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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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


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.

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.

Making an Anemometer

Making an Anemometer (Measuring wind speed)

  • Scissors
  • 4 small paper/plastic cups (like drinking cups)
  • A colouring pen – any colour
  • 2 strips of stiff cardboard – the same length
  • Ruler
  • Stapler
  • Large drawing pin (thumb tack)
  • Sharpened pencil with eraser on the end
  • Blu tack or modelling clay
  • A hard surface – cardboard or tile
  • A watch with a second hand


  1. Cut off the rolled edges of the cups to make them lighter.
  2. Colour the outside of one cup with the colouring pen.
  3. Cross the cardboard strips so they make a plus (+) sign. Staple them together.
  4. Take the ruler and pencil and draw lines from the outside corners of where the cardboard strips come together to the opposite corners. Where the pencil lines cross will be the exact middle of the cross.
  5. Staple the cups to the ends of the cardboard strips; make sure the cups all face the same direction.
  6. Push the drawing pin through the centre of the cardboard (where the pencil lines cross) and attach the cardboard cross with the cups on it to the eraser point of the pencil. Blow on the cups to make sure the cardboard spins around freely on the pin.
  7. Place the blu tack or modelling clay on the hard surface. Stick the sharpened end of the pencil into the clay so it stands up straight.

We counted how many times the anemometer rotated in one minute. It gave us an idea how fast the wind was blowing.

Here are our updated results and averages:

Jan Wk 1 = 4 Wk 2 = 3 Wk 3 = 5   Average = 4
Feb Wk 1 = 6 Wk 2 = 8 Wk 3 = 6 Wk 4 = 4 Average = 6
Mar Wk 1 = 5 Wk 2 = 2 Wk 3 = 4 Wk 4 = 1 Average = 3
Apr Wk 1 = 3 Wk 2 = 5 Wk 3 = 6 Wk 4 = 2 Average = 4

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ECO Workshop

Today, Wednesday 15th May, a lady called Natasha came into 1st Class and talked to us all about reducing our waste, reusing different things and recycling as much as we can.

She told us lots of interesting facts about where paper and plastic come from and how they are made. We were amazed to see all of the different bags, clothes and jewellery that had been made out of recycled materials like tents, tyres and sweet wrappers!

We talked a lot about reducing the amount of electricity that we use at home.