We made crystals in class yesterday. To do this experiment you need a jar, a jug, a pencil, boiling water, some thread, a paper clip and salt. First we put some boiling water into a jug. We then poured salt into the jug and stirred it to dissolve the salt. You keep putting in salt until it stops dissolving. Then you leave the water to cool. When it is cool, pour the water and salt mixture into a jar. Next, tie a paper clip to a piece of thread. Tie the other end to a pencil and drop it into the jar. It shouldn’t touch the bottom or the side of the jar. Leave it somewhere to cool fully overnight. Crystals will appear on the thread. It was good fun doing this experiment.

By Marc and Anna Cl

We are doing a food science experiment. We want to see which type of food gets bad first. We got plates and put food on them. These are the foods we put on the plates: a half eaten apple, a piece of cooked ham. some cheese, some bread, a cut grape, a melon skin and a piece of banana. We are going to observe the food to see what happens. We are trying to predict what will happen and what will go bad first. We think that the banana or the apple will go bad first. We think the bread will go mouldy. We think the banana will go black. We think that the grape will dry up and shrivel. We will watch the food over the next week to see what will happen.

By Rang I

After one week the cheese has gone really hard. The banana has gone really black and has stuck to the plate. The ham has gone hard. The melon skin has really shrunk and curled. The apple has gone brown but we thought it would have gone more brown. None of the things grew blue mould. The grape has shrunk. The bread has gone very hard, but we thought it would have gone blue mould.

Picture by Ryan 

The Titanic sunk 100 years ago when it hit an iceberg. It was built in Belfast and took three years to build. Everyone said that the Titanic was unsinkable. It had enormous propellars. The top speed of the Titanic was 25 knots. The crew didn’t believe that there was a hole in the ship. 710 people survived and 1500 people died. The richest man at the time was on the Titanic and he didn’t survive. One person died launching the Titanic and nine people died building it. The Captain’s name was Edward John Smith and he died on the Titanic.

Seven people from Sligo were on the Titanic and only one survived. She was from the area near our school called Coolera. She had a penknife her friend had given her from Barton Smith’s shop (which is still open) and she used the penknife to cut the ropes when the lifeboats got stuck.

By Rang I

Picture by Mark 

We did an experiment in class about the Water Cycle. You need a large bowl, a small sugar bowl, cling film and a sliotar. We put the sugar bowl into the large bowl and put hot water into the large bowl. Then we put the cling film on top of the large bowl. Then we put the sliotar on top of the cling film in the middle. We waited for a while. Steam began to rise. When it hit the cling film it made tiny drops and the drops then roll down the cling film and into the sugar bowl. This showed us how the water from the sea evaporates into the clouds and makes rain.

By Rang I

 

Pink Bottle 01

Today we did an experiment for Science Week. For this experiment you need vinegar, washing up liquid, food colouring, bread soda and an empty bottle. Pour vinegar into the bottle until 3/4 full. Put a large squirt of washing up liquid into the bottle. Then we put food colouring into the bottle. Mix the ingredients together by twirling the bottle. Make a funnel with paper and pour a heaped teaspoon of bread soda into the bottle. An explosion happens! The vinegar is an acid, the bread soda is a base. When they mix they create carbon dioxide which causes a fizz or bubbles. It was great fun to watch and it was our last experiment for Science Week.

By Rang I

Pink Bottle 02

Pink Bottle 03

Science Experiment

Today we did a science experiment for Science Week. For the experiment you need a paper plate, a glass and some water. We filled the glass with water to the top. Then we put the paper plate on top of the glass and turned it upside down. The water didn’t fall out of the plastic cup. This was because gravity was pushing the water down but the atmospheric pressure was pushing the plate up to the plastic cup preventing water from falling out. Then we tried the experiment with the glass half full of water. This time the paper plate fell off and the water fell out of the glass.

By Jaime and Anna Ca (Rang I)

Balloon Trick

Today we did a science experiment for Science Week. We got balloons and a knitting needle for the experiment. We blew up the balloon until there was some dark balloon left at the bottom and at the top. Then we pushed the knitting needle through the bottom of the balloon first and then it came out through the top. The balloon did not burst because the bottom of the balloon was not stretched. We also blew up another balloon and pushed the knitting needle through the side. This time the balloon burst because the rubber on the side of the balloon was stretched.

By Ben and Anna (Rang I)

Rainbow Milk 01

This morning we did a science experiment for Science Week. For this experiment we needed food colouring, cotton wool, full fat milk, washing up liquid and some shallow plates. We had to pour the milk into the plates and let it settle. Then we poured the food colouring into the milk. We had yellow and red food colouring. The food colouring settled on top of the milk. Then we got the cotton wool and dipped it into the washing up liquid. We then held the cotton wool steady in the milk and it broke the chemical bond holding the fat in the milk together. Then the food colouring spread out into the milk and made lovely pictures and patterns. It was great fun.

By Rang I

Rainbow Milk 02

Rainbow Milk 03

2nd and 3rd class made a podcast about World War 2. Some people were recorded in the podcast. We had to be really quiet while people were recording. It was hard to stay quiet for so long. We used some sound effects that we found on the internet. We talked about the food that was rationed, children being evacuated and the bombings in Dublin and Belfast. We had a lot of fun making it. We hope you enjoy it.

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Ration Book

We are learning about World War II. Life during WW2 was very tough because food was very scarce. Food was scarce because supplies usually came to Ireland and Great Britain by ship and many supply ships were sunk by German U-boats, which were submarines. Because food was scarce it was rationed. This meant that you could only buy a certain amount of rationed food per week. Everyone had a ration book with coupons. You gave the ration book to the shopkeeper and then you got your food for the week. Foods that were rationed were eggs, bacon, lard, butter, tea, sugar, and coffee.

In Ireland during WW2 it was called “The Emergency”. Éamon de Valera, was the Taoiseach at the time and he made Ireland stay neutral during the war. That meant that Ireland was not on any side during the war. Two places in Dublin were bombed by German planes during the war. They were the Phoenix Park and the North Strand. The president’s house, Áras an Uachtaráin, was damaged in the bombing. 38 people were killed and 70 homes were destroyed. Germany apologised after the war and paid for the damages. Belfast was also bombed twice during the war.

Some children had to be evacuated from cities to the countryside because bombs were being dropped constantly in cities to destroy supply factories that made weapons for the war. Children were only allowed to bring whatever they could carry and their favourite toy. They also had to bring their gas mask. Sometimes children’s gas masks were called “Mickey Mouse Gas Masks” to encourage them to wear it. Mrs Breen brought in a gas mask from WW2 and we tried it on. It smelled very strongly of rubber. You put it on like a swimming hat. It was meant to be tight so that gas would not get in. You couldn’t take it off to get a drink.

Gas Mask A 

Gas Mask B

To end the war the USA dropped two atomic bombs on the Japanesen cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was the first and last time such a bomb had been used. The first bomb was called “Little Boy” and when it blew up it gave out a mushroom cloud. It killed 138,661 people in the first five days.

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