In January, 4th class took part in a range of fun activities for STEM Week. We participated in an orienteering activity that took place around the grounds of the school. We learned how to interpret a map and follow it correctly. It was like going on a treasure hunt. We were lucky enough to have two sessions of Bricí Spraoi during this week. The girls built cars, castles, obstacle courses, swimming pools and much more. During this time, we also made human clock.
We had a Science Exhibition where the class was divided up into groups to perform different science experiments for their families. We demonstrated how air pressure works, the transport of water through a plant, how to test for starch using iodine, how strong magnets are, how levers work and how to inflate a balloon using baking soda and vinegar. The girls worked really hard and learned a lot of new information and vocabulary. It was a great success.
Health Promotion Week
We did loads of things for Health Promotion Week. We kept a food diary, took part in a whole school movement break and went for a walk down Strawberry Hill. But our favourite thing to do for the week was the fruit tasting. We tried kiwis, raspberries, watermelon, honeydew melon, blueberries and pineapple. Yum!!!
This term we started debating. We have covered topics such as “Should all schools be co-educational?” “Should children have televisions in their bedrooms?” “Should all violent video games be banned?” and “Should we be allowed to wear our own clothes to school?” All the girls who participated so far have done a great job with researching information and delivering their persuasive speeches.
The girls have been so good for December that we decided to do some baking. We all mixed flour, eggs and sugar to create our buns. The girls decorated them beautifully with icing sugar and sprinkles. However, they didn’t last long as the girls couldn’t resist sampling them.
The girls have been reading the novel “The Witches” by Roald Dahl for the past few months. They have thoroughly enjoyed predicting what will happen to the boy and his grandmother and will they succeed in getting rid of all the witches. We watched the film while comparing and contrasting the different storylines.
The girls have been working so hard on their Irish this year. During November we focused on the theme of clothes and shopping. The girls split up into small groups, wrote their own dramas and performed them for the class- props and all. Everyone did an excellent job. An mhaith ar fad!!