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World Around Us

โš”๏ธ Viking Visitors โš”๏ธ
We had a really exciting set of visitors on Wednesday. We had a wonderful workshop with some Vikings who taught us all about their lives, how they made clothes, hunted and battled for their lands. We had a go at playing some viking games, weaving and even participated in a mock battle! We were joined by our friends in P6 and P3/4! It was so much fun!

๐ŸŒ Ulster Museum Workshop ๐ŸŒ

We completed two workshops with the Ulster Museum all about the Vikings. We asked the museum staff lots of questions about the Vikings in Ireland. They sent us artefacts to have a look at which included a necklace, comb and broach. They also sent items of clothes, battle armour and a device the Vikings used to take wax out of their ears (yuck!). It was a really informative session, we had a fabulous time! 

๐Ÿ’ซ Trip to W5 ๐Ÿ’ซ

As part of our World Around Us topic Inventors and Inventions, we went to W5 to explore exhibits on how inventions have affected our everyday lives. We took part in a workshop called Marvellous Machines where we had to design and build our own machines to move a load from one point to another. After, we had some free time to explore the different exhibits on visual effects, physics and transport!  It was a great day!

The Studio W5

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Virtual Effects

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Exploring Exercise

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Investigating Pulleys

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Marvellous Machines

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Pulling

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๐Ÿ›– Minecraft Longhouses ๐Ÿ›–

We have been learning about what Viking longhouses looked like. Viking houses were often very long and included farm animals. Using Minecraft we made our own Viking longhouses. 

๐Ÿ” Viking Longboats ๐Ÿ”

We are making some Viking longboats as part of our new topic. Stay tuned for the final results!!

๐Ÿ—บ Fairtrade Fortnight ๐Ÿ—บ

We have been learning all about Fairtrade and Fairtrade products over the last two weeks. We researched different brands and companies to see where they were based and how many of their products are Fairtrade. We made collages to show different Fairtrade products we can buy in the supermarket. We believe everyone show receive a fair price for their hard work! 

๐Ÿ’ป Coding: Making Games ๐Ÿ’ป

We are working on creating games using Scratch. We are using the Scratch program on our laptops. We have to code the characters to speak, move and interact with each other. This project will take us a few weeks. Stay tuned for the final results! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

๐Ÿซ€ Making Hearts ๐Ÿซ€

We have been learning about the human heart. We looked at the four chambers of the heart and how the blood is pumped through the heart to the rest of the body. Using paper templates we created a model of the human heart to help us remember all of the important features. Wiktor kindly brought us in his model of the heart which was super detailed and gave us a wonderful opportunity to see what each section would look like inside our body. 
 

Our thoughts ๐Ÿ’ญ

๐Ÿ‘ฑ๐Ÿผ‍โ™‚๏ธ “The heart has four parts. It works as a special system to pump the blood around the body. My paper heart is coloured like my model heart. It is the size of a child’s heart.” -Wiktor 

๐Ÿ‘„๐Ÿง  The Human Body ๐Ÿซ€๐Ÿซ

We learned all about the different organs inside our bodies. We scanned QR codes to find information and used what we learned to create a diagram of the inside of our bodies! 

๐Ÿชก Textiles Workshop ๐Ÿชก

This week local artist Jenni Cunningham visited us to make beautiful felt bags! We followed her instructions to lay the wool down in a specific pattern, after we soaked it in soapy water and rubbed it until the wool felted together. We did this for two pieces and then rubbed to join the pieces together. Stay tuned for the finished product with some stitching! 

๐Ÿชก Sewing Pillows ๐Ÿชก

We are working on recycling our old t-shirts into pillows! We learned how to do a running stitch to close up the bottom and the arms of our shirt. In the next lesson we will be stuffing our pillows and sealing up the neck to finish our pillow. Check back soon for the finished product!

๐Ÿงถ Weaving a God’s Eye Design ๐Ÿงถ

We made a God’s Eye pattern using wool and two straws. We had to careful pull the wool over and around the straws using a special technique to create this pattern. We love our new display showcasing our bowls and our God’s Eye patterns. 

๐Ÿ‘พ Minecraft Mills ๐Ÿ‘พ

We used Minecraft to recreate a Linen Mill. We have been learning about Linen mills in our Textile lessons. 

๐ŸŒ Textile Globes on Quiver ๐ŸŒ

We played around with the quiver app today to create 3D textile balls. Don’t they look amazing!

๐Ÿงถ Woven Wool Bowls ๐Ÿงถ

We made beautiful woven wool bowls using paper plates and wool. We had to cut the plate into sections and weave the wool inside and outside of the sections to create a colourful bowl. After, we twisted wood and winded it to create a centrepiece for the bottom of the inside of our bowls. We think they are beautiful.

๐ŸŒก Which textile holds in heat the best? ๐ŸŒก

We did an experiment to see which textile was the best insulator. Each group had a cup of water and a textile to use as an insulator. We used a thermometer to check the temperature of the water in each cup before we started and then re-checked the temperature after a while to see which cup of water had held it’s heat the best. 

๐ŸŽฝTextiles Research๐Ÿ

As our topic this term is Textiles, we have been chatting about different textile companies that are based in Ireland. We did some research on Bourke Sports and O’Neills using iPads. After, we made some Pic Collage posters to show some of the facts we found.

๐ŸŒ Textiles: Where do they come from? ๐ŸŒ

This term our topic is Textiles. We have been looking at different kinds of textiles and where they come from. This week we had a quiz to see if we could guess where different textiles brands are based. Each team had a map and we marked where we thought the textile brand was from. 

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