Robotics and Coding

The children in 5th and 6th opened the boxes of our new EV3 Robotics and Coding equipment. As a School Excellence – Digital School our children have a wonderful opportunity to develop their STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) ability and as a “Hands on Minds on” school these kits perfectly enable our children to explore robotics and coding.

 

Rugby World Cup Projects

The children in 4th, 5th and 6th were each given a country playing in the Rugby World Cup Finals to research for a Geography Project. The children really enjoyed supporting their allocated country during the tournament. Of course the child with South Africa was delighted! The children also enjoyed presenting their projects to the children in other classes.

 

We will celebrate Science Week with some very exciting activities this week!

Autumn Nature Walk

The children in our First and Second Classes have been busy exploring our local habitats. As well as looking beautiful, berries, fruits, nuts and cones contain the seeds of a plant and are therefore crucial for the cycle of life. Seed dispersal was discussed and samples were collected. These samples were displayed by the children in their lovely autumn nature booklets.

 

Our Local Stream – Scientific Study

The children were delighted to identify a wide variety of mini-beasts in our local stream as they are a sign of healthy and clean water. It was now time for the science bit! Stephanie from the Heritage Council showed the children how to test our water samples with litmus paper. Our visual observations were confirmed when these tests showed minimal traces of nitrates.

 

 

Not all carrots are orange!

Years ago carrots used to come in a wide variety of colours from white to bright yellow and deep purple. Around the 16th century the Dutch began developing the orange variety so common today. This year our vegetable garden was planted with an emphasis on biodiversity. It was time to harvest and taste these interesting carrots.

Stream Visit

We had a great day with Stephanie from the Heritage Council. We are a “Hands on – Minds on” school so we were delighted when Stephanie brought us to the local stream where we discovered the many fascinating creatures that live in this local habitat. The children were fascinated to learn about the identification chart that allowed them to identify the creatures they found and then returned safely. Stephanie explained the importance of a clean habitat for biodiversity.

 

M.I.C.C. and Habitat for Humanity Ireland

We were delighted to welcome past-pupil Eoin Buckley and Brian Wilson from M.I.C.C to Togher N.S. Eoin and Brian are raising funds for volunteer work by M.I.C.C. students with Habitat for Humanity Ireland. Founded in 2002, Habitat for Humanity Ireland is a non-profit organisation dedicated to eliminating substandard housing worldwide and to making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. Brian will be part of a team of M.I.C.C. students helping to make a difference in the lives of Romanian families in need of a simple, decent place to live. Eoin and Brian provided most enjoyable physical education coaching lessons for the younger and older children. We would like to wish Brian all the very best with his trip to Romania and of course we really enjoyed catching up with Eoin. Keep up the good work lads.