This week as part of Science Week children in 6th class were looking at Google X – The Moonshot Factory, Googles top secret innovation department. Google X create some radical technologies to solve some of the worlds problems. https://x.company/ Children used this as inspiration to link the Global Goals with Google X and present a presentation about how they could solve the worlds toughest problems. The presentations were very innovative and were presented using different media. Some ideas included Drone technology, plant based medical research facilities, Wasteshark, solar powered technology to name but a few. Our presentations will be on display during the science fair. Children also completed a number of STEM challenges and looked at the life and work of Pierre and Marie Curie. Children in 6th class will also be visiting the Cool Planet Climate Change exhibition in Powerscourt on Tuesday 20th of November.
Last week, our Active Schools team made up of Ruairí & Jodie from 5th class along with Alice and Molly from 6th class surveyed our school to find out what clubs we are members of.
There were some interesting results.
We found out that our pupils are members in over 30 clubs around Dublin.
The most popular clubs were Leicester Celtic, Ballinteer St. John’s and Rathgar Hockey Club.
Find out more on our Active Schools noticeboard outside the library!
Senior Infants have been really enjoying their Aistear time this year. Aistear is a play based approach to learning with a new theme every month. Each table has a different activity every day such as arts & craft, construction, role play, water play, literacy etc. This month we have been learning all about homes. Have a look at some of our pictures,
This is the construction group. One group worked together to make a bungalow and the other made a castle.
The arts & craft group drew a picture of their family and made a frame in the shape of a house.
The fine motor group designed houses and cut out different shapes.
On Tuesday, October 23 Third Class went on a visit to Trinity College to see the Book of Kells. The children have been learning lots about early Christian Ireland and the Book of Kells in recent weeks and they really impressed their guide, Sinéad, with the amount of knowledge they had at their fingertips. Sinéad gave them a guided tour of the exhibition, showing them real velum and quills just like the monks used to use. They saw the book itself in its glass case and learned how important it is that it is kept in a carefully controlled environment. They went on to visit Trinity’s famous Long Room, with its amazing barrel-vaulted ceiling . Third Class now know that it is 65 metres long and has over 200,000 books!! They heard a lovely story about a very famous cat, Pangur Bán. Before going back to school the children also got to visit the geology building, where they saw the skeletons of giant red deer and the amazing use of stone from all over Ireland throughout the building. It was a great day and a well-deserved reward for the children’s hard work on their Book of Kells inspired stories.
2nd class and Junior Infants had a busy week making scarecrows. Pop up to St Enda’s Park during Hallow’een to see them displayed and give them your vote!
Patricia & Katie
As part of Maths week, 6th class students worked collaboratively to create a Maths Trail for 2nd class. Then they took groups of 2nd class children around the school environment to explore all the elements of the 2nd class Maths curriculum. Armed with lots of resources including tablets, the 6th class children guided their Maths buddies through a range of problem solving skills throughout the school. Second class children showed great inquiry skills and loved the challenges set for them by the 6th class boys and girls. The 6th class boys and girls have to be commended for their leadership and for helping the younger children develop their Maths skills. The weather was great and we had a great time focusing on STEM.
Ronan and Patricia