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We learned how to take our pulse in the past week. 

We estimated our resting heart rate and what our heart rate would be after two laps of the school yard.

Watch our short video to see how it went!


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We learned about temperature this past week.

We estimated the temperature in our class, in the shelter, in the yard and at the front of the school.

We worked in groups and used thermometers to measure the temperature in these locations.

We then recorded the temperature on sheets and figured out how accurate our estimates were.


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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