We were looking at the properties of mixtures and solutions in science this week. It took us a little while to figure out a quick way to separate the mixture of unifix and marbles, until we discovered that the unifix float in water. Then we looked at putting two separate food colourings into water. They looked quite pretty, and when we mixed the blue and yellow together, they turned green! Then our teacher stumped us by asking us to separate them back into their original materials, like we did with the unifix and marbles. It was impossible! This is because they became a solution! A solution is also a mixture, but it's a type of mixture where there is the same composition throughout, and both are dissolved.
We had our second visit with Marina today, and it was brilliant! Last week, some of us mentioned that our favourite plant was the beautiful wild rose, or Dog Rose. Today, Marina brought us in a young Dog Rose plant, and we got to see her up close! One or two of us didn't believe she was very well protected, but we soon discovered that she is just growing her sharp thorns!
We looked back over the information we learned about the fruit of the Dog Rose - the rose hip. Long ago in Ireland, people used to make syrup out of the hip flesh, and used it when they had a cold! Marina reminded us that they had to be careful to strain the outer part of the rose hip very carefully, because there are thorny parts on the inside section, and you don't want to get them stuck in you! We then had a sniff of the dried petals of a Dog Rose. Some of us liked it, and some didn't, but it was great to get to savour it in winter! What's more, Marina then made us tea with the Dog Rose petals! Most of us thought it was very mild, or soothing, and Marina fed the few cups we couldn't finish back to the plant when we were done.
After our meditation and tea, we drew some pictures of the dog rose with chalk and pastels. Today we got to use glitter glue as well, and it was very exciting! Marina also told us a story of the Dog Rose that comes from Native American folklore. We really love to hear these new stories!
To finish off our workshop, we had one of the most unusual experiences - we listened to the plants! Marina has a special machine that can pick up electromagnetic signals from the plant and convert it into sounds we can hear. It is AMAZING. What's more, Dog Rose wasn't particularly in the mood for singing, and only gave us a little burble once. Her friend, Dandelion, was feeling a lot more chatty, and as soon as Marina connected him, we heard the most beautiful sounds coming through the speakers!
Thank you, Marina, Dog Rose and Dandelion for coming and speaking (and singing!) to us!
We've been looking at the history of education in Ireland this week, so we took a walk around our school to look at some of the historical aspects of it. We knew that the Presentation Sisters had set up the school in Headford, and our building was first constructed in 1949, with a renovation and extension in 2009. We also saw some of the old desks the pupils used to sit at - it was very tight! We found a plaque the school won for attending the Connacht Feis Ceoil in 1968. Finally, we had a look at the changing staff throughout the years. The earliest photo we found in our building was a staff photo from 1953!
Veronika brought our masks back to us today - all ready to perform with! We had so much fun - finding tension, displaying emotion, running through imaginary forests... Have a look!
We were really excited today to have a visit from Marina Levitina. Marina is a local artist and nature advocate (we found out really quickly what that meant when she came in with her beautiful plants and photos!) We met her friends, the sleeping Meadowsweet, the Lady's Mantle with a water jewel, and StJohnswort (who has no warts!)
Marina asked us about our favourite plants or trees, and we had a huge variety to tell her! We looked at some local plants on her slideshow, and talked about times we had seen these plants ourselves. She also told us a story about Cú Chulainn and the Meadowsweet fairy!
Since Meadowsweet is sleeping for the winter months, Marina had some dried blossoms for us to smell. They were gorgeous! She also told us how plants were used long ago as medicine, and that people nowadays are trying to learn more about doing this with local plants. People with special training and knowledge can tell you about plants that can be made into teas and syrups to help with different sicknesses, or even just to have a lovely, hot drink on a cold winter's day!
Finally, we got some sugar paper and chalk, and drew some of our own pictures of flowers. Most of us liked Marina's picture on the blackboard so much that we drew meadowsweet, or horses with meadowsweet, or even the meadowsweet fairy from the story! Others drew pictures of their own favourite plants, or other plants from the presentation we saw.
We loved our visit with Marina, and we can't wait to see her again!
4th, 5th and 6th in the prefab!
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Ms McNamara's Class