Well done to our Artists of the Month for May from our 3rd and 4th Classes. What a creative and uplifting display of art from Martyna Mnich & Tudor Cegolea (3rd classes) and Roisín Griffin & Adam Lyons (4th classes). It's always so lovely to see the children's art work in the corridors and all around the school!
Mr.Whippy arrived today and everyone was very excited.🍦
We had a wonderful celebration of creativity in our school during Creative Schools Week. We all got to take part in fun drumming workshops with the fantastic Drumadore drumming company, and we also had a visit from Mr. Whippie! It was a lovely treat at the end of Creative Schools Week - well done to all of the children and teachers for the wonderful creative work and activities, we all enjoyed it!
We have been getting very creative with our planting! We have been working in the garden planting potatoes, sunflowers, strawberries, radishes, herbs & lots of other plants & seeds. 3rd & 4th classes have been painting rocks to put in the garden. If you look closely you might see a ladybird & some very thoughtful messages - lovely job!
What a super display on Friday in our school hall!
Ealaín iontach ar fad!
Here in Room 10 we have been REALLY busy over the past few weeks. Last November we applied to both the ESB Science Blast and the BT Primary Science fair in the hopes of maybe getting accepted into one of them. Luckily for us - we were accepted into both with our class project:
"Breaks V Beats: Which has the greatest impact on our Concentration?"
To carry out our investigation we firstly revised the scientific method. We then set about planning out investigation.
We decided to use a 3 minute typing task as our base test for the investigation. After each activity, we repeated the test to see if our word count increased or decreased after it.
For the "Breaks" section, we chose 3 activities:
1. A 15 minute Movement Break
2. 5 Minute Mindfulness Colouring
3. 5 Minute Meditation
For the "Beats" section we chose:
1. Rock Music (Eye of the Tiger)
2. Classical Music (Bach's Orchestral Suite No.3)
3. Our favourite song
Once we had recorded our findings, it was then onto the stastics! We used a variety of maths strategies to work out our percentage increases/decreases. We then put these figures into various pie & bar charts.
We worked in our pods & as a whole class in order to put our project together. We were so surprised by our findings!
Taking breaks saw a 20.7% improvement in our concentration whilst listening to music say a 22.2% increase. When we looked as to whether gender effected our results,we were suprised to find that girls found mindfulness to be most effective, whilst boys found meditation to be most effective. We concluded that listening to music had a greater impact on our concentration - with listening to our favourite song seeing the largest increase of 33.1%!
For the BT Primary Science Fair, We had our judging on Wednesday the 30th of March . our judge for this was Seán Corish. He was also very impressed with our project and praised us for our work. There are no prizes for the Primary Science Fair, this event is all about participation and promoting science and technology.
Our ESB Science Blast judging took place the same week. Normally, the ESB Science Blast takes place in the RDS in Dublin, but this year, it was a virtual event. We had the first part of it on Tuesday the 29th of March. Our judge was Dr. John O'Shea. We presented our project to him and then he gave us his feedback on Friday the 1st of April. He was VERY impressed with our work and in particular, with our work on statistics! We were awarded with an iPad and a glass "Science Blast" Trophy. Today in class, Ms. Nic Cumhaill presented us with our certificates and then presented us with our trophy!
Take a look at the photos of our work from the last few weeks! I think it's fair to say that we have lots of budding scientists here in Room 10!
During the week Sybil from 'Creative Schools Ireland' came to visit. The two third classes were encouraged to design a mural on the yard wall using their imagination and creativity. Sybil explained how everyone's imagination was unique and would result in an exciting, collaborative design! The classes then came together in the middle and combined their ideas to create a full wall display. The result was an imaginative and exciting wall mural full of individual and group ideas. Well done to all!
As part of the activities for Engineers Week this year we used the basic materials of paper, tape, scissors and googly eyes to construct our own creatures! We experimented with lots of 3D shapes and made cylinders, rectangular prisms, cubes, cuboids and cones etc to make the creature's body. We then added details and features using techniques such as stand up paper, curved walls, accordion shapes and cut out fringes . Have a look at our crazy creations below!
The Marshmallow Challenge!
As part of the activities for engineers week 2022 the students worked in small groups to plan, design and create structures using marshmallows and toothpicks. The children were encouraged to sketch and label their design prior to building their structure. They used a variety of challenge cards also to focus their design.
As part of our second challenge, Mr. Healy asked us to create a chair, stool or table. Again , were there was some great variety , creativity and innovative skills on display. Well done all!
We had a great time designing and creating our own playground equipment as part of Engineer's Week. Some really creative designs !
As part of our prize for winning the SFI Science Week Quiz, today we took part in a cool science workshop with the Rediscovery Centre in Dublin.
Our facilitator Ali talked us through the fantastic work that is carried out in the Centre and then spoke to us about science in the world us. Then it was onto the fun part!
For our first experiment we delved into the world of Physics. We created a "Hoop Airplane" . Here we learned about how objects can be launched into the air using the forces of thrust and lift.
We then moved onto the Chemistry section whereby we used "Red Cabbage Water" to test the pH levels in a variety of items. Using the pH scale, we added various substances to the water and noted the colour change to see whether the substance was acidic or basic. It was really interesting to see how the substances reacted . Finally, the messy part!! We then looked to see what would happen when certain acids/bases are mixed. Needless to say a little cleaning up was needed after that!!
It was an excellent workshop and we want to say a huge thank you to Ali and all the team at the Rediscovery Centre for it! Special thanks also to the Science Foundation of Ireland who organised the workshop for us.
We also want to say a huge congratulations once more to our winning Science Quiz team - without them this workshop wouldn't have happened!
Take a look at some of our photos! :)
Ms.Lane’s 6th class completed projects about the ancient, new and natural wonders of the world. Have a look at the great projects we did! We learned a lot from these projects and enjoyed doing them.
Some examples of what we have been up to the the past couple of weeks!
Huge congratulations to Ms.Lane’s 6th class who completed their first ever marathon on Friday. After 8 weeks of following the Marathon Kids Ireland programme and learning all about the benefits of physical exercise, they were thrilled to complete it. They received some lovely snoods, t-shirts and a medal for their achievement. Well done to all involved, we are very proud of you!!
We would like to say a massive ‘Thank you’ to Patrick & Keith from Pedal Monsters who have been teaching us all about safe cycling for the past few weeks. We learned so much from them, such as how to check our bikes and helmets are safe, road positioning for left and right hand turns and how to cycle around a roundabout. We now feel more confident in how to cycle safely on the road.