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.
We liked looking at the mural 4th class made using the bottle tops we collected. We liked looking at where our compost goes and how it is broken down. We loved searching for frogs. We loved the flowers that were made with metal bottle tops that Lauren remembers collecting. Naoise liked the rhubarb because it reminded her of her Nana’s garden. Tadhg loved the seating area because it was made with wood. We can’t wait for our next visit to the Outdoor Classroom!
We have been doing ‘Run a Mile’ this year in Junior Infants. We have been running on Friday mornings and have been doing a great job remembering to bring our boot bags. We have great fun and Ms Shaughnessy and Ms O’Leary said we are definitely getting fitter! Here are some pictures of us doing ‘Run a Mile’ and PE.
Our fourth classes were delighted to get a chance to go on a nature walk last week in Harold’s Cross Park. We were invited to go on a walk by Dublin City Council and were guided around the park by a biologist called Éanna Ní Lamhna. She showed us some of the different trees in the park and the wildlife and insects that live amongst them. We saw lime trees, copper beeches, lodgepole pines, plum trees, 5 needle pines, holly trees and a handkerchief tree. We also learned some bird calls and heard a wren calling in the trees. It was great fun.
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.