Children from Rang a Cúig agus a Sé cooking up a storm in the kitchen with Mrs Mulhern and Martin. Tasty Chicken Tikka Masala is the recipe on the menu on this occasion.
The boys in Fifth and Sixth Class had a great day competing in Sligo lately. According to the coaches the boys “showed superb teamwork throughout all their matches”. The boys won their first two games against Carns N.S. and Mullaghroe N.S. They were involved in a thriller in a play-off which went down to the wire. Martin commented that all the boys had played “brilliantly” and were unfortunate to be pipped at the post, losing by a solitary goal against Carns N.S. Well done boys.
Let there be Light!
The children in Fifth and Sixth Class were busy exploring light and mirrors. We discovered that light travels in straight lines, that light can bounce (reflection) and that light can bend when it travels from one medium into another (refraction). Creepy reflections, magic mirror, mirror writing, floating finger, pencil in water, investigating convex and concave lenses, magic coin, water as a magnifying glass and looking through kaleidoscopes were some of the investigations carried out. Check out some of our photos below.
Fifth and Sixth Class are busy drafting, editing, conferencing and sharing their writing efforts as they engage in the writing process preparing their stories for our School Anthology and Write-A-Book. Through daily writing workshops children are drawing upon their own unique experiences and discovering their own voice. The children read for 10 minutes every session focusing on a particular aspect of writing. This is followed by a mini-lesson. Conferencing with children takes place while they write for 15 minutes. Each workshop concludes with a share session. As the children dream ideas inside their heads and speak their writing on to the page their imaginations are flowing and these budding story tellers are crafting their very own masterpieces.
Farm Safety, Wag the Dog and Acrobatic Clowns
Fifth and Sixth Class were busy completing lots of science activities this week. We went on our Winter Green Schools Walk, we welcomed Benny into our classroom to talk to us on Farm Safety and we created Acrobatic Clowns and a Wag the Dog.
By creating our Acrobatic Clowns we learned how all objects have a balancing point, called the centre of gravity; by making the bottom heavier with coins, you lower the centre of gravity making it less likely for the clown to tip over. Designing and making our Wag the Dog worked on the principle of a lever where the dogs tongue and tail move about a pivot; when you push or pull one part of the lever you make a push or pull on the other part in the opposite direction.
Benny Joyce spoke to us about Farm Safety this week too. He got us to look at hazards and risks around the farm including: slurry tanks, tractors, quads, machinery, animals, ladders, swinging gates, PTO shafts, chainsaws and chemicals. We started to look at the farm with different eyes due to his talk and learned lots of interesting facts such as:
- Ammonia and hydrogen sulphide are gases released when the crust on slurry is broken when agitating slurry. After 5 or 6 seconds you can no longer smell the gases, you keep breathing them in and you can go unconscious.
- With chainsaws you have to be careful of kickback, always walk with the bar facing behind you when carrying a chainsaw and wear the appropriate protective gear.
- A PTO shaft spins 2000 revolutions per minute.
- Chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides and detergents should be stored in a safe designated area in a locked cabinet.
Last week the children in Fifth and Sixth class were working hard designing cars using a motor, switch and batteries. The children explored making simple circuits, built a chassis with axles and wheels and investigated a motor, pulley and drive band system. It was a challenging task, with the children all getting their wheels to turn using the motors. The children evaluated their vehicles when completed and suggested alterations that they could make to their designs to make them run better and provided a list of Dos and Dont’s!
Trip to Cob House
On Thursday the 6th of December Fifth and Sixth Class went to Cob House in Screen. We learned all about cob and how to make it. Cob is earth used as building material. Straw is mixed in with it to improve its strength.
First, we made cob by stamping on subsoil and kneading straw and water into it. You can’t use any soil you have to discard the top soil and use soil with the right amount of clay and sand in it.
Second we created a human chain to transport the hand cobs to the earthen wall. We used cob sticks and our thumbs to embed the cobs into the wall.
Third, we carried out a series of tests on the soil to see if it was the right mix: The Sound test, the Squish test, the Drop test and the Palm test.
Fourth, we went inside for a house tour. Féile showed us all the different variations of wildlife inside her house such as wood, soil and animal skin. She showed us a slideshow of the types of houses built in the olden days and many of the features of their environmentally friendly built house.
We really enjoyed our trip to Cob House. We had lots of fun and learned loads. A big thank you to Féile and Richie for letting us into their home.
An-Scléip ag an Tionól
Bhí Tionól beo beathaíoch sainiúil againn Dé hAoine le dánta, rannta, amhráin agus drámaí. Chualamar na páistí ag baint úsáid as go leor Frásaí na Seachtaine agus nathanna cainte. Bhain an lucht féachana ard-taitneamh as an tionól bríomhar ó thús deireadh! Gaeilge Bheo! Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam! Bliain na Gaeilge 2018.
During November we had lots of fun engaging in science. We built various vehicles which satisfied our engineering curiosity, we carried out taste tests using jelly beans and we viewed lots of optical illusions!
Our Immune System
Everyday our body is exposed to millions of germs. Our body protects us in many ways.
- Skin is a protection blanket; it stops germs getting inside you.
- Your nose and mouth have a layer of mucous which traps germs and dust. Saliva and tears have special chemicals which fight off germs.
- White blood cells are the policemen of your blood, always looking for germs and fighting them off.
The following are a few facts that we researched about Dáil Éireann:
- The Dáil has met in Leinster House since September 9th 1922.
- The first ever meeting of the Dáil took place in Dublin’s Mansion House on January 1st 1919.
- 158 Deputies or TDs are elected by Irish citizens over 18 and from constituencies electing 3, 4 or 5 representatives.
- A General Election must be held every five years.
- The Dáil meets every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and every second Friday.
- The rules are called Standing Orders of the house.
- To the left of the Ceann Comhairle are the government benches, opposition benches are to the right.
- Generally the business of the day includes Leaders Questions, Parliamentary Questions, Topical Issues, Legislation, Motions and Private Members Business.
- One of the most important roles of the Dáil is to make laws for our country.
- The country is divided into 40 constituencies.
The following are some facts about Seanad Éireann which we researched:
- The members of Seanad Éireann are referred to as senators.
- There are 60 senators in Seanad Éireann.
- Forty three are elected on five panels representing various aspects of Irish life.
- These panels are Culture and Education, Agriculture, Labour, Industry and Commerce and Public Administration.
- Six senators are elected by the graduates of the National University of Ireland and the University of Dublin and Trinity College.
- Eleven senators are nominated by the Taoiseach.
- For a bill to become law it must be passed by the Dáil and Seanad.
- An election to Seanad Éireann must be held within 90 days of the dissolution of Dáil Éireann.
Lots of interest and curiosity was sparked during Maths Week as children throughout the school worked on lots of interesting and engaging maths activities and problems. Problem of the Day was a great success and created an enthusiastic buzz around the corridors early every morning. The children in Fifth and Sixth Class were busy working on problems posed by Abacus and Helix using Izak 9. They completed many surveys, presenting their results using bar graphs, multiple bar graphs and trend graphs. The children investigated Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man proportions and obtained remarkable results. Check out the notice board outside Fifth and Sixth class to find out about the Vitruvian Man – truth or myth?
Friendship & Izak 9
This week we were busy finishing off our letters to politicians highlighting the problem of Marine Litter and proposing possible solutions. David Horkan from the Marine Institute visited us and was extremely impressed with the children’s projects presenting us with certificates for our participation and work. We had our beginning of year school mass on Wednesday with Fifth and Sixth Class reading their parts of the mass reverently. Beautiful singing of Amhrán an Fhómhair was heard wafting down the corridors of the school this week. The children were problem solving engaging in lots of hands-on Izak 9 maths activities. We made some lovely friendship bracelets too.
Over the last few days we have been learning about the plants and animals which inhabit our shoreline. We uncovered many interesting facts about various types of seaweed and animals such as barnacles, limpets, mussels, periwinkles, sea slugs, jellyfish, starfish, sea anemones, crabs, shrimp and lugworms. We learned about how to be safe when exploring the rock pools and about the seashore conservation code. On Monday we had a super day exploring the rock pools in Enniscrone with David from the Marine Institute. Here is a snapshot of our adventure. We are busy working on our Marine Litter project at the moment – keep an eye on our class page for further updates!
Fifth and Sixth Class are doing Gaelic training with Stephen Henry. We are learning, practising and improving our Gaelic skills. Everyone in Fifth and Sixth Class is really enjoying the sessions with Stephen.
This week David from Seashore Safari visited Fifth and Sixth Class to talk about marine litter. We found out some fascinating facts.
70% of the world is made up of water.
Only 5% of the sea has been explored.
We get food, water (via the water cycle) and oxygen (over 50% from phytoplankton) from the sea.
The majority of Ireland’s population live less than 50km from the coast.
More than 90% of global trade is carried by sea.
Based on the rate of pollution taking place at the moment, in 32 years there will be more plastic in the sea than fish.
Turtles eat plastic bags because they think they are jellyfish.
75% of seabirds that have been found dead had plastic in their stomachs.
There is a vast patch of rubbish and plastic the size of Europe in the Pacific Ocean.
Hunting for Treasure
Today Fifth and Sixth class created treasure maps, invented their own map symbols and added a secret ingredient to turn them into ancient documents. Lately we have listened to local myths and legends, we have found out about the Mayan Civilisation and we are busy preparing for our Seashore Safari.