Science 2021/2022

All the classes in Taunagh N.S. will take part in the Discover Primary Science and Maths Award for the fourth year running.

Our digital log is divided under the following headings:

  • Step 1 – Science
  • Step 2 – Technology
  • Step 3 – Engineering
  • Step 4- Maths
  • Step 5 – STEM Showcase

Science

There are four curriculum strands:

  • Living Things
  • Energy & Forces
  • Materials
  • Environmental awareness and care

Living things:

The junior room made bird feeders out of plastic bottles, a pencil and sunflower heart seeds.

Planting seeds

The children planted a variety of seeds for our school garden.

Energy and Forces:

Balloon Rocket Race Experiment

This was a fun experiment where the children learned how the force of air moving in one direction can propel the balloon in the opposite direction, much like a rocket.

 

Dancing Raisins:

Investigating Pulleys

                              

 

Materials:

Erupting Volcanoes using vinegar, food colouring and baking soda.

 

Fruity Sweets Colour Mixing Experiment using skittles, still warm water and a plate.

The children were surprised that the shells of the sweets were made from sugar and dissolved in the warm water.

Webinar about bubbles and balloons. The children were asked to think about the shape of bubbles and are all bubbles the same size?

Investigating the pH scale

The pupils created the pH scale, by experimenting with acids and bases

 

 

Environmental Awareness and Care:

Signs of Spring Hunt

 

Autumn Leaf Hunt 

National Spring Clean 2022

 

Science Week Activities in the Senior Room

We watched and took part in the interactive Music to Your Ears Science Show and experimented with creating bubbles inside bubbles.

 

 

Live Zoom with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. He told us about how he became an astronaut, his trips to the International Space Station and his life as an astronaut.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the Data Scientist- John Newell

We enjoyed learning about the work of a Data Scientist and participated in a randomised trial as part of the active webinar. He told us how he became a data scientist, how data scientists work with athletes and their importance in medicine.

 

Science 2020/2021

This year, we are delighted to announce that all the classes in Taunagh N.S. will take part in the Discover Primary Science and Maths Award for the third year running.

Our digital log is divided under the following headings:

  • Step 1 – Science
  • Step 2 – Technology
  • Step 3 – Engineering
  • Step 4- Maths
  • Step 5 – STEM Showcase

Living Things

The Human Eye

Senior Room pupils conducted a Zoom interview with Nuala McCarrick, an optometrist, painted the human eye and created a video for the REEL Life Science Video Competition. Be sure to look at our video – that would be ‘eye-deal’!


Marine Explorers – Sea Creatures Bigger than Me

The pupils completed projects on sea creatures and presented them to Mark from Marine Explores over Zoom.

Energy and Forces

Electricity

We made electrical circuits and tested materials to see if they were conductors or insulators. We also experimented with how to make a switch.

Magnetism

Pupils investigated the properties of magnets to see how they attract and repel. They also tested a range of materials and classified them as magnetic or non-magnetic.

Exploring Magnets in the Junior Room

Materials

Bubbling potions for Halloween

Volcanic Eruptions

Magic Gloves

Crystal Cup Experiment

Environmental Awareness and Care

Leaf Hunt in the Junior Room

Keeping Riverstown Clean 

Have a look at the posters the pupils created to highlight the importance of keeping our village clean. The winning entries are on display on the Tidy Towns Noticeboard.

SFI Discover Centre – Science Week Workshops with Sligo Science Festival

It’s only water or is it? & Fooling our Senses

Zoom Interview with Sally

Sally is an archaeologist and answered our questions about archaeology. A very interesting Zoom interview!

Space Week

Why is Mars red? Using steel wool, sand and water and a control experiment, pupils discovered how rust forms.

Space Rocket Designs

The senior pupils examined the components of rocket and created their own designs.

 Space Aliens

The Junior Room created their very own space aliens.