We had great fun investigating materials and learning how they can be used in construction. The class were set a challenge. They had to design and create a pararchute, using an appropriate material, that would land a lego figure safely to the ground. We began our leaning by exploring the characteristics of parachutes and what makes them work successfully. We learned that the material used must be durable but lightweight and must create air resistence as it falls. We explored the shape of parachutes and thought about whether a rectangular or dome shaped parachute would be most effective. Then the children began to design and test materials for their parachute before coming up with their final design. The children worked so hard, all the time trying to improve their construction before the final test. Needless to say, the children loved testing their parachutes from the balcony outside their classroom. After our experiment, we reviewed our designs and thought about what we might improve next time around!
Before the midterm break, 4th class took part in a maths trail in the school hall. Each team had 4 members and had three trails to solve in the given time. Each question answered revealed a symbol and in turn the symbol represented a letter needed to crack the trail code. We were delighted to put all of our hard work and learning to use in a practical and fun way!
The Daily Mile Programme
The Daily Mile Programme is an inititive that sees primary school children run or jog at their own pace for 15 minutes everyday to improve their mental and physical health. We have been having great fun and improving our fitness all in one!
For the past number of weeks, we have been participating in STEM workshops facilitated by Depuy Synthes (Johnson & Johnson) engineers each Friday. We have been working with the Lego Mindstorms Education Pack to design, build and programme a lego robot to complete various tasks. We have learned how to create code to make our robot move in various directions, react to different colours, move using sensors, say a word on a given signal and much more. This opportunity has allowed us to develop our collaboration, critical thinking, communication and creativity skills.
Our School Garden
We were very lucky to be given the opportunity to harvest the vegetables that had grown in our school garden. This was an excellent opportunity for us to link science and the environment and to discuss topics such as plant life, ecosystems, pollination, conservation and sustainability. Together we listed all the positive reasons for having a school garden and decided that it is so important that we each take an individual responsibility to care for and nuture our natural environment both within the school and in our local community! We harvested our vegetables just in time for the Rathcormac Community Council Autumn Show. Check out our award-winning wonky carrot, giant beetroot and herb below!