Dec
22
Filed Under (5th Class, History) by Niamh OSullivan on 22-12-2017
Dec
22
Filed Under (Classes) by Niamh OSullivan on 22-12-2017
Dec
22
Filed Under (5th Class) by Niamh OSullivan on 22-12-2017

Last Friday the two 5th classes really got into the Christmas spirit by singing carols outside SuperValu in Tramore. They raised almost €300 for Saint Vincent de Paul. It was great to see so many familiar faces on the day! Thanks to all who supported the good cause.

Dec
19
Filed Under (Classes) by Niamh OSullivan on 19-12-2017
Dec
17
Filed Under (5th Class, Green Schools, Science) by Mr. Ó Cathasaigh on 17-12-2017

Dr. Úna Fitzpatrick talking to Rang 5 and our Green Schools team.

Last Tuesday, we were delighted to welcome a biodiversity expert into our classroom.  Dr. Úna Fitzpatrick works in the National Biodiversity Data Centre and has been very involved in the creation of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan.  She came in to us (with the support of the Tramore Eco Group) to speak to us specifically about bees – how important they are to us, and how best we can help them along too!

All-Ireland Pollinator Plan

So bees – they make honey, right?  Actually, only one type of bee in Ireland makes honey, but there are 98 other species of bee that help us through their pollination work.  Dr. Fitzpatrick told us about their life cycle, where they like to nest and what flowers they like to feed on (did you know that purple is a bee’s favourite colour?).  She also told us that many of our bee species are under threat because how we garden and how we grow our food means that they have less to feed on at important times of their life cycle.

Bee Friendly Tramore

At the end of her talk, Dr. Fitzpatrick talked to us about what we could do to help our pollinators.  Small things like not cutting the grass so often in summer can make a big difference, letting wild flowers like clover pop their flowers out.  Also, dandelions are a really important source of food for queens in the early spring – so let them grow!

Image result for bee and dandelion

Over the next few months, we hope to work with the Tramore Eco Group, Tramore Tidy Towns and Waterford Council to put some of these ideas into action both in our school and around our beautiful town.  If Tramore is such a wonderful place for people, why not make it a great place for pollinators as well?  Many thanks to Dr. Fitzpatrick for her time and the Tramore Eco Group for helping to organise.  And hey – they don’t actually want to sting us!

Question Time!

Dec
05
Filed Under (3rd Class, English, Senior Infants) by Ms. Dreelan on 05-12-2017

The children in Third Class have been working with their buddy readers in Senior Infants. Third Class have been going through their letters, sounds, and word bags with them. The children have also been enjoying listening as Senior Infants practise their reading from books.

Dec
05
Filed Under (3rd Class, History) by Ms. Dreelan on 05-12-2017

Most of us watched The Late Late Toy Show at the weekend. This week we are bringing in our own toys so we can tell the rest of the class about them.

Dec
05
Filed Under (3rd Class, 4th Class) by Ms. Dreelan on 05-12-2017

Third and Fourth Classes were swapping teachers so that they could do plenty of experiments for Science Week.

Experiment 1: Bacteria (Ms. Britton)
Children collected samples from around the school and watched as bacteria grew in sealed agar plates. Ugh!

Experiment 2: Myself (Ms. Dreelan)
Children investigated some scientific facts about themselves. They took fingerprints, found out which is their dominant eye and investigated the blind spot in their eyes.

Experiment 3: Lava Lamp (Ms. Fitzpatrick)
Children experimented to see how oil, water, food colouring and an Alka Seltzer tablet can be changed by mixing.

Experiment 4: Colour Walking (Ms. O’Neachtain)
Children investigated to see how ink separates into constituent colours by putting marker on blotting paper.

Dec
05
Filed Under (3rd Class, Maths) by Ms. Dreelan on 05-12-2017

We have been learning about the properties of regular and irregular 2-D shapes: squares, rectangles, ovals, circles, triangles, hexagons, and semi-circles.

In our groups, we made creatures using 2-D shapes.

Dec
05
Filed Under (3rd Class, Geography, History, Science, Uncategorized) by Ms. Dreelan on 05-12-2017

We have been learning about Egypt and the Ancient Egyptians. We made pyramids using cocktail sticks and marshmallows!

For fun, we got together in our literacy groups and we challenged eachother to see who could make the tallest tower. Group 1 won – their tower measured 30cm in height! Well done Helenka, Isaac, Christopher and April!