We had lots of fun today baking cupcakes. Each of us had a special job to do. Michael read aloud the instructions. Lorchán organised the baking equipment and ingredients throughout. Siluan carefully cracked the eggs and measured the flour using a weighing scales. Seán and Thomas mixed all of the ingredients together. Lastly, Ciarán spooned the mixture into the individual cupcake cases. Together we put the cupcakes in the oven and eagerly monitored the time on the classroom countdown timer. Once cooled down, we ate one delicious cupcake each and brought another home. We were happy boys and are excited to bake again soon.
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 volcanoes.
We learned about the different parts of a volcano.
The burning liquid inside the volcano is called “magma”. When it flows out of the volcano it is called “lava”.
We learned about the volcano in Yellowstone National park in North America.
Other places that have lots of volcanoes are Hawaii and Iceland.
We learned about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD which destroyed the city of Pompeii in Italy.
We conducted experiments with Ms. McGinley to see how a volcano erupts.
We needed the following equipment:
- a bottle with the top cut off
- play dough to make the shape of the volcano
- baking soda
- red food colouring
Tristan and Sean filmed the experiment last week.
Step 1: Sean poured a small amount of vinegar and red food coloring into the bottle.
Step 2: Tristan poured a spoonful of baking soda into the bottle.
Watch what happens when the vinegar and baking soda combine in our video.
The chemicals in the vinegar react to the baking soda. The mixture fizzes up and pours out over the sides of the volcano, just like when lava pours out of a real volcano during an eruption.
We really enjoyed this experiment even though it was very messy!
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.
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.
We all must work together to protect the environment and try to reverse the effects of global warming.
Click on the link below for information on ‘The Festival of Curiosity’ taking place in the RDS from 25th-29th of July. This unique event will provide an opportunity for parents, families and the public to interact with science as a cultural activity outside of the academic year.
We baked scones in Ms. Nic Gearailt’s class. We needed 250ml of milk. Our school milk cartons hold 189ml per carton. We pre-heated the oven to 200 degrees Celcius. When they were ready we served them with butter and jam. Most importantly, remember to do the washing up and drying when you’re finished!
We were delighted to host the launch of the new ‘Energy in Education’ initiative in our school on Monday. We were privledged to have the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn and the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural resources, Pat Rabitte, attending the event. We also had a special visitor from Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), the Green Energy Guzzler. SEAI chose our school to make a promotional video about reducing energy use in schools, it was shown as part of the launch on the day and both Ministers were very impressed with all the energy saving measures we have in place. The video can be viewed on the energyineducation.ie website or by clicking on the following link
The friendly cow all red and white,
I love with all my heart.
She gives me cream with all her might
To eat with apple tart.
She wanders lowing here and there,
And yet she cannot stray.
All in the pleasant open air,
The pleasant light of day.
And blown by all the winds that pass
And wet with all the showers.
She walks among the meadow grass
And eats the meadow flowers.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Here in 1st Class Room 9, we love experimenting and learning about different things in our environment. On Friday 27th April, we planted some cress and basil seeds that one of our classmates brought into school that day. The seeds had come with smoothie cartons and so were held inside small cardboard circles. This cardboard is biodegradable- that means that it will break down, or decompose.
Broad bean seeds:
We decided to experiment with planting some broad bean seeds to see if they will grow in the same conditions as the cress and basil seeds. We planted these in clear plastic containers so that we can see any changes that happen. We monitored our broad bean seeds and this is what we found: on Friday 27th April we planted the seeds; on Wednesday 2nd May they had started to open; on Thursday 3rd of May the roots had started to come down and now on Friday 4th of May the roots are much longer!
Cress seeds: We put the cardboard circles (containing the cress/basil seeds) into three separate plastic white cups in between some cotton wool buds. We made sure to keep the cotton wool wet. We checked for growth each day.
This is what we saw on Wednesday 2nd May!
On Friday 4th May, our seeds had started to grow their roots.
On Tuesday 8th May, our seeds had really grown a lot! We can see that the roots have grown all along the bottom of the cups and the shoot is starting to appear too.
By Friday 11th of May, we could see the shoots and roots trying to push out.
We took this picture on Monday 14th of May. We were sop excited to see how much more our seeds have grown and developed. The roots of both seeds are spread around the bottom of the cups and the shoots are big and strong.
As you can see, the shoots of both of the seeds have burst through the surface completely now. They are very tall and strong. The roots are spreading out even further and are pushing through the cotton wool also.
Today is Monday, 21st of May. Our plants have grown a lot over the weekend, they have tall shoots and bright green leaves now. We think they look great!
On Wednesday March 14th, a scientist came in to work with us. He made ice-cream with Room 10 and he helped us to make our very own indoor volcanoes! We had a great time and got very very messy!! These volcanoes are so easy to make, you can even make them at home! Try it!
We used a biscuit tin, water, flour, baking soda, vinegar, drinks bottle, washing up liquid and food colouring. First we mixed the flour and water together with our hands to make a thick paste, then we pressed and moulded this to the outside of the drinks bottle.
One person poured some washing up liquid into the volcano. Next, we added some food colouring, some groups used red, green AND yellow!! We took turns pouring baking soda and then a little vinegar into the top of the volcano too. What do you think happened next? That’s right, our volcanoes erupted!! The mixture inside the volcano came bubbling out of the top and spilling all over! The volcanoes were great fun to make, though very messy!
Room 9 and Room 10 went out to the yard to see some more science experiments; we watched excitedly as the scientist made lots of loud explosions , it was brilliant! We all think we’d like to become a scientist when we are older!
Check out our photos to see how amazing it was!
This Spring, our class (Room 9) and Ms. Killen’s’ 1st class are doing the Greenwave Signs of Spring project. We have to look out for certain signs: horse chestnut tree buds, swallows back from hotter countries, the primrose flower, the leaf buds on the the ash tree, the hawthorn tree and finally frogspawn in our pond. This is a long list and we have already started our search. On Thursday 24th of February, we went on our first Spring Nature Walk. Below are pictures of some of the things we saw. We had great fun!
The second part of the project that we have to do, is measure the wind speed, the temperature and the amount of rainfall. On Monday 27th of February, we made an anemometer: this is the instrument used to measure how fast the wind is blowing. We had a great time making it and cannot wait to put it to the test! Along
with Ms. Killen’s’ class, we will be taking our results every day/week. Soon we will know all about Spring!