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Coding with Minecraft in Room 1

The Hour of Code is a global event which takes place each year, when millions of people across the world from ages 4 upwards get the chance to learn about computer science and coding in particular. Continue reading

Hour of Code in Junior Infants and 5th and 6th.

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.

 

Science Discovery in 4th Class

We were lucky in 4th class to welcome Abbvie into our class this week for some science discovery.

First we talked about ‘who is a scientist?’. Then some children had a chance to dress up as scientists. We spoke about why a scientist needs a coat and glasses – to protect themselves.

After that each group was given a mystery box. We weren’t allowed to touch it at first, we had to take a guess of what is was, what was inside of it and the materials it was made from.

Then we compared another box, of the same size, but with various materials inside it to try and identify what was in the mystery box. We compared the weight, sound and whether or not the contents inside could be magnetised. From that, we identified what was in our mystery box.

 

Enjoying Science in Third Class

Slime Time

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.

 

 

Material Matters in 1st Class

We have had great fun exploring the properties and characteristics of materials over the past few weeks. This work all led up to our school’s annual Science Fair. Last Thursday, during the fair, we got to show off our experiments to the whole school. We also had many parents who came to see our wonderful work.

One experiment was about tracing – we found out that some materials are good for tracing (transparent) but others are not (opaque).

The other experiment was all about absorbency – we devised a fair test to discover what materials would be best to mop up a spill of water on our desks. It turned out that tissue, newspaper, sponge, and cloth were good at soaking up liquids. Tinfoil and plastic, however, were not very useful to us!

 

 

 

 

Science Experiments in Junior Infants

We had great fun in Junior Infants for Science Week.  We were learning about forces and the different ways we can make sound.

A force is something that makes something move. We were learning all about pushing and pulling. We also learned about ramps. We had little cars and we were experimenting with them to see how we could make them move  the fastest.

We also were learning about Sound. We filled bottles with water so that each bottle had a different amount of water in it. Each bottle made a different sound. We learned how to play Twinkle Twinkle by hitting the bottles.

Science Fair 2017

Today, we had our annual Science Fair at school.  Second class have been learning about light and shadows.

We learned that light reflects off different materials for example, a mirror or a glass prism.

We also learned how shadows are made when light cannot pass through an opaque object.

The children also performed a shadow puppet show!

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Making 3D Shapes

Today in Senior Infant’s we made 3D shapes using mini-marshmallows and toothpicks. The children started off by making 2D shapes e.g squares, rectangles, triangles, diamonds, pentagons and hexagons. They then went on to make 3D shapes  such as cubes, square based pyramids, triangular based pyramids and cuboids. 

 

Sally has made a square and Brook has made a cube. Kayla has made a pentagon.Israel is making a pyramid.Here is Blake making a cube.

Final Maths Week Question:

Well done to all the boys and girls who attempted our second maths problem of Maths week. The following children earn themselves 3 stamps/dojo points for getting the questions correct & being the first to Room 4 with their answers:

6th Class: Hermann 
5th Class: Sebastian 
4th Class: Matthew 
1st Class: Hubert 

Bonus question – earns 1 stamp/dojo point:
6th Class: Nigel 
5th Class: Mikey 

Here’s the final question of the week:

Junior Question:

Granny gave Tom 15c and on the way home he lost 5c.
How much does he have now?

Senior Question:

Directions: Find the words that fit.
Example: 29 = D in F in a L Y
What do the letters stand for?
Answer: 29 = Days in February in a Leap Year

26 = L of the A
7 = D of the W
101 = D
52 = C in a D
88 = P K
13 = S on the A F
365 = D in a Y
18 = H on a G C
90 = D in a R A
3 = B M (S H T R)
24 = H in a D
4 = W on a C
60 = S in a M
28 = D in F
64 = S on a C B

Good luck!

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