We take a whole school approach here in St Laurences to engaging our students with science and maths. All of our classes have engaged in some aspect of the steps involved in gaining the Plaque of STEM Excellence. Keep scrolling to see the fun we are having this year and all the new things we are learning about in science and maths!
Step 1: Science
Our hands-on science investigations…..
Energy & Forces
Infants- Investigation of forces
Push and Pull Forces investigation
How far do you think the toy car will go with a small push / big push?
Middle Classes- Investigating Electrical Energy
Senior/ Middle Classes: Designing & Making
Design & make a rocket to launch to space…..
We were delighted to welcome speaker Una Halpin of Wildways Adventures Limited who held a full day workshop with the children from 3rd to 6th class in September. The children carried out experiments learning all about the different forms of energy. It was a very enjoyable day!!
Living Things/Nature Walks
The boys & girls marked National Tree Day by taking a trip outside the classroom to observe all the trees that grow on our local grounds, including a trip to our local graveyard which has a large selection of different trees & plants.
Environmental Awareness & Care
The boys & girls in the middle classes undertook a detailed study of the River Greise. They travelled down, took water samples and brought them back to investigate in the classroom.
Kildare County Council sent a special visitor to our school to analyse the water with the children for World Water Day.
We hosted a Space Week event in our school in October. All classes carried out science investigations with Ms King’s 5th class hosting a Science exhibition for all classes to attend.
Step 2: Technology (ICT)
We upload our work onto our school blog on a regular basis and we have our own Scratch Club here in St Laurence’s- check out the link to see some of the projects that the children completed.
Congratulations to Ian, Emma, Gary, Ben, Ciabhán and Conor who entered the national Scratch competition and received certificates of participation for their endevours.
Ian also set up a separate Scratch competition for those in his 5th class in March and provided certs for the winners in the classroom. Well done Ian!
Step 3: Engineering
Design & make a rocket to launch to space…..
Engineers Week 2017
We were delighted to have Dónal Sheerin, an Engineer working with Intel come into our school for two days this week to host workshops with our students in 1st, 2nd and 5th class. Thanks to Intel for taking the time to inspire an interest in Engineering in our primary school.
The boys and girls had to put their thinking caps on to construct bridges using different materials that they were provided with. As the pictures show, our country will be in safe hands in the future if these model bridges are anything to go by!!
For Engineers Week, having investigated buildings in the local area, boys and girls in 5th & 6th class were asked to create model towns using 3D shapes and materials. What fabulous towns they were!! If only we could live there!! 🙂
Step 4: Maths
We held a Maths Week event to celebrate Maths Week in school. Thanks to Ms Forest for organising two days of Maths events for all our pupils.
6th class pupils took part in a competition called Have You Got Maths Eyes? They had great fun using the school grounds with the iPads capturing examples of maths in real life. Here are some of the entries taken by the children:
6th class attended a talk given by Civil Engineer David O’ Grady on Tuesday the 14th of March. David works with the National Roads Authority in Naas. He talked about his work and all the different types of Engineering areas that you can branch into. David highlighted the importance of maths in his career, encouraged the children to continue learning maths and most importantly, to enjoy the subject!! The children particularly enjoyed the video showing what happens when Engineering goes wrong!!
Sixth class pupils are investigating 3D shapes in Maths. They discussed the 2D shapes needed to make the 3 D shapes. They predicted what shape they would make, had to cut them out & try to piece them together. As part of their homewhork, they went on a 3D shape hunt at home to find objects that resembled the new shapes they learned about in school!!
STEM Building designs- measuring weight & 3D Shapes
Senior Infants- shape in the classroom & money
Step 5 STEM SHOW CASE
The boys & girls in third class were assigned the task of showcasing all the hard work they had done throughout the year by hosting our annual Science Fair on the blue corridor. All classes got to visit and learn a little bit more about all things Science & Maths related. Check out some pictures down below!!