Did you know that we review just about every book we ever read? We use the Goodreads website to do this, but you can see a feed of the books we have read on the Second Class homepage!
Yesterday we conducted an experiment to help us learn about Friction. We used air to push a straw along a piece of string, and tested to see which type of string would produce the most friction.
We tried ordinary twine, plastic-covered string, rope, ribbon, and finally twisted ribbon. We were initially surprised by the short distances travelled by the straws, but our last effort travelled the furthest - a grand total of 240cm!
In April, we were really lucky to have a visit from a local historian, Mervyn Ennis. Mervyn has lived in the Saggart area all his life and had lots of stories to tell us about the history of the area.
He touched on so many interesting aspects of our area's history, including the origins of the area's name: Teach Sacra. He also told us about the standing stones at Boherboy, the Sack 'Em Ups at Saggart's graveyard, the history of mills in our area, and even how the Declaration of Irish Independence was printed on paper that was milled right here in Saggart.
Mervyn shared so many interesting stories with us that it is impossible to note them all here - ask your child to fill you in on one of the stories he/ she remembers!
Tuesday of this week was the culmination of over a month of work, when we finally put the finishing touches to creations that have been in the making for over a month.
We were learning about the strand of Construction in Art. First, we explored the medium of junk art - using recycled material to create something new and exciting. We learned all about the different kinds of joins we can use, testing what worked well and the properties of different materials - bottles, cardboard boxes, etc.
The following week, we took what we had learned and drew a plan for our masterpiece. We also gave some thought to the materials we would need to build our visions.
Over the following weeks, we built our pieces, covered them in papier mache, painted them, and finally used a marker to pick out all the details and give our work a final pop.
We are delighted with the art we produced. Don't you love them too?
This month in Science we will be learning about and exploring Pushing and Pulling.
Yesterday we had a fascinating conversation, trying to solve a logistical problem.
Aoife has a huge box of books that she needs to move to the other side of the school. It is too heavy to lift. We all put on our thinking hats and tried to come up with a solution that would allow us to transport this unliftable box!
Aoife was so impressed with the creativity that the children showed - everybody had something valuable to contribute!
Ask your child to help you decipher the pictures and words she jotted on the board to record our thinking!
Afterwards, we went out into the sunshine to try out pulling and pushing, and see if one was easier than the other. We even tried to have a tug of war, but we pulled so hard that the rope broke! But what an invigorating lesson!