Senior Infants have been learning all about “The Life Cycle of a Butterfly”.
1. They have learned that the Butterfly lays eggs onto a milkweed plant leaf.
2. Then the caterpillar growing inside the egg eats its way out of the egg and grows bigger and bigger by eating the leaf.
3. He then sheds his skin and turns into a cocoon or chrysalis.
4. The butterfly starts to form inside the Chrysalis and after two weeks the Butterfly will burst out of the Chrysalis and spread its wings.
We were able to bring caterpillars into our classroom and we have been watching them grow.
We can’t wait to see them turn into chrysalis!!
The caterpillars are thin and small
They have grown bigger and started to shed her skin.
We have done a a lot of artwork about butterflies. We painted one side of a butterfly and folded it over to show symmetry. We have cut out pictures of the different stages of the life cycle and glued them in the right order and we have also made pasta life cycles.
Our Butterfly Display
Pasta Butterfly Life Cycle
Have a look our Wiggle Bot project that we worked on back in term 1!
On Tuesday 13th of March, Room 1 participated in a science workshop organised by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.
First, we took part in a discussion during which we learned lots of interesting facts about where we get our electricity from. We learned about the different places we can get energy from, the importance of saving energy and the importance of looking after our planet by recycling.
We then carried out some experiments. We used energy from a potato to light a light bulb! We also trapped gas inside a small tube which caused it to explode.
Lastly, we played a life size board game. We used all the facts we learned during the workshop to compete against each other in groups.
It was a very interesting and exciting workshop.
Designing their own Robot
Max the Robot in action
Gerry showing the children how the arm works as a motor.
Gerry the Engineer showing off his Robot.
Answering questions about the Robot and his work as an engineer.
The children listen carefully to hear all about how Max works.
As part of Engineer’s Week 2018, Senior Infants were very lucky to get a visit from Gerry the Engineer. The children interviewed Gerry about what it was like to be an Engineer and what was his favourite thing about being an engineer.
Gerry very kindly answered all the children’s questions. They learned a lot of interesting things about the work of an engineer, designing, making and improving his inventions.
Gerry brought his Robot Max with him to show the children and explained how Max was powered by a battery and circuits. Max’s eyes were actually two sensors and his arm was ran by a motor. The children had great fun with Max and Gerry.
The children got up and out of their seats to do the Robot dance.
The children then planned and designed their very own Robot.
On Wednesday, 2nd and 3rd class were busy finding out what a scientist does. We worked in groups to conduct a materials experiment. Children had to think and work like a scientist to identify the mystery material in the science discovery box. Children worked together to predict the result. We had so much fun trying to figure it out!
Some of us got the chance to dress like a scientist working in a laboratory!
On Tuesday the 12th of December we went on a trip to Abbotts.
We met our partners who have been reading with us during our Time to Read sessions. They showed us their work stations and told us what they do every day.
We were also given a tour of the factory.
It was a great day out for us all!
Here are some photos of the day:
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We had great fun today learning about coding. Coding is telling the computer what to do and it is how computer games and apps are created.
Junior Infants love computers and wanted to learn about coding. Pupils from 5th and 6th class offered to come and help us. We played a game called Candy Quest.
We got to choose our characters and we had to tell the computer what to do to so our character could move through the different levels. We learned a lot about computers and really enjoyed it.