In Room 12 we made Christmas tree decorations for the tree in our classroom. We used the following salt dough recipe:
1 cup of plain flour
1/2 cup of salt
1/2 cup of water
We baked the decorations in the oven for 1 hour on a low heat. When they were cool used acrylic paints to decorate them.
In Room 12 we have been experimenting with different types of slime recipes. Slime is a very interesting substance. Here is the science behind the slime!
Polymer: ‘’poly’’ means many parts.
A polymer is a long chain of molecules that gives the substance the ability to stretch and be very flexible.
Our Recipe: Glue is a liquid polymer. The tiny molecules in the glue are in strands like a chain. When the Airwick and washing powder are added the strands in the polymer glue hold together, giving it its slimy feel. The Airwick and the washing powder link all the polymer strands together.
Solids, liquids and Gasses:
We normally describe something as a solid, liquid or gas. Slime is unusual because it behaves as a solid and a liquid. It can be thrown from hand to hand as a solid and when put into a container it will fill the four corners like a liquid. This is called oobleck slime.
The recipe below was our most successful recipe.
In Room 12 we have been learning about World War II. We have also been reading The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne . In art we used colour mixing to depict images of the Blitz. In science we used simple circuits to make watch towers,
which were used during the war to look out for enemy planes.
We all had a lovely summer in Room 12 and we have now settled back into school. We have welcomed a new pupil Aivis into our class and we hope that he enjoys school life in St. Edwards N.S. We are all looking forward to the year ahead.
Here are some self portraits. Can you put a name to each picture?
On Wednesday 7th June 5th class participated in Katie’s Birthday Party in the Hawkswell Theatre.
We set off walking from school at 9:30. It was a lovely sunny morning so we stopped off in the Peace Park. We had great fun climbing the trees there.
When we arrived at the Hawkswell we were led onto the stage. We were the guests at Katie’s Birthday Party. We helped her celebrate her birthday by playing Truth or Dare, by dancing to the Harlem Shake and by helping her eat her delicious chocolate birthday cake!
Katie had just started secondary school and told us about how she missed her best friend from primary school.
After the Hawkswell we went to the Four Lanterns where we enjoyed large plates of chips!
On Thursday 1st June 5th and 6th class attended a tag rugby blitz in the Rugby Club in Strandhill. We played against teams from Geevagh National School and Gaelscoil Liatroma. The Women’s Rugby World Cup in being held in Irleand this year and to celebrate this the World Cup trophy was in the the Rugby Club. We enjoyed taking part and meeting new people.
5th class have just finished reading Alone on a Wide Wide Sea by Michael Morpurgo.
This novel is divided into two parts. The first part starts with the main character Arthur telling his life story. In the second part of the novel Arthur’s daughter Allie sets out to find her father’s long lost sister.
We really enjoyed reading this novel. Here are some of our reviews of the book:
“It was an exhilarating read”, Darwin.
“An exciting adventure”, Miki.
“A page turner”, Nicole.
“A brilliant book”, Maria.
“An emotional read”, Annalee.
In room 11 we have been thinking about new games which we can play on yard. We decided to donate €1/€2 each to new yard equipment. We collected €38 and then began researching what games/equipment we could buy with this money.
We looked through the Smyths catalogue online and agreed on a selection of board games and ball games. We play these on yard once a week.
Buzz and Kinetic sand were donated to our class by two children in Room 11.
We discussed yard games at home with our parents and one parent remembered playing skittles as a child. We decided to make our own set of skittles. Teacher cut fencing posts into equal sized skittles. In class we numbered and painted each one. We record our scores on a record sheet and we have become quite competitive!
We love playing dodge ball so we also included this game in our yard rota.
We use the track twice a week – ‘Do your walking as you’re talking’.
We also bring mats out on yard. Some people make large boxes with them while others sit on them to chat or colour.
Yard has become more interesting and we look forward to it each day.
We made our own granola using porridge oats. It took 10 minutes to prepare and 15 minutes to cook. Read the recipe and the method below.