Ballymana National School, NS, Craughwell

3rd & 4th Class

I hear and I forget.

I see and I remember.

I do and I understand.

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Seashore explorers

Following a brilliant day of exploration on Lady’s Beach – Noirín from the aquarium came to our classroom.

She brought two squid. We dissected them and examined the different parts.

On the Ning Nang Nong  where the cows go……

We composed music to accompany the poem.

Friendship Week

We worked together to make some unique and cool pieces of art.

 

Length  

We used meter sticks and trundle wheels to measure around the school

Exploring sound

Sound is a form of energy causing by the moving of things or vibrations.

We carried out lots of experiments to find out more about sound.

Sound travels in waves. Sound waves can make molecules move.

You can learn more on our science page.

This cone is like a megaphone.

It focuses the sound waves and makes it much louder.

Sound travels faster through metal than air

because the particles are more tightly packed.

Our voices change when the sound passes through a window

Diego made this lovely stringed instrument with his Dad.

Looser string make slower waves so the pitch is lower.

Tighter strings make faster waves so the pitch is higher.

 

Short tubes have a high pitch, longer tubes have a lower pitch.

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We had great fun sewing  with wool and Aida fabric. 

Engineers Week

We were very busy this week finishing our bridges. With most of the structural work completed attention turned to painting and decorating. Landscaping and signage was also added to some bridges.

Ms. Holland presented Engineer week certificates to everyone and praised the hard work and ingenuity which was plain to see in all of the projects.

 Design and Make

We used our knowledge from our forces bridge experiments to design, plan and make our own bridges.

 

First we drew plans …

Then we started building

Nearly finished….

Forces

We have been exploring bridges and their properties.

We discussed the different types of bridges and the materials that are used in bridges.

We tested different types of paper bridges.

Walled bridges were stronger than flat bridges.

An arch structure under the bridge spread the weight and made the bridge stronger.

Corrugated (folded) paper was the strongest. 

Anna and Diego built a bridge using folded paper that supported 570 counters!!

 

Counties of Ireland

We have been learning about the counties in Ireland.

We had a speed test to see who could put all the counties in the correct places on the map fastest.

Éadaí cluichí

Peace proms actions

Fractions

We are working on fractions. We enjoy playing maths games.

Limericks

A limerick is a humorous poem consisting of five lines. The first, second, and fifth lines must have seven to ten syllables while rhyming and having the same verbal rhythm. The third and fourth lines only have to have five to seven syllables, and have to rhyme with each other and have the same rhythm.

Here is a small selection of limerick’s we wrote at school.

 

Counties of Ireland

We have been locating and learning the names of the counties in Ireland – practice your skills at identifying where each county is with this fun games

Ireland Quiz

Wool Crafts

This week we started French knitting.

We made our very own looms using kitchen roll and and wooden skewers.

There are lots of things that we can make with our knitted lengths.

We have made hairbands, wristbands, scrunchies …..and we’re still knitting!

Have a look at our art page for more ideas of what you can make with your french knitting.

Grandparents Day

We were delighted to welcome some of our grandparents to our classroom on Wednesday. Grandparents Day takes place during catholic schools week and this year it was also St. Bridgets Day.

We enjoyed hearing about their good times at school and what Ireland was like when they were young.

 

Wool Crafts

We have been working with wool this term. There are many things we can make and do with wool.

We started by making Gods eye’s with skewers and wool similar to  ‘Ojo de Dios’ (God’s eye) –  an ancient contemplative and spiritual practice for many indigenous peoples in the Americas.

Gods eye  is woven with yarn (wool) and wood, often with several colors.

Maths Games

We had great fun today playing multiplication and addition maths card games.

 

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Bobblehead art.

We had great fun making our bobbleheads. They were tricky but we persisted and we are glad we did.

The finished products are beautiful.

We then made an animation using our bobbleheads.

We made the animation by taking still pictures and playing them in succession.

Here is our animation.

Scríobh Creative Writing Workshop

We had a great experience writing with Niall and Javi today. We came up with original characters, a creative plot and lots of twists…. we can’t wait to see what will happen to Boomer the German Shepherd and his Arch Nemesis Billy the Squid – as they both battle to take over the world…..

We will share some of our stories when we have finished them…

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Electricity

We made simple circuits today with lights, motors and buzzers.

Then we incorporated switches into our circuits.

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We drew diagrams of our circuits using pictures and symbols.

 

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We are investigating electricity. We carried out experiments to investigate static electricity.

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We also started to make circuits.

We got wire, a battery and a bulb and we had to figure out how to make the bulb light up.

There were different ways to do it. We found some interesting solutions.

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We persisted and we all managed to do it!!

Handball

We had a great day at the under 11 Olympic Handball tournament.

 

Orienteering

We had great fun on Friday afternoon during our photo star orienteering and mapping activities.

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Clay

Our pots have dried and we are busy decorating them.

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Science Week

Knex

We had great fun exploring and building.

We are all now KNEXPERTS

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Here are some of our projects. We used motors to get them moving!

 

We have been investigating light and forces.

On Friday we will be holding a paper airplane competition.

Practice making your planes at home and bring your best one to school on Friday.

Here are some sites and videos to help you..

Good luck…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AljTDb2cyhc – another youtube video – slightly easier.

 

Fold and Fly – this website has lots of different airplane disigns.

 

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Green Fields of France

Click the picture to hear Eric Bogle singing The green Fields of France

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Oíche Shamhna

Oíche Shamhna

Science fun

We have been exploring how things stay airborne

fly – glide – float

We learned about air force, gravity and flying machines.

We made paper helicopters and watched them flying.

We then explored how we could adapt and change our helicopters and

recorded the effects these changes had on rotation and  flight time.

We shared our findings and discussed our results.

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The Butterfly Lion

We have just started reading The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo.

Here is Michael reading the beginning of the book.

 

White lions in Africa

A meeting with Virgina McKenna inspired Michael Morpurgo. Virginia has worked hard to help wildlife and lions in particular. She is an actress and starred in a famous film Born Free. It has a similar theme to The Butterfly Lion.

Here is a short trailer

Gaeilge Bheo 

Seo físeán den amhrán gaeilge a chumamar. Bainigí taitneamh as!!

Tá an ‘password’ ag na páistí.

 

Letters from the other side of the world.

We were very excited to receive letters from Ms. Larkin’s class in Perth.

The children told us lots of things about themselves, their school and their country.

They told us about a game called down-ball that they play in the yard.

We looked it up on Youtube and have been playing it ever since. It is a great game!

We couldn’t wait to start writing our letters to them.

Here we are busy writing our letters.

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We posted our reply letters today!!

Hopefully they will be in Oz soon.

 

Tables –

Practice your multiplication tables – speed and accuracy – with this fun game!!!

What’s your top score??

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 Check on our mathematics pages for lots more games.

 

Autumn Bulbs

We planted snowdrops and bluebells bulbs around the shrubs in our borders.

They will be a great indicator of the beginning of Spring.

We look forward to finding the flowers in early February.

A big thank you to Ms. Holland for all her help.

Mixing colours

How many colours can you make using just the three primary colours, black and white???

colors

Now look at how many colours we mixed……

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 Composing

We used our percussion instruments to compose music pieces

inspired by scenes from Hansel and Gretel

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Autumn Fruit and Vegetables

We gathered some autumn fruit, vegetables and berries.

We looked for different shades, shapes, lines and textures.

We examined cucumbers, tomatoes, sloes, and elderberries.

Here are some of the pictures we made using chalk pastels.

 

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Nature walk

We went on a walk to explore our environment in Autumn.

Some of us had collected lots of seeds, nuts and berries ourselves after school. 

We walked down the road to Ruanes’ farm and went down the bohereen.

We are writing up reports about our walk.

Here are some pictures. Descriptions to follow….

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Lines and Angles

We have been exploring lines and angles this week.

Third class took photos of  parallel lines.

Fourth class took photos perpendicular and oblique lines

 

 

We used straws and geo strips to show oblique, perpendicular and horizontal lines.

Look at our oblique kite designs.