4th and 5th Class went to Westfields on Monday with Geoff Hunt.
The first thing we saw at Westfields was reeds, which are the tallest grass in Ireland and we saw a bulrush. I found out that plants give water birds food, homes and oxygen. Water plants filter the water and help to keep it clean. Water plants include bulrush and reeds.
We got to look through binoculars, and we saw loads of birds like ducks, swans, pochard and a tufted duck. I found out that ducks and swans have webbed feet. Some ducks can dive underwater to eat underwater creatures. These include a pochard and a tufted duck. Dabbling ducks can not dive under water. These include a mallard and a shoveler.
Thanks to Geoff for being our guide and to Orla as well for coming along. Altogether, we had a great day.
Sara, a woman from the organisation, “Show Racism the Red Card” came in to talk to us about racism on Monday.
What is racism? We learned today that racism is treating someone badly, unfairly and unkindly because of their nationality, skin colour, religion or culture.
What should you do if someone is being racist? First, tell the person that that was not okay and not to do it again. Then comfort the person that was being racially abused. It should stop them, but if the person is still being racist, tell a teacher, parent or someone you trust.
After this lesson today I learned so much but I was also angry. How could people be so mean that they have to do or say something mean to someone because of who they are?
We are very grateful that Sara came in today. I hope I have taught you something today.
By Niamh M., 5th Class
We went on a mystery tour today that ended at the park. There are lots of lovely decorations around the city. Check out our weatherproof ornaments on the tree that are made from recyclable materials.
We hope everyone has a happy, relaxing break with their family and friends.
Today we went on a trip to Ardnacrusha and Parteen Weir. I’m going to tell you about some of the things I learned.
First we went to Parteen Weir, a fish hatchery. We learned about the life cycles of the Irish salmon and the European eel. We went to see all the male salmon in the tank. Tom caught a male salmon with a net. I didn’t really want to touch him because he didn’t look too appealing.
We went to see the female salmon. They were slightly smaller and had a different pattern. To get the eggs out, you have to put your hand around her gills and squeeze.
We then saw the babies, called the fry. We learned that they get microtagged and get a fin cut off so the people at Parteen Weir know that it’s one of their fish. We saw the men doing this. First they put them in a tub of anaesthetic so the fish don’t feel the operation.
We then got the bus to Ardnacrusha, and we had our lunch in the visitors’ centre. We watched a video about hydro-energy. We got dressed in high-vis jackets and helmets, and we climbed a lot of steps and stairs. We went inside a big room at the top of the building where they control the water electricity with flicks and stuff. That was my favourite part. It was very cool.
By Natali (5th Class)
Look at the variety of tasty dishes the students in 5th Class made for our potato party today. We could choose to either write a book review of “The Amazing Potato” or else make a potato dish to share with our classmates in school today. Most people chose to bring in something homemade, but some enthusiastic students cooked and wrote a review. For dessert, we did an apple tasting test in science.
Here are a couple of reviews of the book we read this month:
On Tuesday, we went to the Limerick City Library, and we met Chris. Chris works with Limerick Animal Welfare. She told us many things that were funny and important.
She had a dog called Bertie. Bertie is a St. Bernard. He is eight years old. St. Bernards were once used to rescue people from mountains. They have a really good sense of smell so they could sniff people out.
I learned a lot. One thing I learned is how to be a good pet owner. It might look easy, but it’s really not. People first have to care for their pet, give it enough food and water, provide a safe and protected area for their pet, make sure that the animal has something to do when you’re not around. You should also play with your pet and give your pet lots of love and attention.
Chris told us that once there were builders and they found a little seal pup. They didn’t know what to do with it, so they called Limerick Animal Welfare. They had to bring the seal to the seal sanctuary, and they had to feed the baby seal a fishy mixture through a tube down its throat. After a couple of weeks, the seal went from 20kg. to 45kg., so they released him into the sea at Quilty, Co. Clare. I’m glad the stories we heard about all had happy endings like this.
I learned a lot from this talk. An important message I took from the talk is that animals have feelings, just like people have, and we should always treat animals kindly
Katie (5th Class)