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4th Class Biodiversity

 4th Class Biodiversity Workshops:

As part of biodiversity, 4th class receive monthly visits from Andrew aka ‘Mouse’ and Claire aka ‘Turtle’ who explore many different parts of biodiversity with the class. Each workshop is very interesting and we learn a lot about our environment.

Here is an idea of some of the workshops so far by Kaia Burling:

Workshop 1

On our first biodiversity visit we explored woodland animals. We started off with a woodland animal quiz and then we focused on the lifecycle of a ladybird/ladybug. We learned about where some of the animals live, what they look like and what they eat in our local woodland areas. 

Workshop 2

At our second workshop we focused on Irish birds. We looked at the many different types of Irish birds and we went bird watching to try and spot as many birds as possible. Mouse and Turtle our leaders showed us how to identify Irish birds. With our partners we had to try and guess one of the birds by their size, their colour, their sound and their features.

Workshop 3

At our third workshop we learned about amphibians in Ireland, such as the common frog, common toad and newt.  We also learned about the lifecycle of the frog which I found very interesting.  Mouse and Turtle, our biodiversity leaders, gave us tadpoles and frogspawn which they had rescued from a puddle.Now we are keeping them in our class for a few weeks. The tadpoles eat fresh pond water but as they get older they will eat boiled cabbage.

We started a research task on ’Signs of Spring’ where  we have to try and find signs of spring in our environment and record them on the worksheet.

Workshop 4

At our 4th workshop Mouse and Turtle, our leaders, brought in a rescued orphan hedgehog called Hobnob. Hobnob is a wild hedgehog and can’t be kept as a pet. Mouse let us all hold Hobnob and he told us about another type of hedgehog called the African Pigmy Hedgehog that people often try to have as a pet. He explained that hedgehogs are solitary and do not make suitable pets. We learned about the lifestyle of the hedgehog and it was very interesting. Mouse also told us that the most common way for a hedgehog to die is road kill or if they get a cold and unfortunately Hobnob had a cold.

We are really looking forward to our next visit from Mouse and Turtle at the end of the month.

Have a look at some of our photos so far.. 

By Kaia Burling

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Innocent Sow and Grow March/April

We, 3rd and 4th class have been taking part in the innocent sow and grow project. We received beetroot, cress seeds and runner beans to sow and grow in our innocent pots. We have been keeping a diary of their progress and uploading it onto the innocent website. Here is the link to our work  https://sowandgrow.innocentdrinks.ie/we-sow-they-grow/

Check out some of our photographs from our classroom below. We hope you enjoy looking at them!!

                            

                          

Seed Planting 2014

We have been busy learning all about seeds and growth in second class. We learned that seeds need water, sunlight,

nutrients and warmth to grow! We looked at a powerpoint presentation and cool videos from youtube to help us learn about

the lifecycle of a plant.


We learned some new words like 'germinate' and 'nutrients'. Here are the links to the videos and powerpoints we looked at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPqnYYI2Uq8

http://www.communication4all.co.uk/http/growth%20and%20plants.htm

 

We then had a go at planting our own seeds. We all brought in an egg shell from home and drew a face on it. Ms. Farrell

brought in some potting compost and we put some potting compost in the egg. We sprinkled some cress seeds on top of the

soil and patted them down a little bit. We put them on the windowsill becasue they would get sunlight there.

We watered them every second day because we didn't want them to drown or die.


We  kept a cress diary and observed that the cress seeds grew really really quickly!!!! They germinated after 2 days and

were fully grown in a week. We named our cress egg-heads and brought them home to mind over Easter.

By second class :-)

 

                  

Paper Planes February 2014

We were given a piece of paper and asked to throw it as far as we could. Most of our class scrunched up

our paper into a ball. Ms. Farrell told us that if done properly, a paper plane will fly further than other

shapes. She said that if we went outside on a windy day with our arms open we would blow away easier

than if our arms were by our sides. A double-decker bus would be affected by wind than a normal car

because of its shape.  The shape of the plane should be sleek to it will travel furhter and not be affected

by wind so much. We made our paper planes and brought them over to the hall to fly them. Mine

didn't go the furthest because it wasn't the same shape as George's. His flew the best because of

the shape. We used trundle wheels to measure how far our planes flew and graphed the results. It was

really fun! Here are some pictures.

                       


George's plane flew 8metres and 20cm. We couldn't believe it!

Class Blog

Check out what Ms. Andrews' class are up to by following their class blog:

https://msandrewsclassbalrothery.blogspot.ie/