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Archive for November, 2015


Team Hope Annual Shoe Box Appeal

Well done to all the families who packed a shoe box for Team Hope. We had well over 100 boxes!

 

Singing with the Garda Male Voice Choir

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Football League Champions

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We’ve all gone fruity!

This week in First Class we learned about all different types of fruits! We also looked at seeds and investigated to find the seeds in fruits! We learned about the strawberry which has it’s seeds on the outside and we found out what fruits grow in Ireland! To finish it off we made smoothies from our fruit! Yum!!!

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Science Week at Ardscoil

6th class travelled to Ardscoil Phádraig for Science Week. They had great fun learning and doing scientific experiments.

Bleakley’s Oaten Mill

3rd and 4th Class were very lucky to be able to go and see an oaten mill working. It was very interesting to be able to see it in action and we learned so much from it! Thank you to Mr. Cecil Bleakley for allowing us to come to his beautifully restored mill.

This is what we learned:

The mill dam has a sluice gate that is opened to direct the water to the mill race. Any overflow is directed down the road and rejoined at the tail race to avoid flooding. The force of the water turns the water wheel and this powers the mill inside, turning all the wheels and allowing the mill stones to do their job.

The oats had to be thrashed to separate the grain and straw. The grain was then brought to the mill. Your name was put on the bag and left until your turn came. Before the oats could be milled, they needed to be dried in the kill. This had a perforated steel floor with a furnace underneath.  You needed to bring a load of turf with your oats to dry them. The kill was very hot and so people often came to céilí there in winter to keep warm. The oats were spread out in a thin layer on the floor and the fire from underneath dried them. The grain needed to be turned. When it was dry it was bagged and brought to the mill floor.

First of all, the hull (shell) needed to be removed and it was fed down into the hopper where this was done. The drying reduced the grain inside the hull making it easier to remove. The sieve-like shaker we saw then separated the hull and the grain (schillin). The hull was bagged and you could bring it home for hens to scratch if you wanted it but most people had no use for it. During this process the grain went downstairs and so it had to be winched back up. (If a mill had no trap door for this it needed to be carried back up the stairs!)

The grain was then put into the hopper to go into the mill stones. The second mill stone was set close and so when it was ground there it went downstairs and came out the shoot into a bag. In the shoot there was another opening with a gentle breeze. We found out that this was to catch and blow away any stray hull that might have got through. This was called winnowing. This was important because it wasn’t nice in your porridge!

When your oats were ready you came to collect them and stored them in a warm dry place at home over the winter.

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Experiment!!

We did a Science experiment to see which liquid is heavier, water or oil?

We put oil in a jar. We mixed a little red food colouring in the water so that we would be able to see our results easily. The water sank to the bottom and the oil floated on top. This means that water is heavier than oil. We  then realised that this is the reason you cannot use water to extinguish an oil fire. The water would not smother the oil!

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Autumn Collages in 4th Class

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6th Class Cookery

6th class are taking part in healthy cooking lessons. Lesson one was based on learning all about the Food Pyramid and making delicious home made pizzas.

 

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Izak 9

6th class got to try out Izak 9 before the midterm. There had great mathematical fun trying to solve the problems that Abacus and Helix presented!

 

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