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.
- Pour PVA glue into a bowl.
- Squirt shaving foam into the bowl with the glue and mix.
- When mixed pour a capful of food colouring into the shaving foam and glue mixture.
- Mix until all combined.
- When the mixture is all combined add some Airwick and stir.
- When stirred add some washing powder and warm water and stir well.
- If it is too watery add washing powder and water.
- When combined pick it up out of the container and kneed for 10-15 mins.
- After 10-mins put in a container and leave in the fridge.
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.
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.
- Put porridge oats, desiccated coconut and a pinch of cinnamon into a bowl and mix.
- Add a tablespoon of cooking oil and a tablespoon of honey to the bowl and mix.
- Spread the mixture over two / three baking trays and place in a hot oven for 15 minutes ( 180 degrees celsius).
- Stir the mixture every 5 minutes.
- After 15 minutes return the mixture to the bowl.
- Allow to cool.
- Add chopped nuts, banana chips, raisins or any dried fruit to the mixture.
- Sprinkle over yoghurt and enjoy!
A healthy breakfast is the most important meal of the day and on Monday 30th of January 5th class children started their school day with a healthy bowl of porridge. Operation Transformation’s Free Porridge Day took place on the previous Saturday and this encouraged us to get busy in the kitchen!
We added strawberries and cinnamon to our porridge, others added honey while some of us just added milk.
We enjoyed meeting together in the kitchen and chatting about our weekends as we tasted and ate our porridge.
We are interested in looking after our health in 5th class and plan to use porridge oats in another recipe soon. Watch this space!!!!!