Which Material Absorbs Best?

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!

Posting letters to our ‘Pencilpals’!

After as few complications, we finally made it to the post office to send our letters to our ‘pencilpals’ in Co. Cork.

We had worked so hard on our handwriting and letter writing skills. Because of this, Ms. O’Sullivan took us to the post office so that we could send the letters ourselves. Most of us had never posted a letter before, so we were very excited to see what happens.

Over the next few days, our letters will be making a long journey to Co. Cork. We can’t wait to hear back from our new friends!

Harold’s Cross Nature Walk

Our fourth classes were delighted to get a chance to go on a nature walk last week in Harold’s Cross Park. We were invited to go on a walk by Dublin City Council and were guided around the park by a biologist called Éanna Ní Lamhna. She showed us some of the different trees in the park and the wildlife and insects that live amongst them. We saw lime trees, copper beeches, lodgepole pines, plum trees, 5 needle pines, holly trees and a handkerchief tree. We also learned some bird calls and heard a wren calling in the trees. It was great fun.

 

Plastic Island Collection

In Fourth Class, we are taking part in a Green Schools project based on the theme of the Marine Environment. We have been learning about plastic islands that are formed in different parts of the world when plastics that are thrown away or littered on land find their way into the sea. Then, the ocean currents sweep them into the ocean where they remain and are broken down into smaller and smaller pieces that are harmful to marine life and the marine ecosystem.These islands were first discovered in 1985 and they are like a soup of plastic debris that is kept together by ocean currents called gyres.

We have been busy all this week collecting plastic waste from all of the households in the school and in just three days we have gathered 38 bags of plastic waste! Stay tuned to the website and blog for more information over the coming days and weeks as we update you on our project.

Australia Day!

It was ‘Australia Day’ on Monday. Alex’s granny sent us stickers all the way from Australia. We found Australia on the map and looked at the Australian flag. Freya and Evie told us that their grandparents live in Australia too. Happy Australia Day everyone!

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Money

In fourth class we are learning about money. Here is a great game to convert euros to cents and vice versa. CLICK HERE

There are a number of games on the EURO at TeachingMoney.co.uk

 

We have learned that there are many different currencies around the world. A currency is the type of money used for different countries.

Country Currency Image
Ireland Euro
Northern Ireland Sterling
Albania Lek Tirana
Northern Ireland Sterling
Poland Warszaw, Zlode
Romania Leu
Lithuania Litai
Australia Australia Dollar
Czech Republic Korun

We also learned that there are 20 countries that use the Euro.

Country Currency Capital
Ireland Euro Dublin
France Euro Paris
Italy Euro Rome
Germany Euro Berlin
Spain Euro Madrid
Austria Euro Vienna
Greece Euro Athens
Malta Euro Valletta
Latvia Euro Riga
Netherlands Euro Amsterdam
Luxembourg Euro Luxembourg City
Finland Euro Helsinki
Portugal Euro Lisbon
Estonia Euro Talin
Slovakia Euro Bratislava
Cyprus Euro Nicosia
Belgium Euro Brussels
Montenegro Euro Podgorica
Kosova Euro Pristina
Slovenia Euro Ljubljana

By having the same currency all of these countries have a close economic relationship. We can also travel to any of these countries and use the same money (currency).

Check out the Google map of it HERE.