A shock in 4th Class!

This week in 4th class we have been learning about advances in technology, especially about Electricity. We talked about 2 different types of electricity, current and static. Current electricity comes from a source, like a battery or a plug (mains), while static electricity builds up on the surface of a material. We conducted a small experiment about static electricity where we rubbed our pens on our jumpers. The pen was then able to pick up little bit of paper because of the static electricity that built up. Some children found they got even more static electricity by rubbing the pens in their hair! In Maths, we have been learning all about fractions. It has been tricky work, but with persistence and lots of practice using our fraction walls, we are improving every day. This week was the start of our Cycling Safety Training. Our instructor came into class this week and told us all about the checks we have to do before we start go cycling. Those checks are: Helmet Check Clothes Check Bike Check We can’t wait to get out practising on our bikes next week! This week we were very lucky to attend a musical that was staged in Scoil Setanta. The musical was called “High School Musical” and we really loved the songs and dances in it. Some of us hope that we can be in the musical when we get to Scoil Setanta……although we’re not sure about being involved in any of the kissing scenes…ewww!!!!  ...

January – May ’18 in Seomra Chormac

Hi everyone, Hope you enjoyed your midterm break. Things have been extremely busy in Seomra Chormac over the last couple of months. In January we learned all about New Zealand and The Maori people. This was very interesting. We created some lovely pieces of Maori art. We had to lean very hard with the crayon and colour the page in any design that we wanted. We then painted over the coloured page with black paint and let it dry. Once it had dried, we scraped off the black paint and created some beautiful Maori designs.   We discussed procedural writing in February and thoroughly enjoyed making pancakes on Pancake Tuesday. We discussed our goal, the ingredients, equipment that we needed and the method. We enjoyed the challenge of working out how many eggs and how much flour and milk we needed when we tripled the recipe, to make enough for everyone. Daring Ms. Woods to flip the pancakes in the air was fun. We were hoping that she would let it fall, but she proved us all wrong. She was very smug about that! Getting to choose the toppings was our favourite part. We had strawberries, bananas, sugar, syrup and Oreos to choose from.   We spent the month of February learning all about World War II and Germany. We found it fascinating. We then created our own projects on WWII and presented them to our class. We put a huge amount of work and effort into them and have had many compliments on how fantastic they look hanging in the corridor.     We were exceptionally lucky, as one of the...

Bendy Bones- Intel Mini Scientist Competition Regional Finals

On Friday 8th December, Domas, Grace, Samuel and Sabir from Ms. Woods’ 4th Class took part in the Regional Finals of the Intel Mini Scientist Competition in the Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown. The children won the school round of the competition on the 24th November and spent the two weeks deep in preparation for the Regional Finals. Their project was called ‘Bendy Bones’. This experiment investigated the effects of various liquids on chicken bones. To everyone’s amazement, the vinegar caused the chicken bone to become like rubber. It could bend in any direction. They observed these results as the acid in the vinegar removed all of the calcium from the bone and all that was left was soft tissue. The children faced some stiff competition on the day, as they were competing against a whopping ninety one schools from all around Dublin and Kildare! They presented their experiment to the judges in a very confident manner and did not hesitate when answering any questions that the judges asked them. Both judges commented on how friendly and polite the children were. They really enjoyed the day in ITB and they were very lucky as they got to see a cool science show! Samuel was even lucky enough to be chosen to help Science Sue with one of her experiments! Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be on the day! However, Ms. Woods, Mr. Scully and all of the 4th Class teachers and children were extremely proud of them, the massive achievement it was for them to make it to the Regional Finals and how well they represented Scoil Ghráinne throughout the process! If...

4th Class Seomra Chormac

Hi everyone and welcome to 4th class in Seomra Chormac! We’ve had a very busy few months since returning in September. We spent a lot of our time preparing for the Intel Mini Scientist Competition which was held in our school on Friday the 24th November. We entered seven science projects from our class. They were ‘The Effect of Liquids on Plants’, ‘Does Sun Cream Protect Your Skin?’ ‘How to Make Cardboard’, ‘What Makes Your Teeth Weak?’, ‘How to Make a Rainbow’, A Cloud in a Jar’ and the winning entry from Scoil Ghráinne, ‘The Effect of Liquids on Bones’’. A huge amount of preparation went into the projects, such as sourcing the materials for the experiments, doing the experiments, recording the results, compiling a booklet, creating display posters and preparing their presentations for the judges. The three judges commented on how well prepared the children were and how confidently they spoke on the day when presenting their projects. They also commended the children for how well they answered the questions they were asked. We want to wish Grace, Domas, Sabir and Samuel the best of luck with ‘Bendy Bones’ in the Regional Finals in the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown on Friday 8th December. We have been learning about the body. We discussed the different bones in the body. We also learned about our organs and their function. We found some of the information a little bit disgusting, such as, your stomach muscles squash your food until it is a creamy pulp but we also learned some very interesting facts too, such as, the liver is the largest organ in...

April/May in Seomra Chormac

Hi everyone, Seomra Chormac have been very busy since returning from our Easter holidays. We’ve been learning all about bogs in Geography. The largest bog in Ireland is the Bog of Allen. It is over 950 sq. km and spreads over a massive nine counties! We were lucky enough to each get to hold a piece of turf from the Bog of Allen! Thanks Ms. Kavanagh!   We have also been learning about the Celts. Last week we based our art on Celtic designs. We used chalk pastels to draw some of the Celtic designs such as knots and crosses. We even had a go at enhancing some of the designs and designing our own creations! There has been some green fingers around Seomra Chormac recently. Last week we planted carrot seeds in Science. We each planted four or five seeds in a cup and have been watering them regularly. We placed them beside the window to ensure they have enough sunlight. We were delighted to see that they began growing over the weekend and we’re going to transfer them outside later this week. Fingers crossed we’ll each have a crunchy carrot to eat in a couple of weeks. We’re thrilled that SUMMER has arrived and we painted some summer landscapes. Ms. Woods gave us a strip of a summer landscape image and we had to ‘extend the image’. We could place the image anywhere on the page and had to paint the rest of the picture. This was great fun and we are very impressed with our beautiful finished pieces! Third and fourth classes have been taking part...

News from Seomra Niamh

Hello everyone! Seomra Niamh have been really busy the last few weeks. We have learned loads about the Ancient Romans and we all agree that it’s a really interesting time in history.   For the last few weeks we have had two extra teachers teaching us and we would like to say a big thank you to Ms. Brasill and Ms. Knight, we’ve loved having you in Seomra Niamh. We have learned loads of interesting things about the Celts, bogs, telling the time and we even planted pumpkins! We have to wait until October to eat them though- just in time for Halloween! That’s all from us for now, Ms. Moloney’s 4th Class 🙂...