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11 May

As many of you know, the Junior Infants had lots of fun being scientists and taking part in experiments over the past few months. We read story books and watched videos to get the ideas for our experiments and with a little help from Ms. Maher we launched into investigations.

Firstly we wondered if we could build a house just like the 3 Little Pigs that would be strong enough to protect our pet rabbit from the Big Bad Wolf. We used lego for the bricks, plastic straws for the straw house and lollipop sticks for the house made of wood. At the end, the Big Bad Wolf (hairdryer!) came and huffed and puffed to try and blow down our houses! The strongest house was the brick one, just like the story!

When we looked at a funny story called Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw, the sheep crashed their jeep at the bottom of the hill. We wondered if the hill was less steep would they have crashed? We had lots of fun with ramps and sheep attached to jeeps, making our ramps high and low and seeing what happened. The lower ramps were much safer for our jeeps but not as fun as the steep ones!

When we read the Three Billy Goats Gruff we decided to look at different types of bridges to see if we could build a new one away from the nasty troll that could hold the goats and their friends. We made bridge that went straight across, ones with sides, ones with an arch underneath and one with a zig-zag top. All our bridges held the 3 Billy Goats, but the zig-zag bridge held them and their friends!

Lately we looked at Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham which inspired us to design our own boats and see how many passengers they could carry. We loved this experiment and were delighted to see all our boats floated! There was great competition to see how many beans each boat could hold, but at the end of the day we could only have one winner from each group! Their boats were nice and wide, with sides and a slimmer base.

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