Thursday, January 15, 2009

Step 1: Prescribed Activities

Please use the link to our Science Site to see photographs of the science investigations we have undergone this year. The index of all science articles is to be found in the Blog Archive listed on the right hand magin of the page.

Classes involved in doing the activities:
· Ms. McLoughlin · Mrs. Newell · Ms. Crotty · Ms. Flaherty · Ms. Tierney · Ms. O’Connor · Ms. Costello · Ms. Long · Ms. Warde · Ms. Treacy · Mrs. Browne · Ms. Cunningham · Ms. Lavery · Mrs. Geraghty · Ms. Ferguson · Ms. McGuire · Ms. Gilligan . Ms. Dillon . Ms. Murphy . Ms Lally . Ms. McGuire . Ms. Hynes . Ms McLaughlin . Ms. Minihan . Ms. Warde

Discover Primary Science activities done in the school this year:
· Design a Bridge · Paper Helicopters · Can you balance? · Rainbow Spinner · Make a lighthouse · Strange Sounds
· Dancing raisins · Diving drops and sinking feelings · Air pressure · Surface Tension and Bubbles · Friction, slip or stick? . Surface Tension and Bubbles . Mirror Writing · Make a Lever (wag the dog) · Creepy reflections and floating finger . Acrobatic clown · Design a boat · Make a diver · Rocket launch · Water fountain . Snake Spiral · My Reaction Time · Myself-fingerprints · How Much Air Can My Lungs Hold · Creeping Colours · String telephone · Starch is everywhere . Make a rocket . Starting and stopping
· Dyeing with Red Cabbage · Growing tomatoes . Which papers absorbs best? . Exercise your heart
Other experiments

Step 2: Visit to a DPS Discover Centre

A) Visit to a DPS Centre: Photos of this visit are to be seen at

· Senior Infants visited St. Brigit’s Garden on the 17th of October 2008

Step 2: Scientists in our school

B) Invite a Scientist or Engineer to our school: Photos of these visits are posted on our Science Site

Visit from the science group "Educate Me" with a great presentation about Space.

Visit from the Army,
Visit from a Garda,
Visit from an Occupational Therapist,
Visit from a Chef,
Visit from a Computer Engineer,
Visit from a Mobile Phone Executive,
Visit from a Geologist,

Step 3: Participating in a science event

Participate in a science event: Science Open Day. Photos of this event can be seen on

· Ms. McLoughlin’s Senior Infant Class and Mrs. Newell's class held their Science Open Day on Friday, 16th of January 2009.
This event was open to other classes, teachers, and staff of Scoil Chaitríona Junior.
Scoil Chaitríona Senior classes, teachers and staff were invited.
The invitation to attend our science open day was extended to parents, realations and members of the community. We were delighted to see so many visitors. Everyone really enjoyed the event.

Visit to a Bubble Show in Galway Education Centre during Science Week Nov. 08

Visit to the Planetarium in Galway Education Centre during Science Week Nov. 08


Step 4: Other Science Activities

Other Science Activities in the School

1. We have submitted our own activities to the Gallery Section of the primary science website. Some of our photographs have been published on each of your gallery pages.

2. We are participating in the Greenwave Project this year. Photos of frogs in Spring Lifecycle of the Frog

3. We are registered for the Green Flag programme.
Litter Picking Slow the Flow

4. We have set up a school website (with science page). It is running since May 07. We are beginning to have other schools worldwide contact us about the articles on our science page. (see and for comments)

Our school address is
Our Science page address is
and Our Award of Science Excellence page is

5. We have subscribed to the monthly electronic science newsletter.

6. We have used some of the flash activities from the primary science website in our classrooms including:
Make a Rocket
Starting and Stopping
Keeping warm - Testing insulators

7. We have been involved in a great many investigations and projects other than the science activities listed in the DPS manual including:
Are involved in a "School Projects Around the Globe" - Kite Flying project based in the U.S.
Kite Flying and
Visit to a Bubble Show during Science Week
Visiting the Planetarium
We have a school garden and
Nature walks and and and
Setting up and watching bird feeders and
A Bat in Our Class
Bug Exploring and
Telling the Age of Trees
Potato Maze
Planting Bulbs ,
Using thermometers and rain gauges
Making paper aeroplanes
Watching frogspawn to frogs
Constructing structures
Visiting the local Bottle Bank
Science of Smarties
Looking after our teeth and
Food tasting
Making a hovercraft
Watching Mayflies
Watching Ants

Taking part in the Agri Aware “Meet the Spuds! Competition”
Raising butterflies from caterpillars
Cooking Scientifically
Smelling Test
Looking at Bubbles
Magnet Morning
A Sense of Touch