3rd and 4th class have been busy learning about electricity. Today they tried their hand at making electrical circuits (unaided!!). It was great to see the children using their scientific skills as they engaged in the process. They even managed to add simple switches into their circuits. The next stage will focus on the introduction of conductors and insulators into each circuit. Watch this space!
As part of the 'Incredible Edibles' initiative, 3rd and 4th class were encouraged to visit a local farmer/grower to explore the stages of growing fruit and vegetables. Mary Kelly put us in touch with Michael in Monaghan Mushrooms and we were very lucky to be invited to tour the facility. The boys and girls (and staff) had a wonderful morning visiting Monaghan Mushrooms and they learned so much about the stages involved in growing mushrooms, when mushrooms are ready to be picked and how they need to be cared for during the growing phase. They also had the pleasure (once we controlled our sense of smell!) of observing the stages involved in making the high-quality compost which can be used for growing mushrooms. Michael, Derek (our tour guide) and some of the ladies who work in the factory answered ALL the childrens' questions and shared so much information with us all. It was a fantastic trip and definitely a great way to learn about how to grow and care for vegetables. Many thanks to the team in Monaghan Mushrooms for taking great care of us and for giving the children (and staff) treats and punnets of mushrooms to bring home. A great day all round! Take a look at our pictures to see how we got on. You might not recognise our students in their new school uniforms :-)
The boys and girls had to work collaboratively to solve a range of Maths problems to determine which student took the teachers box of Valentine's Day Chocolates. They showed great teamwork and leadership skills throughout in addition to showing off their super mathematical skills. Well done everyone.
Third and fourth class have been busy learning about the differences between renewable and non-renewable sources of energy. Using their new knowledge, they were tasked with designing a home using renewable sources of energy. The level of discussion that took place between the students was outstanding. Group work is something that the students of Killina do very well as each member of the team is always encouraged to work to the best of their ability.