned that everything floats in the space station because there is no gravity. We then carried out an experiment to explore gravity on Earth. We held two bottles of water at the same height and predicted which bottle would hit the ground first. We had many different predictions so there was a lot of discussion. We varied the weight of the bottles and also dropped them from different heights to ensure it was a fair test. Check out our photos below to see the results!

We had great fun launching a rocket. We blew up a balloon, let it go and noticed what happened. Next, we discussed ways in which we could control the path in which the balloon was travelling. We then connected the balloon to a piece of string and launched our very own space rocket in the small hall!

We carried out an experiment to discover why there are craters on the moon. To make the moon’s surface we put flour and cocoa powder in a big tray. We used pieces of plasticine as meteorites and predicted what would happen when we dropped them onto the moon’s surface. We changed the size of the meteorites and dropped them from different heights to see if there was any difference in the craters. As you can see making craters was quite messy but great fun!

At the Role Play area we had the opportunity to take on the role of an astronaut in the Space Station.

At the construction area, we made space ships, the planets, rockets space stations using Connects and Lego.


At the Creative Station, we created our own space rockets and flying saucers.

5 Week Draw – Week 1 Winners

1st Prize – €300.00 Ms. Alice Kearns
2nd Prize – €120.00 Elliott O’Dowd
3rd Prize – €70.00 Mr James Lohan
4th Prize – €35.00 Ms. Deirdre Shine
5th Prize – €25.00 Mr. John Walshe

Special Prize
€150.00 Ms. Bernie Doran

Congratulations to all our winners and much appreciation for your continued support!
Next draw takes place on Tuesday 27th February @ 2:45pm – All Welcome!

Maths Week 2017 14th – 22nd October

Our whole school engaged fully in Maths Week this October. All of our classes completed some very interesting Maths projects. Many of them were integrated into our quest for a ‘Certificate of STEM Excellence’ award. Have a look at some of the pictures from our great work below.

Our senior infants in room 1 created some scary  ‘2D alien shape monsters’.

Our Junior Infant men in Room 5 enjoyed a ‘maths trail’ around the school grounds.

Our Third Class boys in rooms 8 and 16 completed a traffic survey at different times of the school day. They analysed the type of vehicle (car, bus, bicycle, lorry, etc.) that passed the school gates and represented their results through bar charts. 

Our Fifth Class men in Rooms 9 and 12 showed their technical proficiency by using iPads to complete a ‘Maths eyes’ project around the school grounds.

The Sixth Class boys completed a ‘school census’, which posed 15 questions to every class in the school, relating to things such as number of siblings, favourite subject, how we travel to school. The boys then used the data to compile a series of bar and pie charts, before analysing the data and coming up with a series of facts about our school, and the pupils in the school.

 

Choir

Our 5th Class boys are busy preparing for our Confirmation on March 10th. All are in fine singing voice . Confirmation ceremonies are at 11am & 2pm . Please see information letter to parents dated February 21st for more details .

Aistear: Junior Infants

  During the month of January, our Junior Infant men learned about fruit & vegetables and the grocer’s shop. We spent one week learning lots of facts about different fruits & vegetables, before we went into our Aistear Stations.

We learned how important it is that we eat lots of fruit & veg every day, to keep us healthy. We learned that some fruits have pips, while others have a stone in the centre. We can grow some fruit in Ireland , but our country isn’t hot enough for many of the fruits we learned about, so we have to buy them from warmer countries like Spain, France, Italy etc.

The Grocer sells vegetables in his shop too. We had great fun pretending to be the shopkeeper or the customers in the shop.  We had to buy fruit & veg, ask the shopkeeper for assistance, pay for our shopping and work out our change. If we ran out of supplies as the grocer, we phoned our “grocer friend”, who kindly shared with us. We all loved the Role Play station this month.

 

At the sand area we made subsets of the different fruit & veg we can buy in the Grocer’s Shop. Have a look at our photos to see how much fun we had!

In the creative station, we made fruit-bowls using card, glue and paper. We developed our cutting skills here, as there were lots of curved shapes to cut out! If we were finished early, we played the “Shopping Trolley “ game.

The matching cards and bingo games were good fun too. We learned to keep an eye on the fruit or veg cards our friends turned up, especially if they weren’t a matching pair, so that we might get a match next time around!

        

Who knows where we may be off to next month in our Aistear Stations, but tune in and we will let you know in due course!

Confirmation Preparation

In Room 15, this week we have been busy preparing for our Confirmation. We are also eagerly anticipating the visit on Bishop Denis Nulty on February 20th.

We have been learning about the life of the Blessed Oscar Romero. Romero was Archbishop of San Salvador, and he gave a voice for the poor and suppressed in a country that was economically and politically unstable. We completed a timeline of Romero’s life and designed our own ‘Romero crosses’ (colourful crosses that include features of the local environment).

We have also been busy completing our 8-week Confirmation Challenge, in partnership with Fr Paul and the parents. Each Monday we analyse the weekend’s Gospel and represent the key message through a drawing.

Finally, we have also completed much work in our Confirmation copies, including a look at Pentecost (the first Confirmation) We are looking forward to the visit of Bishop Denis, our retreat to Glendalough on February 27th and the Confirmation ceremony itself.