Last week for Science week we started an experiment called ‘What lives on us’. We put two slices of bread into clear ziplock bags. One of them was put in with washed hands while the other was put in with unwashed hands. We left the bags for a week to see what would happen. As you can see from the pictures, lots of mold grew on the bread with the unwashed hands showing just how much bacteria is on our hands and how important it is to wash them regularly. We also checked on Judyta's experiment from last week where she left two beans in a jar, in a dark place, with wet cotton pads. We can clearly see they have sprouted and grown a lot in a week.
This morning we participated in a coding workshop with Corrib Coding. We had a live tutorial on zoom where we were guided by Kris in how to code a game. It was great fun. Have a look at some pictures and videos of the games we created below 💻😃
Mr. McDonagh's second class had great fun spreading the theme of 'One Kind Word' for Anti-Bullying Week 2021 .
6th Class have three weeks of their Pedal Monsters Cycle Safety Training completed. Cycling is a healthy activity and cycling to school contributes to a better environment. Pedal Monsters aims to teach children to be safer, more skilled and more confident cyclists. 6th Class are really enjoying the sessions and have learned so much already. Week 1 focused on a basic bike check - checking the ABCs of cycling - air, brakes and chain. We worked on overtaking parked cars safely in the second session and this week we learned about road positioning and practised left and right hand turns. We are looking forward to the remainder of the sessions and cannot wait to develop our cycling skills further.
To mark the beginning of Anti-Bullying Week 2021, we participated in Odd Socks Day. Odd Socks Day celebrates how different we all are and promotes being kind to each other. The theme for Anti-Bullying Week this year is ‘One Kind Word’. Today we discussed how we should also be kind to ourselves as well as to others which is so important.
Have a look at some pictures and videos of the great science experiments done in 6th class today. There were experiments about materials and change, myself (human life), friction, forces and magnetism. We had great fun taking part in a science quiz ‘Pick your Brain’ with Phil Smyth. We also took part in two workshops this week: ‘Mastering Memory’ with Ginny Smith and ‘The role of STEM in caring for Asian elephants at Dublin Zoo’. We look forward to participating in a seashore safari as part of the Explorers Education Programme with Galway Atlantaquaria next year.
Here in Room 10 we have had a VERY exciting Science Week! We did some cool experiments in our classroom from Capillary Action, to Density to investigating the presence of Iron Oxide. We also took part in some excellent workshops which were:
- Invisible Worlds with Marty Jopsen
- Mastering Memory with Ginny Smith
- Ocean Challenges
- Fota Wildlife Park's Giraffe Workshop
We also had a fantastic visit from Ruairí and Maria when they came to deliver our class aquarium (please see previous post for further details).
On Friday we had our 6th class Science Fair which was absolutely brilliant! We had lots of amazing projects from chemical reactions to making CO2 (Carbon Dioxide), from making storms in jars to investigating the pH levels of various substances. All of the children put a lot of effort into their experiments. Their presentation skills also need to be mentioned as they were absolutely brilliant!
On Friday afternoon we took part in the Science Week National "Pick Your Brain" quiz. There were over 1000 teams from schools across the country and our class (Pod 1) won 1st place! Each pod put in a great effort and it was great fun! For winning 1st place, we have been awarded a sponsored whole class trip to a Discovery Maths and Science centre . We are so excited to find out the details!
Science Week 2021 - what a week it's been! Take a look at our photos to see what we got up to!
Here in Room 10 we are now the proud owners of a salt water aquarium!
Ruairí & Maria from Galway Aquarium came to our class today for an Ocean Explorer's Workshop. Maria began by giving us a quiz to see how much we know about the ocean. She then spoke to us about our relationship with the ocean and how we interact with it.
After this, Ruairí began to set up our tank. He taught us about the various parts of the tank, along with how to care for it. Once it was set up, he taught us about each of the fish before adding them to the tank. The fish we have are:
1 x Blenny
1 x Butterfish
1 x Prawn
2 x Mullets.
We are delighted to have an aquarium in our classroom and are really looking forward to taking care of our new friends for the next 2 weeks!
We have a new Green Schools Committee this year. There is a representative from each class from 2nd - 6th Class on the committee. The members are busy reminding their classmates of how to keep the school as green as possible, by doing things such as monitoring what is put into the bins, reducing the plastic we bring into school and switching off lights at breaktimes and at the end of the day. They are also starting work on the renewal of our 10th Green Flag. The theme is Global Citizenship - Food and Biodiversity. The Committee Members are Laura Ostwald, Ava Stark (2nd Class), Jessica Kelly, Konrad Zbien (3rd Class), Anna Cavalleri, Emma Eicholz (4th Class), Ryan Dirrane, Abbie Greaney (5th Class) and Emma Keenan and Rían Smith Grogan (6th Class).