Welcome to our submission for the Discover Primary Science and Maths award for 2018. This is our 2nd year taking part in the Awards! This year we are applying for the Plaque of STEM Excellence, an award which is given to schools that carry out extensive work in science, technology, engineering and maths.
A huge amount of work has gone into this, well done to all the pupils and teachers who took part. This year we are using Adobe Spark to submit our award and to compile our log of evidence of all the work undertaken by our pupils throughout the year.
Step 1: Science For this step, we carried out hands-on Science investigations under the four different strands Energy & Forces, Living Things, Environmental Awareness & Care and Materials in all classes throughout the school. We also tried to include Maths in these investigations where possible, linking in with Step 4.
Energy & Forces
Junior & Senior Infants investigated how heat can change materials.
All pupils from Juniors to 6th class planted cress seeds, peas, runner beans, daffodil, hyacinth and tulip bulbs and monitored their growth over time. Pupils also became familiar with the different parts of a plant and can successfully name and identify each part of the plant.
Environmental Awareness & Care
As part of our Active Schools Week we invited the local branch of The Irish Red Cross in to visit us. We got an opportunity to carry out basic first aid exercises, explore the inside of an ambulance, perform CPR and of course ask lots of questions.
Step 2: Technology In the second step, we had to ensure that technology was used by our pupils. We use technology every day in our classrooms and love to show off our learning through the use of technology, here are some examples of our use of technology.
Sharing our learning through technology
5th & 6th class pupils made a presentation using Microsoft Word on what slime is and how to make it. We had great fun creating our own slime. They even gave us a table quiz on their presentation afterwards to make sure we were paying attention.
Presenting Projects using Technology
Throughout all classes in the school, pupils of every age have also used cameras, laptops, Smartboards, Ipads, Smartphones, Audacity, PowerPoint and Microsoft Word to enhance and extend our learning.
Leaning Towers of Pasta
Step 4: Maths Throughout our Science investigations, we incorporated Maths where possible, For example, we used bar graphs to record our science results and a number of classes made use of the school environment through the use of maths trails.
The school also took part in Maths Week in October 2017 when all classes participated in maths trails around our school environment.
Step 5: STEM Showcase Throughout the year both our Health Promoting School Committee and Our Green School Committee made numerous presentations to all classes throughout the year on both Green and Health issues utilizing technology on many occasions. All classes were invited out to view and judge our Scarecrows. Pupils presented experiments to their own class and to other classes to showcase their learning and knowledge.
Materials & Change
5th & 6th class pupils showcased their learning by utilizing technology and creating a power point presentation on 'The Coke Volcano'. When they finished explaining the science behind their experiment they carried it out for all to see.
A number of pupils brought in their pets throughout the year and spoke to each class about their pets needs, how they care for their pets, what their pet eats, how much exercise their pet needs and their pets grooming habits.
Healthy Living Showcase
Members of our hard working Healthy Promoting Schools Committee as part of their health promotion drive came to every class and informed us about the benefits of healthy eating. They even prepared a colourful healthy platter and delicious smoothies for us all to sample.
Teeth and oral hygiene