Thank you very much to Mr Kerins, Principal of St Brigid's NS Redhills who invited 6th class to try out a selection of STEM activities in his school. It was a hugely enjoyable and educational visit and our pupils will be delighted to hear that we are now investing in some of this technology thanks to digital funding and fundraising by our own parents.
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 & 3rd class attended a Fun, Hands-on Educational, Science,
Engineering & Maths activities workshop.
Thanks to Jacqueline in the library for organising this
wonderful experience for us.
2nd & 3rd Class - Scientist at work
in their classroom.
Working as scientists. 6th class spent a wonderful afternoon carrying out experiments in the science lab of St. Bricin's College during science week.
Thanks to Ms. Fay, Mr Lyng and the TY students for a very enjoyable afternoon.
5th & 6th deep in concentration during Literacy Hour.
In keeping with the theme of science week they are reading topics such as Climate change, glaciers, air & water, erosion, solar energy and space travel.
All classes attended a very informative talk on Biodiversity given by Environmentalist &
Marine Biologist Benny Joyce.
Thanks to Jacqueline in the library for organising this talk.
4th and 5th Class are working in groups investigating light and shadows, through drama, art and literacy for Science week. This week their target was to write a script, create characters and organise and plan roles within their group for the performance. The plan is to create a shadow performance in a light theatre made from recycled materials.
THE BOYS WERE BUSY DURING MATHS WEEk.
ADDING, TAKING AWAY, PROBLEM SOLVING AND MAKING DECISIONS WHILE HAVING FUN PLAYING A VARIETY OF MATHS GAMES.
Pupils in 4th and 5th class paired up to cmplete a maths trail in the classroom, around the school and outside the building. The maths trail encouraged children to use their 'maths eyes' and bring maths into everyday life.
4th and fifth class pupils worked together in stations for Maths week. Stations involved practising and memorising times tables and division tables, measuring stations, time station, a variety of maths games and 3D shapes constructions.
4th and 5th classes had fun baking today in preparation for Halloween. They baked a Halloween Tea Brack. They worked in groups to weigh and mix ingredients together. The smell of the homemade Tea Brack throughout the school after lunch was mouth-watering. However, we weren't as happy to learn that the brack had to be covered for two days when finished baking to set! So we're looking forward to Monday and tasting our cooking :)
Our brack is cooling over the weekend as it needed to be covered in greaseproof paper, once cooled, to set.
2nd and 3rd class enjoyed participating in Space Week…….
We attended a mobile planetarium dome.
We researched the solar system in groups and presented our findings to the class.
We created our own Solar System artwork and some boys even created their own masterpieces at home!
Thank you to all the boys who brought in their Space books,
telescope and planetarium to share with the class.
4th and 5th class engaged in a class debate for Space Week in October. The motion posed was 'Is Space Research a waste of time and money?'. Pupils posed many, many persuasive facts, arguments and further questions. Some arguments were:
- Why are we looking for other planets when we can't even take care of our own?
- Very expensive - money could be spent on fixing problems on our earth (deforestation, homelessness, global warming, poverty etc.)
- Not necessary for human survival (yet)
- Could possibly bring back new diseases/ bacteria/ viruses that us humans could not fight
- Rising world population means we need more place for humans to live
- Possible cures and medications to be found?
- Assist in technology upgrades (e.g. accident blankets, robotics...)
- Could maybe provide another home for humans in the future
- Expand our community in space
- Answer one of our biggest questions: Are we Alone?
Well done to all involved!
What is your opinion on Space Research?
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