This year at St Brendan’s N.S., all classes have worked diligently towards achieving a DPSM (Discover Primary Science and Maths) Plaque of STEM excellence. Fourth class, First class, Senior and Junior Infants presented and explained their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) work. First Class presented the work that was completed by the Junior Room. They began with a Static Electricity experiment and we found that a balloon rubbed in your hair will become charged and will pick up a piece of paper. They then demonstrated the slope experiment. Look out for the car travelling down the slope in the pictures above! Well done to all the First Class who presented. You were great.
Fourth Class then presented their powerpoint of work. To keep it interesting, they also demonstrated two experiments How To Clean Dirty Water and How To Make Simple Electric Circuits. The junior classes enjoyed watching the light bulb been switched on and off and also the fan. The junior classes couldn’t believe how effective filter paper is at removing dirt particles from muddy water. After filtering the water was clear. It had a muddy colour before filtering. Fourth Class also spoke about the tomatoes and herbs that they sowed in the greenhouse. Well done to all the presenters and those who demonstrated the work.
This year at St Brendan’s N.S., all classes have worked diligently towards achieving a DPSM (Discover Primary Science and Maths) Plaque of STEM excellence. Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Classes presented and explained their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) work. Fifth Class presented a powerpoint of their work to the second class. They also brought a catapult and demonstrated how it worked. Second class, in turn, shared their findings from investigating magnets. We observed that opposite poles attract and like poles repel. We saw how magnets attract iron filings and can pick up a large number of paper clips.
Sixth Class presented a powerpoint of their work to third class. They demonstrated some gravity experiments, and third class had to predict what would happen e.g. would the ball of paper or the flat sheet of paper fall to the ground first? The flat sheet fell more slowly due to air resistance and that led us to parachutes. Sixth class had designed and made a landing craft for an egg, and they demonstrated how the parachute slowed down the landing craft so that it landed smoothly.
Third Class spoke about the paper helicopters experiment. We observed that the helicopters rotated clockwise as they fell towards the ground. Third also had a marvellous rocket. It was based on stored energy. When you pull back the elastic band, the elastic band stores this energy. When you let it go, it releases this energy and the rocket flies through the air. Well done to all the presenters who spoke and demonstrated.
Congratulations to Sixth Class for organising a very successful LipSync Battle for all classes. Thanks in particular to Aoife and Serena for the beautiful sign-up posters. Sixth Class are to be commended for giving up five of their lunch breaks this week to organise the music clips for each act. You were very professional judges and it was a very enjoyable morning. The talent was tremendous and the competition was very close. Congratulations to A Troop, Emma and Aisling, Páidí and Micheál. We hope you enjoy those Easter Eggs.
Comhghairdeas don triúr dalta a fuair gradam do Scríobh Leabhar. Bhí Lá Ceiliúrtha ar siúl san Ionad Spóirt i gCill Chainnigh inniu. Bronnadh teastais agus bonn comórtha ar údair na leabhar. Rinne Oisín agallamh ar a leabhar Scéal Bleachtaire. Bhí ceol agus amhránaíocht iontach ar siúl.
Ní rinneamar dearmad ar na daltaí i rang a cúig agus rang a sé a d’fhan sa bhaile. Fuair siad teastas mar aitheantas ar a n- iarrachtaí agus cás peann luaidhe an duine acu.
First Class, Snr Infants and Jnr Infants were very busy during Engineers Week. After listening to the story of Rapunzel, their challenge was to invent an escape for Rapunzel as she wanted to escape from her tower.Could it be a slide, a ladder, a zip line or a pulley? They did great work using materials such as toilet paper tubes, straws, string and match sticks. I think Rapunzel would be very pleased indeed.
It was a wonderful day in Newmarket on Thursday 7th March. Pupils dressed up for World Book Day and we had some fantastic characters. Harry Potter and his friends from Hogwarts returned. Granny and Little Red Riding Hood came to school. The Mad Hatter and the Cat in the Hat were wandering about. James Bond met a Ninja, and Robin Hood was well armed. Dirty Bertie was frightening people with his rat. David Attenborough came by to promote his best-seller. Athena the goddess was resplendent with a golden spear. Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz wore her best red shoes. There was a fabulous robot, a sassy girl from Dork Diaries and believe it or not a Boy In A Dress.
Engineers Week Gravity
Pupils in 4th, 5th and 6th have been studying gravity this week and in particular how falling objects may be slowed down. Pupils were given the following challenge. Design a landing craft for a playdough ball (we chickened out of using eggs)
Take the following conditions into account:
– your landing craft must be able to stand upright unaided
– you may not fix your landing craft to the ground
– your landing craft must land without breaking your playdough ball. The photos say it all.