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Science Week

During science week we learned lots of new things and carried out many experiments. Scientists visited the school and 6th class visited Aran Chemicals to see scientists at work. 4th class visited the AIT to see a science presentation.

We love science.

Science Week: 3rd Class carrying out and experiment to find good insulators.

Science Week: 3rd Class carrying out and experiment to find good insulators.

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Science Week

Science Week

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Visit to the National Stud

2nd Class and the National Stud

  • The National Stud
  • The National Stud

On Thursday the 7th April, we set off on an exciting scientific adventure to the National Stud in Kildare.
There, they breed thoroughbred horses for racing. We learnt lots of interesting facts about the horses.
A male horse is called a stallion and a female horse is called a mare.
A baby girl horse is called a filly and a baby boy horse is called a colt.
We saw a baby colt, that was only 1 day old! He was lying in a stable with his Mum.
When they are a year old foals are called yearlings!
The foals are taken away from their mothers when they are 6 months old to be sold.
Horses are measured in hands. We thought this was quite unusual because we have been learning about the need for standard units; centimetres and metres in Maths!
We saw lots of stallions. They are kept in separate fields because they are territorial, meaning they might fight each other.
We saw mares and their foals in different fields as well. The mares are very protective of their young!
We visited St Fiachra’s Garden where we saw a beehive hut! We were able to walk through the hut.
There were lots of spring flowers blooming in the stud although the trees were still bare.
We had a lovely play in the playground and we finished off our day with a stroll through the Japanese Gardens.
We were all exhausted after a wonderful day!

Science Week

Science Week in Junior Infants
Investigation: Which product makes the ‘best’ bubbles?
Junior Infants became scientists during science week. We investigated which product would make the best bubbles.
To make this a fair test, we had to explain what we meant by ‘best’ bubbles before we could begin the experiment. As a class, we decided that the ‘best’ bubbles were going to be the biggest bubbles that lasted the longest.
Method:
1. Firstly, we examined the three products that we would use to make the bubbles– sun cream, shampoo & washing up liquid.
2. On our investigation worksheet we made our predictions. We gave 1 to the best, 2 to the second best and 3 to the third best bubbles. Everybody made their own predictions which made it really fun because they were different!(see worksheet)
3. We got three bowls and filled them with the same amount of water (100ml).
4. We added two drops of food colouring to each bowl. We did this to make sure we could see the bubbles!
5. Next we added two tablespoons of shampoo, washing up liquid and sun cream separately to each of the three bowls. We had to be really careful when measuring to make sure it was a fair test!
6. Finally, we got our timer ready and set it to 10 seconds.
7. Three students got a straw each and after the whole class counted them in – they began to blow into the straw until the timer went off.
8. Science Week in Junior Infants
Investigation: Which product makes the ‘best’ bubbles?
Junior Infants became scientists during science week. We investigated which product would make the best bubbles.
To make this a fair test, we had to explain what we meant by ‘best’ bubbles before we could begin the experiment. As a class, we decided that the ‘best’ bubbles were going to be the biggest bubbles that lasted the longest.
Method:
1. Firstly, we examined the three products that we would use to make the bubbles– sun cream, shampoo & washing up liquid.
2. On our investigation worksheet we made our predictions. We gave 1 to the best, 2 to the second best and 3 to the third best bubbles. Everybody made their own predictions which made it really fun because they were different!(see worksheet)
3. We got three bowls and filled them with the same amount of water (100ml).
4. We added two drops of food colouring to each bowl. We did this to make sure we could see the bubbles!
5. Next we added two tablespoons of shampoo, washing up liquid and sun cream separately to each of the three bowls. We had to be really careful when measuring to make sure it was a fair test!
6. Finally, we got our timer ready and set it to 10 seconds.
7. Three students got a straw each and after the whole class counted them in – they began to blow into the straw until the timer went off.
8. Lastly we examined the results of our experiment.
9. We set our timer again to see which bubbles lasted the longest and we used our eyes to examine the biggest bubbles.
10. The longest lasting and biggest bubbles were made from the shampoo while the sun cream made no bubbles at all!
11. We wrote our results beside our predictions (see worksheet) and compared our results.

Conclusion:
Some people’s predictions were the same as their results while others were very different. This is what made it so exciting! From our science investigation, we now know that we should use shampoo to make the biggest and longest lasting bubbles!

Lastly we examined the results of our experiment.
9. We set our timer again to see which bubbles lasted the longest and we used our eyes to examine the biggest bubbles.
10. The longest lasting and biggest bubbles were made from the shampoo while the sun cream made no bubbles at all!
11. We wrote our results beside our predictions (see worksheet) and compared our results.

Conclusion:
Some people’s predictions were the same as their results while others were very different. This is what made it so exciting! From our science investigation, we now know that we should use shampoo to make the biggest and longest lasting bubbles!

Discover Primary Science Open Day

Stem Showcase   –      Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics

  • Discover Primary Science
  • Discover Primary Science
  • Discover Primary Science

Cloonakilla NS organised a science showcase to display all our hard work in science so far this year. We invited our parents to come in and look at our experiments. Every class from Junior Infants to Sixth Class took part in the showcase. We were split into different groups within our class. Each group took one experiment to showcase to the visiting parents. This involved creating posters for experiments. Our posters included methods, materials and diagrams too. On the evening of the showcase, we explained our investigation, carried out our experiments and answered any scientific questions our parents had to ask us. We had a really fun science evening and our parents really enjoyed it too! Take a look at some of the pictures from our showcase.

Scratch

Scratch

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This year 5th class learned the basics of Scratch programming during maths stations. Time was limited each week- but we learned many new skills.

In Term 1 we learned how to move the sprite forwards, backwards, up and down using different commands . We put this into use in the ‘Underwater Challenge’ where we had two different sprites on the screen moving in different directions at different speeds.  We then learned how to select our own sprite and to change the background. We changed costumes in ‘Battle of the Bands’ and this gave the illusion of movement.

In Term 2 we learned how to use ‘paint’ to create our own backgrounds. We also were introduced to ‘sensing’  and ‘ lives’.  We also learned how to control the sprite using the arrow keys. We used these new skills to design a simple computer game. We all designed a simple maze which the sprite has to be guided through. If you touch the edge you will go back to the beginning and lose a life. We all created our own individual projects, but we worked together to solve problems and come up with new solutions. We learned a lot from seeing the other  projects and helping each other.

Some of our projects were entered in the National Scratch competition and we all hope to get a Scratch certificate at the end of the year  when we complete the Scratch Lessons.

 

Biodiversity Action Day

  • Biodiversity Action Day 10-2-16
  • Biodiversity Action Day 10-2-16
  • Biodiversity Action Day 10-2-16
  • Biodiversity Action Day 10-2-16
  • Biodiversity Action Day 10-2-16
  • Biodiversity Action Day 10-2-16

Our Biodiversity Action Day on February 10th was a great success.   We started the day with a walk to school (WOW) from The Mill.  The lovely morning encouraged many children and parents to take part.

Every class took part in different nature activities for the day. Pupils enjoyed nature walks, biodiversity poster competitions, writing poems / stories about biodiversity, making food chains etc.  Martina Butler from the Department of the Environment visited some classes with her biodiversity workshops.

Our pupils enjoyed wearing green clothes. It was an action packed day that was enjoyed by all.

A Visit from Michael Bell

A Visit from Michael Bell

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Michael Bell recently came to our school. We were delighted that he came to our class. He talked about plants and animals and small mini-beasts. He brought a piece of a whale’s rib cage and spine. He also brought a stuffed pine martin which was really cool. He told us that he found it in Sligo. He brought us outside and we listened for sounds that the animals around us were making. We heard lots of birds. Then he put us into groups and gave us a pot. We had to look for mini-beasts. We found woodlice. We went back to the classroom and coloured a sheet. We had a great day.

 

 

By: Diarmuid O’Higgins and Eimear Foley