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07-Samhain-17

Bubbleology – end of Science Week

Sue McGrath performed a science show today as part of Science Week. It was informative and entertaining at the same time. Sue spoke about Scientific Literacy and demonstrated making giant bubbles. That’s the end of Science Week for this year, thank you Ms O Toole for all your hard work organising a super week.

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Our Science Week Demonstration

Our class demonstrated refraction in the halla this week. Refraction is the bending of light as it travels from one medium to another.
First we shone a laser through a bottle of water – the laser shone straight through.
Then we put a hole in a bottle of water and let the water pour out. We shone the laser through the hole from the other side of the bottle and the laser beam followed the flow of the water down.

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We also demonstrated reflection with a mirror. Reflection occurs when a light ray hits a surface and bounces off. If the surface is flat the light rays will bounce off in the same direction. This type of reflection is called mirror reflection.

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What is Light?

Mr Higgins visited our classroom today and taught us all about light. We learned that light is an electromagnetic wave. We used diffraction grating glasses (which are marked with 17,500 parallel lines) to spread the light waves and produce a rainbow.

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Mr Higgins told us that lasers are used to cut and glue things together. We also learned that red, white and blue LED’s make white light.

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Mia and her Dad demonstrated the use of stents. It was an enjoyable visit and our class are very grateful to Mr Higgins for coming in to teach us today.

Science Week fun has begun ...

Mr Waters who is a structural engineer came in and spoke to our class about bridges today. We learned a lot of interesting facts, thank you Mr Waters. Later on in the afternoon we received some training in the use of AED’s and in CPR. We learned the location of the defibrillators in the village (Centra, Supervalu, Sweeney Oil and Áras Uilinn), practised chest compressions on a dummy and learned how to put someone into the recovery position.

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Learning about sound ...

Today we learned that sound is a type of energy made by vibrations. We learned about the history of the telephone and made our own telephones. First we tried a two way phone and were amazed at how well it worked. Then we tried a three way phone and took turns talking to one another.

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Explorers Aquarium in our Classroom

We are very lucky to have been chosen to take part in the Explorers Education Programme. This Explorers Education Programme is supported by the Marine Institute and is funded under the Marine Research Programme by the Irish Government. As part of the Programme we have been given a saltwater aquarium for four weeks. Mr Allard who is the Explorers Education Officer came to visit us last week to teach us all about marine living things. We enjoyed his fun quiz at the end of the visit and enjoyed learning about how to care for the animals in the aquarium. In our aquarium we have a starfish, a prawn, a hermit crab, a sand gobi, a flatfish and a sea anemone. We are looking forward to starting our projects on ocean literacy next week and have been enjoying watching our new friends settle in to their new home.

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Comhghairdeas Charlie

This October our class worked on procedural writing. We looked at the features of procedural writing and had an interesting lesson where we followed instructions step by step and drew Sponge Bob Square Pants. This exercise taught us the importance of writing out our instructions carefully. We had fun writing recipes for cookies, monster stew and slime.

At the end of the month we entered Aughnanure Castle’s spell competition and Charlie who is in sixth class won first prize. Comhgairdeas Charlie.

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Nov 2017

Rang a Cúig & Rang a Sé learned about colour tones in a recent art lesson. We learned that every colour can produce a variety of tones.

We added white to a colour of our choosing to create tints (lighter versions) of the colour.

We added black to create shades (darker versions) of the colour.

Do you like how our trees look faoi sholas na gealaí?

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Events
Samh
25 2017
Bag Packing in SuperValu
Samh
27 2017
Bric-a-brac Collection for Jumble Sale
Samh
30 2017
Jumble Sale
News
21-Samh-2017
The Parents Association have organised a bag backing fundraising event in Supervalu on 25th November in aid of the new school building.
20-Samh-2017
Scoil Mhuire Moycullen will be holding a Grand Jumble Sale on Thursday 30th November from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Halla Mór.
09-Samh-2017
We have a number of events organised for Science week and we would like to thank those parents who are helping out.
09-Samh-2017
Parent Teacher Meetings Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th
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