We had so much fun experimenting with circuits! Mrs. O’Connor gave us a challenge to get our bulbs lighting! We tried a number of different combinations. We found out that a simple circuit is made up of: 2 crocodile wires, 1 light bulb and 1 battery. They have to all be touching. When we replaced the battery with a rubber, it didn’t work but a coin did. We tried a number of different objects. We discovered that plastic is not a conductor of electricity but metal is. We also discussed the dangers of electricity and the different...
Seomra Setanta have been learning all about electricity. We have learned where electricity comes from, and some very important tips on how to be safe around electricity! We have also learned about Thomas Edison and his wonderful inventions like the first electric light bulb. While we were learning about light bulbs and electricity we made some simple circuits in groups. Here are some pictures of us in action. We talked about what life would have been like before electricity. We couldn’t image a life without TVs, phones, tablets and Playstations! We investigated what cooking would have been like without electricity. We called our test ‘Hand beater versus electric beater’. We put an equal amount of cream into two bowls. Posi tried to beat the cream with just a hand beater as fast as they could. At the exact same time Hania used an electric beater to beat cream. After only 2 minutes Hania was finished! Posi’s hand was very tied but he wasn’t even close to being finished! Electricity made whipping cream much easier and much faster! Miss Hillary brought in a typewriter for us. We tried to write our names using it. We really had to hit the keys hard! It was very difficult to do. Computers are much easier to type with! We are so happy to have electricity but we will always remember to be safe around...
Since we’ve come back after Christmas, we’ve been very busy in Seomra Aengus! In maths we have been learning how to subtract big numbers using re-naming. In History and Science our topic this month is Light and Electricity. We discussed the famous inventor Thomas Edison and how he invented the light bulb. Discussions around this included: Making our own inventions and What life would be like before the light bulb? We also used dark boxes to investigate what objects we could see and what objects we couldn’t see at all. We found that shiny objects were easier to see. We talked about the words ‘transparent’, ‘translucent’ and ‘opaque’. In groups, divided objects into these categories. We have been working hard in our reading groups and we are fast becoming experts in the “Building Bridges” programme. This month we are focusing on ‘Determining Importance’. A game we love to play to help us with our addition and subtraction tables is called “Bang! Bang!” See the pictures below. Our class novel this term is called “George’s Marvellous Medicine”....
Seomra Setanta have been learning how to writing instructions. There are lots of different types of instructions we can write. For example instructions can tell you how to play a game, how to build something or how to cook a recipe. We decided to bake brownies and write the recipe. For our brownies we used butter, brownie mix and eggs. We worked together to make them. After we mixed all the ingredients, we put the mixture into the oven. When they were done it was very hard to wait for them to cool down! While we were waiting we wrote the recipe. The brownies were delicious. We had great fun baking! ...
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