Freddie the Fish!

We carried out an experiment in Junior Infants to investigate what happens to the Marine Environment, when it is polluted by everyday rubbish entering the sea. We were amazed to see how dirty the water can get!We have decided that we are going to try our best to make sure our beaches and rivers are kept clean.

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Plastic Islands Presentation

In Fourth class, we have been busy doing a project on marine litter. On Tuesday, Aisling,Luke,Tom and myself went to present our project on plastic islands in Maynooth. There were 7 schools there in total from all around Leinster.

When we arrived we played a quiz where we had to find information in the shortest possible time and we were first back to with the correct answers so we won a box of chocolates! After that, we did our presentation, we went first! A few more groups presented their projects after us and then we had a break. After, our break some more groups presented, we thought they were all really good.

Then we had lunch, it was soup and sandwiches. It was a great day. Today, we were told we won! The judges were really impressed with our presentation, our research and our project. So, we have been picked along with just one other school to present our project at the National Marine Environment Conference at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire in December. We were told there would be over five hundred people there! We were really excited and nervous but happy we won.  Have a look below at some pictures we took on the day!

 

By Isabel

Green Schools Workshop

Last week, we were delighted to welcome Joanne Scott from Green Schools Ireland to our class. We took part in a class workshop about marine litter and plastic islands. It was lots of fun. She told us about the work that many people around the world are doing to recycle plastics and reduce the plastic that they are using.

She brought in some plastic that she had collected with her family at the beach at the weekend. We were amazed to see how much she had collected in just two minutes at the beach. She brought in aluminium cans and crisp packets that were over 30 years old!

We also made our own version of a plastic island by mixing up lots of bits of discarded plastic and wrappers in a container and adding water and dye to represent the pollution that comes from the plastic. It was really disgusting to imagine that these islands of plastic are polluting our seas and are harming the marine creatures and fish that swim in our seas.

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.

Growing seeds in Junior Infants

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We did an experiment, over one week, to see if seeds need water and light to grow and survive. Our Equipment • Three cups • Cotton wool • Water • Cress seeds • Camera Our Prediction We think that the … 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.

Water

We have been learning about ‘Water’ in Junior Infants. We investigated whether various objects would sink or float. We also looked at which containers hold more or less water than our basin. We are having fun making our Aquariums in art this week!

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