Category Archives: Ms Brennocks Class

Green School Committee Tour

The Green School Committee went on a tour of the Rediscovery Centre today. It was a beautiful sunny day as we set of!

We got to the centre just before 10 am and we met the Education Officer Roberta. We also met Sarah and Emily.

She explained all the fun activities that we would be doing.

First we played a game where we were otters looking for fish in a polluted river. It was great fun.

Then we had to be birds looking for worms in the garden!

Next we went ‘pond dipping’ looking at all the life forms in the centre’s pond. We also went on a mini-beast hunt on the roof garden.

After lunch we had a tour of the centre and made some bug hotels.

We had a fantastic day and learned a lot about biodiversity.

Click on the link to see more photographs.

3rd Class School Tour

On Tuesday we went on our School Tour. We went to ‘Let’s Go’ in Gormanston.

We were all in school early, at 8.40, but the bus was late arriving, because it broke down on the way to our school!

We eventually all arrived in Gormanston and the fun began.

We did lots of activities including Zorbing, Go Karting, iPad orienteering, climbing and bouncy castles.

We had a great day and arrived home exhausted!

 

Tom, Andy, Gatsby and Nico!

Today the 3rd classes enjoyed a visit from Tom (with his dog Gatsby) and Andy (wiht his dog Nico). Both Tom and Andy are blind. Their lovely dogs are guide dogs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom and Andy told us about how they manage everyday tasks like cooking, getting around and telling the time.

Tom showed us a book in Braille and an old Braille watch. He uses a talking watch or an app on his phonenow. He also showed us Braille playing cards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom and Andy explained how guide dogs are trained from the time that they are just puppies.

Tom explained that it is very important not to disturb a working guide dog – they are working if they have their harness on.

 

 

 

He said it was very important never to block footpaths and said it’s a good idea to offer help to a blind person at pedestrian crossings.

We got the chance to ask them both loads of questions and we learned a lot from them. Tom has been to Goodison park to watch a football match and has travelled a lot. Both Tom and Andy agree that their dogs are very important to them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andy surprised us all with a song when their presentation was over. He sang the Beatles song, Blackbird. He is a finalist in Balbriggan’s Got Talent on Sunday night! We wish him all the very best!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conure Egg

Mia, very kindly brought in an egg that her pet bird had laid. Her bird is a conure and its egg is very tiny! It was safely wrapped in a little box and we were very careful when we were looking at it.

We had never heard of a conure bird, so we looked them up on the internet. They look like the birds in this picture.

 

 

 

Sound

We carried our some fun expeirments today to learn about sound!

We used tuning forks dipped into water to show that sound causes vibrations!

We used elastic bands to create mini string instruments!

We used straws to make mini wind instruments!

Finally we made a ‘string telphone’ to test whether sound would travel along a piece of string! It did.

We made lots of of noise! (Click on the link to see more pictures.)