Showing posts from February, 2018

Gráinne Mhaol, the Pirate Queen

Gráinne Mhaol is a legendary Irish pirate that lived in Ireland around the year 1500. She sailed from island to island along the west coast with her fleet of ships. She raided as she went, building up a great hoard of wealth and earning her title as the Pirate Queen. 
It was not common for women to be sailors at this time but Gráinne rebelled against this. As the legend goes, Gráinne was told she could not sail because her beautiful long hair would catch in the ropes. This made her very angry, so she decided to cut off all her hair! Her father had no more excuses, so he had to let her on board. This is how she got her nickname ‘Gráinne Mhaol’; in Irish, maol means ‘bald’!
She was also one of the last Irish leaders to defend against English rule in Ireland.
Once, when she was on a trip to Dublin, she wanted to rest at Howth Castle. However, the lord would not open the gates to her. She became very angry, and kidnapped one of the lord’s sons. In return for his son, Gráinne made the lord pr…

Technology Time

Fourth class were invited to bring their own tablet devices into the classroom to make electronic presentations of their S.T.E.A.M projects. If you want to know more about our S.T.E.A.M projects read the previous post on these. Fourth class were given some recommended apps and using these they made marvellous creations which they are really proud of. Here are some pictures of us using our tablet devices in school and below you will find some finished videos. Enjoy!

Here is an example of our finished videos:

Pancake Tuesday

We enjoyed some delicious pancakes in school for Pancake Tuesday. We also learnt the meaning behind pancake Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. Some of us have now decided what we will give up/take on for Lent. Have a great mid-term everybody!

STEAM projects

4th class started the new year learning all about different types of renewable and non-renewable energy sources. They learnt new words like 'hydropower' and 'geothermal'. They also read the story of William Kamkwamba; 'The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind'. This story is available on YouTube if anyone would like to look at it again.

The class were then given a Lego rescue mission. They had to construct a wind-turbine that would rescue their mini lego figurine using only the power of wind. They were given materials that they could use in order to complete this mission, such as milk cartons, skewers, corks and Lego. Here is some pictures of the groups at work:

Here is a video of our windmill harnessing our Lego figurine. We decided blowing the fan with our mouths worked better than using any other wind source such as a hair dryer. 

Here is a picture of one of the finished wind-turbines:

Here is some windmill art we did using paint:

Here is a sample of a recount of th…