STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics to guide student inquiry, discussion and critical thinking. Ms. Cooney’s children used all of these areas to work together to design and make magnetic cars which they raced on their beautifully designed race tracks.
Ms. Cooney is so proud of her students who have been working really hard during our Operation Transformation programme. Her class recently choreographed and performed a high-energy aerobics routine during assembly to “High Hopes” by Panic! At The Disco. The class have also been completing weekly fifteen minute runs – not even the snow could deter them from their exercise at the end of January!
Ms. Cooney’s students are working brilliantly in their maths classes. Recently they have been using their iPads to access Mathletics and to practise their multiplication and division tables on a game called Hit the Button (https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button). As well as that, they have been working in groups to solve maths puzzles and complete maths trails. It’s important the boys and girls continue to practise their tables each night for homework.
STEM is designed to educate students in four specific areas — science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Ms. Cooney’s class showed great innovation and creativity when they completed Lego-based STEM challenges recently. If you would like to try other STEM challenges with your child at home, check out https://nrich.maths.org/stemclubs
We have been exploring Norway and in doing so we took a look at the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. We looked at the amazing colours he used in his painting The Scream and the background behind the painting. We had a go at creating our own version using the beautiful reds, oranges and blacks that Munch used.
Ms. Cooney’s class worked brilliantly in teams to construct beautiful Viking longboats. Not only was Ms. Cooney delighted with the impressive longboats, she was thrilled to see her students work so well together. The boys and girls listened to one another, they helped one another and they were very proud of their constructions. Keep up the great work!
Ms. Cooney’s students are really enjoying learning about The Vikings this month. One of her students is a talented wood carver and he created these fabulous pieces inspired by what he knows about Vikings. If your child is interested in further Viking research, you can find more information on these websites: http://www.askaboutireland.ie/learning-zone/primary-students/subjects/history/history-the-full-story/the-vikings-in-ireland/ https://www.theschoolrun.com/homework-help/vikings