As mentioned in our school blog previously, 2nd and 3rd class carried out a scientific investigation into germs and bacteria, whereby they rubbed, held or touched the bread off different areas around the classroom. The results below are shown after a week and a half period.
Pupils in 4th and 5th classes designed and made some very impressive engineering projects, float boats, bridges and flying machines!! Each child participated individually and completed their project at home, with the help and support of some parents. They then presented their work to the class during engineer's week. Well done all, very creative and imaginative!
We have lots of talented engineers in Belturbet!
Following the five steps in the engineering process, 2nd and 3rd class created wind turbines.
Step 1 - ask a question (the class were studying renewable and non-renewable energy in science, and decided to focus on renewable energy for their projects)
Step 2 - Plan and brainstorm possible problems (during this stage pupils predicted two important possible problems 1. their tower might fall over when we used the hairdryer and 2. they were going to use masking tape instead of cellotape because if they wanted to paint them, they could not paint over cellotape.
Step 3 - Create
Step 4 - find and fix problems:
(some problems found (and fixed) were:
Some videos from the 'find and fix problems' (step 3):
Videos from the final stage 4: present (after fixing problems):
We celebrated World Book Day on Friday the 6th of March. Pupils dressed up as characters from their favourite books and engaged in many enjoyable book day activities organised by Mrs. Maguire. We started the day with a show and tell, with pupils presenting their costumes and told us some background information about their book character. Paddy gave a wonderful synopsis of his character and his upbringing, enticing us all and leaving us wanting to read his book!
In the afternoon each class participated in a fun and interesting new book day activity, which prompted huge curiousity among all classes. Each teacher had a poster of their 'book shelf' at home on the wall and the pupils had to make an educated guess as to which book shelf belonged to which teacher. We had a lot of fun trying to put the puzzle together and make connections.
We then engaged in a book day quiz.
What a day!!
The winners of the World Book Day quiz received a very special prize, a GOLDEN TICKET which will give them a pass for a wonderful outing with Mrs. Maguire! Well done boys.
With the rise of talk about germs, bacteria and hand hygiene and the coronavirus, 2nd and 3rd class decided to carry out 'The Bread Test', to investigate areas with bigger amounts of bacteria.
We tested five different bread slices
1 - fresh from packet, untouched
2 - bread slice rubbed on door handles
3 - bread slice touched by hands that were washed with soap and water, while singing happy birthday twice
4 - bread slice touched by hands cleaned with hand sanitiser
5 - bread slice touched by 'unwashed hands'.
The pupils in 2nd and 3rd class have been studying plants in science in March. We have looked at the different parts of the plant and researched and discussed the job that each part of the plant has.
We carried out two investigations also.
We investigated the conditions needed for plant growth.
Pupils planted baby carrots, cress and peas, watered them regularly and left them in a warm, bright place (windowsill).
While planting, the pupils planted seeds and them left them in a dark cupboard, removing sublight from the conditions of growth, to investigate whether plants actually need sunlight or not.
They also planted another portion of seeds but did not give it any water, to investigate whether plants actually need water to grow or not.
As schools closed the following Thursday, all pupils brought home their plants to take care of them. Ms. Reilly is observing the plants in the cupboard and the one with no water during this time.
Pupils investigated the transport of water and nutrients up through the stem of the plant.
We mixed food colouring into water and put a celery stick into it.
We then observed the transport of water and dye up through the vessels within the plant. These vessels are called phloem (food/ nutrients vessel) and xylem (water vessel). The blue food colouring highlighted these vessels.
Each class used the pupils' kitchen to bake pancakes on Tuesday for pancake Tuesday. An enjoyable afternoon was had by all. The boys had fun flipping pancakes during the baking lessons also, testing our throwing and catching skills. They then chose their favourite topping and enjoyed their delicious treats.
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