Crumlin National School

Ballyglunin, Tuam

Archive for April, 2018

Senior & First Class Rockets

Senior infants and First class had super fun today building rockets. The best fun was launching them and attacking the teachers!!

Khan Academy

5th & 6th have been enjoying the challenge of Khan Academy. It can be very challenging but they don’t shy away from the difficult problems!!

Purifying Water!

5th & 6th watched a video clip of Chris Hadfield on  the international space station. He showed how astronauts recycle 93% of the water they use on board the station. We then carried out an experiment on purifying water. Pupils collected dirt from outside and then looked at all the filtering options provided to purify the water. Some of the filters worked exceptionally well and the water looked good enough to drink!

AVIVA here we come!!!!

5th & 6th had a super day today at Corinthians rugby club rugby blitz! It was a fantastic day and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the competitive but friendly atmosphere! The great day was made even sweeter when we were drawn out of a hat to go to the Aviva Stadium and play there on the 16th of May. Only four teams get to go!  Many thanks to all at Connacht Rugby and especially to Peter O’Hara for all his training and support in our school throughout the year!


Easter Rising Powerpoints

We’ve been learning about the Easter Rising in history. 5th & 6th class boys enjoyed putting together PowerPoint presentations on the Easter Rising. They had some cool special effects and enjoyed presenting their work. The rest of us enjoyed learning from their presentations!


Science Week 2017 Visitor

Last November, Jane McLoughlin (Science Facilitator) visited our school for Science Week. She carried out various experiments and displayed them to the Junior Classes. We were all amazed at her scientific knowledge.


Last January, Senior Infants and First Class were busy learning all about Magnetism. We carried out our investigations using various classroom items and categorised them into magnetic and non-magnetic. We learned that a magnet has polar ends (Norths & South) and that opposites attract.


Maths Trail

Last Thursday, 3rd Class made the most of the sunshine and brought their learning outside. They participated in a Maths Trail around the school. The children worked in pairs to work out various questions about the maths in our environment. The children estimated, answered and checked, their answers together and discussed their findings in class afterwards. We estimated how many windows were at the front of the school, how many doors and checked our answers afterwards.

We also used the car park to look at the various cars, number plates and sorted the cars into groupings. We really enjoyed using the outdoors for maths and had great discussions when discussing our answers. We used problem solving skills, paired work, and team work during this exercise. We had a lot of fun!

Gravity: Designing parachutes


Third and fourth class had lots of fun designing parachutes when we learned about gravity. We carefully chose and measured suitable materials. We made parachutes for Lego figures. All of our parachutes succeeded in slowing down the Lego figure as it fell.


We refined our designs and tested different materials and different sizes against each other. We discovered that the best material was black plastic bin bags; the bigger the better!

3….2…..1……BLAST OFF!!!!

Last Friday, Junior Infants were very busy designing and making rockets. They constructed them from different materials such as insulating pipe covers, card, duct tape and elastics. They also decorated them with colourful stickers. They had great fun launching the rockets in the front yard from both their hands and a metre stick. Older classes were invited outside to view the blast off! We then had a competition to see who’s rocket traveled the furthest and measured the distance using strides. Our scientific work even made our News Copies!