5th class compete in Lord Mayor’s Cup

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5th class went to Larkin College to compete in the Lord Mayor’s Cup Competition. They competed against O’Connell’s – an all boys school.
The events the children took part in were wall climbing, basketball shots, football, penalty shoot-out and sprints. At least 5 children took part in each event and some children had to do more than one event each, They all tried their very best. Miss Smith, Elani and Miss O’Loughlin did their best too. It was a fun morning out and 5th class showed real competitive spirit and great sportsmanship. Well done to all involved!

Eggs-ellent experiments in 5th/6th class

5th/6th class got eggs-perimental this week with a super experiment.

We put a hard boiled egg in a glass of vinegar for four days to see what would happen. We made great predictions first.

After four days, the egg had lost its shell – well, actually, the egg’s shell dissolved in the vinegar. We learned that this is because the eggs shell is made from calcium (just like our teeth and bones) and the vinegar is an acid that breaks the calcium down.

It’s this reaction that caused the limestone in the Burren in County Clare to form the way it is – because of the acid in the rain. The limestone is a sedimentary rock, formed from the bones of creatures like fish and animals over thousands of years – so it’s also made of calcium.

Hmmm. now we know why fizzy drinks are so bad for our teeth – it’s the acid that wears away our lovely teeth, which are formed from all that great calcium in our bodies. The fizzy drinks are full of carbonic acid!

We are designing our own experiments now to test which acids are strongest – we’ll carry out our tests next week – watch this space!

Forces and motion with pulleys in 5th/6th class

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This month in Science, we learned about different ways of moving objects. Pulleys are used to move heavy loads with little effort. They are simple machines that have been used for thousands of years. We learned how they are made, how they are useful and we even made some working ones ourselves.

Here are some things we learned about pulleys:

Pulleys are simple machines designed to make life easier. They involve wheels that turn using a chain, rope or cable of some kind.

They work by pulling in a direction that is different from where the load being moved is going. By pulling down on the cable, the load goes up.

By pulling down on the rope, the load goes up.

· Pulleys have been in use for thousands of years.

· Modern pulleys use a wheel instead of a branch or a beam of wood. Thisis because there is less friction when a rope pulls over a wheel than when itpulls over a branch.

· Pulleys often use more than one wheel.

·The more wheels in a pulley arrangement, the less force is needed to lift the same amount of material.

· Pulleys are found in lifts, sash windows, cranes and some types of window blinds.

· They are also found a lot in the work-place.

 

Easter Art in the Afterschools club

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The Afterschools clubs finished up their 4 week block this week.
3rd/4th classes had great fun learning tunes on the tin whistle and doing sports with Mr.Gallagher.
5th/6th class have been getting crafty the last few weeks with Ms. Leonard. They produced some lovely ribbon weaves. They finished off this week showing their creativity by producing a lovely range of Easter Art – from translucent coloured Easter Eggs, to origami rabbits, inventive Easter characters and mixed material Easter Eggs.

 

Look out for more clubs after the Easter break.