This past fortnight we have been exploring the use of clay. After discussing how it feels and the many things we can do with it such as pinching, pulling, throwing, twisting….we moulded our little pinch pots. We discussed and predicted what might happen to the clay pots when left on the radiator over night. Some little scientists predicted that the clay material would change colour and become solid. Some of the children made connections with our Maths topic ‘weight’ and predicted that the pinch pots would be lighter when dry. How very clever! Each child decorated their own pinch pot as they wished and we discovered in the end that the pinch pots were just like us. Unique and special!
We had lots of building igloos, polar bears and sleds from lego during Aistear this week. Some children decided to build our sleepy Polar Bear inspired by our poem Polar Bear, Bear Polar, out of Playdough as well as other arctic animals we had discussed such as the Arctic Hare, Arctic Fox, Lemmings and the snowy Owl! At the Maths Station, children explored how heavy various objects are, estimating at first then checking. At the History Table, children sorted old toys and new toys. Lots of fun!
The children had lots of fun during their Aistear time today. We got to explore how some toys work/move, explored the different sounds we could hear and we thoroughly enjoyed sharing and showing the toys to our friends. Múinteoir even squeezed in a visit to the tattoo parlour. She was very lucky to get an appointment as the tatoo artists were extremely busy! This week we will be looking at how toys have changed over the years., in our History lesson.
Yesterday Declan the scientist came to our school. He showed us some cool things: he rolled a can on the floor and it came back all the way back to him.
After we tried to guess what happened and nobody got it right.
Then he told us how he said there was a weight in the middle of the can and there was two elastic bands taped to the inside. The science behind it is when you rolled it the weight wants to stay in place and that winds the elastic bands up and when it stops the elastic bands lets out all the energy and makes it roll back words.
Then he came into our room and made a slingshot out of lollipop sticks. All of our class had a competition with 7 people v 7. The yellows went first then red and the yellows won. I was on the yellow team and the second round the reds won.
I enjoyed the day I hope Declan comes back again another day.
Yesterday we had a visitor come to our school.
His name was Declan. He is a scientist.
He comes to our school once every year to do some science and engineering with us.
The first experiment he did was the can that would that would always roll back to you.
The second one was the mirror that makes you look like you’re upside down.
My favourite experiment was the glasses that make you look purple.
After the show he came down to our classroom and made catapults with us.
That is my favourite part of him coming every year by far. I hope that he will come next year. He said before he left that he is hoping to make a phone that can turn into anything.
The end by Hannah
Yesterday we did science with Declan.
First he got a tin with a weight and elastic bands in it and anytime he rolled it it came back to him.
Then he got a can of diet coke and a container of water and he asked us ‘Will it float?’ and most people said ‘No’. Then we put it in and it floated! Then he got normal coke and asked if it would float and most people said yes and it floated! And then at last he had Pepsi and asked if it would float and most said yes and guess what, it didn’t! He asked why and lots of people had lots of ideas and then Ava said because there’s more sugar in Pepsi than Coke and it was right.
Today we had a science fair. We asked the parents to come in and watch us do our science experiments. Some of us went in groups of two. I went with Jack and our experiment was called an ‘Alka-Seltzer Explosion’.
All of are experiments went great.
The two best that I would pick is the Alka-Seltzer Explosion and the Volcano from Patrick and Laoise.
We had a good day then we had a surprise at the end of the day. The teacher made sure we all were in the classroom. And it was aaaaaaaa………robot made from Lego.
And that finished the day with playing with the robots so are day was good. ➡️️By Liam
Today we had a Science fair. I did the ‘Glow-in-the-dark-water’ to make the water glow. I got a glass of water. Then I snapped open a #
highlighter and inside there is a sponge filled with ink. I squeezed all the ink in to the water.
Then I held an ultraviolet light over the cup and the water glowed very eerily and you could see all the chemicals. It was amazing!
Today we had a lot of expirements going on in our classroom. We had so much fun doing them.
I was the fourth one to do our expirement. John and I did the Inflating balloon. We did it once but then it didn’t really work but then we did it a second time and it worked perfectly.
We worked really hard on this through the week and everybody worked hard aswell. Science Fair was really fun. I really enjoyed it!
For science week my class did the dancing raisins experiment .First we got a cup of water. Then we put the raisins in the water and then we looked. They had sank. Then we got a cup of 7up. We put the raisins in . The raisins went up and down. This happened because the co2 was trying to escape .
We did a candle needs oxygen experiment. We got a candle. Then we lit the candle and we put a glass cup over the candle.The candle went out . Then we put the cup over the candle when the candle nearly went out we took it away quickly.The candle lit again because the oxygen was allowed in again.
We made lava lamps too. We got a bottle.Then we added water.Then we added oil. Then we add food colouring. Then we add Alkaselter tablets . This produced Co 2 which caused bubbles to rise up and down in the bottle. It was cool.
Last Tuesday a man called Declan came into our school to do science experiments and some engineerign with us.( I am not going to name them all but I will name my favourites.)
The first thing he did was to make two Hot Air Balloons. For the first one he used a toaster, a cardboard box and a plastic bag. He placed the carboard box around the toaster and then placed the plastic bag on top of the carboard box. He then turned on the toaster and the plastic bag went flying into the air because the toasted heated the air and the air rose up bringing the plastic bag with it.
The next one was used with one of those fancy teabags. He lit it as it went on fire it went flying into the air and burned out. It was really cool. (He had done a lot more but i cannot remember them all.)
Once he had done about tmakeen experiments in Muinteoir Debrah’s class with us he came up to our room to a rolleracoaster. The reason he didnt do it in Muinteoir Debrah’s class was because the Junior and Senoir infants had to go home and it would be too hard for 1st and 2nd.
When we started the rollercoaster it was coming out really cool. When we were nearly done it was time to go home so Muinteoir Marín said we could finish it in the morning. But to our amazment the tower was down on the ground. It must have fallen in the middle of the night but anyways it was a lot of fun.
My favourite thing was probably the rollercoaster. I really enjoyed Declans visit and I am very sad that he won’t be coming for another year… and I won’t be there :-(.
The End from Shauna’s blog
On Wednesday Declan came to our school. He did experiments with us.
The first one he did was with a big air balloon. He got a plastic bag and put it on a toaster the it flew right up into the sky. He also got a gourmet tea bag the made a 3D cuboid with it and lit it on fire and it flew in the sky too.
He also got a light. It was called an ultra violet light. When you shine it on some paper money, it can tell if money is real or not.
After he was finished he came up to our classroom and made a paper rollercoster but sadly it collapsed. Maybe we will get to make it again some day!
We had a great time with Declan and we hope he comes back again. From Jack’s Blog
On Tuesday a scientist called Declan came to our school to a show with us all kinds of things to do with science and engineering.
First he showed us how the earth moves around the sun and the four seasons. He then showed us two hot air balloons. He did lots more experiments with us but my favourite was the balloon race. Six people went up (three at a time) got a balloon and aimed for the window. Then they let go to make the balloon go.
When the juniors went home, the senior classes started to construct a paper rollercoaster. We made a skyscraper out of plastic beams and paper to hold it and stuck the together with duct tape. We the started to make the track out of paper. We added funnels and spirals to make it cooler. At 3’o’ clock we had it half done. But when we came into school the next day it was on the floor. It must have fallen over during the night- but we wil have another go!
Yesterday my teacher showed us a new electronic device. It is called VRH: Virtual Reality Headset on Google Cardboard.
When you look into it you can see somewhere else in the world without actually being there! When you look up in real life, you look up in the headset and you can see the sky. If you look down you can see the footpath underneath you and so on so forth. We looked at the Eiffel Tower, it was like we were right underneath it!
You could see all the people around the tower frozen. I really enjoyed it. We also looked at the Louvre Museum. it was very cool as well.
from Siobhan’s Blog
Today I’m writing about Google cardboard. Google cardboard is a thing were you put your phone in the front of your cardboard, look into the the cardboard and look around. You feel you can see all around you. You can pick a picture of anything like but we chose the Eiffel Tower. You have to download an app called Street Viewon your phone first.
I wish I had one☹️
from John’s Blog 😀
Our teacher has got a Google cardboard. You put an iPhone in the goolel cardboard and look all around you.
We saw the Eiffel tower and the Louvre where the Mona Lisa is kept .
It may not look interesting but it is really cool.
from Aoibhe’s blog
My favourite three were: the balloon rocket🎈💫 volcano and make a rocket
I also liked jacks experiment. He did ” make a rocket “. He got alka seltzer, a film canister, blu tac and water. He filled the film canister quarter way up and put blue tac on the lid. He put the lid on and shook it and left it on the the table. It shot up and made a big bang it was great !✨⚡️🎊🎉💥