Maths Week 2018

In celebration of Maths Week 2018, we have had a fun-filled, busy, interactive week. From Junior Infants right through to 6th class, using our Maths Eyes in our everyday life, has been the theme of our week.

In Infants we enjoyed an excellent new game called Face Off while First Class entered into the Halloween spirit with a game of Boo Bump Addition. Second to Fourth spent the morning investigating Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man Theory, while Fifth and Sixth got to grips with a tricky SkyScrapers puzzle and collaborating while problem solving with Izak9.

We have had lots of opportunity all week to work and learn collaboratively and practise our group work skills. A huge thank you to all the teachers for getting involved with Maths trails, puzzles and games all week.

If theres anyone who would like to explore some exciting online maths games please find links below for further exploration ..

Guide the red block to the exit
Lots of online games here
Play a game of PIG online.
Try some puzzles

First Class Science Project: Ducklings and Chicks

What a few weeks the boys and girls from First Class have had as they worked very hard on their science project learning all about the life cycle of hens and ducks!

All students throughout the school have been so excited and really enjoyed their daily trips to First Class monitoring progress. After twenty eight days (ducklings) and twenty one days (chicks) in an incubator the eggs have hatched and Ms.Sloyan’s class have now four ducklings and eight chicks.

Please click on the link below to Ms.Sloyan’s fantastic blog which documents the their journey.

It really has been a fantastic learning experience for us all!!

Finally a very special word of thanks again to Paul Duffy who along with Ms.Sloyan has coordinated this project. We really appreciated his time, interest and talents.

Rang 3/4 Explore 2D and 3D Shapes

Exploring 3-D Shapes

During the last week 3rd and 4th class have been exploring 3d shapes. The children first studied 3-d shapes on paper and then we progressed to watching an audio/visual presentation. Finally the children got hands on experience in working with 3d shapes. We grouped the children into 4’s and 5’s and they got to work with various resources to help understand the properties of 3d shapes. We created some regular shapes from paper. We then progressed to using 3d Lego to create more elaborate shapes. We also worked with tooth picks and blue tack to let the children show their engineering prowess in creating 3d masterpieces. It was a very rewarding and exciting way of learning about the 3d objects that are all around us.

Senior Infants and First Class Learn about the Five Senses

Ms.Sloyan’s Senior Infants and First Class Learn about the Senses

In the last fortnight, we learned about our five senses. We made some popcorn and we used our senses to talk about what we could see, hear, touch, taste and smell. Our favourite was TASTING the popcorn!!!!!

We designed a popcorn bucket and wrote about what we saw, heard, smelled, touched and tasted. Some of the words we used were ‘ tasty, bumpy, airy, white, buttery, salty, hot, popping, soft, yummy, delicious’. We had great fun!

Junior Infants Investigate Heat in Class.

Last week Junior Infants did an experiment to investigate the effects of heat on chocolate.

First the children predicted what they thought might happen with the majority guessing correctly, that it would melt.
All the children enjoyed the experiment and took great delight when the bowl of melted chocolate emerged from the microwave.

With the smell of chocolate filling the room they went on to make make rice crispie buns with their melted chocolate.

It was all hands on deck as they stirred in the rice crispies, put bun cases in trays and filled them with the mixture and once they set it was time for the best part-the tasting!

Well done Junior Infants, great work!!

Western Seaboard Science Project

On Wednesday morning 5th and 6th Class enjoyed a wonderful science workshop from Tom Finnerty as part of the Western Seaboard Science Project, which we are very fortunate to participate in.

It was a very informative morning in which the children learned about :

1. Batteries and their make up/components
2. Electrons
3. Circuits
4. Magnets and their properties
5. Electromagnetism
6. Electricity
7. How to generate electricity

The children really enjoyed this workshop, exploring first hand the relevance of science in our everyday lives.

We were delighted to welcome Tom to our school and look forward to his return in the coming weeks to complete further workshops in our Junior classrooms.

Finally a special word of thanks to all involved in the Western Seaboard Project who sponsor this wonderful programme.