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Science Presentation – Paddy Madden

Paddy Madden

Our school was so lucky to have a Science Presentation by Paddy Madden, a Lecturer on Social Environmental and Science Education at Marino Institute of Education.

We loved listening to Paddy’s stories about the plants, animals and mini-beasts of Ireland. He showed us lots of interesting plants, bugs, shells, rocks, animals homes, insect hotels – so many many things! We could listen to Paddy forever!

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Third Classes were so lucky!

Ciarán Murphy, an engineer with IBM came into the Third Classes to do the K’nex Challenge with the children!

Weren’t they so lucky?

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‘Science Buzz’ Presentations – Joint Science Event with Belvedere College

St. Fiachra’s SNS and Belvedere College participate in a joint Science event each year in our school. The secondary school boys present many different Science Experiments to our Third Classes. The Third Classes participate in hands-on activities during these presentations.

Science Buzz is an annual event in our school and is a very enjoyable experience for students in both schools.

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Down below we can see photos of the Rocket Launches!

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Science Presentations to other classes

We really enjoy peer teaching when we make science presentations to our friends in other classes.

We learn so much from one another.

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Many classes in our school enjoy Scratch which is on our School iPads.

Scratch is a free programming language where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations.


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iPad Use

Every class in the school enjoys using our School iPads.

We use them for research and for lessons.


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Strand: Living Things (Plants and Animals) Hairy Heads

Look at the Hairy Heads which we made!

We planted grass seeds in a sock. There was  soil in the sock. We placed the sock in a plastic cup, watered the seeds and waited!

We did not have  to wait long to see the hair grow.

Hairy Heads! Cute!!!

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Revising our Tables using Hopscotch

We love revising our Tables in the yard using Hopscotch.

Who knew Tables could be such fun?


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Comparing Weights

Did you realise that a hummingbird weighed only 1g???



4th Class thought that this fact was absolutely fascinating!!

They decided to compare the weight of the hummingbird to 100g, 200g, 300g, 400g, 500g, 600g, 700g, 800g, 900g, 1000g (1kg).

See below how they compared the weights.


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Making 3D Shapes

These colourful 3D Shapes were made by 4th Class. Well done!



BYOD – Bring Your Own Device

Here we see a 6th  class who use their own digital device on a Wednesday in school.

They use their own digital device for schoolwork in school on a Wednesday.

Wednesday is called BYOD day (Bring Your Own Device).



Prezi and PowerPoint

In our school we use many different digital methods when we present our projects.

Prezi and PowerPoint are two of the digital presentation methods which we use.




Maths Noticeboards

There were wonderful Maths Display noticeboards in many areas of our school during Maths Week. They were bright and colourful with so many interesting mathematical facts on display. We learned so much from these noticeboards.


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Making and Using Home-made Balances for Weight

Look at these fantastic homemade balances which 4th Class made while studying about Weight. Wow! They used a coat hanger, string and two plastic cups to make these fabulous balances. They work brilliantly and were so useful for comparing different weights. Super work!


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Using our Mathematical skills to buy food

4th Class has been busy using their mathematical skills to do some shopping. They were using Shopping Catalogues    to buy ingredients for a nutritious cheap dinner. Yummy!

What ingredients did they choose?

Whose dinner was the cheapest? What was the cost of this dinner?

Whose dinner was the most expensive? What was the cost of this dinner?

What ingredients were used in each dinner?

What change did they get from €10?

What was the difference between the cheapest dinner and the most expensive dinner?


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4th Class Maths Trail

4th Class took advantage of the recent fine weather by organising a new outdoor Maths Trail. The children had great fun as they  searched all over our school grounds to solve the mathematical clues. There was a great variety of mathematical skills in use solving these clues.


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Target Boards

We like using Target Boards to revise different types of numbers which are written in many different ways.


Maths Table Quiz

During Maths Week we all enjoyed a Maths Table Quiz in our classrooms. We worked in small groups and had great fun working together on the answers to the questions which were shown on our Interactive White Boards.


Do you have Maths’ Eyes?

During Maths Week we became very aware of evidence of Maths all around us.

We hadn’t really noticed before but when it was brought to our attention, we noticed Maths everywhere! We had lots of posters around the school illustrating Maths in our environment. We discovered Maths everywhere!!

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Maths Trails

Third and Fourth Classes really enjoyed doing a Maths Trail around the school and the school grounds.

Fifth and Sixth Classes also enjoyed a more challenging School Maths Trail.

Who knew Maths could be so much fun?

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‘Energy and Forces’ Strand – Rocket Design – Integrating Maths and Science

Sixth Class really enjoyed designing their Space Rockets. The rockets are based on stored energy.

Working in groups, they used insulating pipe foam to make the main body of the rocket. They used card templates for the fins.  The fins keep the rockets pointed in the correct direction.  They then used  masking tape to hold everything together!!

The children constructed a protractor to see the best angle to use which would propel the rocket the furthest distance. They punched a hole in the protractor and added string. They put BluTac on the end of the string which worked as a weight.

Using an elastic band and a wooden metre stick, they launched their rockets!!

When they pulled back the elastic band, the elastic band stored the energy. Then when the elastic band is let go, it releases this energy as it returns to its original length.

The children then measured the length each rocket flew. They compared the different lengths and established whose rocket flew the longest distance and the shortest distance.

One rocket even landed in the basketball hoop!! Can you spot it?!

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‘Energy and Forces’ Strand – Electricity

Third Class learned lots about electricity.

They learned about the dangers and the benefits of electricity.

They had lots of fun and really enjoyed the lessons! What ‘bright sparks’ they are!!


‘Living Things’ Strand – Healthy Bodies

Third class children learned about healthy eating and looking after our bodies.

They made individual food pyramids and skeletons.

They enjoyed learning about bones and making our bodies strong.


Integrating Maths and Science – Our Food Pyramid

Third Class learned about Capacity,  Weight and 3D Shape in Maths.

They then explored the topic of Healthy Eating in Science class.

They  integrated this knowledge and constructed this fantastic Food Pyramid on their classroom wall!

It is so easy to see the foods which we should eat sparingly!

And also the foods which we should eat regularly! Well done, Third Class!


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Living Things Strand: Keeping our Bodies Healthy

Strand Unit:Plants and Animals

Theme: Keeping our Bodies Healthy

Third Class learned about keeping our teeth healthy.

They explored the different types of adult teeth and made teeth from plasticine. They started by making gums and then added the teeth. They had to be careful to place the teeth in the right place.

They learned about the functions of our four different types of teeth: canines, incisors, premolars and molars!



‘Living Things’ Science Strand – Planting

Fifth class demonstrate their ‘green fingers’ as each child plants their seedlings in individual pots. They will eagerly follow the growth journey of their own seedling – making sure that the seedlings get sufficient light and water.

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Science Presentation in Beaumont Hospital by the Royal College of Surgeons to St. Fiachra’s SNS students

It’s not every day that our students are invited to Beaumont Hospital  for a Science Presentation by the  tutors of  the Royal College of Surgeons!

St. Fiachra’s 6th class students put on the white coats and surgical gloves and participated in a myriad of fascinating scientific experiments. They got the opportunity to use various items of medical equipment. Everybody was enraptured by this experience! A fascinating day for our students!

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‘Materials’ Science Strand – Amazing Triangles

It’s amazing all the scientific knowledge that can be discovered from a box of cocktail sticks and a bag of mini-marshmallows!!!!

Fifth class used their skills of experimenting, designing and making, investigating, observing and and analysing to conclude that the triangle is a strong shape which is used to support structures.

If a brace is put diagonally across a square, we create two triangles and a much stronger shape. The triangle is a very popular building shape because it is not easily distorted.

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‘Environmental Awareness and Care’ Science Strand – Caring for our School Environment

Third Classes are very busy planting and maintaining the flower beds in the school courtyards. These flower beds make our school look so pretty and colourful. Lots of watering and weeding to be done on a daily basis to care for the flowers and plants. What great gardeners we have in St. Fiachra’s SNS!! Our brightly coloured flowers attract lots of butterflies, bees and insects.

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‘Living Things’ Science Strand – Planting Spring flowers

Spring is in the air! Time to get planting with our school friends!

Looking forward to seeing these flowers bloom shortly!

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Maths Week

Maths Week In St.Fiachras Is Great Fun!!!



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Design and Make a Car Ferry

Each  group of four children designed and made a car ferry. The car ferry had to have a ramp for cars and lorries and had to be capable of holding passengers and ten play cars. Obviously, it also had to float! We tested each car ferry in a large container of water to make sure that each group had met the criteria given! We had lots of fun!


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Making Oobleck

Oobleck is a weird substance!!

Oobleck is a non-Newtonian fluid; it has properties of both liquids and solids.


If you hit the substance with force, it becomes a solid.

If you slowly lower your fingers into the substance, it becomes a liquid.

Weird, eh??

Here are the ingredients you need to make it:

  • cornstarch / cornpowder
  • warm water

We used three parts cornstarch and one part warm water. Mix together.

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An Electro-Magnet

Want to turn a bar of metal into a magnet? We were shown how to do this by this young scientist!

Firstly, wrap copper around a bar of metal. Next, connect one end of the copper wire to a switch. Then, tape down the copper wire so it doesn’t fall out of place. Finally,  flick the switch and the bar has magnetic properties.

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Making a Lava Lamp

See how easy it is to make a Lava Lamp. The boys mixed oil, water, food dye and an Alka-seltzer tablet in a bottle and admired the chemical reaction! Cool!!IMG_0475 IMG_0480 IMG_0481 IMG_0483 IMG_0489 IMG_0490

Reaction of Baking Powder on Malt Vinegar

Watch what happened when baking powder was put in a balloon and dropped in on top of a bottle of malt vinegar!! Their chemical reaction created a gas which inflated the balloon!  Wow! Almost like magic!!

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Making Slime!

Want to make slime? Mix cornstarch and hair conditioner! Success!

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The Crazy Scientist

What fun we had when the Crazy Scientist visited our school and gave a hilarious science presentation in the hall! He needed lots of volunteers to help with his scientific experiments. No shortage of volunteers! We really enjoyed his talk and learned so much from his experiments.

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One way to make plastic

We were fascinated to see plastic being made out of milk and vinegar. The milk and vinegar were heated in the microwave and then mixed together until small lumps started to form. Food dye was added.  The lumps were shaped and left to cool overnight! Job done! Plastic made! We were amazed!IMG_0463 IMG_0465

Science Presentation by a Perfusionist

The Senior School had a most interesting science presentation by Damien Stafford, Senior Perfusionist in the  Mater Private Hospital.

A perfusionist   is a healthcare professional who uses the cardiopulmonary bypass machine (heart–lung machine) during cardiac surgery.

We saw photos of the life-changing machinery which keep people alive during heart and lung transplants. It was fascinating to hear about this amazing lifesaving work which is going on in our hospitals by our health professionals.  We learned how to become a perfusionist and also how to keep our hearts healthy by exercising regularly and avoiding unhealthy foods.

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Science presentation – Firefighters

Firefighters, Conor Keegan and Andy Cullen, gave us a very interesting science presentation on fire safety and fire fighting. We saw practical firefighting techniques and equipment.We were fascinated!!

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Using iPads

Children researching for their projects using the school’s newly acquired iPads!! Everyone enjoys  iPad time!

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Designing and Making a Hovercraft

It’s amazing what we can design and make with a bottle cap, BluTac, a CD and a balloon!! Yes, can you believe that a hovercraft can be made using these simple items?! When everything is assembled, put the inflated balloon and watch the hovercraft glide!!! FabIMG_0466 IMG_0467 IMG_0468 IMG_0469!!!

The effect of washing-up liquid on food dye

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Volcano Erupting

Wow! A volcano eruption in the St. Fiachra’s Senior school yard. We really enjoying watching a homemade volcano erupt spectacularly – thanks to the chemical reaction of  baking soda and vinegar! Very impressive! You can understand why this experiment took place outdoors!IMG_0535 IMG_0536 IMG_0540 IMG_0542 IMG_0545 IMG_0547 IMG_0549 IMG_0551

Presentation by an Engineer

Robert Finn, a mechanical engineer, gave a very interesting presentation to all the classes in the hall. We learned about the different types of engineering and how one becomes an engineer! It was a fascinating talk! There were many future engineers in the audience!IMG_0566 IMG_0567 IMG_0569 IMG_0571 IMG_0575 IMG_0581

Science Week Presentation – November 2017

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Kevin Sweeney from Astronomy Ireland captivated all the children in the Senior School with his interesting presentation on the Planets and the Solar System.


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