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Living Things


Living Things > Plants and Animals

1st class, Ms Martin


Living Things > Plants and Animals

1st class, Ms Martin




Growing Seeds

Living Things 

Junior Infants, Ms Donnelly







Plants, Visit from a Gardener

Living Things 

Junior Infants, Ms Donnelly







The Lungs

Living Things > Human Life

6th class, Ms Galavan













Minibeast Hunt and Spring Walk

Living Things > Plants and Animals

Junior Infants, Ms Donnelly


Spring Nature Walk

Living Things > Plants and Animals

2nd class, Ms O' Doherty




Hatching Chicks

Living Things > Plants and Animals

Junior Infants, Ms Donnelly

The children in first class learned all about the life cycle of a frog!

The children in First class created nests that would be suitable for a bird or a mouse to live in! They worked with clay that they adorned with feathers, twigs and buttons to create their nests. The results were very interesting and creative!

Junior Infants have been learning about plants. They have learned what plants need in order to survive. They put some soil in pots and placed some seeds into the clay. They added more soil on top of this and poured some water over the soil. They watched as their seeds grew tall and grew into plants. They watched as the plants bent towards the sun and rotated them every second day to see them change direction.

Junior Infants had a visit from a gardener who brought in some plants for them to examine. They discussed the roots, stem, leaves and petals with the gardener and asked many questions about plants and gardening. 


  • Develop a simple understanding of the structure of some of the body’s major internal and external organs

  • Become aware of and investigate breathing


We made a model of the respiratory system using a plastic cup, straws, balloons, blue tack and masking tape. The balloons represented the lungs and the large balloon at the base represented the diaphragm. Inhalation and exhalation were demonstrated by the downward and upward movement of the large balloon or diaphragm.

Junior Infants went on a Spring Walk, looking for signs of spring, flowers and minibeasts. They saw lots of flowers in the school garden, along with some minibeasts such as ladybirds and spiders.

On Friday 1st of March 2nd Class went on a Spring Nature walk around the school grounds. They looked for signs of Spring and recorded what they saw in drawings.

Junior infants were learning about the Farm. They learned about the chicken life cycle and the conditions that eggs need in order for chicks to grow and develop. They learned that it takes chicks 21 days to grow in the egg and that the eggs need warmth, moisture and movement in order to develop properly. Six chicks hatched from the eggs in our incubator and we really enjoyed looking after them and watching them grow. 

Animal Kingdom Projects

Living Things > Plants and Animals

3rd class, Ms Gibson

Third class completed projects based on different animals. They presented their Animal Kingdom projects to the class.

The Doctor's Surgery, The Skeleton

Living Things > Plants and Animals

Junior Infants, Ms Donnelly

Junior infants were learning about the human body, the skin and the skeleton. They listened to lots of stories about the body and leaned about different parts of the body.

Farm Animals

Living Things > Plants and Animals

Junior Infants, Ms Donnelly

Junior Infants were learning about farm animals, the names of their young, the sounds they make, the places where they live and what they eat. They read many stories based on the farm and participated in many activities together. They discovered where food comes from and talked about how we get many of the food we eat from the farm.

Soil and Growth

Living Things > Plants and Animals

5th class, Ms McGuinness

Fifth class completed projects on soil and investigated the need for soil in plant growth.

Can a Flower Grow Without Soil?

We are experimenting whether or not a flower can grow without soil.

You will need:


Rocks, marbles or pebbles

An empty plastic bottle

A flower bulb




1. Fill the plastic bottle ¾ full with your rocks, pebbles or marbles.

2. Place the bulb on top of your rocks, marbles or pebbles.

3. Fill the bottle with water until it is just touching the root of the bulb.

4. Place the bottle in a sunny place.

5.  Continue to observe the bulb each day.

6. Record your results.

The Dentist

Living Things > Plants and Animals

Senior Infants, Ms Callender

The Vet

Living Things > Plants and Animals

Senior Infants, Ms Callender

Pressed Flowers Project by Cian Bordelet

We were learning about plants a few weeks ago and here are some interesting facts:

  • Algae and seaweed are the oldest form of life on planet Earth.

  • Algae produces 50% of the world’s oxygen.

  • Algae and fungi are living things that are neither animals nor plants.

  • A medicine called penicillin is made from a type of fungus.

  • Some desert plants called succulent plants store water in their stems.

  • After rain falls, succulent plants can swell to more than twice their usual size.

  • The baobab tree is the largest succulent plant in the world.

  • During the day, the leaves of a plant make food through photosynthesis. They take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen.

  • At night, the leaves take in a small amount of oxygen and release some carbon dioxide.

  • Many types of seaweed such as dillisk, carrageen moss and kelp can be eaten.

  • The sap from the stem of the giant hogweed can cause severe burns.

  • Touching its leaves can cause blisters to form on your skin, which are made worse by sunlight.

  • Three ways that seeds can travel called insect pollination, wind pollination and water pollination.

I did a project on pressed flowers. Here’s how I did it:

First, I got some flowers from my Nana’s garden. Then, I placed them in between two sheets of baking paper and into a heavy book. After that, I placed more heavy books on top of the first one. Now, all we had to was wait for two weeks until we could take them out.

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