S.T.E.M.

Science

Materials – Materials and Change. 2nd class recently investigated colour mixing using skittles and luke-warm water. We were investigating how materials (such as sugar) may be changed by mixing. We discovered that when sugar is mixed with warm water, it dissolves.

Living Things – 6th Class investigating soil samples taken from around the school environment.

living things: senior infants

1st class minibeast hunt – they collected and examined the characteristics of living things

Energy and Forces

Sixth Class explored electrical circuits and designed their own lighthouses

Materials and Change

3rd class identifying the effects of heat on pancake batter and also their senses!

5th class took part in an ‘eggsperiment’ for Science Week! More pictures available on the 5th class Blog!

4th Class were on a class trip to Glenveagh- a Primary Science Discovery Centre

Lubrication

Materials/energy and forces

To encourage the children to explore and investigate how friction and traction can be reduced by lubricants and to encourage them to evaluate how lubrication can be countered by using oil absorbent materials such as talcum powder

Discovering that oil and water don’t mix

 

Environmental awareness and Care-

Our school has our 10th Green school Flag and we continue to strive towards maintaining it. We have a green school committee and the children are encouraged to always keep the school litter free, recycle where possible, bring in batteries from home to be recycled. The children and teachers are involved in planting and growing on a regular basis. They are encouraged to be aware of energy usage and cut down on waste.

TECHNOLOGY

Researching topics using tablets 3rd class

Technology helping with science lessons in 6th class.. research and planning.

1st Class using the tablets to help with their phonics

We are currently using technology to communicate with parents and children during the school closures.

 

 

 

ENGINEERING

Senior Infants were experimenting with building with a variety of materials

1st class making 2d shapes using lollipop sticks.

6th Class making structures from marshmallows!. More pictures available on the 6th class Blogs!

 

MATHEMATICS

Second class Maths.  Second class pupils learned about data and tallies. They were given 4 objects to find outside from the school yard and create tallies relating to how many they could see. They also did a survey of traffic that passed by and tallied the results. Also, pupils were given packets of skittle sweets to count, tally and complete bar charts according to the amount of sweets for each colour.

Second Class – Identifying & measuring the lengths of items in the class. The pupils were trying to find items that were half a metre (50cm) and quarter of a metre (25cm).

Active learning in 3rd class using isak9 in maths

Also in our homepage we have examples of Junior classes using whiteboards for maths during MATH WEEK.

 

STEM SHOWCASE

6th class showcased their magnetic car racing tracks by demonstrating to 3rd class!

 

The sixth class children enjoyed explaining electrical circuits to the children in second class.

 

For the past number of years, the boys have participated in the Discover Primary Science and Maths Awards. All the children in the school get involved and they undertake various activities which involve science, technology, engineering and maths (S.T.E.M).

Throughout the year, we will upload pictures of these activities here.

 

Boats

The boys were given the task of designing and making a boat using only the materials provided. They then had to test the buoyancy of their creation by counting how many marbles it could hold before sinking…..

The materialsPreparation and designing stage

The results!

The winning group and their boat which held 46 marbles!

Marble Runs

Designing a marble run in science. Each group designed their run using recyclable materials. First class came to test the results.

Army Man Launchers

The boys in 6th class were given the task of designing and making an army man launcher using only specific materials.

check out the pictures where they designed, made, launched and measured. A very productive afternoon.

Visit from Inland Fisheries 

Owen Kelly from Inland Fisheries came in to speak to 5th class about their upcoming visit to the school where they will bring in salmon eggs, baby salmon, par, brown trout and eels for the boys to examine. They will also discuss the quality of rivers in Donegal.

Science week 2017 – the boys in 1st/2nd we’re using ICT in the classroom to help sort and classify materials.