Today, Ms.Lane's 6th class took part in a Seashore Safari on Grattan Beach with Rory from Galway Atlantaquaria. We found many creatures living in the rock pools such as different types of crabs, fish, limpets and snails. Our feet got fairly wet but it was a great day out and we really enjoyed it.
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.
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.
Last week we took advantage of the good weather and went on a nature walk to Dangan. We completed a history trail and filled in worksheets answering questions on the River Corrib, Menlo Castle and the Tea House Folly. It was very enjoyable!
We took advantage of the lovely weather yesterday and went for a nature walk in Dangan. It was great to see the river, the castle and trees in the sunshine.
We have been learning about volcanoes and hibernation in 2nd class. We researched at home and presented our work to the class. Have a look at our AMAZING projects!
We have been trying out many Science experiments recently including : The balloon that can't be inflated, The floating ball, Dancing raisins, Launching a balloon rocket and Erupting volcanoes. Some of us even brought in our own experiments to try out. Have a look at our pictures and videos below.
On Friday we did a soil investigation. We found worms, stones, roots, moss, twigs and leaves in the soil. We used magnifying glasses to get a closer look. We released the worms into the soil outside afterwards.
Engineer's Week Rang a 3 - thanks to Lorcan & also to Medtronic for teaching and showing us all about being an engineer. It was fantastic!
We carried out floating and sinking experiments using plasticine, a bowl of water, a banana, an orange, paper clips, unifix cubes and buttons. We tested out the items at different stages, made predictions as to whether the items would float or sink and recorded our results.
We had great fun doing experiments this week for Science Week. We did experiments such as 'where is your blind spot?', dancing raisins, balloon experiments such as launching a balloon rocket and the inflatable balloon where we made predictions about what would happen. We also had a lava lamp and saw how heat changed the wax and we floated a ping pong ball using a hairdryer. Some of us even tried them at home. Check out our pictures and videos below!
We made some fantastic projects on volcanoes and hibernation. We have learned so much from all the different projects. A lot of hard work was put into making them. Have a look at our work!
Yesterday we did an investigation on a sample of soil to see what we would find. During our search we found bugs, moss, twigs, leaves and stones as well as other things. We then filled half a glass jar with soil and the other half with water and left it to settle for an hour. We recorded what had sank and what had floated to the top.
Today for Science we explored our school grounds to find different materials such as stones, leaves, soil, twigs, grass and flowers. We checked their properties to see if they were hard, soft, rough, crumbly, bendy, shiny or round and filled in a chart to show our findings.
We did amazing projects on marine letter and the effect it has on marine life and the environment. We learned lots of interesting facts, like where marine litter comes from and looked at ways to stop it from getting worse. Our school action day took place today for the renewal of our green flag, where got to look at and ask questions about other classes projects. Our school motto is: 'Don't throw litter in the sea, it's bad for the fish and me.'
Today we were helping out in the school garden to make our plot look nice for Easter. We removed all the weeds and picked some strawberry plants. Our plot is looking really good now. We'd like to say thanks to the parents who helped out!
Today we went out into the sunshine to sow seeds. We each got our own pot and sowed baby carrots, runner beans and cress. We watered them and have them left in the sunlight to help them grow. We are looking forward to taking care of our pots and watching our seeds grow.
Today we had to say goodbye to our Aquarium! Joanne came to First Class to collect it from us. Joanne also brought lots of really interesting things for us to see. She brought Shark's Teeth, Whale's Teeth, Shark's Skin, Lobster Claws, Dolphin Skull, a Whale's Neck Bone, a Star Fish Shell, a Mermaid's Purse and lots of other exciting things.
We are very sad to see the aquarium go but we really enjoyed having here in First Class - we learned so much from it and we all did wonderful projects on it.