Sunday, September 28, 2014

Awards 2014-2015

Welcome to our Discovery Log

Step 1: Science

(6 hands-on science investigations)
Living Things
A hedgehog in autumn
A lamb in our class
Learning about our lungs
Learning about pets
Coloured daffodils
Tadpoles in our school
A hen and chicks in school
Using our senses
Our caterpillars have arrived
Planting seeds
Featuring: Ms Halliday's,  Ms. Needham's, Ms. McLoughlin's,  Ms. McCaul's  and   Ms.Ferguson's  classes
Energy and Forces
Making straw rockets
Foam rockets: construction and flying league
Magic magnets
Making rainbows and shadows
Our eyes are playing tricks
Mixing colours of light
Colour spinners
Separating colours

Working with electricity
All about moving air
More about moving air
Toys that use air to move
All about bubbles
Floating and sinking
Floating boats
Making levers
Sound and hearing
Dangers of sound
More investigations with sound
Sound in Ms. Flaherty's class
Featuring:  Ms. McLoughlin's  and   Ms.Connolly's  classes
Waterproof umbrellas
Investigating materials: Pass the Parcel
Waterproof? Yes or No
Mopping up spills
Raw or cooked eggs
Red cabbage, acids and caring for our teeth
Investigating coats
Solid or liquid gloop?
Featuring:  Ms. Flaherty's, Ms. McLoughlin's and Ms. Small's classes
Environmental awareness and care
Tidy Towns: Best School Garden Award 2014

Gardening in Ms. Small & Ms. Lally's class
Gardening in Ms. Connolly's class
Gardening in Ms. McCaul's class
Gardening in Ms. McLoughlin's class
Weeding our garden
More planting
Fruit and Vegetable Tasting Day
Sowing strawberries and cabbage
Rain and rainmakers
Saving energy with Guzzler
Recycling:- visiting the bottle bank with Ms.O'Connor
Ms. Flaherty's class visit the bottle bank
Ms. McLoughlin's class visit the bottle bank
Litter picking
Solar eclipse
Featuring:  Ms. Connolly's,  Ms. McCaul's,  Ms. Flaherty's,   Ms. O'Connor's,   Ms. McLoughlin's,  Ms. Small's and Ms. Lally's classes
Science Speakers
Visit from a Medtronic scientist
Dental Hygiene with Ms. Ferguson's, Ms. McCaul's, Ms. Gillen's and Ms. Lavery's 2nd classes
Visit from Tom Cuffe the Birdman
The Birdman in Ms. Flaherty's class

Explorer's Education Programme

Featuring:  Ms. McLoughlin's, Mr. Carleton's,  Ms. Flaherty's,   Ms. Ferguson's,  Ms. McCaul's,  Ms. Gillen's and Ms. Lavery's  classes
Visit to a DPSM centre
Ms. McCaul and Ms. Coade's classes visit Galway Atlantaquaria on 15/10/14
Featuring:  Ms. McCaul's  and  Ms. Coade's classes
Science Week event
Explorer's programme
Dissecting a squid in Mr. Carleton's class
Featuring:  Ms. McLoughlin's and Mr. Carleton's classes
Steve Allman  Science Tricks
Click here to see a slideshow of the visit
Featuring:  ALL CLASSES!

Step 2: Technology (ICT)

(2 or more examples of the children using ICT)

Today we had lots of fun making a movie. Teacher was the director and we were the actors. Check us out!! And the Oscar goes to......
Check out our LEGO videos here
Visit from a quality supervisor with Hewlett Packard
Using a sound recorder to add to our online avatar from Voki
Avatar of Interview for Green Schools
Using Bright Sparks 4Kids Electricity kit
Exploring materials using the digital microscope
Recording our reading
Hour of code: Programming in Ms.McLoughlin's class

Hour of code, Ms. Connolly's class
Learning to code, Ms. Ferguson's class

Coding again

We are very busy at the moment getting ready for Junior First Lego League. The theme this year is Think Tank. We decided to build a lego man who is having an idea. Here is our progress so far. Thank you Ms. Groarke!! :)
Featuring:  Ms. McLoughlin's, Mr. Carleton's, Ms Ferguson's and Ms. Groarke's & Ms. Connolly's classes

Step 3 Engineering

(2 or more examples of the children investigating engineering in class or in the local area)
Engineers from Medtronic in Ms. Ferguson's class
Investigating traffic lights
Designing traffic lights like the ones outside our school

Investigating bridges
Learning about bridges in our locality

Featuring:  Ms. McLoughlin's and Ms. Ferguson's classes

Step 4: Maths

(2 or more examples of the children using their maths skills as part of their science work)
Cars, ramps, friction, estimating, measuring and ordering
Using different shapes to make air rockets
Studying the weather
Weather recording: Counting and recording numbers 0-25
Making a data chart of our findings

Maths trails

Maths Trail, Senior Infants, Ms. McLoughlin
Maths Week in Ms. Needham's class

Maths Trail, 1st class, Ms. Small
Maths trail, 1st class, Ms. Connolly
Maths trail, Senior Infants,  Ms. Joyce
Featuring:   Ms. Joyce's,   Ms. Connolly's,   Ms. Small's and Ms. Lally's,   Ms. Needham's and Ms. McLoughlin's classes

Step 5: Showcasing our work

Click on this picture to see the success of our rocket morning
Slideshows of our rocket morning
Craters and dinosaurs in Ms.O'Connor's class
Fizzy rockets in Ms.O'Connor's class

Featuring:    Ms. McLoughlin's,   Ms. Coade's,   Ms.Geraghty's  and  Ms. O'Connor's classes
All classes in our Junior school and several classes from the Senior school attended this event.
Here's what Ms.Connolly's class thought of our event and other Science Week events