This year for Science week 2018, we borrowed Bee-Bots and We-Do Lego kits from Kilkenny Education Centre. You can build lego objects and programme them to move, tilt or rotate depending on the smart hub and sensors that you use. You then programme them using We-Do Lego 2.0 app on the Ipad.
Check out our work in the slides above. We worked in pairs or some groups of three. Matthew and Oisín put an object detector arm on Milo the science rover, thus enabling him to stop at a plant specimen.
Donnacha and Ellie built a moving satellite which rotates 360 degrees. Satellites need to move to avoid meteors. Seán and Marie-Therese also built this project.
John and Tessa made a cooling fan. They programmed the motor to turn at different speeds. Serena and Aoife made a cooling fan also but activated different sounds as it rotated.
The Bee-Bots were brought to 1st, 2nd and 3rd once fourth and fifth class had explored them and worked out a challenge for the junior classes. The challenge was to get the Bee-Bot to travel on digital numbers from start to finish never moving off the line and turning at the correct times. It was great fun but sadly the equipment will be returned soon.
5th class pupils share their thoughts:
On Thursday 22nd November 2018, 1st to 6th Classes went to Kilkenny Castle. My favourite room was the library. I thought the portrait of Charles I and his family was very interesting. Charles I, James I and their two sisters are in the painting. At first I thought that James I was a girl, but then I found out that it was usual to dress little boys in dresses up to age nine. This was done to protect King’s sons and heirs. They feared that the heir to the throne would be kidnapped and held for ransom.
By Mary-Kate (4th Class)
“Hello, my name is Mary and I am a servant for the mighty Butler family. They are very powerful and rich so I will be careful not to utter complaints about them. One of my duties is to clean the circular room in the tower. It is always dark so I bring a candle while I polish the swords and shields. I often shiver as I look outside through the arrow slits. The castle walls are very thick to protect us from the enemy. I hope there will never be a battle here again. The last one was horrendous when Oliver Cromwell and his army blew down the fourth wall of the castle. “
By Ellie (4th Class)
The bedroom had a very short bed in it. The guide explained that the castle was so big, dusty and cold that the people often got chest infections. Therefore they slept slightly sitting up. That bed didn’t look comfy at all. In the morning the lady would get up and put on her dressing gown, and go to her little library to write all her letters. She did not want to spill ink on her best clothes so she dressed up afterwards. Her gowns would have been magnificent and imported from London and Paris.
By Olivia (4th Class)
In the entrance hall, we saw a large black marble table. Here the butler family members were waked. The guide told us if you touch it, you will be cursed. Happily you can get rid of the curse, by hopping on one leg around the rectangular lawn, in front of the entrance door. You must hop around it three times and touch the stones on each corner as you go. I DID IT!
By Kate (4th Class)
We went to the Dining room. The old table and chairs and the silver candelabra with red candles were amazing. There was fake (plastic) fruit in the fruit bowl. You couldn’t have real food as it would attract mice and insects into the castle. I don’t believe in the curse but I took part in the hopping around the lawn for the fun of it.
By Keelin (4th Class)
We began our tour in a circular room in the lower tower. The windows here are arrow slits where an archer could shoot out arrows easily at the enemy. The attacking enemy would find it difficult to shoot arrows back into the castle through the arrow slits. The walls are very thick to support the great weight of the castle and for protection. On the ceiling, was a basket weave of sticks, mud, animal blood and animal skin.
By Donnacha Sh (4th Class)
Anuraidh ghlacamar páirt i “Scríobh Leabhar”. Bhí orainn ár leabhar féin a dhearadh agus a scríobh agus a chur le chéile. Fuaireamar teastas mar aitheantas ar ár n-iarrachtaí agus táimid an bhródúil asainn féin. I mbliana beimid ag tosnú ar “Scríobh Leabhar” i ndiaidh an meán-téarma.
We left school at 10:15 we got in the car to go to the green school ceremony in hotel Kilkenny. We went to get our 4th flag the travel flag. We went to get our pictures taken with the green schoools flag. Then we saw people with green lips getting their photos taken. So we went over. Jess got green lips and a tiara, Donnacha a green hat green moustache and green glasses. Conor got a green hat and a moustache. It was so funny. When Mrs. Dunphy was checking in she got little goody bags and we got a little flag a pencil case and a badge. All the schools from Kilkenny got a picture together and then all the schools fron Tipperary came up and did a rap. People came up and gave speeches about the Green schools. Then we got our travel flag. They congratulated us , after that we went downstairs and got dinner and desert. Mrs. Dunphy gave us jellies for being good. We shared them out with our whole class. We had a really good day.
By Jessica MacNamara and Donnacha Sheridan.
Simon O’ Dwyer came to our school last week .He brought cool old Irish instruments. He told us a really good story. The story was about fishermen. They got horns and they were known as the horn players. Simon bought in the first flute and it was a stone with a hole in the top. The second flute was a bone with a hole in the top, another one in the middle and four others at the bottom. There was the bullhorn, the castanets, the goat horn and the ram horn. There was a small European snail shell and a large African snail shell and a bronze trumpet that was really really long. They made the best music I’ve ever heard. We had lots of fun. It was really funny when he blew the horns because his face went red all over. He was really great to listen to!!!!!!
Recently in our school we were given the task of writing, acting, filming and edditing our own film. It had to be under 5 minutes long not including credits. We had made a film the year before called ‘The White Lady’ which was about a ghost lady mourning the death of her husband that was killed at war 100 years ago. Three childeren went to the graveyard and accidentely woke her spirit. She then haunted the childeren and their fellow pupils at the school. We presented it in Kilkenny along with some other schools. We were awarded what I like to call ‘a low budget Oscar’ ( it was just gold plastic, but close enough!).
First we write a rough script, then draw out the story board. We finish the script and give out copies of them to everyone. We ‘audition’ some people for the roles and give the others jobs like camera, sound and clapper board. We do a few test runs without filming, like a play. When it comes to actually filming, we were given a camera and tripod. We were also given the clapper board and some filming advice from Willie Mc Tearnan. He works with Fìs (They’re the people who run the whole project). After we finish all the filming, its time to start edditing. We remove the clapper board and the directors ‘action’ and ‘cut’. It takes a while (especially when you think you deleted the whole film by accident but didnt!) but the finished product is really good. The bloopers reel is one of the best parts because its hilarious to see people forgetting their lines or falling over and just being completely stupid on camera.
This year we made a film inspired by Harry Potter. Ron’s wand was broken, but he ‘fixed’ it (he tapped it back together ‘neatly’) and he cast a spell, transporting himself, Harry and Hermoine to a school in the muggle (real) world. Their mission was to find out how to get back to Hogwarts. They find a portkey that will bring them back but they are interroupted by a group of school childeren, who accidently get transported to Hogwarts.
This year I was co-director, co-edditor, script, costume and provided the props.
When im older I want to make films, so to be able to have a go at actually making a film was great. I love to watch behind the scenes of my favorite films. Its cool to see everything without special effects or CGI. Its just the actors in front of a green screen. Or seeing the stunt doubles doing daring stunts on wires. Or the amazing prosthetics created by the make-up artist. The costume designers are great too. But there wouldnt be a film without a director. They tell the actors how they would like them to say their lines. They create the image they have in their head and put it on camera. Some films go on to make billions like Titanic or The Lion King. When a film has a huge budget, it has more effects and tricks and is just basically a bigger movie than something with a small budget. But that doesn’t automaticaly make it a good film. It depends on the actors, director and crew together. Anyway, we got our ‘low budget Oscar’ so we’re happy!
Margaret Mary Murphy
Yesterday the Clann Cluana theatre group visited our school and performed a play called Fionn Mac Cumhal. It was very funny, very interesting and very good. The three actors were excellent. The hound Félim was the funniest character. His dream was to become leader of the Fianna hounds. Fionn was brave and it was his destiny to become leader of the Fianna. It was quite sad when Brian the poet died. He was killed by Fiacúil the thief. Finégas had 6 rules. Fionn was raised in the Slieve Bloom mountains. He was raised by his mother. His dad died, he was killed. It was a great play. Everybody liked it. Out of 10 I would give it 10/10. It was a lovely treat for the school.
Jack M. 4th class