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Discover Primary Science

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In 2010 we received the Discover Primary Science and Maths award for the fourth time. We linked many of our science activities to the Green School programme. We had three visitors to the school - a geologist, a water engineer and a nurse. Science is a very popular subject in our school.

We also achieved the 2008 Discover Primary Science Award. We did a lot of work to achieve it. Children from fourth and fifth classes visited Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park, a designated Discover Primary Science centre, as part of the programme. All the children were involved in lots of different science experiments and activities. They recorded their experiments using digital cameras and the computer.

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Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park

We are delighted to have received the 2007 Discover Primary Science Award of Excellence. Children from second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth classes participated in the programme along with their teachers. They carried out lots of experiments. Second and third classes visited Birr Castle and Demense as part of the programme. Fourth, Fifth and Sixth classes invited Nurse Kavanagh to speak to them about her work.

Ms Doyle, Ms Fogarty, accompanied by three children from second class attended the Awards Ceremnony held in Kilkenny on 14th June 2007. They were presented with a plaque for the school. They particiapted in lots of experiments on the day and were given lots of treats.


2006 was the first year that Sacred Heart School participated in the Discover Primary Science Award of Excellence scheme. Students from third, fourth, fifth and sixth classes participated in the scheme. There are four steps in the programme. Step one involves completing six prescribed science activities from the primary science manual. Step two comprises a visit to a designated science centre or a school visit by a scientist. Third and fourth classes opted to visit the Japanese Gardens and the National stud. Fifth and sixth classes invited two scientists to speak to them, a laboratory technician and a post-primary school science teacher. An in-school science exhibition was held in school to complete step three of the programme. Students, parents and guests attended the exhibition. Step four of the Discover Primary School programme involved completion of a variety of other science activities.

The photographs below show some of the Discover Primary Science experiments in action.

dancing raisins
electric quiz

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