Energy Workshop

4th class students recently visited the library in Blanchardstown to attend an energy saving workshop. We travelled on Dublin Bus on Friday 8th November. When we arrived at the library, we had a discussion about all of the different ways that we damage the planet, by burning fossil fuels. We were then learning about how we can generate electricity by using renewable sources of energy. We carried out a couple of scientific investigations. Some of us created a battery using just a potato. you can also use a lemon for this. We also did experiments using basketballs and swinging metal balls. This was all to demonstrate that energy can be passed from one thing to another but never be created or destroyed. We finished off the workshop by playing a massive board game where we had to answer some questions about what we learned. We had a great time and learned lots about saving electricity in our school and at home. You can find out about what we did here...

Land of the Dinosaurs

In Seomra Dheirdre (1st Class), we have been looking at dinosaurs. Dinosaurs were giant creatures that roamed the Earth over 65 million years ago, long before people like you or I even walked the Earth! We learned that they are nowextinct. This means that there are no dinosaurs alive today. We wrote about four dinosaurs: Tyrannosaurus Rex, Brontosaurus (Apatosaurus), Triceratops, and Pterodactyl. We learned that some of these dinosaurs, such as Tyrannosaurus Rex, were carnivores.  Carnivores only eat meat, meaning they often attacked other animals (or each other!). Dinosaurs such as the brontosaurus were herbivores. Herbivores only eat plants and flowers. Pterodactyl was one of the few dinosaurs that could fly. Triceratops, with its distinctive three horns, was one of the last of the dinosaurs to become extinct. Finally, we looked at fossils. Fossils are the remains of dinosaurs and are the only evidence we have that they ever even existed! Fossils are formed when the bones of an animal are preserved in stone. Over 1000s of years, these stones are eroded by wind and rain, which eventually reveals the fossilised remains. We made timelines to show how this...

Diwali-The Festival of Lights!

Diwali is celebrated by Hindus in India and all around the world in October or November. It is the Hindu New Year and is either a 3-day or 5-day holiday depending on where you come from.  It is a very exciting and colourful holiday. Homes are cleaned to welcome the New Year and windows are opened so that the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, can enter. It is believed that she cannot enter a house which is not lit up, so every household burns special Diwali clay lamps (diyas) to light the way for the goddess, which is why the holiday is also known as the Festival of Lights. Children have a holiday from school. Presents are given and delicious holiday food is prepared and exchanged. New clothes and jewellery are worn. Parties are held, and dice and card games are played. Fireworks and firecrackers are set off to warn off evil spirits, so it is a noisy holiday too! The last day of the holiday is a special day for brothers and sisters called Bhaiya-Dooj (or Bhaidooj, or Bhai Dooj). Brothers give special presents to their sisters, who cook for them and look after them. In 3rd Class in Seomra Naoise we designed Rangoli Art to celebrate Diwali. Check out some of our wonderful are below!...