We have been learning all about the Water Cycle in First Class. Have a look at our diagrams about the journey of water from Evaporation to Condensation, then Precipitation and Collection!
The Water Cycle by Anna Loughman.
The Water Cycle by Abbie Breen
We looked at a variety of objects at our investigation station and made our predictions about which objects would float and sink in plain water. Have a look at our record sheets which show our ideas before we did our investigation, and afterwards. We had a few surprises!
Let's Investigate! We investigated if our objects would float or sink in plain water. Then we checked if there would be any difference if we used salt water!
First Class have been learning all about water recently. We talked about sources of water; uses of water; keeping water clean and saving water. Have a look at some of our posters to remind everyone about where we get our water from; how we can save rather than waste it; and ways in which we use water every day.
We were lucky to have a visit and presentation by André Mc Quaid from Microsoft today. He spent an hour with 5th and 6th class showing them the coding activities on www.code.org which is a non-profit organisation that helps children around the world access coding.
During the month of January, Senior Infants have been learning about the uses of water on our journey to becoming a greener school! So we have put our lab coats on and conducted a very exciting experiment! Senior Infants will observe two potted plants on our classroom windowsill over the next few weeks . One will be watered using our school’s new water butt and the other will not. What do you predict will happen?
Sixth Class took part in a problem solving activity on Wednesday with Ms. Gaughan, one of the green Schools coordinators. Hippo bags have been installed in almost all of the classroom toilets at this stage. These are water saving devices that are placed in the cistern of the toilet to reduce the amount of water being wasted/flushed, We carried out an audit in 3rd and 4th Class to find out how many times (on average) the toilet was being flushed on a daily basis.
Results from 3rd Class: Girls flushed the toilet 36 times;
Boys flushed the toilet 17 times,
So in total 3rd Class flushed the toilet 53 times in one day.
Results from 4th Class: Girls flushed the toilet 52 times;
Boys flushed the toilet 45 times,
So in total 4th Class flushed the toilet 97 times in one day,
The children used their problem solving skills and discovered that we will be saving, 296 litres of water for 3rd Class (on average) on a daily basis (and 530L per week). 4th Class save (on average) 190 litres per day (and 950L per week).
Overall, with Hippo bags, 3rd and 4th Class are saving on average, 296L per day, and 1480L per week. Per school year, they save 53,415L per school year.
WOW! ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
Being on the Green Schools Committee is a huge honour and a big responsibility. We are working very hard to get our third green flag. We believe that if we continue to work hard we'll get our water flag later this year.
Even though we won't be here next year, we believe that the committee will work just as hard, or harder when we leave.
Kate Regan and Aoibhe Cowen
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