We have been investigating Electricity in 6th class recently. We discussed atoms containing positive and negative charges and the effect they have on objects and creating electricity. Opposite charges attract each other! We carried out experiments with balloons where we rubbed off negative charges (electrons) from our hair which were transferred onto the balloon and when we brought the balloon near small paper pieces they stuck to the balloon like magic...OR electricity had a role to play! We have also been looking at plants and how they transport nutrients and water. We studied how they make food also - photosynthesis. We carried out an experiment to show the transport of water through a celery stick.
Room 5 Dissecting Barn Owl pellets ! We have been learning about Barn Owls.They eat voles,rats and insects.They are unable to digest the fur and bones of their prey .
Room 5 Science Cell Explorers came to visit us.We learned about nerve cells,blood cells,brain cells and heart cells.
Have you ever wondered why bubbles float? Why we can see rainbows in bubbles? Why bubbles are round? Can we make bubbles in other liquids? What is the secret behind big bubbles? To celebrate Science Week in our school Sue Mc Grath came to our school to show us incredible bubble tricks and how they relate to Science. We had lots of fun learning science while exploring bubbles.
St. Mary's College hosted the Galway Primary School Science Quiz last Friday, November 18th. Many thanks and congratulations to the eight 6th Class pupils who represented the school so well at the event. Forty teams from the city and county took part in the quiz. One of the Bushypark NS teams came in joint second place and the other came in seventh. Team members were Dalton Carter, Oliver Kelly, Colm O' hEocha, Alex Roe, Hannah Carr, Caoimhe Hogan, Rossa McCabe and Shane McLoughlin. Well done to both teams! We are very proud!
Last week, Noirin and Catherine from the Atlantaquaria, Salthill, visited and gave us a marine literacy workshop before giving us a tank with 9 sea creatures to take care of for the next four weeks. The 9 new arrivals are made up of four vertebrates and five invertebrates. The vertebrates are Pancake, the flatfish, Cobey, the sand goby and Ben and Jerry, the two silver mullet fish. The invertebrates are Patrick, the starfish, ET, the prawn, Bob, the sea anemone and Trump and Hilary, our two hermit crabs.
We are taking the responsibility very seriously, feeding them three times a week, and doing our best to ensure the temperature stays within the recommended range. We are really enjoying the experience of having a classroom aquarium.
We have been intrigued by Leonardo Da Vinci in 5th class and we have learned so many interesting facts about his creations which were way beyond his time. We found out that he was an artist, a sculptor, an engineer and a writer just to name a few. His knowledge was immeasurable! Take a look at our projects and find out just how intelligent and talented Leonardo was. We really enjoyed learning about him!
We have been looking at report writing recently in 6th. We learned about the framework involved and the various techniques associated with this genre of writing. We based our reports on a topic of personal interest and choice. We chose to support our writing and represent our findings using bar graphs, trend graphs, diagrams, pictures etc. Enjoy reading our published reports on display!
Today for P.E we practised some gymnastics skills. We explored different ways of travelling across the bench using our hands and feet. We practised different ways of getting off the bench, such as jumping and landing on two feet and forward tumbles and we also practised some pencil rolls on the mats. It was a great way to exercise!
Last week we had a visit from the cell explorers from N.U.I.G. They are a group of scientists. We looked at the human body and how it is made up of tiny cells. We learned that cells make up every living thing and that cells look different in every part of our bodies. We got to make our own cells at the end of the lesson. We had lots of fun!
This week we carried out a soil investigation. We examined a soil sample and half filled a jar with the soil. We then filled the rest of the jar with water and shook it up. After an hour we checked to see what had happened and we recorded our results.
We also took a walk around the school grounds to find certain items like leaves, twigs, stones, flowers and lots more to sort their characteristics i.e. are they hard/soft, crumbly, shiny, rough etc.
We really enjoyed the investigations and recording our results.
In 3rd class we have been learning and researching all about Galway in the olden days. We learnt all about 'The Claddagh', 'The Spanish Arch', The Claddagh ring', 'Eyre Square', 'Lynch's Castle'. Have a look at some of our wonderful projects!