Well done to our Green-Schools Committee for all their hard work and dedication in helping to secure our Green-Schools flag for Biodiversity. Some of the children on the Green-Schools Committee attended an award ceremony in the Hodson Bay Hotel and returned to us with yet another Green Flag, to add to our collection.
The children had great fun on Pancake Tuesday preparing, cooking and eating their delicious pancakes.
Cooking is not only a fun, engaging activity for children, but is also an important development tool for all ages.
Measuring out ingredients is a practical way of learning about weight and capacity in Maths.
As they follow a recipe, children organise ingredients, follow a sequence, and carry out multiple directions. Cooking is a great way to develop practical life skills.
The children also learned about the tradition behind Pancake Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday i.e. that on the day before Lent begins, Christian families would use up all their eggs, butter, milk and flour in one dish, before fasting for Lent.
Biodiversity is the fifth Green-Schools theme.
As we explored this theme, we became more aware of the importance of native plants, animals and habitats and we looked at steps which can be taken to increase biodiversity in our locality.
We learned about different species of plants and animals; some that are native to Ireland and some that are non-native or ‘alien’. We learned how some invasive species can impact on our biodiversity because they sometimes spread too quickly and can endanger our native species as a result.
We also learned about various habitats and ecosystems and what we can do to help preserve and enhance them in our local environment.
As part of our schoolwide project on biodiversity, we created a wonderful ‘Bug Hotel’.
Check out the photos below!
Well done to our Green-Schools Committee for all their hard work and dedication!
Science Week took place from the 13th to 20th November 2016.
It is a national, annual event that celebrates the fascinating worlds of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The children from both classrooms carried out a selection of experiments and science-based activities during Science Week. Firsthand investigation is central to the way in which young children learn science.
The children had great fun making this short video about ‘Life in Space’.
They have used it to enter the Reel Life Science – Schools Video Competition.
We hope you enjoy watching their video!
On 2nd September, the pupils and staff took a trip on the Viking Boat all the way to Clonmacnoise, an ancient monastic site near Shannonbridge, Co. Offaly. We were given a tour of the grounds and we even got to tell our secrets into the ‘Whispering Arch’!!! The Senior Room are learning about the Vikings at the moment and this field trip certainly brought their study alive.