Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol

Today, Ms Broderick’s class visited Kilmainham Gaol. Our tour started at the front gates of Kilmainham Gaol. Here we were met by our friendly guide called Lisa.

Lisa began the tour by bringing us to the chapel inside the gaol. Here she told us the captivating story of how Joseph Plunkett and Grace Gifford were married just hours before Joseph was executed due to his participation in the 1916 Rising.  Following this, we were led through the old and new parts of the gaol. As we walked through the gaol, we were able to experience a real feeling of what life was like for a prisoner in Kilmainham.  The cold and damp conditions the prisoners felt were evident due to the many windows and little or no heating in the prison. Our guide informed us that the prisoners mainly survived on porridge, bread and stew. She also told us that prisoners were kept in their cells for 23 hours per day and were only allowed one hour to exercise and empty their chamber pots!

When we reached the east wing of the gaol, many of the cells were open. There were many plaques stating the prisoners’ names that slept in these cells during the lifetime of the prison. Some of these were Joseph Plunkett, Eamon De Valera, Edward Daly and Countess Markievicz.  The children were fascinated to see the size of the cells.

Another famous cell inside the prison is that of Grace Gifford. She was imprisoned during the Civil War, after her husband’s death, for her promotion of Sinn Féin policies through her work as an artist. The cell in which she slept contains a painting of the The Blessed Virgin and the Christ Child.

Our tour ended in the Stonebreakers’ Yard. Our guide explained to us that it was in the Stonebreakers’ Yard that fourteen of the leaders of the 1916 Rising were executed in May 1916. Today this is commemorated by a plaque and two crosses in the yard.

Fifth Class Update

Fifth Class Update

Ms O’Reilly, Ms Ní Mhurchú and Ms Broderick would like to wish you all a very happy New Year!!! We have been extremely busy since we started back. But to keep you up to date with what has been going on in our classrooms we have chosen a selection of our displays to show off our great talents. In Gaeilge, we have been exploring the theme of An Aimsir, while in Geography we studied all about Europe and the European Union. In Maths, we created pie charts to represent the data that we collected. In Art, we focused on drawing and painting, whereby the children had to extend an image. We also covered the theme of Winter by writing narrative stories and painting Winter scenes. We are looking forward to the busy term ahead!😁

Good Vibrations in Ms. Broderick’s Class!

Good Vibrations in Ms. Broderick’s Class!

In Science, we investigated seeing sounds, feeling sounds and making sounds. The four activities the children carried out proved that sound can travel in vibrations through air or other media. Below is a summary of what was involved in each activity.

Seeing Sound – The children covered an empty bowl with cling film and placed some dry rice on top of the cling film. The children took turns to tap the cling film. The stronger the tap, the higher the rice jumped.

Feeling sound – The children worked in pairs. One child tapped a pattern on the table while the other child had to listen. The children discovered that it was easier to hear the louder patterns than the quieter patterns through a table.

Making sounds –

  1. The children worked in pairs to practice making sounds using a straw. The pitch of the notes varied from high to low when the straw was bent at different positions when the children blew into it.
  2. For this experiment, the children blew up a balloon and practiced releasing the air quickly and slowly. The children identified the difference in the sound that was made by doing this.

Rocket Launch

Hi all!

As part of the Discovery Science project, Room 20 completed an experiment called Rocket Launch. We had a lot of fun participating in this experiment. First, our teacher divided us into groups. In our groups we had to blow into a balloon five times. Then we had to stand on a line with our arm outstretched and let go of the balloon. We used measuring sticks to measure how far the balloon travelled (some went a lot further than others!!). We repeated this twice and got the average distance the two balloons travelled. Some lucky people got to take their balloons home with them! Some children were chosen to create a bar chart representing the information the class gathered during the experiment. We had lots of fun and we hope we do well.

Room 20, Fifth Class.

Design a Bridge

Design a Bridge

The children in Ms Ní Mhurchú’s class have been very busy designing bridges. We used paper to begin with, and placed counters on the paper until the bridge collapsed. Following this we changed the paper shape, i.e. folded it, created an arch etc. We wanted to see if these types of structures made the bridge stronger. Check out the pictures below!