Cake SALE

On Friday the PA will hold a Cake Sale to raise funds for our Book Rental Scheme. Last year the Department of Education did not give any funding to support the book rental scheme in the school. All support is … Continue reading

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Pulleys and levers

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As part of our STEAM Engineering project, in collaboration with UCC, 5th Class has this week been learning how to make simple machines, including a pulley system.  Our pulley systems were based on the actual workings of a wind turbine! … Continue reading

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Parent Teacher Meetings

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  Parent Teacher Meetings will take place on the 21st & the 22nd of November. School will close at 13:30 both days. Thank you for your co-operation.  

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Trip To Mitchelstown Cave

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On the 9/11/2017 we went to Mitchelstown Cave for a field trip. The cave was discovered in 1833. Our guide explained to us that a farmer named Michael Condon first discovered the cave. Michael and his sons ventured into the … Continue reading

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Trip To Mitchelstown Caves

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  Yesterday on the 9th of November 6th class went on a field trip to Mitchelstown Caves where we learned a lot about the caves. Before we went into the caves our guide told us that a farmer called Michael … Continue reading

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Scratch Classes

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This week we are going to be starting Scratch Programming classes with boys from 5th class after school. With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online … Continue reading

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STEAM

5th Class S.T.E.A.M Project

Ms Curran’s 5th Class started their STEAM project this week.  STEAM stands for Science Technology Engineering Art and Maths. We are working with Charles Piron, who is an engineer from Belgium.

In our first lesson we learned all about infrastructure.  Infrastructure means the facilities and services in a country – including houses, roads, schools, factories and shops.

Our first activity involved building a tall tower from two A4 sheets of paper. It was difficult to balance them so we ha tdo roll or fold the pages.

The second activity saw us using lollipop sticks, foldback clips, blue-tack and pipe cleaners to build a bridge. The bridge had to be at least 30cm long to support the weight of a small bottle of water.

Charles encouraged us to use the engineering design process. We knew the problem so we brainstormed possible solutions in groups. We had to think, sketch and gather materials. Next we built some prototypes and tested them. Finally we got some extra materials, like string, to try to improve our designs.

We had great fun and learned lots of information about engineering. Do you know what Triangulation means? It means the formation of, or division  into, triangles.STEAM-IMAGE-01

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