We are learning about what causes the seasons in class.

 

The axis of the Earth is at a tilt of 23.5 degrees. It is this tilt that causes the seasons. The Earth orbits the sun while spinning on its own axis. The tilt causes different amounts of the suns energy to reach the Earth at different times during the year.

When the suns energy (light) is directly hitting the Northern Hemisphere it is summer here. The rest of the light hits the southern hemisphere at an angle which causes it to be dispersed further. Hence it is weaker when it hits the southern hemisphere and it is winter in the southern hemisphere. The opposite happens during our winter. The seasons are always the opposite in the northern and southern hemispheres.

The Tropics around the equator get full heat all year around and have minimal temperature change.

 

The Seasons Fun Facts!

  • In St. Petersburg in Russia, from mid June to mid July the sky stays bright. This is called ‘White Nights’!
  • In Alaska they play a game of baseball that starts at 10.30pm on the Summer Solstice. It sometimes lasts until 2am and is all played in daylight!
  • The Arctic Circle only has two seasons summer and winter. The sun only rises and sets once every year here!
  • In the Arctic Circle the night time is called the ‘Midnight Sun’, because the sun shines for 24hours a day during their 6 month summer!
  • In Svalbard, an island off Norway, the sun doesn’t set from April 19th until August 23rd, and the sun doesn’t rise from October 26th until February 15th!

 

By 6th Class

We watched a video about Antarctica in school today. We got into groups and we brainstormed what we knew about Antarctica. We then watched this video. We hope you like it.

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Cake With Cherry

Yesterday we started learning in our geography about the food we eat. At the end of the chapter we discovered some food sayings, like “That’s not my cup of tea” and “Hunger is the best sauce”. We also looked in our Peannaireacht book because there was some food sayings in there as well. We asked our followers on Twitter (@mrquinnsclass) if they knew any other food sayings. Today people on Twitter came up with many more food sayings to help us out. People all over the world came up with lots of sayings. If you want to look at all the food sayings we gathered on Twitter go to #foodsayings We enjoyed doing this very much and we hope you enjoy it too.

By Rang II & Rang III

Ben Bulben

In geography we were learning about our county – Sligo. We had to answer twelve questions about our county. Our county is particularly good at Gaelic and soccer. Our county is in Connacht. Two counties that border our county are Mayo and Roscommon. Two rivers in our county are Owenmore and the Garavogue. Two mountains are Ben Bulben and Ox Mountains. Famous attractions in Sligo are Strandhill for its amazing waves; Carrowmore Tombs are also older than the pyramids in Egypt; Ben Bulben because in the 2nd World War a plane crashed down on it; WB Yeats was a very famous poet across the world and he is buried in Drumcliff in Sligo. The last tourist attraction is Lisadell House. The Gore-Booths lived there. The largest town in our county is Sligo. Our county’s colours are black and white. The car registration is SO. Our county is the best of the west!
By Fiona and Lynne (Rang III)

                      

Sixth Class used a poetry app on the iPod Touches to create poems about disastrous weather conditions. 

We have been studying hurricanes, typoons, tornadoes, blizzards, floods and storms in Geography.

We each chose a weather force and wrote a poem about it.

      Here are some of our poems.

Snow                                                                                  Typhoons

By Emer H                                                                       By Oisin S

Swirls all around                                                           Forms in the east

Lies on the ground                                                       Comes in from over the sea

On top of a post.                                                            Destroys cities.

Like                                                                                     Like

Crunching dry toast                                                     Hurricanes and cyclones

Ice in the freezer                                                           Rips up houses

A broken, cold lever                                                    Destroys everything in its path

Falling                                                                                Flattening all obstacles

Covers everything in a white blanket.                 Brings only pain & destruction.

 

Lightning                                                                          Tornadoes

By Claire Mc                                                                    By Caoimhe

Starts in the sky                                                             Sucks things off the ground

Making its way down                                                   Sweeps across the land

Hits the ground.                                                            Takes its prey.

Like                                                                                     Like

A flashing bulb                                                               An evil cheetah

Clouds quickly covering the sun                            Swirls like a whirlpool

Blinds opening and closing                                      Loud as an elephant

Blinking                                                                            Rumbling

Before your eyes.                                                        Like a dealy drumroll.

Snow

By Neasa

Freezes in the clouds

Falls slowly through the air

Drops gently to the ground.

Like

A white blanket

a dusting of sugar

A coating of ice cream.

Drifting

Covering everything it can.

Twitter

We started using Twitter in the classroom last year. We continued to tweet this year and regularly tweet about things we are learning in class and things we write about on our school blog. This week, we joined other schools who have been tweeting about things we were learning during Science Week. It was while we were looking at our tweets this week that we received a message that read: “Hi there! We are tweeting from our classroom too! Would you share with us what you’re learning today? Where are you?” We replied to this tweet and so began a conversation during the course of the week with a school in Indiana, USA. (@superkiddos) It was interesting for the pupils to learn that the pupils in Indiana were just starting their school day as we were finishing up our school day. Another school in Indiana has also begun to join in the conversation with us (@BloggingBees). Here is how the conversation has gone over the course of a few days this week:

  • USA: Hi there! We are tweeting from our classroom too! Would you share with us what you’re learning today? Where are you?
  • IRE: We are learning things on our iPod Touches. We are in Sligo, Ireland. Where are you? What ages are you?
  • USA: We live in Indiana, United States. We r 7 & 8 yrs. old. We live by a lot of lakes. 20/24 of us have a lake in our backyards.
  • USA: Some things we’re curious about: Do u have school uniforms? Do u have big cities? How do u get around your town? Cars? Bikes?
  • IRE: We are learning about Christopher Columbus in history. Do you know anything about him? What is your weather like? It is cold.
  • IRE: We are 7, 8 and 9 years old. Our school is beside Knocknarea Mountain and near a surfing beach called Strandhill.
  • IRE: We wear a school tracksuit to school. It is navy with white stripes. We use cars because we live 5 miles from town. Its rainy!!
  • IRE: We start school at 9.20am. What time do you go to school at? We finish at 3pm. What time do you finish at?
  • USA: We start school at 8:20 and end 3:00 pm. We are just starting our day — are you ending your day?
  • USA: Normally it is snowy & cold in November, but today it is unusually warm. Last week it snowed and this week it’s hot!
  • USA: CC facts we think we know: Sailed across the seas in 1492 Discovered America 10/12 is Columbus Day Do u have Columbus Day?
  • IRE: We’ve just got another half an hour to go. We’re just finishing our Irish language lesson at the moment. Theres 27 in our class
  • IRE: Columbus died when he was 55 years old. We found out that his 3 ships were called Santa Maria, Pinta and Nina. We’ve no CC day.
  • USA: We have about 5 more hours to go. We’re getting ready for writing workshop.
  • USA: We are looking at a globe and light & figuring out why you are getting ready to go home & we are just starting our day.
  • USA: what lang. do u speak & know? We speak English.
  • USA: We know a little Spanish, Arabic, Korean, and sign language. (Our teacher if fluent in ASL.)
  • IRE: We’re going home now. We speak English and we’re learning to speak Irish. Goodbye. Tweet you tomorrow!
  • IRE: Our school website is http://ransborons.scoilnet.ie/blog/ Do you have a website so that we could learn more about you?
  • USA: Our corporation site is www.wawasee.k12.in.us
  • IRE: We wrote about helicopters http://bit.ly/cDRl7q We received an email from a Helicopter Training Academy in Australia because of it. #twience
  • USA: That is so cool! Can you teach us something about helicopters? Most people here don’t get to ride in helicopters.
  • USA: Helicopters are usually for emergencies or news media in America. The public ride in airplanes.
  • USA: We love learning about you on your website! So cool!
  • IRE: We found out on our iPods that Christopher Columbus introduced pineapples to Europe!
  • USA: Cool! We have someone in our class who LOVE pineapples! What kinds of fruit do you eat most in Ireland?
  • IRE: We can get almost any kind of fruit but our favourites are apples, pears, grapes and Irish grown strawberries
  • IRE: Do you get homework for the weekend? We don’t get any for the weekend but we do during the week.
  • USA: We don’t get homework, but our class is the exception. We are expected to read and practice spelling every night, though.
  • USA: Those are some of our faves too! We also love bananas. What kind of sweet things do you like? We like cookes and chocolate!
  • USA: We read your school’s site. Can you tell us: What is hurling? Our most popular sports are football, baseball, and basketball.
  • USA: We spell it “favorites.” We are wondering: is “favourites” a mistake or is that how you spell it?
  • USA: Do you spell other words differently too?
  • USA: Do you have special dances you do in Ireland? Some people here do a dance called a Tango.
  • USA: We do a school dance too!
  • IRE: We like chocolate bars, cake, jellies, sweets (candy) crisps (chips) biscuits, marshmallows, ice-cream, lollipops and popcorn.
  • IRE: Hurling is an Irish sport. The stick is made from Ash and the ball is called a sliotar. Over the bar = 1 pt. Under the bar=3pts
  • IRE: We spell favoUrite with a U. We also spell coloUr with a U. We also spell flavoUr with a U.
  • IRE: Maeve in third class does Irish dancing. One of her dances is called “The Job of Journey Work”. It’s a traditional set dance.
  • USA: What r your biscuits like? For lunch today we’re having chicken soup, turkey sandwich, cookie. What did u have for lunch?

And so we ran out of time on Friday afternoon. We hope to continue the conversation via Twitter and see what else we can learn about life for pupils of the same age 3,000 miles away!

Here are two interactive games to help pupils to learn the counties of Ireland:

 

Both are played online and don’t need any software downloads.