Super Skeletons

2nd and 3rd class developed a simple understanding of the structure of our skeletons. They drew their bodies in real size and labelled where the different bones are located. They also cut and pasted the different bones of the skeleton and assembled them. Finally, the conducted an investigation ‘How Balanced are you?’ all to do with our body’s balance which is supported by our skeleton.

Sense of Taste Investigation

Senior Infants and 1st Class had great fun with their Halloween themed trick or treat test! I think you tell by their faces they many tricky tastes of sour and bitter among our sweet tastes. Children blind tested different foods and sorted them into categories of salty, sour, sweet, umami and bitter. Children learned about more about our sense of taste by watching the Body Brothers on RTE.

What Plants Need to Grow

Ms. Noonan’s Class investigated what plants need to grow. They had 4 different plants. Each of these plants was the same type to make it a fair test. Children labelled these plants Plant A, B, C and D. Plant A was the plant that got water, air and sun each day. Plant B got water and air but was kept in a dark place so it didn’t get sun. Plant C was kept in an air tight bag so it didn’t get air but it got water and sunlight each day. Plant D got sunlight and air each day but was never watered. Children observed these plants over a couple of weeks and recorded changes by taking photographs. They made a timeline of these photographs and compared the results. They observed that Plant A grew the strongest and healthiest because it received water, air and sunlight.

Colourful Celery

Mr. O’Connor’s Class investigated how plants absorb water through their roots through a process called transpiration. They learned that water travels up tubes in the stems to all parts of the plants, and is used during photosynthesis to make food for the plant. When food colouring is added to the water, it travels with the water into the celery’s stem and then into the leaves. Plants also absorb nutrients from the soil through the roots and up through the phloem in the plant’s stems. The food colouring illustrates how nutrients are delivered to all parts of the plant.

Magical Colour Changing Flowers

Ms. Brennan’s were inspired by Calmast’s Activity of the Week. Senior Infants and First Class investigated if they could make white flowers change colour by exploring how they absorb water. Check out their predictions and their step by step procedure. #stem#sfi#scienceireland#CalmastWIT@CalmastWIT

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