Crumlin National School

Ballyglunin, Tuam

Archive for the ‘Ms. Murphy’s Class’

2nd & 3rd Class Showcase

Today 2nd and 3rd Class hosted an Electricity Expo for Junior, Seniors and First Class. The students had the opportunity to demonstrate all their knowledge about the topic and show the other classes some electricity experiments. They also discussed electrical safety and what shapes were used to construct their lighthouses. Here are some photos from our event…….




Last week, 2nd and 3rd class were focusing on electricity. They discovered how to make a circuit, a circuit with a switch and what static electricity is. They predicted and experimented with materials that make conductors/insulators. They also designed lighthouses and fitted the circuits with the light bulb on top.

Sacrament of First Penance

Congratulations to the Second Class pupils who made their First Confession yesterday evening in Brooklodge Church. You were all fantastic! Thanks also to Fr. Howley for celebrating this sacrament with us.

The Water Cycle

2nd Class have being studying the four stages of the water cycle: evaporation, condensation, precipitation and collection.

This experiment shows the four steps. We placed boiling water in the bowl and covered the bowl with cling film. We placed an ice pack on top of the cling film and left it for a few minutes. Later, droplets (condensation) had formed where the hot vapour (evaporation) had met the cold surface. Eventually the droplets became too large and dropped back in to the water below (precipitation & collection).

Hearing and Seeing Sound

This week 3rd Class were learning all about sound. They carried out an experiment where they could hear and see sound. First, the children banged the wooden spoon off a baking tin. The sound wave vibrations caused the rice to jump allowing the pupils to see sound also.

Scratch Programming

2nd and 3rd Class have been programming over  the previous few weeks learning lots of new scripts in Scratch….


MS Readathon iPad Winner

Well done to one of our pupils in Rang II on winning an iPad in the MS Readathon Competition. Congratulations!

Write A Book Project

Well done to 1st – 6th Class students who participated in this year’s ‘Write A Book Project’ in association with The Galway Education Centre. The books will be swapped with another school in Galway this week. Books will be returned to pupils once again in a few weeks time.

Floating & Sinking

This week, 2nd Class discovered that objects that are less dense float, whilst objects that are more dense sink. They also designed a boat from plasticine that was able to carry passengers (paper clips).


Yesterday, we conducted an experiment to test which material would best absorb water. Out of newspaper, magazine, kitchen paper and plastic, we discovered that kitchen paper was the most absorbent and that plastic is waterproof. We performed a Fair Test giving each material the same amount of water and the same time to soak. The variable was the material changing each time we carried out the experiment.