On Friday last 2nd class got to help out with the giant cleanup operation on the school grounds. Together we took over a patch of ground and made sure that it was both litter and weed free. We used litter pickers, shovels and brushes to complete our zone and we are really proud of our work.
This week we worked together to plant all of our seeds from Incredible Edibles! We now have such a variety of lovely fruits and vegetables growing in our garden. We sowed strawberries, potatoes, chives, lettuce, spinach and turnips. We will be busy caring for them over the coming weeks and can’t wait to watch them grow!
Today we were lucky to observe, not one, but three Giant African Land Snails! We discussed their size, their shells and what they like to eat. Afterwards, we made our way to the Outdoor Classroom to have a look at the hundreds of tadpoles in the pond. There, we discussed the lifecycle of the frog and took some time to bask in the sunshine on the benches.
Today we went on a Spring Hunt around our school grounds. We worked in pairs and used a checklist to help us to spot as many signs of Spring as we could, it was so much fun!
We had great fun searching for signs of spring this morning around our beautiful school grounds. We had a checklist to complete with our partner. We found insects in the bug hotels and a frog splashed in the frog pond. We saw daffodils, crocuses, catkins and snowdrops. We saw birds returning from warmer countries and we even spotted a nest in a large tree. We were lucky to see a squirrel from our classroom window yesterday that must have awoken from hibernation.
We were honoured to have the Minister of Education Richard Bruton launch the policy and implementation plan for STEM in education in Ireland. Minister Bruton had the chance to talk to come of the students about what they have been learning in science and maths. Here are a few pictures from the day.
In fourth class we have been busy testing our heart rates. Before exercise we tested children’s heart rates using the heart rate monitor. After the exercise we tested them again to see if there was any change in their heart rates. The heart rate monitor told us how many times their heart beat per minute (bpm). Here are some of the results we collected.
Kalya Before exercise 96bpm
After exercise 120bpm
Oliver Before exercise 90bpm
After exercise 130bpm
Declan Before exercise 78bpm
After exercise 135bpm
Oscar Before exercise 150bpm
After exercise 200bpm
We found out that your heart rate changes after exercise. It beats faster. Oscar had a high heart rate before exercise and we know this was because he was nervous and excited about using the heart rate monitor. He was also doing a lot of talking at the beginning!!
For the next few weeks we are hoping to use the heart rate monitor before and after P.E every week.