Ballymana National School, NS, Craughwell

4th Class 2017/18

Welcome to our fourth class blog

I hear and I forget.

I see and I remember.

I do and I understand.

 – Confucius

Temperatures rising for school science exhibition!!

We were exploring heat this month. 

We explored heat conductors and insulators.

We also examined the different ways heat can be transferred.

Temperature effects the movement of air and water.

In this experiment we could see the hot (red) water rising to the top

and the cold (blue) water moving down to the bottom.



 Which cover will keep our water warmer over time??

We used thermometers to keep track of the temperature. 

We recorded our results carefully.

Incredible Edibles

Our pack has arrived and we have been busy planting.

We have started our chives, lettuce and spinach indoors.

We have also been learning all about plants and soil.


Fraction decimals


Engineers Week

Working as an engineer involves solving challenges and

requires  planning, imagining, designing, testing and improving.

Here we are working as excellent engineers




Scoil Drámaíochta



Bhí an áthas ar na páistí an corn mór seo a ghleacadh ar son

rang a ceathair Scoil Náisiúnta Bhaile Meánach!!

Ghleacamar páirt sa chomórtas scoildrámaíochta na Gailimhe i mbliana.

‘Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin’, an t’ainm a bhí ar.

Bhaineamar an-sult agus tairbhe as bheith ag plé leis. 


Pancake Tuesday

We made delicious pancakes. 

What you need:

  • 125g/4oz Odlums Cream Plain Flour
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 300ml/½pt Milk
  • Oil for frying


How to  make:

  1. Sieve flour and salt into a bowl.
  2. Make a well in the centre of the flour, break in the egg and add about a third of the milk. Beat well, gradually pouring in the rest of the milk and drawing in the flour to make a smooth batter.

3. Pour batter into a jug and allow to stand for about 30 minutes.

4. Brush a pancake pan or frying pan with oil. When the pan is hot, give the batter a stir before pouring a thin layer onto the pan.

5. Fry until golden brown. Turn and fry the other side until brown also.

6. Stack pancakes on a large plate, as they are cooked.

7. Fill with fresh fruit and drizzle with maple syrup, or choose one of our other delicious sweet or savoury fillings below. Enjoy!


We explored magnets. Magnets can repel and attract.

We investigated what magnets are attracted to at school and at home.

We made the paper clip move without touching it using our magnets.

Maths Games

Games are a great way to improve our fractions knowledge. 


St Bridget’s  Day

We welcomed the spring today and remembered lot of stories about St. Bridget.

Here are our St. Bridget’s Day crosses

Cill Aodáin

le Antaine Ó Raifteirí 1784-1835

Tá amhrán nua againn. Éist leis anseo…  


Anois teacht an earraigh, 

beidh ‘n lá dul chun síneadh

‘S tar éis na Féil’ Bríde,

ardóidh mé mo sheol,

Ó chuir mé ‘mo cheann é

ní stopfaidh mé choíche

Go seasfaidh mé síos

i lár Chontae Mhaigh Eo.

I gClár Chlainne Mhuiris

a bheas mé an chéad oíche,

‘S i mBalla taobh thíos de

a thosós mé ag ól,

Go Coillte Mach rachad

go ndéanfad cuairt mhíos’ ann

I bhfogas dhá míle

do Bhéal an Áth’ Móir 


Halloween video – we forgot to put up our lovely Halloween song.

Watch it here for a limited time!!

Clay workshops

Our hard work has paid off …. look at our fabulous pots!

We’ve been working with clay over the past month. We found some very useful videos from Mrs. Clay to help us improve our skills and techniques. Click on the menu tab to see the full playlist!

Here’s a link to the videos.

Why not try working with clay at home too?! (Air dry clay 12.5kg costs less than €15 – cregal art, crafty art, Loughrea School and office supplies  etc. – maybe you could share a bag with your friends and family?)

You will be able to take your time and let your imagination flow.

Don’t forget to bring your creations in for us all to see or take some pictures of your work.   

Puppet making

We used recycled materials to make lovely puppets!


We made a quick stop photo animation using our lovely clay figures. Check it out below!


Ag cur sneachta

Bhí brat bán sneachta ar an talamh i mBailemeanach!

Rinneamar fir sneachta!

Scríobhamar scéalta faoi.



Maths Christmas Challenge

We used all our maths skills to plan a Christmas party.

It was great fun working out the problems and working together.


Letters from down under.

Our letters arrived from Perth, Australia today.

We were very excited. We were very curious about our new pen pals.

They had very artistic pictures and lots of information about life in Australia.

We started to write our letters back straight away!!



Is maith linn bheith ag siopadóireacht agus ag canadh.

Éist lenár n-amhrán nua.

Tá an “password” ag na páistí!


Science Week

We had great fun carrying out experiments during Science Week.

A big thank you to Ciarán’s Mammy for the lovely science week rulers. 


We used clay to sculpt animals.

We practiced different techniques for joining clay.

Halloween in Ballymana


Art and Craft

Paul Klee – contrasted colour and black.

Here are some of our Paul Klee inspired work.


We explored line and shading and completed portraits of famous people


We used wool to make worry dolls and to weave beautiful God’s Eyes…


Bhaineamar an sult as an amhrain seo.

Éist leis!


We used chalk pastels to draw portraits of each other to decorate the hall outside our classroom.


Maths games

We used concrete materials to explore place value


Dice games are great! We can consolidate our maths concepts and have fun!