On Tuesday 4th February 2020 5th & 6th class participated in their school workshop of the LEAF (Learning about forests) programme run by an Taisce.
This was run by Niamh Ní Dhúill, who taught us so much and planted trees with us in the school garden area. We explored all the products that can be made of wood and we explored our native trees and ‘special guest’ trees that are in Ireland.
Niamh also kindly brought in frog spawn from her own pond that we looked at and showed the rest of the school.
In the afternoon we planted bare root trees in the garden. 6th class were busy digging while 5th class gathered twigs and grass to keep the protective cardboard in place.
We were so lucky that it was a sunny and dry day.
We had a brilliant day and thanks to Niamh for such a super fun and educational workshop.
On the 28th January 2020, 5th & 6th class participated in the DELL VEX IQ Primary School Competition in DELL Limerick. This is a unique school project that gives pupils their first opportunity to learn about engineering and robots. Hundreds of pupils participated all bringing STEM skills to life with their designed and built robot to play against and with other teams.
With the help of Úna Murphy & past pupil Jason O Shaughnessy we were competition ready!
Amy, Willie, Stephen, Justin, Micheál and Kian were the designated drivers for the day!
We had a super day out and loved participating in the competition.
Thanks to Ms Quinn and Catherine for coming with us on the day.
Happy New Year!
Welcome back to 5th and 6th class! We had such a busy term last year preparing for our Christmas show and had so much fun working with Katie Upton producing Cinderella. We did Secret Santa this year and had so much fun opening our presents on the day of holidays!
We also had a super trip to UL for the Aladdin panto- oh yes we did!
Preparations are well underway for our Dell Vex Robotics competition in Dell on the 28th of January. Our Robot Ranger is built and nearly ready to compete. We are also working on our STEM Project based on how robotics play a part in data collection. We are busy making our stand display for completion day & have lots of lots of ideas! Thank you to Catherine and Ms Quinn for their continued help.
We are looking forward to a busy new term! Stay tuned for more updates!
We are delighted to be part of the LEAF (Learning about Forests) Programme again this year.
This programme is run by the Environmental Unit of An Taisce. Through interactive learning and field trips, the programme reconnects the next generation with their environment, educating them to be more conscious of protecting it and instilling in students a sense of ownership of the natural world that surrounds them. Our very own Curragh Chase Forest Park is used for the off site workshops and we are very lucky to have this resource on our doorstep. The LEAF Limerick project has been made possible with a grant from the JS Greene memorial Foundation.
Fifth and Sixth Class are completing this project and participated in the CurraghChase workshop on Tuesday 8th October. Experts Rachel and Seán from An Taisce took the groups around Curragh Chase where they identified trees,habitats and forest creatures. Pupils learned how to find the age of a tree and explored the pond. It was fantastically informative and certainly left the pupils with a greater respect for the forests and biodiversity. We look forward to continuing to work on this project throughout the year! This year we are going to focus on the theme of Climate Change and our environment.
See the Gallery for more photos of the day!