Thursday, 29 April 2010
Today Judith came to our class and did some drama with us. She got us to do a very lively warm-up session to music, then we played some word and action copying games. They were fun. Lastly she introduced us to her shy friend Mersheen. He is a puppet and he is lovely. He shook our hands, gave us hugs and danced for us. Thank you Judith for such a great drama class.
Tuesday, 27 April 2010
Monday, 26 April 2010
Saturday, 24 April 2010
Videos: Planting our school garden
Thanks to Medtronic Foundation for their generous sponsorship of this project!
Week One, April 13th, 2010
Week Two, April 20th, 2010
Week Three, April 28th, 2010 Human food pyramid
Week Three, April 28th, 2010 Food art
Week Four, May 5th, 2010 Tasting fruit and vegetables, printing with food
Week Five, May 11th, 2010 Gardening & watching our plants grow
Week 6, May 18th, 2010 Gardening
Week 6, May 18th, 2010 Little creatures in our garden
Week 6, May 18th & 19th, 2010 Wishing tree and other food art
Week 7, May 24th, 2010 Mini Beast Hunt
Week 8, May 31st, 2010 Sheep's heart dissection
Week 1, Planting our school garden under the advice and help of Kay Synott, April 13th, 2010.Week 2, More planting and watering with Kay. Some of our seeds are coming up. Fantastic presentation from Brendan Smith all about healthy living.
Week 3, Making a human Food PyramidWeek 3, Food Art
Week 4, Tasting fruits and vegetables
Week 4, Printing faces with fruits and vegetablesWeek 5, Gardening and watching our plants grow
Week 6, Gardening
Week 6, Creatures in our class
Week 6, Wishing tree and more food art
Week 7, Mini beast hunt
Week 8 Sheep's heart dissection
Friday, 23 April 2010
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
We like to talk about things happening around us. We have been talking about the volcano in Iceland. Teacher showed us a great video of a helicopter flying over the volcano, and we saw great photos (you can see them too by clicking the links on our History and Geography page under the heading - Volcanoes).
Today we painted our own volcanoes. We think they look really realistic!
We are also talking about forces, pushing and pulling. We thought it would be very interesting to make a toy that worked by pushing and pulling it - a toy made with a lever. Since we have just planted lots of seeds, we thought a flower would be suitable.
Tuesday, 20 April 2010
- all living things need energy - we get energy from food and from the air around us
- all trees have lots of animal, insect and fungi life around them - the oak tree has up to 450 types of animal and plant life living with it
- that we breathe in Oxygen (O2) and breathe out Carbon Dioxide (CO2), plants and trees do the opposite - they breathe in CO2 and breathe out O2. We need lots of trees and plants around us so that we have plenty of clean Oxygen to breathe
- If there is too much CO2 we get the greenhouse effect - the heat on our planet gets trapped and this keeps our planet too warm, causing ice to melt, which is a huge problem for the dwindling numbers (20,000) of polar bears left on this planet
- We cut down on CO2 emessions by planting trees. Trees are often cut down for wood (desks, houses etc) or so food can be grown on land. We need to plant more and look after the trees we have on this planet
- Our organs - heart, lungs, digestive system, circulatory system (all explained with really interesting and easy to follow diagrams). Did you know that * if you joined all your blood vessels together they would wrap round the earth 4 times? * adults have 10 litres of blood in their bodies *your heart is the same size as your fist * it takes 24 hours to digest your food
- We learned about the food pyramid, and saw pictures of what would happen if you ate too much of the wrong foods, too little food, no food at all, too much food
- We learned about fish oils, the life cycle of the salmon, the legend of Fionn and the Salmon of Knowledge
- We learned about vitamins and water (70% of our bodies are made of water)
- That most pirates were ugly, because all their teeth were rotten and fell out because they had a disease called Scurvy which they got because they didn't eat any Vitamin C (the vitamin you get in Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and limes)
- Dangers of pollution to fish and turtles
- How to prevent pollution and to clean up litter
- How we will be able to eat food from our garden that will give us lots of vitamins and keep us healthy. What exactly an "organic garden" is - no artificial fertiliser or pest or weed killers
We finished up by watching an excellent video on Swans, made by 6th class in the Claddagh National school in Galway - well done class, we were so impressed and learned lots about swans by watching your video.
Well done to Brendan for a super super presentation, and for all the really interesting slides and photos you showed us, and the interesting things you told us. We will try to eat healthy food, exercise in a healthy way, keep everywhere clean and litter free and look after ourselves and our planet as best we can. Here is a picture of him taking a photo of our school garden. Wait till he sees it next time!
Monday, 19 April 2010
Thursday, 15 April 2010
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
Tuesday, 13 April 2010
Kay Synott has come to be our advisor. She had a meeting with Brendan Smith (who will help us learn about foods that are good for us, and how to keep ourselves and our hearts healthy) and our teacher. They have chosen a good spot for our garden - in the front of the school, in a lovely sunny spot.
When Kay arrived today she had a chat with our class and Mrs. Newell's class about which fruits and vegetables we should plant and why? We decided not to plant bananas or oranges since they don't grow well in Ireland! We can't plant crisps or chips but if we plant potatoes we hope we can make our own crisps and/or chips.
We helped Kay prepare the raised boxes. We did the smoothing of the compost, making seed drills, planting the seeds, writing the labels, fetching water from the water butt, and watering the seeds. All the while we talked about what seeds need to grow (air, warmth and water), what is counted as a weed (any plant that is growing where it shouldn't be) and how to look after the seeds we planted. We know we should eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day. We can't wait to try tasting the ones we planted.
Today we planted potatoes, sunflowers, onions, scallions, carrots and nasturtiums. Next Tuesday we will plant strawberries, spinach and peas. We just love gardening. Thanks Kay and Medtronic!!