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Hands-on Nature Study!

The children in 4th class are extremely fortunate to be working with Andrew, a wildlife expert.  Andrew has recently been teaching the girls about nature, conservation, habitats, birds and animals native to Ireland and much, much more. The girls really look forward to his visits. This week we got to experience the life cycle of the frog with the girls getting to touch and hold a real frog as well as see frogspawn and tadpoles. What an experience!!

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Fun with Maths

The children in fourth class have been enjoying learning about long multiplication. To finish our period of study, we organised and took part in a long multiplication hunt. We solved sums to match the answers on our worksheets. What a great way to use our multiplication skills outside of the classroom! 

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Primary Science Fair

The girls in Fourth Class finished their science project and went to the Primary Science fair on Saturday, 14th January 2017.

They had a wonderful day at the fair with a number of teachers from the school.

The judges were very impressed with their project, “Can Vegetables Power Electricity?”. (The answer is “Yes”, by the way!)

The girls were able to explain their project to all the visitors to heir stand and many people congratulated them, not only on their wonderful project, but also on being terrific ambassadors for Scoil Bhríde (Cailíní).

Well done to all the girls and a great big “Thank  you” to their teachers. 

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Hey Sound, Give Us a Wave!

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We found out that sound travels in waves.

In our experiments, the girls discovered that each time a sound was passed near the sugar, it moved!

The girls cleverly used different types of sound to see how the sugar would react differently to each sound.

See if you can spot the different ideas the girls had.

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Science Week

We did a ‘Dancing Raisins’ experiment in the class as part of our Science Week work.  

 For the experiment, we put raisins into 7up. The bubbles in the 7up latch on to the wrinkles in the raisins, making them float to the top.

Here, the bubbles pop and the raisins fall back down to the bottom, creating the dancing effect!

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Bricks4Kidz

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We took part in a Bricks4Kidz workshop. Each girl in the class made a scissors lift using lego and a motor. 

We learned that:

* A scissor lift makes it easier to lift things in a factory, and also offers a larger work platform than a ladder can provide.

* It is called a scissor lift because the crisscross arms that raise and lower the work platform look like scissor blades.

* Scissors as well as a scissor lifts are both examples of a simple machine called a lever. The place where the arms meet is called the fulcrum.

* The force changes from horizontal to vertical at the fulcrum.

As you can see from the pictures, we really enjoyed ourselves.

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Easter Chickens!

Last Easter, we had the wonderful experience of having our own Easter chicks for the very first time. The eggs were incubated and the children checked on progress through the first cracks in the shells, to the hatching and first faltering movements of the chickens. The fluffy, yellow chicks provided many hours of wonder, enjoyment and learning for the pupils.  Many thanks to Mr. John Horgan, Language Support teacher, for organising this event.

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