We recently completed group projects on various elements of Indian culture, following our teacher’s trip to Kolkata last summer. Each group researched and presented on a particular aspect of Indian culture such as food, religions and customs, clothing and festivals, animals, traditions, sports and languages, famous people. We learnt a lot of thing we did not know about India and how different some things are there, in comparison to Ireland. After researching, each group illustrated their findings on a poster before presenting it to the class. We peer and self-assessed the quality of our project presentations just before the Easter holidays. Some children mentioned they would love to visit India in the future. We can’t wait for our next group projects!
We have been learning about the Global Goals for Sustainable Develpment. These are a set of 17 goals agreed by the United Nations (UN).
These goals aim to to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change. We are taking part in the Our World Irish Aid Awards. This competiton aims to raise awareness of the goals.
We took part in a Skype lesson to learn more about the global goals. We learned about a town in Scotland where they successfully banned the use of plastic straws.
We also took part in a Skype lesson about the damage that is being done to the Coral Reefs by pollution.
Inspired by these lessons, we have decided to try and end the use of plastic straws. We have written to over 30 businesses in Balbriggan to ask them to stop selling or serving plastic straws.
We also wrote to Fingal County Council and Balbriggan Tidy Towns.
You can support us by not using single use plastic straws! You can see some pictures by clicking here.
We took part in Safer Internet Day on Wednesday 7th February.
We love using the internet. We use it for lots of reasons. We use it for entertainment, for socialising and for learning.
We learned how to stay safe when we are using the internet. The rules are SMART.
Thank you to Emily and Lucy from Ardgillan Community College for presenting their BT Young Scientist project to Ms. Walsh’s 4th class.
Emily and Lucy’s project was about the use of micro plastics in facial washes.
They were very informative and answered lots of questions. They were deleighted to hear all about Ms Walsh’s class project which was at the BT Young Scientist Fair.
We made rain gauges this week in Science .
We used 2 litre bottles. We cut the top off the bottle, turned the top part up-side-down and put it back into the bottle, like a funnel.
We marked the side of the bottle in centimeters (to measure the rain).
We will put the rain gauges outside.
We had a Mystery Skype today with St Louis School, Leamington, Ontario, Canada.
We found them, before they found us. It was great fun and it was our first Skype Call with Canada this year.
They are a 4th Grade class and their teacher is Ms. Reeb.
We hope to connect with them again.
We carried out some more experiments today.
They both involve chemical reactions. First we put ‘Mentos’ sweets into a bottle of ‘Coke’. It caused the Coke to gush out of the bottle.
Then we put baking soda into a balloon. We put the balloon over a bottle containing vinegar. When the baking soda is tipped into the vinegar a gas is released which fills the balloon.
We did lots of experiments today to celebrate science week.
- We put an egg into vinegar to see what would happen to it. We know that vinegar is an acid, so we made some predictions. We’ll check on the egg every day to see if it is changing.
- We put hot water on a circle of ‘Skittles’ sweets, it created a rainbow of colour.
- We put food dye onto a plate milk. Then we added a drop of soap. The soap breaks down the fat in the milk, causing the colours to swirl and mix.
- We put raisins into fizzy lemonade. The raisins initally sank and then they rose again (as the bubbles attached onto them) then they sink again (when the bubbles burst). We called this experiment, ‘Dancing Raisins’.
We had a visit on Friday from Eimer. She is a marine biologist. She works with sharks and seahorses. We learned a lot about sharks and we got the chance to handle some artifacts. Click on the link to see some pictures.
We had great fun today creating circuits. We made light bulbs light up, buzzers sound and motors spin!
Last Friday we had our first mystery Skype with a school in Japan.
The found us before we found them! We had lots of fun and they answered lots of questions for us about Japan. Their school in in Akita in the North of Japan.
We were learning about the legend of Helen of Troy today. We imagined we had had been chosen to hide in the wooden horse. We wrote about what it would have been like.
We illustrated our pictures.
Last week in school we noticed a little Hedgehog wandering around near our classroom. We became concerned because hedgehogs only come out at night as they are nocturnal creatures. We did some research online and found that they might come out during the day because they are sick, looking for somwhere to hibernate or looking for their mother and family.
On Friday afternoon, Ms Ferguson with the help of her class and Ms Hegarty got the Hedgehog into a box (ventilated box) and brought “Harry the Hedgehog” to Shenick Veterinary Clinic in Skerries where he was looked after by Sonya the Vet and her team. Sonya looked after Harry over the weekend, she ran tests, xrayed him and fed him lots.
This morning Sonya the Vet called Ms Ferguson to say he needed to gain more weight before hibernating so Harry will be staying with Yvonne in the Hedgehog Rescue Centre Dublin.
Keep an eye for more Harry the Hedgehog news!
We created our own personal Timelines in History this week. You can see more of them by clicking on the link.