We loved Science Week! Each day we made science discoveries!
Monday Mentos and Coke experiment: we created an explosion when the dimples in the mentos mixed with the carbon dioxide in the coke (there was a bit of a sticky mess after).
Tuesday We identified some famous scientists and discovered how their discoveries or inventions help us in daily life.
Wednesday We used the rest of the coke as a cleaning agent. We left two old dirty coins in the coke for 24 hours. The coke made the coins shiny and bright again. If this is what happens to the coins, we decided it can’t be healthy to drink coke everyday :O
Thursday –Sound experiment. This month we are learning about sound. To make science even more exciting we decided we would swap teachers for each of the experiments, as students in secondary school do. In Ms. McCarthy’s class we were exploring sound and liquid. We made our own instruments with Ms. Davey and learnt how each makes their sound. Ms. McManus taught us about insulators of sound.
Friday – Scientist Visit Ailbhe’s mum visited during Science Week. She explained what she does in work. She makes medicine. We had no idea how much research and testing is involved in making a medicine. Did you know that it can take 10 years for a medicine to reach the shelves?! Sinéad gave us roles to play- a doctor, a doctor’s assistant and a patient. We used height charts, stethoscopes, blood pressure monitors and a peak flow meter. Sinéad’s visit was a lot of fun and we learnt a lot!
A few of us have now finished our headbands and have started to knit teddies. A big thank you to the mums who come in on a Friday morning to help us!
Little Red Riding Hood
Last Wednesday we auditioned for the main parts of our Christmas play. Well done to all the girls who auditioned, we really have a VERY talented class. Unfortunately, not everyone could get their first choice but we have made sure that every girl will have a line in the play.
The three forth class teachers had a tough time working together to decide on the main roles Congratulations to Jenny, Keelin, Emer, Iris, Louise and Sarah D . We are happy for them and wish them well learning their lines.
Our class will be performing the play on Monday 10th of December. We hope you can make it!
On Monday our student teacher Ms. Banks will be teaching us. She will be teaching the class for three weeks from the end of November.
We have been learning about Arranmore in geography. We are comparing life in Arranmore to life in Dublin. We were very lucky to have a visit from Emer’s granny,Mary who grew up on Arranmore. She was able to answer a lot of questions we had. She showed us pictures of the island. They are hanging up with the travel brochures we created. We really enjoyed listening to Mary’s stories. We were fascinated to find out her yard in primary school was the beach! Mary told us that if we ever go to Arranmore we will be welcomed by ‘céad mile fáilte’.
Last thing on Friday we made our way to the hall. A classical music group preformed for us. They played the violin, viola and double bass. We learnt knew musical terms such as arco (playing with a bow) and pizzicato (plucking the strings). Ava was invited up to play the double bass! They made listening to classical music fun!