We thoroughly enjoyed our preparations this term for Mother's Day. As you can see we were busy planting, re-potting, painting and writing.
We performed a science experiment last week and made lava lamps! We discovered how the bubble effect occurs and here is the 'recipe' for this fun experiment. Enjoy!
How to make a Lava Lamp!
Clean 1litre plastic bottle
Alka Seltzer tablets
How Does it work To begin, the oil stays above the water because the oil is lighter than the water or, more specifically, less dense than water. Water molecules are attracted to other water molecules. They get along fine, and can loosely bond together (drops). Oil molecules are attracted to other oil molecules. But the structures of the two molecules do not allow them to bond together. When you added the tablet piece, it sank to the bottom and started dissolving and creating a gas. As the gas bubbles rose, they took some of the coloured water with them. When the blob of water reached the top, the gas escaped and down went the water.
By the way, you can store your lava lamp with the cap on and to bring it to life by adding another Alka-Seltzer!
A couple of weeks ago 'Canine Buddies' came to our school. We had loads of fun! Carmel who works for 'Canine Buddies' showed us a worskshop called 'Responsible Dog Ownership' and Cllr Billy Cameron also came along as the programme is supported by the city council. The workshop taught us about the body language of dogs and what they like and don't like. We learned how to take care of our dogs and also how to protect ourselves if attacked by a dog. We also learned how to use a pooper scooper which we found funny! After the demonstrations we got to meet two small dogs, Yorkie and Homer, who the instructor, Carmel, had rescued and trained. Yorkie had been abused and was a little shy. We really enjoyed and learned a lot from the workshop. We will complete a project on 'Responsible Dog Ownership' for a competition next year. By Cathal Meaghar and Tom Kelly.
Ms McAllister's 2nd class recently learned all about length. We used our own rulers and some metre sticks to measure the length and width of objects around our classroom.
Bhí an-spórt agus spraoi againn go léir ag déanamh Ceolchoirm Páirc Na Sceach do Sheachtain Na Gaeilge 2014 :)
Senior and junior infants sang some songs at our concert for seachtain na gaeilge. Bhí sibh go h-iontach.
Mr. Cunningham and Ms Regan's classses made gingerbread men. They look great
We made great cardsfor St. Patrick's Day . They look great.
We had great fun baking cookies for Valentines Day. We decorated them. They looked and tasted delicious.
We have been working on a project under the theme of Global Citizenship as part of Development Education. We have entered our project into the Irish Aid awards 2014 entitled "A Better Future for All the World's Children". The theme blended well with that of our Green School's project, Global Citizenship, litter and waste. We investigated the 8 Millennium Development Goals, which have been set to improve poverty, health, education and environmental issues through partnership. Irish Aid have 9 partner countries, 8 in Africa and 1 in Asia. We really enjoyed finding out all about how they contribute to making the World a more equitable place. They provided excellent resources on their website www.irishaid.ie. Below you will find an explanation of our project, some photos and the lyrics we composed to the melody of "Imagine" by John Lennon to highlight the 8 Millennium Development Goals. Father Martin Reilly inspired us further when he taught us the expression from Zambia and Malawi "Pangnono Pangnono ndi Mtolo" which means "Little by Little, there is a bundle". If we all do our part to tread lightly upon the earth, there will be a better future for all the World's children. May the road rise with you as you make your way.....