Volcano Experiment

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We have been learning about the effects of heat. A few weeks ago we made play-dough in our school kitchen. Last week Tristan used play dough to make a model volcano. Ms. McGinley has been teaching 4th Class all about … Continue reading

Global Warming


Pupils in 4th and 6th Class have been investigating the effects of heat.

One student has been researching global warming.

This is a phenomenon which affects us all.


Global Warming Solutions

The Earth’s temperature has risen considerably since the middle of the 20th century. This is because of an increase in greenhouse gases.

Greenhouse gases are created every time we use electricity, drive our cars and create something in a factory.



This video shows how greenhouse gases are increasing the Earth’s temperature.

Global warming will negatively affect life of Earth in a number of ways.

Polar Bear by Carla Lombardo EhrlichIt will cause the polar ice caps to melt destroying habitats.

global-warming-is-goodIn approximately one hundred years the countries with normally rich and moist soils will become deserts.

A-flood-sign-warns-of-flo-001The melting of the polar ice caps causes the sea levels to rise. This in turn causes a increased risk of floods and tsunamis.

We all must work together to protect the environment and try to reverse the effects of global warming.

Investigating Thermal Conductors

Pupils from 4th and 6th class have been investigating the effects of heat.

Here are the recordings of one of these students:

Last week I did an experiment about heat.
A thermal conductor is something that lets heat pass through it.
My investigation was to find out which material the best thermal conductor.

The materials I tested were:
• wool
• plastic
• metal
• wood

The other equipment I needed was:
• 4 mugs
• kettle
• water
• butter
• pasta
• spoon

I predicted that metal would be the best thermal conductor.
This was correct because the butter and pasta melted on the knife the quickest.
I noticed that when the butter fell in the water it changed into liquid. I also noticed that the wool was the only material to absorb water.

A note from Ms. Ni Dhalaigh:

If you would like to carry out this investigation at home make sure you have an adult to help you with the hot water. Be very careful!

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Handwashing training in Room 9

On Wednesday a nurse from the Hospice called Libby came to visit our class. She read a story to us about a girl called Janey. We all had to say “Janey, wash your hands!” when she got her hands dirty or sticky, after she was playing in the garden, after she went to the toilet, when she petted her pet poodle and before she ate something. Libby taught us how to wash our hands properly and she gave us fake germs to put on our hands. Then she showed us a glow box. We all put our hands, one by one, in the glow box and saw white lights on our hands, which were the fake germs. When everyone had put their hands in the glow box, we went out to wash our hands to see if we could wash off the fake germs. After that we put our hands back in the glow box to see if we had washed off all of the germs. Libby showed us the places on our hands where we get most germs on a big poster, so that we know the important parts of our hands to wash. Before she left, Libby gave us each a little cartoon germ to remind us to wash our hands and a certificate to say that we have successfully completed our handwashing training.

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