5th class in Room 7 have been working hard in preparation for the Globe project. We are investigating air pollution around our school. We are waiting for the results of our investigation from the research laboratory. To help us with our investigation we decided to construct a wind vane and a wind anemometer. We worked together in groups to plan and construct our chosen project. We’re looking forward to using our constructions as part of the Globe project.
Today in PE we did an outdoor and adventure activity by completing a geography trail. We were in teams of 4. We had lots of questions and had to find the answers around the school grounds. It was great fun!
It was ‘Australia Day’ on Monday. Alex’s granny sent us stickers all the way from Australia. We found Australia on the map and looked at the Australian flag. Freya and Evie told us that their grandparents live in Australia too. Happy Australia Day everyone!
We have started working on our projects all about the Titanic. We will update you when we have our projects completed. Ava drew a fantastic picture of the Titanic. Check it out below!
Today in second class we have been learning all about emperor penguins. They live in the Antarctic. Weather in the Antarctic is cold and the temperate can go as low as -60 degrees Celsius.
Emperor penguins are the largest penguin species. They are nearly 4 feet tall and weigh up to 90 pounds. On their cheeks they have an orange glow. The mummy penguin lays the egg and then goes off fishing. The daddy penguin keeps the egg warm for 9 weeks. When the chick is born the mummy comes back to feed it and the dad goes off fishing.
In fourth class we are learning about money. Here is a great game to convert euros to cents and vice versa. CLICK HERE
There are a number of games on the EURO at TeachingMoney.co.uk
We have learned that there are many different currencies around the world. A currency is the type of money used for different countries.
We also learned that there are 20 countries that use the Euro.
By having the same currency all of these countries have a close economic relationship. We can also travel to any of these countries and use the same money (currency).
Check out the Google map of it HERE.
We have been learning about the effects of heat.
A few weeks ago we made play-dough in our school kitchen.
Last week Tristan used play dough to make a model volcano.
Ms. McGinley has been teaching 4th Class all about volcanoes.
We learned about the different parts of a volcano.
The burning liquid inside the volcano is called “magma”. When it flows out of the volcano it is called “lava”.
We learned about the volcano in Yellowstone National park in North America.
Other places that have lots of volcanoes are Hawaii and Iceland.
We learned about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD which destroyed the city of Pompeii in Italy.
We conducted experiments with Ms. McGinley to see how a volcano erupts.
We needed the following equipment:
- a bottle with the top cut off
- play dough to make the shape of the volcano
- baking soda
- red food colouring
Tristan and Sean filmed the experiment last week.
Step 1: Sean poured a small amount of vinegar and red food coloring into the bottle.
Step 2: Tristan poured a spoonful of baking soda into the bottle.
Watch what happens when the vinegar and baking soda combine in our video.
The chemicals in the vinegar react to the baking soda. The mixture fizzes up and pours out over the sides of the volcano, just like when lava pours out of a real volcano during an eruption.
We really enjoyed this experiment even though it was very messy!
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.
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.
We all must work together to protect the environment and try to reverse the effects of global warming.
Today our class went to the European Union Parliament.
We first left our school and walked to the bus-stop nearby. When we arrived we continued to walk to the EU Parliament Office, it was a tall red-brick building. When we entered and took our seats in the conference room, we were greeting by Anne McEvoy. She showed us a slide show all about general information about the European Union. We learned very interesting facts such as, there are 23 languages spoken within the EU, one of them being Irish. The EU also has a total population of over 500 million! Ireland joined the EU in 1973, 40 years ago.
Ireland has 12 Members of the European Union (MEPs) but later this year, when Croatia joins, we will have only 11 Members of the European Union.
She also showed us a video that told us mainly how the EU started, why it started, how it affected Ireland and us, the advantages of being in the EU and other interesting information. The EU was established after World War 2 so the countries of Europe would never break out in war again.
After the video we did a Table Quiz on the EU.
We started off with simple questions such as, how many countries are in the EU. Then it came to hard questions such aswhich European country is known for windmills and flowers. The winning team of 4 was ‘Team Ireland’ and they got a USB key each. Also, everyone in our class also received a table mat with a map of Europe highlighting all of the EU countries as well as the elected countries to join in the future.