Siluan, Lorchán and Thomas spent Friday afternoon playing with Bee-Bots. They each had a Bee-Bot and a different activity mat. Siluan used the busy street map, Lorchán used the 2D shapes mat and Thomas used the letters mat. They are learning how to programme a Bee-Bot to move from one location to another using the directional arrows. They had lots of fun and are looking forward to using them again.
Spring showers can only mean one thing for our floors inside our homes…PUDDLES! First class put their thinking caps on today and came up with an experiment that would test which material would clean up puddles best. They made a prediction and then carried out the experiment to establish a result. Each of the children made sure to measure the water and the size of the materials carefully. It is so important that each test is fair so that the result is accurate.
Not only did first class discover whichmaterial absorbed best, they also discovered that playing with water is lots of fun!
Our fourth and fifth classes were getting started with some cloud observations in preparation for our GLOBE project this year. GLOBE is a project run in conjunction with the EPA, An Taisce and ESERO, the European Space Agency.
The project monitors aerosols and air quality around the world. Our young scientists were practicing their skills at cloud observation and classification. They will be recording their results online and sharing them with schools and scientists around the world. Here you can see them hard at work.
We had great fun searching for signs of spring this morning around our beautiful school grounds. We had a checklist to complete with our partner. We found insects in the bug hotels and a frog splashed in the frog pond. We saw daffodils, crocuses, catkins and snowdrops. We saw birds returning from warmer countries and we even spotted a nest in a large tree. We were lucky to see a squirrel from our classroom window yesterday that must have awoken from hibernation.
Today we loved experimenting with clay. We used our imaginations to make our own unique clay creations and used clay tools to add details and decorations! Next week we will paint them to add the finishing touches!