We had great fun watching our little caterpillars transform into beautiful painted lady butterflies. Alas, it was time to say goodbye to Sky, Mary, Little flower, Missy and Frederick. We released them and waved goodbye, as we know they have such an important job to do now. Butterflies play a huge role in pollination, as do bees and wasps. So we need to look after them all, as best we can!
Our little friends will live for approximately 5 more weeks(max), laying their own little eggs elsewhere, for the cycle of life to start all over again.
Our very first Painted Lady Butterfly has emerged from its Chrysalis. It is just getting used to its habitat right now. It will stay here for 3 days before being released with its friends. In the mean time we will feed it nectar and leave fruit and flowers for it to explore.
It has been really interesting so far, observing the changes that have occurred in our caterpillars, in one week! They started off so tiny and look at them now. They have been feeding so well and alot of waste, called frass, is evident in the jars. They have shed their exoskeleton a few times also! Some of the caterpillars are making attempts to hang in their ‘j’ shape, which means that very soon they will have to be transferred to their butterfly habitat! Exciting! Before transferring, they will form a chrysalis and while in the butterfly habitat, the last stage of metamorphosis will occur over time , resulting in,fingers crossed, our beautiful painted lady butterfly’s emerging soon after! We will keep you posted!
Congratulations to Aoibhe Vollans who came in first place and Eve Deane who came in second place in our Biodiversity Poster Competition . Well done to all students who participated and made a huge effort, which was clear to see in the standard of your work. Keep it up!
Today we learned about the ‘Leave No Trace’ programme at http://www.leavenotraceschools.org/ and how litter ruins the environment. We were working with a woman named Kirsten. We went into groups and made different animal shapes.
Then we went outside for a walk. We learned how long objects last before they biodegrade. A glass bottle will last forever and an apple core takes two months to biodegrade. I had a plastic cup and had to guess how long it would take to break down. Kirsten said that the cup would last for 250 years. It was really fun.
I enjoyed my time and I hope I could do it again. She gave us a pencil and a certificate. It was really fun.
we recently travelled to Claremorris to collect our FOURTH Green Flag for the theme of Travel. Siobhán, Róisín and Pádraig who are members of our Green team received the flag and the certificate on the day and represented the school so well! We are very proud of all the children and parents who have helped us achieve this special award and we look forward to raising the Green Flag on June 24th @ 1pm.
On Friday I went to Grace’s (my cousin) for a sleep over but we had to make a light house.
Mom got us lots of sweets for the evening so we used them to make it. We used two Pringle boxes for the light house. The teacher gave us the light bulb and the battery. We got paper to put around the light house and then painted it.
We got a carboard box for the base and we painted that. We got blue stuff for the water and for top of the lighthouse we got a sweet jar.
On Wednesday we brought it in to school and everyone else had their lighthouses in too!
For my lighthouse I got a bottle then I put some paper on the bottle and painted the paper red and yellow .
Then I put the bottle on a sweet box then I put paper rocks on the box.
Then I put a paper door on the lighthouse .
After that I put the light on the lighthouse .
My mammy helped me with my lighthouse .
Yesterday I made my lighthouse.
I used a Club Orange 2-litre bottle, two A4 pieces of white paper with a small piece cut off, black tape, red paint, a permanent black marker, Sellotape and electricity stuff from school. I used a battery ,a light bulb and a holder, 3 crocodile clips and a switch
First I cut a bit off the two sheets of paper and taped them onto the bottle and but the battery and the light inside. After I put two strips of black tape onto the paper, then I drew some windows and a door on and coloured the cap black. I put tape around the cap and put five strips of tape from the top to where the tape was to connect them together. I then cut two holes under the bottle so the cable could reach the light.
To finish it off, I painted a small bit red and tried it out. It worked