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5 May

Senior Infants have been taking part in an after-school club based on STEM. Carl Dempsey from Salesforce has been helping out with the club and we’ve really enjoyed welcoming him to our classroom. All of the sessions were based on nursery rhymes or fairytales.

We measured this tower and it was the tallest!

Session 1 was based on Humpty Dumpty and materials. Humpty Dumpty likes to sit on high structures so we got into groups and built walls as high as we could. The walls had to stand by themselves by the end of the five minutes. We learned a lot about what makes structures sturdy – we discovered that wide bases were the key to making sure they stayed standing.

Working together!

Teamwork was a bit tricky because we all had different ideas. We had to discuss everyone’s ideas and try them out as we went. We noticed that the best structures were the ones where the team worked together!

Next, we tested the best materials to protect Humpty Dumpty from breaking when he fell. First, we had to predict the best material to protect Humpty Dumpty. Predicting is a really important skill when you’re working as a scientist!

We all discussed which one we thought would be most effective and which one we thought would be least effective. Some very interesting predictions drew on our experiences – some people mentioned that tissue paper and paper are used when a parcel is packed so that they predicted that they would protect the egg.

Discussing our work helped us to make better predictions!

Next, we had to test the best material. We learned about fair testing. The only thing we could change was the material protecting Humpty Dumpty. The same person had to drop the egg bag. We used metre sticks to ensure that the eggs weren’t dropped from different heights and the egg tester was really careful to drop the egg rather than throw it! We had started our work on length during the week so we knew how long a metre should be but the metre stick helped us to measure it exactly.

We tested each egg carefully and recorded our results on our prediction sheets. One person was the tester. Another recorded the results and another was the checker – they had to be happy with the test before the tester was allowed to drop the egg.

We were really surprised by how well the rice protected the egg. The tissue paper didn’t protect the egg well at all. We suggested that maybe if there was more of it, or if it was shredded, it might have done a better job. We were also really interested in the PlayDoh. Some of the eggs were better protected than others by the PlayDoh. We think it would be a great investigation to see if we could make a special egg case from PlayDoh in the future!

Carl from Salesforce helped us with our predictions and testing!

5 May

This week, in Junior Infants, we met a whale named Sally, who lives in the sea beside a lovely village called Sandy Shores. We asked Sally lots of questions about Sandy Shores and made predictions about what she might like to play, eat and do for fun!

She was very upset the second time she came to visit us, however, because Sandy Shores had developed a terrible litter problem. Her home was getting polluted with lots of rubbish and this made her feel very sad.

Luckily, Junior Infants are experts at dealing with rubbish and looking after the environment. The Lord Mayor of Sandy Shores heard that Junior Infants were experts and sent them a letter, asking them to please help. They spoke with each other and recorded what they felt they needed to do to help the Lord Mayor, Sally and all in Sandy Shores.

Junior Infants went into role as ‘Superhelpers’ named ‘The Litter Busters’ and went to Sandy Shores to tidy up the rubbish.

Some children were leaders. They wore a high vis jacket and their job was to make sure all the Litter Busters were doing their bit to look after the environment at Sandy Shores.

Other children had grabbers. They used these to grab litter from the sea in which Sally the whale lives.

Fia, Reece, Oisin and Amber had a wonderful idea! They decided that they needed to build some bins in Sandy Shores so that this problem wouldn’t arise again.

Kaiden and Ella were very busy sorting the rubbish into the correct bins. Reece, Aaron and Tyler worked hard on sorting the fruit they found into different sets. They then counted how many of each fruit they found.

The Litter Busters thought that it would be important to make posters to make sure that the villagers from Sandy Shores would be able to learn that it is not ok to to litter their streets, beach and waters. The Litter Busters, in pairs, created wonderful posters showing the villagers of Sandy Shores how to take care of their rubbish. They then presented them to the class.

Junior Infants made the Lord Mayor and Sally very happy with they work they did to restore Sandy Shores and teach the villagers how to look after this picturesque village, from here on out!

Well done Junior Infants!

5 May

2nd class have been learning all about our bodies in science.

After chatting in our pairs about what we thought our hearts did, we then examined our wrists to find veins.

Some of us thought they were blue, some purple and some green. When we held them over our heads for a minute they started to feel cold and numb. We thought maybe that’s because it was harder for the blood to get to it when it was up so high.

Then we looked at finding our pulses. Some of us had seen in movies how doctors and medics check pulses, but we had never done it ourselves. We found that we couldn’t use our thumbs because they had their own sort of pulse which was just too confusing!

When we were able to find our pulse, we worked in partners to count it. A very clever girl in our class suggested that we could find out how many there were in a minute by counting how many there were in 30 seconds and then doubling that amount. We’re pretty good at doubling big numbers, so we gave it a go.

Sometimes it was hard to find so we thought about where else we might feel the blood pumping around our bodies too.

After we we had recorded our ‘resting heart rate’, we worked in groups to brainstorm how our heart rate might speed up or slow down. We thought maybe sleeping, resting or sitting for a while would keep it slow. We also thought that activities like football, running, eating, talking lots and dancing would speed it up. So we moved outside on this beautiful sunny day to do some exercise!

After 2 big running laps and a few star jumps, we counted our pulse again for 30 seconds and doubled it to find our heart rate for 1 minute.

We were amazed to find how much faster it was. We noticed that we had to count a lot quicker! We went inside and 5 minutes later we checked our pulses again and they were much closer to our original resting pulse.

We then graphed our results using bar charts. We looked at our results and found that the middle bar was much higher and then it went back down after exercise.

We thought it was funny how some of us hadn’t gone down to the exact same heart rate as we started with. We had two thoughts about this, firstly maybe we weren’t counting exactly right and secondly, maybe that meant we weren’t as fit as we should be! We asked Ms. Boland if that meant we should do more P.E. everyday!

Our conclusion was that exercise increases heart rate. We thought maybe the rest of our body needed more blood to help it when it was busy!

5 May

3rd class took a look at solar energy as a renewable energy source.  What a week we picked!

We designed plans for solar powered cars.

We discussed ways of measuring solar power and we conducted a water heating experiment.  We made use of two butter cartons, some cling film, thermometers, a graduated cylinder and some water.

Preparation

For a fair test we ensured the holes at the top of the contaoners were equal. This made sure that equal sunlight was getting into each container.

We placed cling film around the holes to prevent wind chill from affecting out measures.

We measured our water carefully to ensure our test was fair.

We then placed the lid on our containers before placing one in the sun and one in the shade.  

We made some predictions on the temperatures the water would be in each container after each hour.

Here are some of our guesses.

We plotted graphs to show these predictions. Lots of different ideas!

Sean using the thermometer. We found that it was important to hold the thermometer bulb in the water for 3-5 minutes until the measure stabilised.

We recorded our data and graphed out the comparison.

Amalia did a great comparison graph showing the contaoner kept in the sunshine in blue and the container in the shade in purple.

5 May

4th Class have been exploring, experimenting and questioning themselves all about sound.  We began by brainstorming the word ‘sound’. Ideas were flowing from pitch, to how it travels, to music and instruments all the way to vibrations.

The ukulele was also mentioned as we are learning the instrument, at the moment. Hence, came the idea to make music, so we put our minds to it and made our version of a guitar. Plastic containers, elastic bands, glass and water. We tested the plastic containers with the elastic bands…..straightaway the kids were making music. The sound being created by the vibration of the band.

We tested the sound of the plastic container versus the sound of the glass jar. The difference!!! Then we added water to both to see if there were any differences.

“Sounds that really annoy us” cropped up and what we can do to stop it. Hmmmm let’s investigate, we thought!!!!

There were lots of sounds that annoy us.

Our group work established many ways in which to stop the annoying sounds.

Questions arose “Can sound travel through solids? What about liquids?”.

We asked how can we reduce the noise…. Different materials, let’s see.

Challenge: Devise different ways to reduce the volume of a sound using different materials. We predicted which sounds would absorb the sound best…. Our thoughts were…..

 

Tadhg’s sheet clearly shows the groups ideas.

The class made sure they performed a fair test, found a quieter spot and tested all their ideas in the same spot.

They also described the materials they used.

“What if we cover the thing we think that makes the noise???”

Amazing, what a suggestion!

The children deliberated over many suggestions and finally came to a conclusion to test, putting the phone in a box, covering the phone with a jumper and wrapping it in bubble wrap!  A clear winner was the box, absorbed the sound.  Great investigation skills portrayed in 4th class alongside, fabulous learning and lots of fun!

What works best?!?! Here are our results!

5 May

We measured using metre strips for accuracy around the windy track.

In total the length of the rollercoaster was 3 metres and 28 cm.  It took the ball between 30 and 40 seconds to reach the bottom once released.

We had great fun with this!

5 May

3rd class recycled rolercoaster

Made using only recycled materials. This rollercoaster has been a working progress over the past month.

The children faced many challenges in this construction.  Measuring lengths and widths of tracks and also experimenting with different heights to ensure the ball would have enough momentum to make its way down to the bottom.

We found that using skewers for support was important.  We also had lots of problem solving in areas where the ball was stopping or falling off the track.

Estimation of the track length

5 May

STEM for Fun with the junior classes started a couple of weeks ago. Here Junior Infants, Senior Infants and 1st Class are brought to the hall each week to work with teachers and parents to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths games and challenges. Check out some of our pictures below (where the adults seem to be having just as much fun as the children!)

4 May

Welcome to the May edition of St. Peter’s All Star Attenders. Last month’s winners were 1st Class, who became the first class to win the award 3 times this year. This equals the record by a class to win the award in any year. Could they break the record before the end of the year? Here are the winners so far:

September: Junior Infants

October: 1st Class

November: 4th Class

December: 5th Class

January: 1st Class

February: 4th Class

March: 1st Class

I am delighted to announce that the winners of April’s Attendance Prize are Ms. Brennan’s 5th Class. This is the second time this year that 5th Class has won best attendance and with the better weather have opted for a trip to the seafront to get ice-creams for their prize in the next week.

We’ve been working really hard on attendance throughout the school and hope to keep improving. Well done to all classes and a special mention to the rest of our “All Star Attenders” for April.

Junior Infants

Robyn Cheevers

Fia Clucas Keogh

Anthony  Delaney

Jake Fitzpatrick

Natalia Miedzinska

Ella Moloney

Reece Mulhall

Amber Plunkett Power

Senior Infants

Maja Bessler

Joey Chumakson

Heidi Clucas Keogh

Abbie Coen Troy

Jasmin Coogan Moorehouse

Poppy Cunnane

Izabel Devics

Ben Douglas

Olivier Duraj

Ruby Fogarty

Lauren Hipwell

Noah Johnston

Avaleigh O’Hagan

1st Class

Carl Barry

Jake Clucas Murphy

Chloe Farrell

Tobias Farrell

Chloe Fitzpatrick

Kurina Mason

Cian McDermott

Liam McGrath

Sophie O’Connor

Athony James O’Neill

Lee O’Shaughnessy

Elif Standage

2nd Class

Tiana Doyle

Liam Mullen

Daniel Murphy

Kyra O’Shaughnessy

Brooke Sweeney Kearney

Haylie Treacy

Ned Wall

 

3rd Class

Benjamin Bessler

Thomas Fitzpatrick

Amalia Elin Gall

Brian Grefaldeo

Alec Kealy

Liam Mason

Sean McDonald

Tadhg McDonald Hemp

Ruairi McFarland Bolger

Kian Mulhall

Summer Murphy

Ava Reynolds

Jack Roche

Adem Standage

4th Class

Tadhg Cahill

Lana Douglas

Madeleine Farrell

Adam Kelly

Barry Murphy

Leon Reynolds

Desmond Traynor

Jerry Wall

 

5th Class

DOMINIK BESSLER

BROOKE  CAREY

KAYDEN CLUCAS

BRIDGET COX

CASEY CRINNION

ABBI DOUGLAS

DEAN DOUGLAS

CAITHLIN FARRELL

KIA FARRELL

SHANNON HIPWELL

ROWAN MCFARLAND BOLGER

CODIE SWEENEY KEARNEY

DEAN THOMAS

RYAN TYRELL

 

6th Class

LEX FARRELL

ABBIE FITZPATRICK

CHRISTOPHER MULLEN

FINN O’NEILL

JAMES O’SHAUGHNESSY

 

MR. FOLEY’S CLASS

Patrick Hanley Canavan

Oisín Kenny

 

 

 

3 May

Hi everyone! 5th Class here, and we’re going to tell you all about how we celebrated Engineers Week 2017.

Firstly, we explored the work of engineers. We had a special project to complete on the interactive board in school! We also looked at this wordle challenge completed by some of our brothers and sisters a couple of years ago.

For Engineers Week this year we:

  1. Completed a Lego challenge with 4th Class
  2. Completed a K’nex challenge with Junior Infants

For our first make and do challenge we joined forces with 4th Class for our project – to build a Lego car and see how far it could travel using a hairdryer. Check out all of our tweets and attached videos below!


Afterwards we all discussed what we had learned about our designs!

This year we also held our annual K’NEX Challenge. As you know, our challenge is well-established – you can read all about previous challenges here and here. Junior Infants and 6th Class were the perfect combination to work together on the K’NEX Challenge. With four sets of siblings and lots of cousins, we made the teams into family affairs and we think you’ll be very impressed by their fantastic work.

The challenge was to design and make a restaurant. Before we built anything, we had to draw our designs out and plan how to make them as strong as possible.

 

Here are our tweets from the day!

We really enjoyed our Engineer’s Week 2017. Here is a round-up of activities from other classes!

Senior Infants

Senior Infants brought Engineer’s Week into their Aistear work. So cool!

Their STEM Club also made some wonderful catapults!

4th Class

4th Class made catapults too! They also made amazing windmills.

Mr. Foley’s Class

Mr. Foley’s Class did some wonderful work using Lego and Mindcraft. Super work lads!

3rd Class celebrate too!

A huge well done also to our friends in 3rd Class for their amazing work! Check out their blogpost on Engineers Week 2017 here!

Thank you for reading our blog post all about Engineer’s Week 2017.

By 5th Class.