Fifth and sixth class have been extremely busy lately preparing for our Christmas play but we’ve also found some time to study some of the historical, geographical and political background of the U.S.A. Each pupil in our class researched and created an individual project on a state of their choice. There were some excellent and really interesting factual presentations produced. We also looked at the American War of Independence and Boston Tea Party in a little more detail. A number of our class sketched some fantastic pictures of British Redcoats and major American political figures such as George Washington which tied in with these topics.
Baltinglass Credit Union
Huge congrats to the U 13’s team who came 2nd. A great reward for all their hard work!
The handballers receiving their medals.
The infamous Cecil Whelan joined us in Carlow Lawn Tennis Club in order to prepare for our first Handball Tournament.
Thank you to Mr.Corcoran for organising the lunch time school competition in order to choose the pupils who qualified to compete, to Cecil Whelan for coaching us voluntarily, to C.L.T.C. to providing a coaching venue, to the pupils who refereed the matches, and of course to parents who drove children to both training and the competition itself. Well done to those who participated at such a high standard, having never played before and with great success!
On Tuesday we travelled to Carlow to partake in an engineering workshop. We were very impressed by Michael’s demonstration and found it very interesting and informative. He showed us how engineering has progressed through the ages, moving from levers to pulleys to truss bridges. He then demonstrated the basics of hydraulics and pneumatics . Our favourite part was when Michael demonstrated how an AK47 works.
Next we moved to the Carlow Museum where John guided us through the interesting local artefacts on display there. We saw the trapdoor used in Carlow Gaol, a quern stone , an ancient printing press and got to examine handcuffs and pistols used by the RIC.
Following lunch we had the opportunity to explore The Playground Project in the Visual Centre and visit Carlow Castle.
We recently studied the brain and completed group projects on the topic . Having researched the topic thoroughly the next step was to get some hands-on experience with the brain and other vital organs . We examined a pig’s brain, heart, kidney and tongue. We were surprised by both the size of the brain and how fragile it was compared to the other organs .
Hour of Code
The Hour of Code is a global initiative to introduce children to computer science, it is the largest learning campaign in history. In one hour, students learn that computer science is fun, easy, and accessible at all ages. Below are some examples of the games we have coded over the past few days.
- Lauren Mc Grath
- Lauryn Quigley
We are currently studying rivers , specifically erosion and deposition . We created our own rivers to examine the effects of erosion and deposition on the landscape.
On Wednesday we visited IT Carlow as part of Science Week. We met several scientists and witnessed a number of experiments. Feel free to quiz the pupils on how ‘elephant toothpaste’ and dry ice were formed before our eyes. We also had a tour of the Sports Science Department and took part in a sprint and jump test.
I would like to commend the students on the fabulous projects they presented today. Many students presented their projects across a variety of mediums e.g. models, Powerpoints, Prezis, posters and folders. I was also extremely impressed with the level of maturity the students exhibited when dealing with the younger students and explaining their projects to them. I am very proud of you. A special thank you also to the family members who helped the students. The winning projects will be announced on Monday .
We recently travelled to the Omniplex Carlow for a private screening of ‘Everest’ . The students really enjoyed this experience and learned a lot from the film.
The 1916 Rising
During September we studied ‘The 1916 Rising’ in some detail. Each student created profiles relating to one of the signatories and worked collaboratively to create posters chronicling each day of the rising. We were delighted to use our work to decorate the hall for the National Flag Presentation. Special credit goes to Alex Bowes and Marty Walsh for their dedication and attention to detail while creating the ‘Irish Republic’ banner.