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A big well done to all of the pupils in 5th class who took part in the engineering challenge to help mark Engineers Week! We had some amazing bridges, boats, rockets, planes and even a helicopter! It's safe to say that there are some very talented engineers in our midst! Check out some of the amazing designs below!
Junior Entrepreneur Programme
Both 5th classes are busy working on the Junior Entrepreneur Programme. The first stage of the programme involved working in groups and coming up with business ideas. These ideas were then pitched to our three Dragons Ms Tiernan-Bell, Ms Kellett and Mr Peter Kierans from Anglo Printers during our Dragon's Den. The competition was tough and all of the groups were excellent. The two successful ideas were Beanie Beamz and EZ Bakes. We were then very fortunate to have Mr Bernard Meade from Meade Audio Visual and Ms Carol Burke from Burke's Restaurant visit our classes to give us an insight into their businesses. We got some good advice and tips to help us with our businesses.
Printing With Homemade Print Blocks
We really enjoyed learning about the Aztecs and their way of life. We found out that they were a very religious people, they loved to play sport and they were very artistic! They lived in the country now known as Mexico from the 13th century to the 16th century. The arrival of Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortes and disease led to their eventual demise.
Testing for Starch
We spent some time learning about food and health eating. We learned that food gives us energy and this energy is measured in calories. Food is made up of many different nutrients such as protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. We undertook an investigation to test foods for their starch content. We dropped iodine onto a selection of foods and if the foods contained starch it reacted with the iodine causing it to turn a dark purple colour. This allowed us to identify carbohydrates within the foods that we tested.
As part of Science Week we were invited down to the library for a 'Go Fly Your Kite' workshop run by the Science Foundation of Ireland. We learned all about the history of flight and history of kites. Kites have been used in wars as a means of sending signals and they are still used today to help to gather information for weather forecasting. The children each got to make and design their own kite and we all really enjoyed the workshop.
Energy - Renewable & Non-Renewable
We have been learning about energy and how it is created. We have identified renewable and non-renewable energy sources and how there is a need to conserve energy to help our planet.
Did you know that the sun provides enough energy in 1 hour to meet all of the world's energy needs for a whole year!! We need to get better at utilizing this great energy source!
We undertook an investigation to demonstrate the solar power from the sun, check out some photos below!
Ní Háo! - China
We really enjoyed learning about Ancient China, about the country and the amazing history of the Terracotta Army and The Great Wall. We also learned some simple phrases in the Mandarin language.