Harold’s Cross Nature Walk

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.

 

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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Incredible Edibles Project – Room 4

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Today we began our Incredible Edibles Project!  It is a healthy eating initiative for Primary School pupils. It encourages schools across the country to get busy growing carrots, lettuce, potatoes, strawberries and turnips.

We planted potatoes, lettuce seeds, carrot seeds, strawberry seeds and turnip seeds in our vegetable bed today. We had to make drills to place the seeds into and then cover the seeds over with compost. After this we watered our newly planted seeds. We will be busy bees over the next few weeks watering and taking care of our crops!

Planting in First Class

We planted lettuces, radishes and beetroots before the Easter break. When we came back after Easter the vegetables had begun to sprout. We had to thin out the sprouts so that the vegetables would have enough space to grow. We are looking forward to watching our vegetables grow!

We planted them in our raised bed in an area of 1 square metre. We planted 5 straight vertical lines.

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Signs of Spring

We’ve been out and about looking for signs of spring. Despite the cold weather we managed to spot daffodils and snowdrops in bloom and buds on the trees. We also saw a squirrel scampering across our school grounds. We learned that squirrels don’t actually hibernate but they are less active in winter, spending more time sleeping and keeping out of the cold as there is very little food for them to gather. We hope to see more and more squirrels out looking for food in the coming weeks.

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