The girls in Second Class were busy learning about engineering during the week. They learned about all the different types of engineers there are and then got a chance to become structural engineers for the afternoon. They worked in groups to complete various challenges and experimented with ways to build structures that were tall, small, wide or narrow. They all had a great time and maybe some of the girls will go on to become engineers when they’re older.
As part of engineering week, Mr. Devlin’s Third Class learned about lots of different aspects of engineering. We learned about the work of Isambard Kingdowm Brunel, the great Victorian engineer. He famously built the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol. The girls designed and built their own suspensions bridges which I think you’ll agree are very good. Maybe one of the girls will be the future engineer of the ‘Dublin Suspension Bridge’…… who knows?
The snow and rain might be annoying for humans but it can be deadly for birds. Andrew ‘Mouse’ explained to us that during the winter months many birds die because of a lack of food. To try to help this situation, the girls in 4th made bird feeders that can be stocked with peanuts to help the birds to eat during the winter months. Mouse told us not to use salted peanuts as they make the birds sick and even if we don’t have a feeder we can leave scraps and other bits of food out to help our feathery friends! Great fun and all for a good cause too.
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!!
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!
Last week we completed a traffic survey on Blanchardstown Village!
We stood at the gates and tallied how many vehicles went by in 4 minutes.
We saw on average 80 cars, 8 vans and 2 buses.
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.
We had great fun tasting different foods.
Some were salty. Others were sour.
Some were bitter and some were sweet.