Bug Hotel for Biodiversity

15th February 2019 First and Second Class were extremely busy this week creating Scoil Aonghusa’s very own Bug Hotel! We are learning all about biodiversity at the moment and hope that lots of bugs and small animals will find a safe place to live in our hotel. We know that all plants and animals, even the tiny ones, have a very important role to play in keeping our environment...

Scoil Aonghusa C.N.S. pupils learn how living things grow

“There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere”. Isaac Asimov (Biochemist) Scoil Aonghusa C.N.S. received its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) award last year and is continuing to develop the science and maths curriculum in the school. Over the last few weeks 1st/2nd/3rd class pupils have been doing some project work, learning about how living things grow. Teacher Cora Nash led the project which involved studying plants. The children learned that people have been growing plants for thousands of years and that they can provide us with food, materials (wood, paper) and clothes.The children have been asking questions such as how do they themselves grow and what helps animals and flowers to grow. They decided to use an experiment to help them answer their question, this is easily done at home as well as in school. Their question: What do plants need to grow? Prediction: Seeds without water, correct temperature or light will not grow. Equipment needed:  5 rectangular plastic carton lids, 1 plastic carton, cotton wool, water, watercress seeds Method: Five sets of watercress seeds were placed in cotton wool on a carton lid. Trial 1 Control: Would seeds grow in ideal conditions? One set of seeds was placed in ideal growing conditions, with air, light, moisture and correct temperature (seeds were placed on cotton wool in a carton lid, watered and placed on a window sill). The students then investigated what effect each variable had by doing the following: Trial 2 Would seeds grow without air ( seeds were watered, placed in an airtight box and placed on the...

Scoil Aonghusa C.N.S’s Spring Visitor

Spring at last and all around the country farms are full of newly born lambs and calves. The pupils at Scoil Aonghusa were delighted to receive a visit from a 4 day old pet lamb which was brought in by one of the families at the school. All the children had the opportunity to feed the lamb his morning bottle and learn all about him. 1st/2nd/3rd class teacher Mrs Noreen O’Regan used the opportunity to teach the children about sheep farming and they discussed breeds of sheep, names of adult male (ram) and female (ewe), how and why they were farmed for wool, meat and milk and what they ate. The children then put their writing skills into practice and wrote an essay about sheep...