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Year 4- Science Lesson: Exploring flowering and non-flowering plants!

This term we have been looking at the unit Environment, Ecology and Evolution. The children are learning about living things and exploring how plants reproduce. Today, we enjoyed a practical lesson in Year 4 where we made playdough bees and ‘pollinated’ apple blossom flowers. The children were extremely enthused throughout the lesson, and we are going to video the process in next week’s lesson. Watch this space! Miss O’ Sullivan.

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Data harvesting In the garden!

We loved our data maths challenge – collecting data on the flowers in our school grounds.we check 4 of our gardens for species and numbers and used the imfor,action to produce pictographs for Mr Larkin!

 

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Bear habitats

We have been learning about hibernation and why some animals need to hibernate to survive. The children were challenged to make a cave for a brown bear that would be as quiet and dark as possible, so as not to disturb the bear’s sleep.

They experimented with different sound insulation and gels to block light from the entrance. They then used data loggers to record how much environmental sound and light pollution got into the caves. Great stuff! 

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Classification Keys

Year 3 are learning about, environment, ecology and evolution in Science this term. As part of our studies, we have been classifying living things by their characteristics. Year 3 made keys to classify a range of invertebrates, they were fabulous!

 

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Our beautiful pond

The school pond is looking radiant in the sunshine on its first birthday! You might notice some thistles and bushy weeds and hunk they look scruffy, but these are very important habitats for invertebrates. These insects feed our frogs and will keep them in our pond for years to come.

The water plants we added last year are oxygenating the water as planned, and we now have hundreds of big fat tadpoles. The children just love watching them peacefully at break times. I fact, several groups of children have started lunch time nature clubs to protect the fauna and flora surrrounding the science garden.

 

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Science parent learning trip

Here at St Patrick’s, we are mad about raising our children’s science capital and one way we do this is through involving parents with their children’s learning.

Today, we visited the Catalyst Museum for a geology workshop and a science trail. It was so good to see you learning together and doing science as a family. Thank you to all the parents who were so supportive and engaged.

 

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Barcelona Day 4

It’s been another fantastic day in Catalonia! First, we went to the Simon Coll Chocolate Factory and learned about the history of chocolate and the science of how it is made. We learned about the differences between dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate, and we even got to TASTE the difference by letting the chocolates melt on our tongue to better appreciate all the flavour!

After a quick visit to the gift shop, we then drove to the Freixenet factory where we learned all about how sparkling wine is made – so much science again! At the end of the tour, we were even allowed to try some ‘mosto’, or grape juice, made from the grapes of the local vineyards.

Finally, we had a beautiful trip to Montserrat. We walked up to see the famous statue of the Black Madonna in the basilica, and lit a candle for all the people in our thoughts. The children were so respectful and calm throughout; they were such a credit to our school…so much so that they deserved another ice cream!

We are coming home tomorrow after a wonderful week. Keep up to date with Twitter for updates tomorrow, and thanks for all your comments so far! ¡Hasta mañana!

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Blubber fun!

Have you ever wondered how animals can live in really cold places all the time? Animals such as seals, whales, and walruses can do it because their bodies are covered in blubber (except for their fins, flippers, and flukes). This stops them from getting too cold in icy waters! We made a ‘blubber glove’ using lard and 2 plastic bags…and it worked! Our hands were really cold in the icy water at first, but the blubber glove kept our hands warm!

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Eco-creativity!

In spite of the weather we had a lovely Eco club session today! We trimmed bulbs, so they will dry out more quickly, made plant pots from old newspapers and planted beans and peas. We even used some charcoal from one of our own campfires to draw wonderful pictures. Eloho named the charcoal “Nature’s crayons!”

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The Three Little Pigs and lots of friends!

This morning lots of our families and friends came to join us to celebrate how we have been learning through the story of “The Three Little Pigs”. We enjoyed showing them how we do character interviews and write news reports in our Newsroom, designed and built houses and dens with a variety of materials, and created our own game called “Chimneys and ladders”. This helped us to act as the story characters and to practice our maths skills! We will be having more fun at 2 o’clock!

 

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