# Maths Challenge: First class vs. Fifth class

As a part of Maths Week, 5th class, Room 7 have come up with a number of word problems for all of the students in first class to solve. This morning, the two classes met and first class proved their worth as they solved over 20 word problems together.

On Friday, 5th class plan to come back with problems that are even more challenging. We can’t wait!

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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.

# First Class Pupil’s Favourite Colours

Third class are doing surveys at the moment. I did a survey in both  first classes of what each pupil’s favourite colour was. Here is the graph that I created.

Here are some questions that I would like you to answer:
1) What was the favourite colour in Ms. Gallagher’s class?
2) What was the least favourite colour in Ms. Gallagher’s class?
3) What was the favourite colour in Ms. Daly’s class?
4) What was the least favourite colour in Ms. Daly’s class?
6) How many pupils voted for red in Ms. Gallagher’s class?
7) How many pupils voted for blue in Ms. Daly’s class?
8) How many pupils voted for orange altogether?
9) How many pupils voted in Ms. Daly’s class?
10) How many pupils voted in Ms. Gallagher’s class?
11) What was the number of pupils in Ms. Daly’s class and Ms. Gallagher’s class altogether?
12) How many pupils voted for yellow and pink in Ms. Gallagher’s class?

# “The Cow”

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

Robert Louis Stevenson

# Planting Seeds

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.

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!

# 1st Class Science Workshop

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!

# Maths Trail – 6th Class–Room 6

Yesterday afternoon we got the opportunity to participate in a maths trail around the school grounds. We completed maths work outdoors in the sunshine! We were split up into four groups. Each group needed to have a meter stick, trundle wheel, a watch, pencil and a rubber.

The maths trail was divided into five questions. There were questions involving length, area, 2D shapes, 3D shapes, symmetry, time and bar charts. We were extremely busy.

We all enjoyed being outdoors and at the same time getting the chance to learn.

Here are some pictures of us taking part in the maths trail.

# Maths Problem Monday 16th of January

A total of 28 handshakes was exchanged at a party. Each person shook hands exactly once with each of the others. How many people were present at the party?