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27 Feb

We were delighted to take part in the FIRST Lego League Competition in Galway again this year as part of our Lego Club. This was our third year to enter the competition and we had a brilliant time again.

There are 3 main elements to the competition – The Project, Core Values and The Robot Game & design

Problem

For the project this year we were asked to look at ways we find, use, transport and dispose of water and how we could improve this. We started looking at all the ways we use water in our lives. At Lego Club we split into groups and listed all the ways we use water every day. Then we wrote as many ideas down on ways we could save water. That’s how we came up with our idea.

 

Research

Through our research we found lots of interesting facts on water use.

  • One full basin of water holds 6 litres
  • Leaving the tap running in the kitchen sink uses 8 litres a minute.

 

Existing Solutions

Through our research we found there are 3 types of water – White Water, Black Water and Grey Water.

  • White Water is clean fresh water that comes into our home through pipes.
  • Black Water is water we use that we must dispose of – like toilet water.
  • Grey Water is water we use that could possibly be reused again.

 

Our Solution

We developed a solution that looks at saving “Grey Water” from the kitchen sink to reuse again. Not all water could be reused but water left running or water from washing vegetables can be reused.

Our idea started off originally with the idea of having a bowl or cup catch water in the sink but as we began talking about it we started to develop our idea into an under sink tank, splitting the waste pipe and with one switch instead of two.

We would reuse this water to water plants and bushes.

 

Manufacturing

We decided we wanted to make a prototype of our idea. We made a list of items we might need and took a trip to Woodies to see what we could find. In the plumbing section we compared pipes and fittings. We changed our mind on using a Pedestal Trap which was €12.49 and replaced it with a Double Ended Waste Pipe for €4.79 to keep the cost down. Our Flexi Waste Pipe cost €9.49 each and we picked up a storage box for €6.49

The total cost to manufacture our product from our figures is €30.26 but we reckon we could improve the quality of the water storage container and cut down on the overall cost by buying items directly from the manufacturer.

We would also like to create a bigger version of our idea with an outside storage tank and a pump which could be used to pump water to toilets or be used to water the garden in hotter countries.

Sharing

We have shared our idea with a number of people so far. We spoke with the local council. We also visited St. Kevin’s in Glendalough, who are also taking part in the competition, and shared our idea with them and competed in the FIRST Lego League Competition in Galway.

3. The Robot Game & Design

The third and final part of the competition is the Robot design and robot game. This involves programming the EV3 Lego mindstorm to complete missions around the Lego table. We found the missions challenging but really enjoyable.

21 Feb

Having taken a look at our school garden we agreed that it needed some love and attention.  We decided this was a project to work on in the school as part of both our Discover Primary Science and Maths project, and our sustainability project.  In 6th class we all drew our own pictures and wrote short descriptive pieces of writing about how our garden currently is.  We then put our landscaping skills to the test in planning how we would like our school garden to be.  We also did some video interviews on yard at break time with children from other classes to get some of their ideas.  We discussed possibilities and in the end we had to be realistic with what we were hoping to achieve.  Here is a sample of our garden transformation so far…

Dylan and Billy loosening the soil before we sow some flowers.   We realized we will be needing to give some TLC to the grassy areas.  We hope our finished garden will have lots of luscious grass.

Ms Barret working with Casey and Amber to fill our raised beds. We tried out a few different designs before deciding.

We decided to keep our other raised beds to sow some pumpkins.  First class are going to sow some pumpkins in the coming weeks.  We hope we will have a pumpkin for each class next Halloween.

Amber sowing a climber which will decorate our garden fence when it flowers.

Huge thanks to Liz for collecting some colourful welly boots to add even more colour. Any more old pairs are welcome.

Raised bed perimeters painted by Brooke, Kia, Kelsey, Brigid, Amber and Caithlin.  6th class working very hard to loosen soil by the fence and sow lots of daffodil bulbs which will hopefully flower for us next year.

We painted old tyres and sowed some flowers inside.

We found some nice ideas on Pinterest and we decided that because our garden is quite small in area, we need to make the most of the surrounding fence. We decided to recycle plastic bottles to make herb ladders. This process involved concentration and precision to ensure the bottles remained parallel. 6th class boys took the lead on this project.

Jerry and Maddie from 5th did some running repairs and positioned the herb ladders on the fence.

Senior infants are very inquisitive about the transformation which is happening in the garden during lunch times.

Second class taking advantage of the recent good weather and sowing our herbs into the herb ladders.

Ryan and Billy trying some new ideas for securing our bamboo bee hotels. We used bamboo with different diameters to attract multiple varieties of bees to our garden.

Billy experimenting with design features.

Brigid and Brooke making some more bee hotels.

Dylan and Ryan securing the bee hotels to the fence.

An injured bee found on yard was helped to the bee hotel. We hope he enjoys our new additions to the garden.

Handyman Dylan putting the finishing touches to our bug palace or Buggingham Palace as we like to call it!!

Dean and Kelsey are organizing the different areas of the palace to entice the minibeasts in.

Colourful tin can wind chime designed by Caithlin.

Ava joining us at lunch time to secure our wind chimes without restricting them.

Maddie positioning some bunting to further brighten our garden.

What a difference a fortnight of school makes.  So much work has been done by the children so far, with more projects in the pipeline to further enhance our garden. Amongst these are a wishing well and a fairy door!   We are also taking an allotment in Fassaroe in which 5th class will be sowing a variety of vegetables.

 

 

 

 

22 Jan

Today 6th class welcomed Mr Gavin Duffy to St. Peters for Dragons Den.  He was joined on the panel by Ms Whyte, Mr Foley, Mr Kinsella and Paddy.  Each group battled their nerves to put on an amazing array of presentations where their products for Junior Entrepreneur were scrutinized by the judges.

     

The groups presented:

  1.  A clever sun hat with added technology
  2. Slime
  3. A phone holder
  4. A torch
  5. Stress balls
  6. Grassy heads
  7. A music speaker with crafts
  8. Handy holders

        

All groups received incredible feedback from the Dragons, who couldn’t decide between two products in the end. Well done to everyone involved! Now to get working on ur products which will go on sale at our showcase in March.  These include grassy heads and stress relieving toys.

20 Jan

Hi everyone!

Happy New Year! We hope you are all well and ready to have a super 2018.

Here is what we have been getting up to.

Did you see our lovely art work recently?

We are enjoying our brain breaks on Go Noodle!

We started a new book.

The Guided Reading workshops are great fun.

We’ve starting boxing classes with Jaiden’s Dad!

We are still coding, and working on STEM projects.

We got a tweet from Lego to encourage us further!

STEM4FUN has started!

We had a fantastic music workshop.

We are trying very hard to improve our attendance all the time.

The meditation exercises that we are doing are really helping us in class.

Our writing workshops are going from strength to strength.

Our Drama work is so enjoyable!

Some lucky students got to cook with Ms. Fitzpatrick!

We have been working on our oral language!

The four students in our class who won the Dragons’ Den competition got to visit Salesforce!

We have been having excellent conversations based on the news, and what we have seen on News2Day!

The fun continued with our Advent Calendar!

We had the BEST time practicing for our play, The Three Pigs.

We had a VIP come to visit us!

We also got to enjoy performances from the other classes!

We enjoyed lots of PE.

We hope you enjoyed our monthly catch-up!

18 Jan

We are loving taking part in the Junior Entrepreneur Programme.  Today we were visited by entrepreneur and businessman Brian McGovern.  We were extremely inspired by his business journey which he started when he was in 6th class.

We are now super motivated and we feel confident and ready to take on the dragons in Dragons Den on Monday.

 

12 Jan

Can we design a rollercoaster which reaches an elevation above it’s starting point (without using a motor)?  This is the question 6th class worked tirelessly to answer over the past number of weeks.  Today, a group from the class were in the RDS to present their work to the judges and a sold out audience of curious parents, teachers and children.  Here are some pictures of our project and the work we did so brilliantly today.

We attracted the interest of RTE news 🙂 and we even made it on to the telly. Follow this link below and we will make our appearance at 0:51 on News Today!  Well done to Kelsey for speaking about our project!! https://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/news2day-30001385/10826373/

 

Dylan giving his all when the pressure was on!

 

The boys receiving some excellent feedback from the judges.

 

So here is our project in a bit more detail!  We followed the scientific method when doing this project.

We began by researching information about rollercoasters.  As a class we came up with some questions of our own about rollercoasters and how they worked.  Then we worked in pairs to research two questions each before feeding our information back to the whole class.

Having done some research, we formed hypotheses of what we thought would happen.

We then designed a fair test to decide which material would work best for our track.  Here are our results!

We then set about making rollercoasters in three teams.  Each team worked with a different material.  We used the three most promising materials which did best in our fair test.  These included pipe insulator, 5mm diameter plastic hose and 10mm diameter plastic hose.  Before building we measured and marked our materials at 20cm intervals.  This would help us with graphing our results later on.  When we had built our tracks, using trial and error, we recorded the heights at 20cm intervals and plotted line graphs to show this information.  Here are our graphs!

 

Here is our comparison between our rollercoasters using different materials.

 

We chose the best material from our trials and used our knowledge from our previous designs to work as a class to make the best rollercoaster possible. We used the 5mm diameter pipe insulator.  We needed to add energy to our ball bearing.  We experimented with different methods, including using a bicycle pump, blowing, a balloon and a pinball launcher.  We decided the best way was using the air from our lungs by blowing was the best as our lungs could hold more air than the capacity of the balloon and the pump.  We took precautions with health and safety in using individual straws for each person who blows into the rollercoaster.  Also we made sure the straws had a small enough diameter that the ball bearing could not be swallowed back as it would not get through the straw.  The highest point in our finished rollercoaster is 67 cms with the lowest point being 7cm, leaving a difference of 60cm.

Here are the conclusions we drew from our work…

10 Dec

Well, it has been a very busy few weeks in Mrs. Reilly’s 4th Class room! Here is some of our news.

As always, our class spirit is so important. We work on our behaviour and team work skills always! We had some visitors to help us!

We’re really enjoying our calming, perseverance and mindfulness lessons.

We continue to try new and exciting ICT tools.

We got into the festive spirit and decorated our corridor!

We’re busy preparing for our Christmas performances! We will be doing a class performance and the usual exciting Roald Dahl Revolting Rhymes play with 3rd, 5th and 6th Class!

We’re really enjoying improving our engineering and design skills with our lego work.

We have an exciting Advent Calendar in our class!

We’ve been working on our fitness too! We had a great day in Avondale for Cross Country.

We have finished our latest Reading workshop read, Matilda. We absolutely loved it. We also completed it as part of our FAB (Film and Book) Club activities.

We’ve been making our Christmas book list!

We had a fabulous trip to the Mermaid Arts Centre!

Meanwhile, Santa is keeping an eye on us!

We celebrated Green Day with a visit to the Recycling Centre!

We hope you enjoy our performances! A busy few weeks ahead, and we can’t wait!

12 Nov

The whole school took part in our Green Schools Action Day on Friday the 10th of November.  We dressed in Green and all classes took part in lessons and activities around the theme of litter and waste.  We also focused on our school garden and we looked at improving this area.

Junior Infants created a town called Juniorville using recyclable materials they gathered from home.

Senior Infants gathered recyclable materials, sorted and classified them before creating their own junk art inventions.

1st class planted some seeds for our school garden.  These included peas, brocolli and rocket which were the only seeds we could find which are in season during the winter.

2nd class planted some seeds for herbs which will be moved to our school garden in the spring.  These included chives, parsley and coriander.

3rd class visited the allotments in Fassaroe to get some ideas for us to use in our school garden.  They took notes on the variety of allotments included and they also chatted to some local gardeners who were tending to their produce.

4th class visited Bray recycling centre where they were given a guided tour.

5th class visited the seafront to pick litter.

6th class worked on improving our composting by making a wormery.  After a week we will add this to the compost bin to help with the breakdown of our waste.

This action day was such a huge success.  Thanks so much to everyone for getting involved.  Staying true to our Green Code “Working together as a team we can make Peter’s Green!”

3 Nov

Hi everyone! We’ve been very busy since our last blog post!

Here is what we have been getting up to in October.

We had a fabulous time celebrating Halloween!

We’ve been doing some very interactive and fun music lessons!

We celebrated Maths Week with some active learning in the yard!

We’ve been learning about the Celts in History.



We’ve been looking at some of the books that are out at the moment – they would make for excellent Christmas presents!

We’ve been learning abut Fire Safety.



We had a great day doing the ‘Dragons’ Den’ with Salesforce.

We have been coding lots!

We had a brilliant day out in Bray Emmets too.

We are doing work on sustainability and care for the environment.

We have a new Student of the Week every week!

We’ve been as crafty as ever!

We have been reading a lot too.

We have been doing some wonderful Recount writing.

We’re doing great work in Drama.

Phew! What will November bring?

27 Oct

On Wednesday, the senior boys set off for what was to be a fantastic day of football in the Emmets blitz.  They encountered some tough competition in their three matches.

Team photo after a successful day in Emmets.

 

First up they took on Kilcoole and were unlucky to fall short by 2 points.  Following this, the boys dug deep to show superb character in coming back and winning their final two games.  The defence were super solid with great communication and team work on show.  Some fantastic scores by Des, Dylan F, Dean T and Nathan greatly helped the boys on their way.  Well done Peters!!!