Last Day :(
Full of joy and sorrow! Well done First Class 2017, have a super summer. You were awesome! :)
Seachtain na Gaeilge
Bhainimid taithneamh as a bheith gléasta suas le haghaidh ár seó faisiún inniu! We struck great poses during our fashion show today. We could have been on the catwalks of Milan with all of our twirls and excellent Irishness inspired outfits! Thanks to all the hard work that must have gone on in homes over the weekend and last night to make our fashion show possible. Bhí tráthnóna IONTACH againn! (We had a BRILLIANT evening!) :)
Steven came in to talk to us about engineering last week. We learned that there are all different types of engineers such as medical engineers and design engineers. We learned all about oil pipes and how they get to use cool robots and virtual reality headsets at work so they can work out difficult problems in the deep, deep sea without even getting wet! Thank you for giving us your time Steven! :)
Story Time for Rang a hAon
Our school library had a makeover today thanks to two very special story tellers turned our library into comfy, magical story telling fortress! We heard the story of the Princess and the Frog and a story about an Old Mansion that got taken over by clever, funny animals! We had so much fun relaxing and listening to fairytales that some of us almost fell asleep! :D
There's Something Awfully Familiar about Helen...
Alex's mom Helen came to visit us to talk to us about Charles Darwin. She showed us why species change over time to ensure greater chances of survival. Better yet, we all got to eat a smartie in the process. She showed us how moths in London used to be white but that made them easy target for predators. To ensure their survival they modified their colour slowly and over time they became black to blend in with the smog. We learned all about human genetics and found out why Helen looks so familiar. She has the same eyes as Alex, or to be more precise, Alex has the same eyes as her! :) Thanks for popping in Helen!
Visit from Dog's Trust
We had a lovely guest speaker from Dog's Trust Ireland who visited our class to tell us how to take care of our little four legged friends. We were really surprised to find out that if you're scared of a dog you shouldn't run away because the dog might think you're playing. Instead we should stand looking up into the sky with our arms folded. We also learned that you should always ask permission before petting somebody else's dog. We signed our names and fingerprints on a contract to remind us that we have a responsibility to look after dogs if we have them and to respect other people's dogs. We got certificates and stickers for being such great listeners too!
We Can Map the Seafloor!!!
Thank you to Ruairof í's mom Vera and her associates in The Marine Institute for taking to time to come out and talk to us about seabed mapping. We learned all about the continental shelf around Ireland and the different types sea creatures that inhabit different levels. We got to use a sand pit to build seabed features and see infrared images of our structures.
We all had such fun coming up to Christmas between getting organized with our winter show and getting to mix icing with green food colouring, decorate and eat our very own Christmas trees! We even got a special visit from Santa Claus who told us about his very busy Christmas eve schedule and how his magic helps him to travel far and wide in just one night. He brought us yummy chocolate lollies because we had all been so good all year! If you don't get jealous easily then check out our pics below! :)
Thanks for visiting us Hans! :)
Rhona's dad Hans came to visit our classroom from The Marine Institute and told us all about mapping the number of fish in the sea. He told us it was all about mapping a small sample area and then estimating our actual count based on that small sample. He showed us how to do this using a big jar of pasta.. We found out that we were really good at adding all of our numbers up to get better estimations. Hans also brought in a huge net to show us how to catch a sample of fish! :)
Maths Week Tower Building
We were all winners today when we built towers together using plastic cups. The aim was to build a tall strong tower. We all had 21 cups and were in teams but what we found out was that the tall towers were much easier to blow over than the lower towers that had a stronger foundation. With only 21 cups however, it was very difficult to make a strong foundation and still make a tall tower. We had lots of fun working in groups and making sure we kept our building plans secret from the other groups until the end! :) Check out our 2 high towers and 2 strong towers below.
Fun Times: Maths Trail with Fourth Class
We had a great time with Declan, Anna, Mary and Fourth Class doing our Maths Trail where we found loads of real life examples of Maths all around our school. We counted how many steps it takes to get around the basketball court, we counted the amount of pairs of footprints painted onto the yard and we even found 2D shapes all over our school garden. We had great fun recording the number of jumping jacks we could all do in 30 seconds and the amount of bean bags we could get into a hula hoop in 30 seconds!
A Huge Thank You to Mr. David Finn of N.U.I.G. Neuroscience Faculty
We were lucky enough to have David come in to talk to us about neuroscience before the mid-term. We learned about how the skull protects our brains and how we can help to protect our skulls by wearing helmets while cycling or building. We learned about all the different sections of the brain and how it can be split into the left and right hemisphere. We got to see models of the brain and had lots of fun trying to understand how the brain adapts to different circumstances such as drawing on a piece of paper by looking at it through a mirror. At first our lines were really squiggly but they got better and better with practise. We even got to see stained sections of the brain through a microscope. Thank you very much to Izzy Finn's dad David for taking the time to talk to us. Take a look at our pictures below! :)
Baboró Children's Theatre Festival
We had a super exciting day out today as we got to get on a fancy bus, on thr motorway, through a tunnel and over the river Shannon on the way to the theatre in Limerick. First we stopped in Cratloe woods to eat our lunch and try our the fun playground. We walked on wobbly logs, went on a merry-go-round, swings, zip-lines and even a climbing frame! We were truly 'Blown Away' with the performance we saw today at the Belltable theatre in Limerick. We met three penguins, a polar bear, a monkey and a seal on their adventures between the cold and snowy antarctic and the warm, leafy forest. Check out some of our pics below. :) A huge thanks to 1st Class volunteers Lisa, Fergus and Elena who ensured our trip ran smoothly.
This week we were learning about James Rizzi, an amazing artist who draws colourful skyscrapers with faces and lots of different shapes, like cat buildings and curvy lined buildings and even buildings with hair! Take a look at how we are getting on.
Bows........Not Just For Fiddles
Asha was kind enough to bring in her bow and arrows that she bought in a medieval fair to show our class. Not just once but TWICE she brought it in to make sure that everyone got a chance to have a go aiming and shooting it. Luckily the arrows were plastic suction tipped so we still have windows in our classroom. Asha made a very good teacher, thank you Asha. :)
Is That Science I Smell???
We have been learning about the five senses recently and tried out a super cool experiment to test our sense of taste. We got to taste carrots AND celery when it wasn't even break time! We talked about how we taste our food and decided we definitely need a tongue but we didn't expect how much work or noses were doing. First we tasted the carrots and celery while breathing through our noses. Then we tasted them again but we pinched our noses and noticed that we couldn't taste that yummy celery as well when we weren't using our noses. Take a look at our pictures. Now you know why you can't taste your food so well when you have a cold or a stuffy nose. :)
Did You Vote? :)
There was great excitement in First Class as we ran our very own polling station to elect Student Council representatives for our class. We learned all about the voting process and how lucky we were to get a chance to practise voting even before we turned 18! Well done to all the candidates who ran for election who had amazing posters and speeches and a huge congratulations to Timmy and Dearbhla who were elected as the First Class Student Council representatives. Maith sibh!! :)