As a whole school we are always looking at the work we do and aim to make small changes which will lead to better teaching, learning and outcomes for pupils. This year 2018/19 we have decided to focus on Science and getting our students to think scientifically though exploration and discovery. The whole focus comes under the term STEAM which is Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths. We’ll be aiming to incorporate all these things in scientific activities!
Some of the things happening so far…
- Surveys sent to parents and to teachers for their input.
- Donation of €1000 from a parent in the school on behalf of ON Semiconductor
- Staff Training from Discover Primary Science and Maths (check out their website at www.sfi.ie)
- ‘Designer Minds’ have set up an after school club in the school… keep an eye out if you’re interested!
- Rang III and IV had a visit from a scientist and brought petri dishes home full to watch bacteria grow!
- Parents’ Council will be offering this year’s fundraising proceeds to improve our Scientific resources in the classroom
- VEX Robotics Club has started! They will be building a robot, programming it and getting it to perform tasks on an obstacle course… against other schools!
Keep an eye on this page for updates and please get in touch if you have an idea that you can share with us!
- Abbvie visit Bunscoil Rinn an Chabhlaigh - Continue Reading
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- 4th Class Predator and Prey Board Games - In Ms. Healy and Ms. Kelleher’s 4th Class we made Predator and Prey board games! We really enjoyed making these board games! We were working in groups of one to five and all of our board games were different. Some were printed, some were hand-written. Take a look at a few of our board games!… Continue Reading
- On the hunt for Minibeasts! - Senior Infants were learning all about different minibeasts. They went out in the school garden to see what minibeasts they could find. They looked in damp, dark places like under logs and stones and in the dirt. There were loads of woodlouse hiding under the logs! They also saw worms, slugs, beetles and many more… Continue Reading
- Circles in the Environment - 6th class carried out a Maths trail while studying the circle this week. They went around the school looking for circles in the environment. They found some very interesting circles, I think you'll agree! Continue Reading
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- 4th Class Showcase their winning STEM projects! - Rang IV were given the opportunity during Engineer's week to present their STEM projects to the Engineer's week ambassador Orla Murphy. Orla was an eager listener and had plenty of questions at the end! In addition to this Orla did a presentation for the children all about her job as an engineer, how she started… Continue Reading
- STEAM – Marble Maze Run in 3rd Class - We're big fans of Science in Ms Cregan's 3rd class so for the month of March we explored the force of friction. Friction is a force we experience every day, all day. We can't see it. So, we tend not to notice it. Friction is a force between two surfaces that are sliding,… Continue Reading