We were delighted to welcome Professor Donal O’Shea (known for his work on RTÉ’s Operation Transformation) to the school on 30 November 2017. Professor O’Shea was speaking to the boys as part of a ‘Science Foundation Ireland’ initiative. We learned about the different ways in which we can keep our bodies healthy, how to exercise properly, and how to eat certain foods in moderation. The boys were then delighted to take part in the ‘Q&A’ session with Professor O’Shea at the end of his presentation.
We were also delighted that Professor O’Shea stayed around to deliver a similar presentation to parents and other members of the community in the evening. Thank you Professor O’Shea.
Last week the boys in Room 3 carried out an interesting experiment, which was prompted by our recent weather! It was called “The Snowman’s Coat”.
Having discussed and shared the fun they had in the recent snow, the boys described their many and varied snowman-creations. As they have all since melted, the boys were asked to think about how they might get their snowmen to last longer! They came up with some very interesting ideas, among them…..
- put him in the fridge
- wrap him in an ice-pack
- make him beside the wall/under a tree
- put a blanket around him
- give him a coat and hat
So we decided to carry out an experiment to establish what would happen if we gave the snowman a coat, as some boys suggested. We brought in some snow from the yard and made two small snowmen in our classroom. We tried to keep them the same size, so that it would be a fair test.
We then wrapped one snowman up in a “coat” and placed them side by side at the top of the room. The boys suggested that we would not place them near the radiator or under the light, in the hope that they would last much longer!
The boys predicted what they thought would happen, giving their reasons why. We kept a close eye on our “new classmates” during the day, but before long it became clear that one saucer was filling up with water a lot faster than the other!
Yes, the snowman wearing the coat lasted longer, but can you tell why?
The boys in Room 8 were working hard to discover which material was most effective at absorbing water. The boys looked at paper, plastic and kitchen towel. Food colouring in the water helped them to see which was working most effectively. They worked on predicting what would happen before the experiment and discussed the findings in the context of these predictions.
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.
The boys in room 3 put on their scientists coats and had great fun investigating mini-beasts. Firstly they went outside to find various mini-beasts in their habitats, and then they used big books to sort and identify them. They recorded their findings.