In Third Class we took part in a special project called Mind Rising. This was an exciting project in which we used Minecraft to create our very own 1916 exhibition. Our classes were split into different groups and we each were responsible for creating our own building. You can have a look at a short video of the world that we created below.
You can also see a presentation of our project below which explains a little more about what we did and learned throughout the project. We hope you enjoy looking at this as much as we enjoyed creating it!
On Friday, September 19th, we celebrated the ten boys and girls who started to study German for the first time by giving them a Schultüte. Schultüten ( = “school cones”) are a vital part of school life in Germany and are presented to school children on their first day of school. The idea behind the tradition is to make the start into school life a bit sweeter. At St. Clare’s the advanced German students handcrafted lovely Schultüten during class, which later were filled with little surprises by German teacher Frau Clarke. Well done to everyone! Gut gemacht!
At St. Clare’s German is taught as an extra-curricular subject on Thursdays (for third and fourth class pupils) and on Fridays (for fifth and sixth class pupils) from 2.30 to 3.45 pm. All students are welcome!
On Thursday 9th of May, we celebrated Europe Day. We each picked a European country to do a project on. Gay Mitchell MEP, gave each of us a handbook about the members of the European Union. We used this to help us with our projects. We displayed our wonderful projects in the hall for Europe Day. There were lots of tables set up with different foods and lists of facts about that country. Each table had its national flag and the name of its country on it. We enjoyed finding out about the different countries and tasting the new foods.
We also took part in a European Handshake. We shook hands with one another in our class and said “Happy Europe Day” to one another. We were celebrating the diversity and solidarity within our classroom.
Over the next few days we will update you and tell you all about the project we presented at the Science Fair. We were very lucky to be picked to take part and we worked very hard.
Last week in 4th class we went to the Young Scientist Fair in the RDS to present our project on pulley systems. We left school at 7:45am on Friday 11th January and returned at 5:30pm. We had a fantastic day and learned so much.
We will tell you a little bit about our project now.
Firstly Miss O’Donnell gave us a set of questions. We were split up into groups and had to discuss answers to the questions. You can see the questions and answers on our display.
After that we discussed it as a class, we watched a video about single fixed pulleys and single movable pulleys.
Then each group were given six blocks. We had to try to move the big red block that we were given. After that we had to stack two blocks on top of the red block and try to move it without them falling. We couldn’t do it but then a boy in our class called Trofim came up with the idea of the pulley.
Some people made homemade pulleys and then we found out if you use a thick rope on the pulley it would fall off the spool .Then there were five people that went out with a teacher and tried to find everyday objects that used pulley systems.
We watched this video about NASA. We saw that even NASA uses pulleys that can hold up to 300,000 kg and they have 3 of them .They use the pulleys for pulling the rocket up and down .The rocket weighs 200,000 kg
Yesterday we were split into four groups for the debate. Two groups were for school uniforms and the other two were against school uniforms. We were given homework to write down two or three points for whichever side of the argument we are on.
Today Miss O’Donnell gave each group an A3 sheet to write our points from last nights homework and maybe a few more. One person from each group got picked to write down our reasons for the debate. All the groups had a lot of different and brilliant ideas to argue about. Today we also decided who would be arguing each point for our team. Tomorrow we will be having a full debate in our class and we are all very excited about it!!
Here are some pictures of us preparing our debate: