Biodegradable Plant Pots in Room 13
Here in 5th class we were 'doing our bit' for the environment over the last few weeks. We decided to carry out a science experiment on the biodegradability of paper - with a slight twist! We made plant pots using only newspaper, our drinks bottles, a pencil, ruler and scissors. Firstly we had to measure 8 strips of paper - each measuring 10 cm in width. Then, using our drinks bottles as a mould, we wrapped them around one by one and folded the base at the bottom.
We then filled the pots about 2/3 of the way with compost before putting our 'Nastursium' seeds into it and covering them. Each of us took one home and planted it that evening - with 2 extra which we planted in the school garden.
We are now monitoring our plant pots to see how long it takes for the newspaper pot to decompose - we have made some predictions but we will have to wait and see if they are right!
First Class Room 5 have been having lots of fun.We had a sports day.Everyone tried their best and had great fun.
On Monday 4th class went on seashore safari with Brendan from the Atlantaquarium. We had a great time exploring life on our local seashore. We found lots of interesting species such as starfish, crabs, butterfly fish and mermaid purses. We then created masterpieces using items we find on the beach. Here are some pictures of our safari:
On Monday, May 14th, the pupils of 6th Class took part in a Seashore Safari on Grattan beach. We began with a species hunt where we found a variety of interesting sea creatures. These included butterfish and crabs and one group even managed to find a sea eel. We had great fun trying to catch the slippery butterfish and eel! This was followed by an art project using sea shore materials and a competition to see which group could create the tallest sand structure. We had a fantastic day and certainly learned a lot. Big thanks to Brendan from the Atlantaquaria for taking us on the safari.
On Wednesday the 2nd of May, Brendan from the Antlantaquarium invited us on a Seashore Safari in Salthill. We had the best day exploring the marine life on the beach. Brendan showed us Mermaid Purses which are the shell of a shark egg, helped us identify cockles and mussels and even found various types of crabs!
We had a sandcastle competition to see what type of sand is best for construction, we explored the rock pools and the sea for marine habitats and creatures, had races on the beach to warm up in the chilly weather conditions and we finished off by having our lunch on the beach. It was such a fantastic day out! Big thank you to Brendan from the aquarium from all of 6th class!
Interested in holidaying in Greece? Take a look at our information booklets to find out more about this beautiful country! (6th Class , Ms. Fox)
We were studying the poem "Daffodils" by William Wordsworth in 6th class and responded to the poetry in our art lesson. We created beautiful daffodils using various materials ranging from chalk pastels to paint, allowing each picture to be unique in its own special way.
We researched and made projects about the counties and tourist attractions around Ireland. We learned a lot about our country and how much it has to offer.
Hard luck to our school basketball team who were beaten by Scoil Iognáid in the Galway Primary School Basketball Semi-Final in Our Lady's Boys Club today. Our team showed great sportsmanship and team spirit in what was a very exciting match. We are very proud of them! Best of luck to Scoil Iognáid in the Galway Final.
Today Mr. Kilgannon's class baked scones with Ms. Regan. They were very easy to make, and we all tasted them afterwards. Mmmmm........
Today we had our Sports Day for our Health and Wellness Week. We took part in a sack race, obstacle race, three-legged race and an egg and spoon race. It was great fun and a great way to be active!
It is Health and Wellness Week in school this week and we are really enjoying all the activities! Today was "Smile Thursday" and we had so much fun taking part in the sports day on the astro-turf. Well done to the 5th and 6th class children who organised it...We were all smiling from start to finish!
In 2nd class, we look forward to coming in every morning to see how our plants are growing. We measured our plants on Friday and kept a record of each plant on our own growing charts. This week Momo was our 'Star Grower of the week'.
Ms McAllister's class had a talent show in the classroom. We have some wonderful talents among us. We sang, danced, played the piano, played a few card tricks, skipped, told some wonderful stories, demonstrated our football skills, and we even showed
On Friday afternoon we had a special visit from the Gardaí and the Emergency Response Unit. It was so exciting to learn all about the role of a Garda and the responsibilities they have when protecting the community. We were amazed by the weapons and resources that the Emergency Response Unit vehicle had and were delighted to get to hold some of them! We were even able to use the speed gun to measure how fast we could run! Thanks to Garda Alan and his colleagues for the fantastic visit!
This year we are taking part in the Explorers Education Programme in 3rd Class. We will be going on a Seashore Safari in June on a local beach. On Friday, Brendan came to visit us and talk about all the sea creatures and plants that we will be looking out for! He gave us some tips on how to be safe and careful whilst on the beach and warned us of some possible dangers we can avoid. He brought in a bone from a whale, shark's teeth, a mermaid's purse and a lobster claw and passed these around for all to see! We can't wait for our Seashore Safari!
Before Easter we explored with magnets in our class. We identified objects which were magnetic and which were not. This week we tested our engineering skills and had to build a bridge from one piece of paper that would hold as many cubes as possible without bending. Have a look at our creative designs :
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