Category Archives: Science

Tree Huggers

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Spring is one of my favourite times of year and it is a great time of year for teaching. The weather is amazing, everyone is in a good mood and the flowers and trees are beginning to bloom. As you can see from previous posts, we have been doing lots of activities inside the classroom to do with Spring, such as sprouting seeds and beans, making a home for our snails and growing watercress and sunflowers.

Today Year One took a walk to the local park to examine the plants, flowers and minibeasts. We also took our snails back to where Year Two had found them as it isn’t fair to keep them in the classroom for too long. I always try and teach the children the following motto:

Take nothing but picturesleave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time. 

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A Home for Our Snails

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On Thursday Year Two went to the park and brought back some lovely snails for us to look at. I decided that I would make a snail habitat with both year one and year two so we could keep the snails in the classroom and observe and examine their behaviour.

I learned how to make this snail habitat during my teacher training by my wonderful science lecturer, Paddy Madden. Paddy is a legend in schools around Ireland for making school gardens, woodland habitats and for teaching children (and teachers) the many amazing things they can learn and do involving nature. You can find more information about Paddy here where he has school projects for every month of the year.

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Learning about Materials

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Our Science topic this term is ‘Materials.’ This is one of my favourite topics to teach as you can do so much with it and the children always really enjoy it and learn so much. It is also a great way for them to become more aware of the world around them and the idea that ‘Materials’ is not just something you learn in school – materials are everywhere.

Materials is also a great topic to link in with our houses and homes theme. I’ll be posting more on that next week.

 

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