We invited Orla Bates into our school to work with all of our classes. Orla facilitated many wonderful science based activities such as caveman pigment art creating, real animal print art and making and planting our own greenhouses !
Our 5th and 6th classes took part in the Intel Mini-Scientist award again this year. They devised amazing science projects which they showcased for the entire school !
We learned about the history of binary code as well as how it is used today. We chose materials to make binary code jewellery with a secret word coded on in beads !
We’ve been learning how to code on our Ipads ! Using apps like Tynker , Scratch Junior and Playgrounds we have discovered how to control sprites by coding them to do what we want and our older classes have used Scratch to make their own video game, animated stories and music !
We learned about how gears work by making our own ! When we turned our gears we saw that a small gear will generate the power to turn a big gear and that a big gear will turn a small gear quickly to generate speed !
We took part in the 25 minute tower challenge ! We got into groups and were given 20 minutes to design and build the tallest tower we could using only 20 pieces of spaghetti and insulation tape. Each tower had to have a marshmallow on top in order to be complete !
Our staff devised Maths trails around the school grounds for every class level! We love to go on a maths trail on a sunny day !
As part of our Seachtain na Gaeilge we made shops in our older classes selling sweets and treats. Our younger classes visited the shops and were given money to buy the sweets with both shop keeper and customer using their mathematical learning in a real-world setting !
Our 5th and 6th classes took part in the Intel Mini-Scientist award again this year. They devised amazing science projects which they showcased in our school hall. Each class in the school had a chance to tour the projects and talk to the mini scientists about their work and see their amazing experiments and discoveries in action !