Nature’s Web Newsletter

The Summer 2021 Issue of the Nature’s Web Newsletter, an exciting newsletter for children, has been posted on the web.

In this issue you’ll find…

Rocky Shore Safari

Editor’s Page: Basking Shark at Sherkin Island; Seafood Recipe

Plant Life: Baobab Tree

Black John – the Bogus Pirate: War in a Water Drop!

Marine Life: Basking Shark

Explore Your Shore!: Get involved with Explore Your Shore!

All in a Day’s Work: Dave Wall, Citizen Science Officer

Explore Your Shore!: Rocky Shore Safari Big 30 QUIZ!

Activity Page: Make a Folding Book

Water Safety Ireland: Keep floating inflatable toys away from open water

Colour In: Moving Day!

The World Around Us: “Foreign Correspondent” Michael Ludwig

Fun Page: How Much Did You Learn?, Nature Jokes

Learn More: Books/DVD for children; Useful Web Addresses

Wordsearch: Nature’s Web Summer 2021 Wordsearch

Nature’s Noticeboard: Summer 2021

Senior Room School Tour

This year’s Senior Room school tour had to stay local. Often we are so busy looking at faraway attractions we don’t realise the wonders that are on our own doorstep. The children in the Senior Room had an amazing school tour without leaving the local area. The children enjoyed The Sam Maguire Visitor Experience, The Dunmanway Heritage Centre and Dunmanway Pitch and Putt.

Rev. Cliff Jeffers gave the children a fascinating insight into the life and times of Sam Maguire and the opportunity to ring the Sam Maguire Community Bells of St. Mary’s Church. The Sam Maguire Community Bells were installed in 2017 to remember Sam Maguire, to bring people together in the community and to offer people a chance to learn a new skill. Dunmanway Heritage Centre is a hidden gem. Stimulating an interest in history in young people is high on Dunmanway Heritage Centre’s agenda, and there are plenty of fascinating artefacts and displays to capture the imagination of any visitor, young or old. The children were delighted to discover so much more about the history of Dunmanway. The Dunmanway Pitch and Putt is a beautiful 18-hole Pitch and Putt course. The children had great fun taking on this exceptionally large course with some challenging greens.

Carrigdangan Wind Farm

We were delighted to visit Carrigdangan Wind Farm. Mr. David Egan the Senior Operations Manager explained how the wind farm and sub station operated and how the electricity was generated and added to the national grid. The children enjoyed the walk through the wind farm and the opportunity to see the inside of one of the turbines.

The history of the movies

The children in 3rd and 4th class have been learning about the history of the movies. They discovered photographer Eadweard Muybridge and his pioneering work in photographic studies of motion and early work in motion-picture projection. The children enjoyed watching clips from some early black and white silent movies and the first “talkies.” The were amazed by the special effects and ingenious camera trickery of the time. Of course you can’t learn about the history of movies without popcorn!

The Science of Lift

The children in 3rd and 4th class have been learning about The Wright Brothers and the first powered and sustained heavier than air flight in 1903. The children discovered that the brothers completed many experiments with different wing shapes and that they used a wind tunnel to study the effectiveness of these wing shapes.

As a science experiment the children have tested different wing shapes to discover which wing shape creates the greatest lift. After a number of failed efforts our latest wing shape was ready for testing in our wind tunnel (a piece of string and an old hairdryer) The children were delighted to finally see wing lift in action.




School Garden

The senior class were busy in the school garden planting seedlings, weeding, composting and giving the garden a general clean up.

Infants planted wildflowers, cauliflower and broccoli. Seniors planted a mixture of herbs and vegetables. We look forward to seeing them grow over the next few months.