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3rd Class review 'Science Day.'

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Today as part of Science Week our science class went down to the Hall to see a scientist perform experiments. My favourite experiment was the one where he used the bottle with  H₂O₂.  

H₂O₂ is different than water because it has an extra bit of oxygen that does not fit in it. Just like a group at school, the oxygen is the new kid that won't fit in immediately.

When this powder called magnesium was poured into the bottle, the extra oxygen became steam and shot out. This became heat and it started to melt when it cooled down and it was shrinking.

One other experiment I really liked was when the Nutty Professor had a bottle of water with a fake fish with an anchor at the bottom and another fake fish floating at the top, and we had to figure out a way to get the ‘top fish’ to the bottom. It sounds easy but it wasn't because there was air in the top of the fish's head, so it was able to float. When he squeezed the bottle it squeezed all the air out of the head and it sank.

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Due to sheer interest in the Science Workshops, sponsored by Wexford County Council, and held before Christmas, the school was disappointed not to be able to 'get a workshop' but were thrilled when given a slot with the same workshop after Christmas. 

Once again we thought Science Workshops were doomed for this year following the visit of Storm Emma exactly when the Workshop was due to go ahead. Once again, however we were thrilled to learn that all workshops were cancelled during the 'snow' and our workshop was rescheduled.

But how it was worth the wait!!

Paul Furey a.k.a 'The Mad Professor' arrived with a bang on Thursday 8th March and kept all classes from 1st to 5th enthralled with all manners of calamitous experiments involving bangs, whizzes, smoke, steam, gas, mini explosions, weird results and even weirder sounds along with the amazing manufacture and release of various gasses (mostly pleasant)! Along with the production of slime and goo Paul made a volcano erupt, some bottles explode and small plastic boxes fly skyward.

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The Science Fair - December 2017

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Our Science Fair featured many classes divided into groups working on different tasks. We were assigned a ‘train and bridge’ task. We had to design and make bridges from different materials and then see would they support the weight of a toy train driven across them. Our main task was to construct a bridge from newspaper and masking tape weighing one kilogramme. We focussed on weight, pressure, strength and span.

We had lots of fun designing and making our designs and even more fun carrying out the tests and where we discovered that bridges with cables work best.

SH – R.15

During science week leading up to the Science Fair in the School Hall,our class did an experiment on different materials for different types of construction. The ‘glider groups’ made up of two or three of us had to make gliders from different materials including toilet paper, newspaper, tin foil, cling film, cardboard, copybook paper and baking paper.

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Science Display - December 2016

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The Faythe School is aiming for a ninth Discovery Primary Maths and Science Award in 2017 and an integral part of this is a Science display during 'Science Week'......Unfortunately 'Science
Week' coincided with our Parent / Teacher Meetings - so this year's 'Science Display' was held on
Friday 2nd Dec. 2016.

6th / 5th / 2nd and 1st classes took part in displaying everything from volcanoes to phones to parachutes to rainbow sweets to wind turbines to the 'water cycle in a bag' to separating syrup water and oil - among other things.... and all in one afternoon!! PHEW!

Thanks to all the pupils and teachers who took part and enjoy the video!!!

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The Faythe School are flying high once again having recently been awarded their eighth Discovery Primary Science Engineering and Maths (DPSME) Award of Excellence for the academic year 2015-16. Ms. Conroy who has coordinated the programme in the school since 2006 is delighted to see the achievements of the school acknowledged by the Science Foundation Ireland.

Children and teachers from Rooms 1, 3, 4, 9, 10 and 15 should feel especially proud of their Science, Maths and Engineering activities which featured investigations such as making music with liquids, designing, building and flying rockets, designing, building and investigating bridges and making raisins dance !

The video shows a sample of the potential engineers and scientists of the future at work in school. Sit back and enjoy !

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Brilliant Bookworms in Room 1

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Pictured below are all the magnificent readers from Room 1 who recently completed their reading challenge.

The children were encouraged to read loads of books from their Reading Packs either on their own or with an adult in their house and they all did terrifically well.

When the challenge finished Ms. Duggan organised a ceremony in the Library where all those helpful adults could come in and see the presentation of the lovely certificates, made by Dolores, to our very proud readers. Well done to all involved and remember to

KEEP READING!

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This year, this year the Faythe school took part in the ‘Discover Primary Science and Maths’ Award again and to to earn a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Award the school could take two options....either go for a certificate whereby two classes are involved or go for a plaque where at least half the classes are involved. Given the Faythe's record in DPS&M over the years it was decided to aim for a plaque, achievable through the five stages listed below.

I was thrilled to be informed last week that the 'plaque' has indeed been awarded to the school and am looking forward to having our caretaker, John, display it outside the Hall with the other Awards. 

A huge thanks and well done to all involved.

Step 1 Science: -Provide evidence of the children engaging in hands-on science investigations in school (indoors or outdoors).

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'Aistear - Doctor! Doctor! - Room 1'

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Enjoy the video montage we made of the 'Doctors' Surgery' in Room1.

Loads of sick children were cured by our very imaginative doctors!!

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AISTEAR is alive and well in Senior Infants Room 1 where so far we have had construction work of a street, a Minecraft home, a children’s playground and a shopping complex. There has also been an amount of haggling over prices as the children tried to get the best deals before going home to bake delicious cakes.

Philip Tracey is under pressure in the future as the hats designed are just the job while the new playdough has seen beautiful 3d writing, a ‘Blue Boy Super Shopper’ as well as a slimy snail.

Don't forget to check the video of Aistear in action!

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'As easy as ABaCus!' - Room 1

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As part of Maths Week 2014, Senior Infants in Room 1 constructed an abacus from scratch! We sourced all the required materials from reusable materials in the school.

As you can see, the frame is a cardboard fruit box that has been given a makeover for the occasion! The ten strings and one hundred beads are from the stock of threading and beading resources in our classroom.

Our abacus was easy to assemble. It has proven to be a very useful and durable Maths resource as we use it daily in our Number work in Maths.

So ‘ thinking outside the box’ is a dominant feature in Ms. Conroy’s Senior Infant class !

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Ms. Conroy’s Senior Infant class were busy today testing the ‘soakability’ of a number of common household items. Prior to testing the materials – sponge, toilet paper, plastic bag, tin foil, newspaper and a J-cloth; we predicted and recorded our predictions on whether each would soak up the water spillage. We then tested each material on its ability to soak a 10ml water spill.

The trusty old toilet paper came up trumps over and beyond its competing materials on the ‘soakability ‘ test !

We also displayed all the materials collected by the children in the locality for our 'Nature Table.' Particularly eye catching was the swallows nest brought in by Muireann which had been built on top of a ladder in their garden shed!

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'Shapes' in Room 1

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Last week, the class did great work on shapes!

The children used lollipop sticks to copy the shapes we had in class and then made their own shapes.

We have spent a lot of time identifying shapes in the classroom and around the school.

Please encourage your child to identify the newly learned shapes both at home and in their locality.

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Junior Infants from Room 1 and 3 together with their teachers Ms. Conroy, Ms. O’Connor, SNA’s Eleanor, Liz and Camilia set off on their school tour to Woodfield House in Oylegate. It was a glorious summer morning as we boarded the bus fuelled with the excitement of what awaited us at Woodfield and a day away from school. It wasn’t exactly a day off though as Ms Conroy made sure that we sang our Nursery Rhymes and songs in full voice. We even did our Irish on the bus ‘nuair a bhíomar ag dul cur sios faoin aimsir taobh amuigh!’

On arriving at Woodfield House we were welcomed by all the Woodfield staff who accompanied us from activity to activity throughout the day. We began by dressing scarecrows and designing their faces. I bet some of the scarecrows were seriously made up at not having to bake in the sunshine. We left them in the barn to enjoy their new clothes and make-up!

Next on the agenda was story-telling where we sat among flowers and fairy rings and listened to Mrs Flower tell some tales of a bygone era. This was magical as the children were spellbound by the storyteller’s vintage appearance and fairy tale appeal.

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Congratulations to Junior Infants from Room 1 who were awarded their Shared Reading Certificates today on completion on four months of intense shared reading with their parents and guardians at home. Class teacher Ms. Conroy and Ms Duggan HSL presented the children with their certificates in the appropriate setting of our colourful school library. Thank you to all the parents who attended the awards ceremony as you were integral to the success of this reading venture.

Reading is one of the very few pleasurable pursuits that can be equally enjoyed by you and old alike. No question need go unanswered when you are able to read. ‘Read all about it’….this is true for books, newspapers, magazines, email, internet, advertisements, etc………well you are reading this now too! Reading is reward in itself. So read on!

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Easter Egg Hunt - Room 1 - 2014

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Junior Infants, Room 1, found themselves running and racing around the yard today.  It was no ordinary chase however!  The mere mention of Easter Eggs had the children squealing with eggcitement (hee – here – hee!)

Bundles of mint chocolate eggs lay wrapped, glistening in the sunlight, waiting to be found.

The eggs were found alright, minutes later in the sticky hands and munching mouths of all..........eggcept teacher!

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'Magical - Musical - Maths

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Ms Conroy’s Junior Infants class, Room 1 got to play some colourful music today in a mathy kind of way!

As we are identifying numbers up to 10 and learning about the volume of liquids in containers; we decided to pour coloured water into ten jars.

We chose to dye the water green as it is Seachtain na Gaeilge! We ordered the jars from one to ten. Teacher showed us how the volume of water in each jar created a different musical sound. We learned that the more water the jar held, the lower the pitch of the sound that it made when we hit it with a metal spoon.
We had great fun gliding the spoon across the top of the jars and then along the side of the jars.

The music was like magic!

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"Pizza Please!" - Room 1.

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Having learned the poem ‘Pizza on the Table’, Junior Infants in Room 1 helped their teacher Ms Conroy to make a pizza from scratch! First of all we combined all the ingredients to make to pizza base. With a large spoon and a lot of elbow grease, the pizza base was ready to bake in the mini oven. We baked the pizza base for 15 minutes until it was golden brown.

While we were waiting for the base to bake, we selected the tomato sauce and toppings that would go onto the pizza. We chose to keep it colourful and light with tomato sauce, cheddar cheese, cherry tomatoes and green peppers.

We layered the pizza base with the tomato sauce, cheese, cherry tomatoes and green peppers; in that order! At last the pizza was ready to bake in the oven again for 10 minutes. The smell of it was delicious….as it wafted through the classroom and out onto the corridor. Teacher took the pizza from the oven and let it cool slightly for a few minutes. Then she cut it into twenty-four small slices; one for each of us. We can safely say that most of the children in the class like school-made pizza!

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Numbers Patterns in Room 1.

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"Making Ice - Twice as Nice" in Room 1

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Junior Infants Room 1 enjoyed a fun Science lesson where they made ice twice as nice!

Firstly they poured water into snow crystal and snowman shaped silicone moulds. These were put into the freezer for two days. When frozen solid, the moulds were removed from the freezer. Voila! We had ice! It wasn’t over yet though as the children poured red food dye into water and this mixture was then poured over the frozen ice. The moulds were sent to the freezer again for a few days.

Excitement moulded as the moulds were removed from the freezer for the last time. We removed the frozen snow crystal and snowmen shapes from the moulds. With eyes wide open and mouths too, the children held the ice shapes up to the light and marvelled at how well the clear and coloured ice had merged together.

We had indeed made ice twice as nice!

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Kindermusik

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For the past few weeks Camilla from Kindermusik (an early childhood education music and movement programme for children) has been coming in to work with the Junior Infants. I hope you enjoy the video taken from Room 1 on 21/10/13.

 

 

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