This year has seen some incredible science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) work happening in our school as we work together in the hope of attaining an award for Excellence in Discover Primary Science and Maths. Through this process, as well as recognition of the student’s and teacher’s hard work, the Award brings a range of benefits; it provides a structure for science, technology, engineering and maths work, raises the profile of science in our school and among parents and increases whole school collaboration.
There are a number of steps we have been working through in order to be eligible for this award.
Step 1 Science
- Below are powerpoints created to provide evidence of the children engaging in 6 hands-on science investigations in school (indoors or outdoors). Please click the links below to see the science investigations being carried out at various class levels from Senior Infants to 6th class.
Fifth and Sixth Class – Mrs Collins – Environmental Awareness and Care
- We also had a Forensic Scientist Jason O Malley come and visit the school this year. During his visit he told us all about internet safety. Please click the link below to read more.
- Children of a Digital Age
- Also during Science Week 2016 on 14th November, 3rd and 4th class attended an event in the Lime Tree Theatre in Limerick called ‘Fantastic Physics’. Here are some photographs of written student accounts by Anna and Rosemary of the day and some photographs of the event itself.
Step 2 Technology (ICT)
- We needed to Provide evidence of how the children used technology as part of their school work.
- Please click the link below to see evidence of where we held a skype interview with a Scientist Aileen Gallagher. She is Mrs Fitzgerald’s sister and is working as a scientist in a medical devices company in Galway called Veryan.
- Skype interview with Scientist
- Some of the students in Mrs Collins’ 5th and 6th class also created their own powerpoints recounting their trip to a local recycling centre. Click the links below to view their powerpoints.
Below are photographs of the students hard at work creating their powerpoints
- Below are some photographs of junior classes using maths apps on ipads to develop numeracy skills.
Step 3 Engineering
For this step we needed to provide evidence of how children investigated engineering in class or in the local area.
- Please click the link below to a powerpoint of 5th and 6th classes account of a visit to a local recycling centre. Included are some photos of the day.
- Please click the links below to view some powerpoints created by 6th class children recounting their visit and what they learned.
- Our visit to the recycling centre Ronan O Sullivan and cathal Mc CarthyPresentation by Jack Nash Culhane and Liam ScanlanTrip To The Recycling Centre by Jennifer Geary and Eugene Monaghan
- Also, for this step Ms Murray’s third class too part in a Design and make activity i.e making models (exploring, planning, designing, making, evaluating). Click the link below to see the class designing and making their own bridges using a variety of materials. Please click the link below to view third classes work for this step.
Step 4 Maths
- For this step me needed to provide evidence of how the children used their maths skills.
Please click the links below for evidence of how Ms Heffernan’s class created a maths trails based around our very own school environment here in Monagea NS
- All classes in our school took part in maths week. Here are some photos of various classes taking part in maths week activities/events in the school.
Maths fun in 6th class. Lots of team work and fun playing Fraction Bingo, Place Value games and Tables games.
Maths Week 2016 is in full swing here at Monagea National School. Here are some moments captured by Ms Daly’s maths groups.
Here are Ms Heffernan’s 2nd class group playing ‘Go Fish’, ‘Dominos’ and ‘Three in a Row’. Who knew maths could be such fun?
Maths Week Activities in Ms Collins’ Senior Infants Class
- In Step 1, lots of our classes used graphs to illustrate the results of their science experiments.
Step 5 Stem Showcase
Below is photographic evidence of the children in 5th and 6th classes visiting 4th class showcasing a power point they created of their experiment from the environmental awareness and care strand.
Below are photographs of 6th class children presenting powerpoints to 2nd and 3rd class, outlining a trip to a local recycling centre that they visited as a part of Step 3 – investigating engineering in the local area.
Below Ronan and Jennifer visited 2ndand 4th /5th classes to outline the experiment 5th and 6th classes carried out for part 1.
Below are recounts of the children’s visits to other classes to showcase the findings of their experiments.