Pupils in 4th and 5th classes are working on a booklet project based on a European Country of choice. Pupils are working in pairs, with the use of ICT, art materials and printers.
The boys were given a checklist to keep them on task and help to guide their learning and presentation.
The children will present their work in the coming week.
One group have completed their project already!
Lots of hard work and dedication is going into their booklets - Well done all!
4th, 5th and 6th classes welcomed the local author 'Colm McElwain into the school on January the 11th. Colm was born and raised in Monaghan, is a secondary school teacher. His first book is 'James Clyde and the Diamonds of Orchestra' and his newly published book is 'James Clyde and the Tomb of Salvation'.
Colm recounted on his early writing days - he informed the pupils about his struggle with writing his first story. He told them about how easy it could have been to give up, but he knew that this is where he wanted to get to.
He explained the background to each of his books and encouraged the pupils to engagae with reading materials and novels. The importance of both reading and writing was emphasised by Colm that day.
We thoroughly enjoyed his visit - by the end of his visit some pupils were half way through his new book already!
The boys in 4th and 5th classes investigated the vessels within flowers and plants. They looked at the parts of the plant, conditions for growth for plants and some of the processes within plants. Pupils investigated the water vessel (Xylem) and the food vessel (Phloem) within the stem of a plant. The flowers were put in a jar with a mixture of eater a food colouring. We predicted that the white petals of the flower would change to a redish colour (and the colours of the other colourings). The results are found below in the picture.
The conclusion for the investigation was that water (and food) enters the plant through the roots, moves up through the roots, through the stem and into the leaves and petals etc.
*Some of the investigations did not work properly and we predicted (guessed) that this was because the flowers were not freshly cut that day.
One week later:
If you look carefully and zoom in, you can see the lines (vessels) in which the water moved up inside the stem and into the petals.
WELL DONE BOYS!
2nd and 3rd Class attended a very enjoyable and informative talk
in the library on Farm Safety given by Agrikids.
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