Monthly Archives: April 2014

Parachutes Away!

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In science, we have been learning about forces.  Last week we investigated air resistance and its effect on different sized parachutes. 

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Each group made three parachutes with string, playdoh and a black plastic bag.  Each parachute was a different size (15cm X 15cm, 30cmX 30cm and 50cm X 50cm).  To ensure it was a fair test, the string and playdoh were the same size for each parachute. We only changed the size of the parachute canopy. 

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Next we dropped the parachutes from the second floor down to the infant corridor.  We found out that the smallest parachute travelled the fastest and landed first.  The largest parachute travelled the slowest because of air resistance (the size and shape of the canopy trapped the most air which reduced its speed). 

 

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Book Blitz Award Ceremony!

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With the arrival of the Easter holidays, our Book Blitz Challenge came to an end.  We marked the ending with a presentation to reward the super achievement of all our avid readers!

Children reading up to 20 books received a platinum award, reading up to 15 books received a gold award, reading up to 10 books received a silver award and reading up to 5 books received a bronze award.  Well done fourth class!

Platinum winners: Emma, Abby and Padraig

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Gold winners: Ruth, Katie, Naomi, Seán and Josh

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Silver winners: Tara, Keisha, Robyn, Steven, Mikotaj, Jessica and Emma

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Bronze winners: Ella, Sophie, Gwen, Tom, Ciara, Cian, Ben, Darragh and James.

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Bronze winners: Paige, Mark, Conall, Evan, Jack, Ella and Sophie

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Final Group Book Blitz Chain!

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Easter Pom Pom Creatures!

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For the past couple of art sessions, we made pom pom creatures from wool! With much patience and concentration, fourth class created some fantastic wool creatures, decorating with a variety of fabrics and of course googly eyes! Well done fourth class!

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The Great Jelly Race!

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We are learning about friction in science.  Today we timed ourselves transferring jelly cubes from one bowl to another using two pencils.  We then added oil (a lubricant) to the jelly and repeated the task.  We discovered that friction between the two surfaces (pencil and jelly) was greatly reduced with the addition of oil/ a lubricant.  It proved very challenging to grip the jelly with the oil!

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Friction Fun!

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In science, we are learning about friction.  We carried out an experiment testing how far a marble will travel on different surfaces.  We found out that the bubblewrap and hessian surfaces had the most friction, causing the marble to slow down.  We found that plastic and card had the least friction resulting in the marble travelling quicker.

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Lines and Angles Hunt!

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To consolidate our work on lines and angles, we took to the school grounds in search of a different lines (parallel, perpendicular and intersecting) and angles (right, acute and obtuse).  Using our geostrips, we discovered lots of lines and angles in our school environment.

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