Egg Drop challenge
We had a crackin' good time testing out our egg contraptions last week. The children were challenged to use materials to protect a raw egg from a high fall. The teacher braved the mighty heights of the play shed roof to drop the eggs and we experienced some successes. We had lots of fun working on this STEM project!
Focus on Science! Hands On Science
The School self evaluation process was reintroduced in Sept 2018. As Science is the focus of our school improvement plan for 2018-2020, the school community have identified the need for more hands on, active Science that makes good use of our local amenities, habitats and environment. Have a browse below through some of the exciting adventures in Science for the pupils of Tang NS.
Science in our Environment - Woodland, Canal & Bog Walks October 2021
While continue to focus on improving practical, hands on science this year as part of extended School Improvement Planning, each class group had a science trip to explore our local habitats at this time of year as we leave Autumn and enter Winter.
- Junior Infants to 2nd Class had a woodland walk to Portlick and Newcastle Woods.
- 2nd Class also stopped by the River Inny at the entrance to Newcastle Woods.
- 3rd & 4th Class headed along a very historical route along the Royal Canal from Foigha to Brannigan and then ended their trip with a quick stop by the aqueduct in Abbeyshrule.
- 5th & 6th class visited the ancient trackway in Corlea Bog and then headed on a minibeast, flora and fauna hunt in along the bogland walkway in Corlea Bog, Kenagh.
3rd and 4th Class- Design and Make a working Diaphragm
The children have been learning all about the Respiratory System in 3rd and 4th Class. We then each designed and made our very own working model of a diaphragm. We had great fun watching our balloons inflate and deflate by moving our diaphragms up and down.
Autumn nature walk
The children from 1st and 2nd class explored Portlick woods in October and found lots of lovely things to excite their senses.
Sound experiments in Senior Infants
Life cycle of a ladybird
Electricity in 5th & 6th Class
The children in 5th and 6th class really enjoyed experimenting with electricity and figured out how to make simple and parallel circuits. They put their creative minds to work and used their knowledge of circuits to construct windmills, cars, helicopters and buzz games.
Building Bridges in 3rd and 4th Class
Third and Fourth Classes put their Science and Materials knowledge to the test by building bridges using only paper. Each bridge and to be at least 5cm high and 15cm wide and had to be able to support the weight of one rubber! The children worked really well together and figured out that folding the paper made it stronger and harder to bend. Their finished bridges were very good!
Properties of Materials
Senior Infants have been looking at and feeling lots of different materials this month. We learned many words to describe how some materials look and feel. Some of the words we learned used are; fuzzy, flexible, hard, spongy, transparent, waterproof, absorbent and rough. We also experimented with some materials and water. We wanted to find out if the materials were waterproof or absorbent.
Lung Models in 3rd and 4th Class
3rd and 4th Class have been learning all about the lungs.
They made their own models of how a lung works.
Mini beast hunt
Nature detectives in Senior Infants and 1st class
Floating and Sinking
Senior Infants and 1st class made their own paper boats. We discussed forces used to move boats. We also carried out an experiment to see how many raisins would it take to sink one of the boats. We estimated first but the number exceeded our expectations. Amazingly it took 122 raisins to sink our paper boat!