We learned all about the life cycle of the Robin. We sequenced the life cycle and made beautiful robins in Art.
On this page you will find information about the work we have completed as a school towards achieving our third SFI Plaque of STEM award.
Step 1: Science
Ms. Murphy's Junior Infants discussed and identified some common trees and then went on an autumn nature walk to observe these trees and the seasonal changes they were undergoing. We collected leaves, fruits and seeds on our nature walk and explored and examined these in greater detail when we returned to the classroom. We observed the leaves we had collected and decided which tree they came from by comparing them to pictures of different leaves on our whiteboard. We then used some of the leaves we had collected to make leaf lanterns.
Ms. Murphy's Junior Infants also carried out an experiment to find out how plants drink. Each group got two cups, poured some water into their cups and coloured the water red using food colouring. Each group put a white flower into one cup and celery into the other cup. We marked the water level on each cup with a marker also. We checked the flowers and celery each day and we saw the leaves of the flowers and celery begin to turn red and the water level in each cup begin to go down. We learned that water travels up the stem of the plant into the leaves and flowers. We recorded the steps involved in our experiment as well as the results of our experiment for display in the classroom.
Energy and Forces
Ms. Murphy's Junior Infants identified and named different colours, sorted objects into different sets according to colour and observed colours in the local environment by going on a colour hunt around the school. We also became aware of different shades of colour by completing colour tables and by using white paint to achieve different shades of colours in art activities.
Environmental Awareness and Care
During Space Week Ms. Murphy's Junior Infants learned about the Earth, the sun, the moon and the stars and also about night and day. We watched videos made by astronaut Chris Hadfield about sleeping, eating and brushing teeth on the International Space Station. We also created pictures of ourselves as astronauts in space and designed our own rockets too!