We have loved doing lots of experiments this week for science week! We have been busy exploring different materials that float and sink. We predicted, tested and recorded our results. We especially loved doing the “Dancing Raisins” experiment and designing our own boats! We tested our boats by counting how many “passengers” it could hold before sinking.
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.
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.
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!
We looked at how different transport was during 1916.
In our pictures we saw people walking, stage coaches, ships and trams.
One of our photos had a train station in it. It was obvious that it was a train station because it had lots of railway tracks outside it. Molly thought that the train station in her photo was used to transport people to other parts of the country like Sligo, Donegal or Cork.
One of our photos had a ship in it which was delivering cargo to different parts of the country. It was a steam powered cargo ship. Ships used the Grand Canal and the River Liffey to transport their cargo
We looked at a photo of a busy street in the city centre. We thought it was O’Connell Street (Sackville Street) because it was very busy. From looking at the photo of the city people got to work by walking. We agreed that most people walked because they could not afford a car.
One of our photos was taken in Terenure. There were trams in this photo of Terenure. We knew it was a tram because it was shaped like a bus but it had train tracks like the luas. We thought that the tram in our photo was being used to get people in and out of work in the city. Adam told us that there are no trams at all in Terenure today.
Third class learned all about the Vikings last term and completed projects about the Vikings in Ireland and life during Viking times. In December, Mr. Lynch’s and Ms. McGinley’s classes both visited the Dublinia Museum in Dublin. This is a museum all about Medieval and Viking Dublin. It was really interesting. We got the bus to St. Patricks Cathedral and then we walked around Dublin Castle to see where the Vikings first settled in Dublin. We even saw the site of the Dubh Linn or black pool that Dublin was named after. We also saw parts of the old city walls and some of the old streets such as Cook Street and Ship Street that were named after Viking activities. We then walked to Wood Quay and saw where there had once been a Viking settlement. After the visit to the museum we ate lunch in the grounds of Christchurch cathedral and then walked back to school. It was great fun. You can also see in the picture gallery some images of the Viking inspired shields that we created in Art. We hope that you enjoy them.