River Bonet

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Recently Fifth and Sixth Class pupils enjoyed a workshop facilitated by StreamScape.  They got up close to the many mini-beasts that live in our local River Bonet. Working as environmental scientists for the day the children were busy classifying, sorting and identifying the many species that live in our local waterways.  Great fun was had by the children who are looking forward to our follow-up fieldtrip to the River Bonet in Spring.  

Aomann maighnéad miotal

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A magnet attracts metal. Magnets have poles. The earth is a magnet and electricity is created using magnets.

We have been investigating interesting facts like this during the month of October. 

Magnets have a huge role to play in our daily lives.

Bain sult as ár bhfísean!

The Unburstable Balloon Experiment!

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You will need: 

  • Four balloons 
  • Matches 
  • An adult 
  • Water 
  • A candle 


  1. Inflate two balloons with air.
  2. Inflate two other balloons with air and 100ml of water. 
  3. Light the candle. 
  4. Place the balloon with air over the flame. 
  5. Place the balloon with water over the flame. 
  6. Dry up the water and tidy away the experiment. 


The balloons inflated with air explode very quickly. The balloons inflated with air and water explode eventually but after a much longer period of time. The water conducts the heat from the candle and absorbs the heat energy. Once the water gets really hot, the balloon eventually explodes. 

Pancakes cooking on a frying pan are cooked by conduction. Steaming vegetables are cooked by convection.  Marshmallows over an open fire are cooked by radiation. 

Drumlease National School is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) school. 

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  • Tomato purée
  • Onion
  • Basil
  • Can of tomatoes
  • An adult!


  1. Ask an adult to chop the onion into fine pieces.
  2. Fry the onion on a medium heat in a frying pan for five minutes until golden.
  3. Add the tomato puréé and stir for two minutes.
  4. Pour in can of tomatoes.
  5. Use back of spatula to mash tomatoes.
  6. Add a teaspoon of dried or fresh, chopped basil.
  7. Cook on medium to low heat for thirty minutes.
  8. Preheat the oven to 220° for thirty minutes while tomato sauce is reducing.
  9. Reduce the sauce by half.
  10. Spoon some tomato sauce over the pizza, but not all. If your pizza has too much tomato sauce, the base will not cook.
  11. Grate mozzarella cheese on the pizza. Top with pepperoni slices.
  12. Place in oven and cook until golden. This may take twenty to thirty minutes. Ask an adult to help you decide if the pizza is cooked.
  13. Ask an adult to cut into four or eight slices and enjoy!

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We are learning about procedural writing in our class for the month of September.

This week we learned how to make a lava lamp. Next week, we will make a pizza for our dinner!

We will make pizza dough on Monday and all students will need:

  • Baking tray
  • Parchment paper
  • Clingfilm to wrap baking tray three times
  • Chopping board
  • Sandwich / Ziplock bag with 160 grams of plain white flour
  • Sandwich / Ziplock bag with 60 grams of plain white flour
  • Bowl (larger than cereal bowl)
  • Teaspoon
  • Tea towel
  • A plastic bag to keep all items together

Don’t forget to buy pepperoni and mozzarella cheese for the toppings over the weekend.

Yeast loves to eat sugar in a warm, moist environment where they will multiply in numbers. As the yeast munch away on their sugar, carbon dioxide is released. The carbon dioxide is trapped in the rising bread. This is what causes the pizza dough to rise. Air pockets are left in the dough and give pizza its crunchy goodness. As you eat, look at the crust and see if you can spot the pockets of air.

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