MakeyMakey in Room 19!

This week during computer time, Room 19 tried out the MakeyMakey kits that are available in the school. MakeyMakey is an invention kit for the 21stcentury, and a fun way of teaching about circuits, conductors and electricity. It allows you to replace the buttons on your keyboard with everyday objects (as long as they are conductors!)

We started by learning about the difference between conductors and insulators, and how to complete a circuit. Then we plugged into the computers, ‘earthed’ ourselves, and discovered which materials were conductive and which were not. We talked about how people make use of this information, for example why electricians wear rubber gloves, or why paramedics use a defibrillator. We were surprised to learn that most fruit and vegetables are conductive, as long as they’re fresh!

We then used some of the apps on the MakeyMakey website to play music and games, using our conductive items instead of the keyboard. Some of us were even able to play our own games that we had made using Scratch during the year.

We had a lot of fun learning about electricity and circuits, and can’t wait to use the kits again!

 

Science Visit in Room 18

The 5th Class students in Room 18 were delighted to welcome a special visitor to their class on Thursday 8th February. Claudia’s sister Chloe is studying Science in Trinity College and came in to talk to the class about why she loves Science, what she does in the lab and the ways in which Science all is around us. She told us about lots of different branches of Science, including zoology, botany, biochemistry and astrology. We learned about DNA, genetics and how nano-scientists use electron microscopes! We’ve been learning about Nano Science in class ourselves and recently attempted the ‘Lego mitten challenge” to get an idea of how difficult it is for scientists to work on the nano- scale!

 Chloe also showed us some of her Science lab apparatus, including test tubes, conical flasks, funnels, beakers and a pestle and mortar. We were really inspired by Chloe’s visit!

Room 18 visit the National Gallery

On Thursday 14th December our class went on a school tour to the National Gallery. Everyone was really excited about it! First, when we got there, we put our bags into a huge drawer, which was really cool! The gallery was huge! A woman called Mags guided us around the gallery. She showed us some wonderful art pieces. First, we saw a rather strange painting called “Morning in the City”, which was a painting of a town. There were many busy people on the streets, but you could not see their faces clearly. Secondly, she brought us to a beautiful painting by Claude Monet, which was a painting of the sea with a boat floating on the water. To the right of the sea were trees which had many beautiful colours, such as orange and green. We also were showed paintings by Jack B. Yeats and Caravaggio, as well as an amazing stained glass window by Harry Clarke and a magnificent new wooden sculpture recently added to the gallery after it was refurbished.

After our trip to the gallery, we made our way to St. Stephen’s Green. We had a little walk and we played in the playground for a few minutes, it was really fun. Then, on our way to the bus stop, we saw the Mansion House, and we got to see the live crib. There were two sheep, a donkey and a goat. We got to pet them, and they were really cute. Then, we got the bus back home from Dawson Street.

We had an amazing time, and we are all very grateful for our day out. Thank you to Mr. Doherty for arranging this trip. Ms O’Sullivan who came along with us to help out and the parents of some children in our class who helped out too.

The Tragic Fate of Christmas!

 

Santa wants to deliver his presents....but there's just one problem! Read on to find out more!

We hope you enjoy the Christmas comic book we have created.

by Asher Oziegbe, Ciaran McLoone, & Jason Omodayo in Room 20. 

‘Great Global Citizens’ projects in 5th Class

The pupils in 5th Class recently took part in a project on global citizenship, learning about what it means to be a good citizen for the world. Working alone or in groups, the children chose someone whom they admired and described what he/she had done to make the world a better place. The variety of figures chosen was very interesting, including politicians, activists, musicians and ordinary people who stood up for themselves and others in difficult situations.

Well done to all the pupils for their excellent work on these projects, and a special congratulations to the overall winners of the competition; Sheila, Amélie and Robyn in Room 18, Sarah, Goda and Charlie from Room 19, and Ciaran, Áine and Charlotte in Room 20.

Thanks also to Jennifer and Lauren from Trócaire who visited the 5th Classes to tell them about Trócaire’s work to improve the lives of people less fortunate than us.

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