The Dentist

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1st Class have been learning all about the dentist and minding our teeth.  We conducted an experiment to see what happens to our teeth enamel when acid is left on it.  We used eggs in our experiment, egg shells are just like our teeth enamel.  Look at our results!  We learned that water is the best drink for our teeth.  We also enjoyed creating dental instruments and our role play in the dentists.

 

First Class decorations!

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Merry Christmas from Ms Blain’s class.  We had great fun yesterday making Christmas inspired pictures using lollipop sticks and cubes.  We also enjoyed making our stained glass window pictures which make our room very festive!!  We made a nativity scene from cubes.  Rudolph in the snow.  Christmas trees, candy canes and stables.  Snowmen.  Santa’s sleigh.  Reindeer and Santa on his sleigh.

Science Experiments

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Last week in Ms. Kiersey’s first class the children carried out three science experiments.  The first one involved making a rainbow from skittles and warm water.  The second one was creating a lava lamp using vegetable oil and alkaseltzer.  The third and final one was making a bouncy ball from an egg.

1st Class makes Slime!!

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Last week was science week so Ms Kiersey’s first class concentrated on materials and textures.  We watched a short video on how to make slime then experimenting by making our own.

 

We used;

PVA glue (white or clear)

Food colouring (optional)

Baking soda (Bread soda)

ReNu contact lens solution

Bowl for mixing and something for stirring

Measuring spoons

A sealable bag or container to store your slime in afterwards

 

Then we followed a recipe:

Pour 1/8 cup (30mls) of PVA glue into the bowl

Add a few drops of food colouring if using

Add ½ teaspoon bread soda

Mix all together

Add approximately 1 teaspoon of ReNu contact lens solution while continuing to mix. We soon found out through trial and error that you get better slime if you don’t add too much contact lens solution.

 

Once the slime starts to stick together and comes away from the sides of the bowl, take it into your hands and start kneading and stretching it.

 

Our verdict:

8/10

This gave a great slime that was stretchy and non-sticky and lasted well once placed in a sealed bag or container.

First Class Aerial Maps

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The 1st class children in Ms Kiersey’s class were working on aerial view maps.  They created road maps in small groups that showed their journey from home to school.

 

1st Class School Tour

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First Class had a great time on our school tour in Pine Forest Art Centre.  They spent time out walking in the forest and back in the centre making brilliantly colourful bird magnets which have now flown back to their classrooms.

Sense of “Taste”

The pupils in Miss Coe’s Fourth Class have been working hard preparing explanations about our sense of “Taste” for Mr. McConnell’s First Class.  First they conducted research in the computer room where they discovered and recorded lots of interesting information.  Next they planned, edited, redrafted and published their work.  There were lots of different designs, colours, diagrams and shapes used during their publishing work and they looked wonderful!

Fourth class had lots of fun delivering their explanations to First Class.  They also gave a short quiz to the pupils they were working with and First Class had star pupils all round!

Walking for Water

The children took part in the Walk for Water on World Water Day this Thursday and they wore blue to school to symbolise water.

What would it be like to balance a container on your head and walk 6km a day to get water?

In Junior Infants the children balanced books on their heads while walking.  In First Class the children tried balancing beanbags while walking in our yard.  You have to be very careful and it takes a long time!!  We needed to concentrate.  We held out our hands to help our balance.

1st Class & The Case of Mr. W. Wolf

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We have been very busy.  Firstly we convicted Mr. Wolf of his crimes and sent him to prison!  On his escape we created posters to warn everyone!  We also helped with the recapture of this fugitive by collecting evidence.  We even wrote letters to Mrs. Carpenter to let her know the good news.  Mr. W. Wolf is now safely back in Fairytale jail!!!

First Class

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The eco-warriors of first class have designed posters, making people aware of the dangers of pollution.

 

In the lead up to Christmas first class created star decoration from lollipop sticks.