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!
We really enjoy peer teaching when we make science presentations to our friends in other classes.
We learn so much from one another.
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.
Every class in the school enjoys using our School iPads.
We use them for research and for lessons.
We love revising our Tables in the yard using Hopscotch.
Who knew Tables could be such fun?
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).
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.
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.
We like using Target Boards to revise different types of numbers which are written in many different ways.
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!!
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?
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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!
Children researching for their projects using the school’s newly acquired iPads!! Everyone enjoys iPad time!
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!!! Fab !!!
Washing up liquid really does work!! We dropped different coloured food dyes into a saucer of milk. We were fascinated to see the food dye move away from the washing-up liquid when the washing-up liquid was dropped slowly onto the milk using a cotton bud
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!
Kevin Sweeney from Astronomy Ireland captivated all the children in the Senior School with his interesting presentation on the Planets and the Solar System.
Rang a sé want to wish the Dublin footballers the best of luck this weekend in the final. They felt extremely proud turning up to school today wearing blue.