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!
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.
Down below we can see photos of the Rocket Launches!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!
We went to the National Sports Campus and the Aquatic Centre in Abbotstown for our school tour. We visited the athletics and the gymnastics arena. We tried out trampolining, walking on the beams and the foam pit. We jumped off the springboard also. We ran a relay on the track and got to try out the long jump and the high jump.
After lunch we walked to the Aquatic Centre. We had great fun in the pool on the slides and in the lazy river.
We all agreed that it was a fantastic day out and we would recommend it to other fourth classes.
On Monday 19th June the children from 4th class in St. Fiachra’s (Room 9 and 14) visited the Casino, Marino. On our arrival we were warmly welcomed by our friendly guides Ruth and Ray. We learned a lot about the outside of the building first and the many tricks the architect used when designing the Casino. We saw the urn which is really a chimney and the pillars which are used for drainage.
Next we went inside and visited some of the sixteen rooms which make up the Casino. Our guides pointed out the symmetry between the floor and the ceiling and the “poisonous” wallpaper. We enjoyed visiting the “bling wing” and especially hearing the stories about the women’s wigs. Lastly, we were lucky enough to go down into the tunnels which were used during the Easter Rising and the Civil War.
It was an excellent tour and our guides explained everything very well. We really enjoyed the visit and hopefully we will get a chance to visit again next year.
We have been very busy doing lots of Christmas art projects. One of our favourite ones has been making a snowman from socks. We filled a sock with rice and then decorated it with googly eyes, pieces of fabric and buttons. It was great fun.