Sallins National School

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Today we practiced the Munster Buttermilk Jig:

We are really improving!

Listen to us play.

We can use this recording to practice daily at home!


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“Munster Buttermilk Jig”

Sallins National School Trad Group met today for first time this new school year. The group is preparing for Féile na Sollán 

The recording will help us all as we practice every day at home!

Listen and Play along!


See you next week and we’ll record our progress!


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3rd Class Passion Projects

In room 26, we have been working on creating our Passion Projects both in class and at home over the past few weeks. Every Friday we dedicated the evening to ‘Genius Hour’ where we were given the time to create projects based on something we are passionate about. We were able to learn about something we wanted to learn about and discover new information on it.

This week we presented our passion projects to the rest of the class. From art and scientific pieces to cook books and baked treats along with projects based on sport and animals, everyone designed and made some fantastic and interesting projects.

Here are some of our finished products. Have a wonderful summer!


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Room 3 – Our Year

We hope you like the video we have made about our first year at school!

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The Junior Infant’s School Tour 2018

We had a fun filled day at Stonebrook Pet Farm.

The sun shone all day and everyone had a lot of fun.


We saw a lot of animals. Here is a selection:



We fed lambs

…and goats

..more goats

We saw lots of pigs

…and hens

…more pigs

…and more hens

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Joyful June!

Third and Fourth Classes hope to bring happiness your way this month!

Here’s how!




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Mrs Moreau’s Class: Room 1 Gave Us in, 3rd and 4th, This Garden Art Idea!

How to make a beautiful COLOUR PLATE from a walk in the garden.

We each got an OVAL plate. Thank you Mrs Moreau!

We covered the base of each plate with PVA liquid glue.

In the School Garden we could see so many colours! As we walked along we stopped and collected petals, leaves and flowers on the plates. It was easy, because they stuck on!

We each have a lovely memory of the garden on this very sunny day. We will bring them home as a gift to our family.

Thanks! Mrs Moreau’s Class for the idea!

Posted by 3rd and 4th class garden enthusiasts!

Rooms: 31, 28, 27 and 26

Some of us had time to make a cooling ice-cream cone afterwards!


Green Flag

On May 23rd,  we went to the Helix to collect our Green Flag. When we arrived we registered and were given a goodie bag with badges and pencil cases. The ceremony started at 11 am. During the ceremony about 60 schools were presented with their Green Flag and their certificates. After the ceremony we were treated to lunch and muffins. We had a really good day and are looking forward to raising the flag next Tuesday.

Aoife and Eoin.



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Summer is Here! Visit our School Garden and SEE! It’s Beautiful!

Today some of us went for a walk in the School Garden!

We took the “tablet” with us to take photos for you!

There are lots of lovely things to see in the garden now!

Lots of pupils are planting and nature is wild too!



A walk by Ben and friends……

3rd Class

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Rag day for Bia le Beatha


We all looked great for rag day on Friday, wearing our favourite outfits. The money raised went to a worthy cause, Bia le Beatha.

But one t-shirt in particular had a fantastic message for us all:


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Bia le Beatha Rag Day

Hi Everyone!

Our RAG DAY this week supports the work of BIA LE BEATHA.

We are very happy to link directly to this project and raise money to help.

Click on our RAG DAY picture below to view the video of our friends in Africa. Look out for our teacher Mr. O’Neill and You will see us mentioned too!



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3rd Class are working on division with remainders!

3rd class division

Here is a good tip for division sums.

Use concrete materials!

Each cube is a litre of paint.

It made the working out easy!

Watch the blog for some more tips!



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Rocket Science from 5th class!

Today we designed and made some rockets. We had to be careful what materials we chose. We then took our rockets to the yard and tested them. We had to check that the flew first of all. We did this by using an elastic band. We then had to measure how far they each flew. We had a fun competition to see which one flew the furthest. Our challenge then was to find out why one flew further than the others. It was windy at the time so we had to be careful of that too. Such a lot of things to be careful about. We really enjoyed this activity.

Ms McGrillen’s 5th class


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Ceolchoirm 16ú Márta 2018: Ranganna a hÁon go dtí a Trí

Féach Orainn!

Táimid go leir sa halla!

Lá Fheile Phádraig faoi Mhaisa Daoibh go Leir!

Rang 3: Seomra 26

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Do The Earth A Favour Be A Water Saver.

As part of the green schools water saving committee, we decided to make a slogan competition for our water conservation flag. We asked all the classes to participate in the slogan competition .We gave each class a week to make up a slogan. We collected the slogans and it took two days to pick the winner. All the slogans were excellent but we could only choose one winner which was Tahirat from Ms Wynne’s 6th class.

Tahirat: When I first heard of the slogan competition, I didn’t actually want to participate. Then on the very last day I decided to take part. I came up with the slogan when I was reading book and it said “Do me a favour and save the world.’’

To choose the winner we gathered all the slogans and chose the top ten best slogans. We put a show of hands for the top five slogans which slogans we thought was best. Mrs. Hennessy put the top five slogans on the board. Then we wrote down a number on a piece of paper. Then everyone on the committee voted which one was their favourite.

Tahirat: When they announced that I was the winner I was very surprised and so was my classroom pupils. I didn’t think I’d win AT ALL!!! I was also very happy that I decided to take part after all.


The school adopted the slogan and use it for every announcement and to encourage everyone at school and at home to save water.

Do The Earth A Favour

Be A Water Saver.

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Green school’s blog

By: Naoise, Joe and Matthew.

We are reporting from our mini scientist’s project, the members of our project were Naoise, Joe, Leo, and Matthew. Our project was about filtering water. We then thought that the regular option would be buying a filter, we then thought if there was a way to do it at home for less money and we thought of coffee paper. After that we thought of the idea of using natural resources, and decided on that.

We looked up what resources could clean dirty water, and we found the following:

2L Bottle, which would hold our resources

Gravel, which would take out big chunks of debris

Sand, which would take out leftover bits of dirt

Activated Carbon, which would purify the water

Cotton wool, which let water through, but stopped the resources shown above.


Step 1: Prepare the plastic bottle by cutting it in half.

Step 2: Test tap water using litmus paper for acidity in water and its pH value.

Step 3: Mix the tap water and dirt together.

Step 4: Place cotton wool in the cap area.

Step 5: Layer the bottle with activated carbon, gravel and sand.

Step 6: Place the upside-down bottle over plastic cup.

Step 7: pour the dirty water mixture through the bottle [big hole] and wait for water

to filter through all the layers into the plastic cup.


We thought that the natural materials would clean the water but not 100%, as there is no water like this, there is water that’s safe to drink but even that has some beneficial irons and metals. We thought the result would be around 90% clean, and we were right our water was fine once you put some lemon in it.

Our results for our ph (potential of hydrogen) test was a 7 which is what you should aim for.

Our results for the Nitrite test was 0.1 which is acceptable and safe to drink.

Last but not least, the litmus test on the sample came out light blue which is good. We did the Litmus test on some balsamic vinegar and got orange which means that it was high in acidity.

When we brought our filter into school where we were asked to test the water in the school fish tank. We used our filter to see how effective it was. The answer was that it was really efficient; it helped the pH in the fish tank compared to the water without being filtered.

We have tested the fish tank water on a few occasions to see if the water is pure, some test results were lower while others were higher. It was pure enough for the fish to live in. Sometimes people from the other classes help with the fish tank.

Though the water has been successfully filtered , and looks clean and pure , it does not taste as nice as fresh tap water. The filtering process seems to have affected its taste . However , a slice of lemon in the filtered water improves the taste .

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Jack Frost

1st class in room 11 have been busy learning the poem Jack Frost by Cecily E. Pike. Take a look at our performance.

Jack Frost

Happy Christmas everyone

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MAKING OUR OWN PAPER: Craft Workshop Room 28

Thank you Angela for visiting our class today and making new craft paper from recycled paper scraps!

Gallery of our workshop:



See how we worked










SNOW 2018

Today we took some pictures of the snow at school! We were able to come to school today because lots of families volunteered to help dig out the snow!

A big thank you everyone!



This is what it looked like last week before you helped dig the snow out!

Kevin, our caretaker, took these photographs and said we could blog them to you!




The Lord Is My Light & Spirit Filled Day & Moving On Up! Confirmation 2018


Our families and friends can be prepared for singing with us at our Confirmation Ceremony by listening to these  backing tracks:

The Lord is My Light


The Lord is my Light

The lord is my Help

The Lord is my salvation X2


Verse 1

The Lord is my light,

My help, my salvation.

Why should I fear,

With God I fear no one.

God protects me all my life.

With the Lord what should I fear?


Refrain x2

Verse 2

There is one thing I ask of the Lord that I long for,

All of my days with God to be dwelling,

Gazing with awe at the beauty of God,

And in wonder look on God’s house.

Refrain x2

Verse 3

I know I will live to see the Lord’s goodness,

Now, in this life I’m sure I will see it. Trust in the Lord, be strong and be brave;

Wait in hope for God, our salvation.


The Gathering Song to begin Our Celebration of Confirmation is


Spirit Filled Day

Oh what a Spirit-filled day this is,
What a Spirit-filled day, my Lord
You have called us each by name,
We give ourselves to you
On this Spirit-filled day
What a Spirit-filled day, my Lord
The Spirit gives us what we need
To live our lives each day.

The Spirit brings
Love – the Spirit lives !
Joy – the Spirit dances !
Peace – the Spirit rests !
Patience – the Spirit waits !
Kindness – the Spirit gives !
Goodness – the Spirit breathes !
Gentleness – the Spirit acts !
Faithfulness – the Spirit lasts !
Self-Control – the Spirit cares !
The Spirit cares ! The Spirit cares

Our Recessional Hymn to close our celebration of Confirmation is:

Moving On Up Now …. Out of the Darkness…. My Light Shines On!

Moving on Up

Verse 1
I was blind
But now I see!
You made a believer
Out of me!
Said I was blind
But now I see!
You made a believer
Out of me!
And I’m moving on up now
Out of the darkness!
My light shines on
My light shines on
My light shines on!

Verse 2
I was lost
But now I’m found!
I believe in you
Ain’t got no bounds!
Said I was lost
But now I’m found!
I believe in you
Ain’t got no bounds!
And I’m moving on up now
Out of the darkness!
My light shines on
My light shines on
My light shines on!
Yes I’m moving on up now
Out of the darkness!
My light shines on
My light shines on
My light shines on!


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Hi Everyone Room 18 Here! Let’s Make Traditional Porridge

On Friday, a few weeks ago, we made porridge.


“I thought it tasted glorious!”

“I was in taste bud heaven when I tasted this porridge!”

We had a good day together!

The weather forecast is telling us it will be very cold in the week ahead …. so why not warm up with porridge as we did!

Room 18: Keeping  warm on cold days with healthy options!



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Peaceproms 2018

Last Sunday, 4th February 2018, our talented school choir performed in the RDS with the Dublin Peace Choir and Crossborder Orchestra! The choir sang beautifully and had loads of fun! We are very proud our great singers in Sallins N.S!

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Perfect Pasta! The Italian Way … DELIZIOSOi

Last Friday we made tagliatelle pasta in Room 18.

We started with pasta dough, made from flour, salt and eggs!

Look at our slide show to see how we rolled, stretched and cut the pasta into tagliatelle!

Lots of busy work but well worth the effort and the eating! 🙂

Photos and work by 3rd Class!


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Story time in Room 3

The Magic Umbrella

Here is our story “The Magic Umbrella”. We came up with the story in class and then we made the characters out of play dough to go along with it!

We had a lot of fun. Click on the link below to see the movie! We hope you enjoy  it!

The Magic Umbrella


Peace Proms 2018

For the attention of the school choir!

In preparation for our up and coming Peace Proms concert in the RDS, here are the songs and dance moves to help you practice:

For the Pop Medley (plus moves) click here!

Earth song:

Boogie medley:


You’re the Voice:

Hairspray medley:

Disney medley:


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Ár mBaile-Na Solláin


An Cánal Mór

An stáisiúm traenach

An séipéal


Shiúileamar timpeall na.Sollain inné(Dé Céardaoin 20 ú Nollaig). Bhíomar a lorg ar an h-áiseanna inar gceantar. Bhí tableid ríomhaire againn.Thógamar a lán grianghraif. Tá roinnt mhaith aiseanna.Bhian sproai againn.

Ryan,Óisín,Jemma,Amy,Dylan O’ S.

Rang a 6.

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Ár mBaile – Na Solláin

Jack,Dylan,Ciara and Jennie.

Rang a 6

Shiuileamar timpeall na Sollain inne ( De Ceadaoin 20u Nollaig)

Bhiomar ag lorg an n h-alainn inar greanta

Bhi tableid riomhaire againn.

Thógamar a lán grianghraif.

Tá roinnt mhaith áiseanna aice lamha.

An Canal Mhór.


Phairc imeathra C.L.G


Scoil Naomh Lorcán


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Ár mBaile-Na Solláin

Keeva,Katie,Kieran,Adam and Hannah

Rang a 6.

Shiuilearmar timpeall n.a. Sollon inne (Dé Ceadoin 20ú Nollaig).

Bhíomar at lorg ar na h-áiseanna inar gceantar.

Bhí taiblaid riomhaire againn.

Thogamar (a lán / iomarca) grianghraif.

Tá ronnt mhaith áiseanna in aice laimhe.

Bhí an spórt againn.

An Scoil.

An Canal mor

An pairc imeartha


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Ár mBaile – Na Solláin

●Shiuileamar timpeall na Salloin inné (De  Ceadoain 20u nollag.)

●Bhiomar at org ar na haiseanna inar gceantar.

●Bhí table if riomhaire againn.

●Thógamar a lán griangraif.

●Tá roinnt mhaith áiseanna in aice laimhe.

●Bhaineannar an taitnaimh againn.

Cillian, Glen, Aimee, Jude, Anna


An t-Ionad siopadoreacht agus an staisiun traenach agus an  canal

Ranga 6

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Ár mBaile-Na Sollain

Luke,Paddy, Sarah, Amy,Szymon

Rang a 6.

Shiuileamar timpeall na Sollain inné. (Dé Céadaoin 20 ú Nollag). Bhíomar ag lorg at na h-aiseanna inár gceantar. Thógamar a lán grianghraif. Tá round my with áiseanna in aice laimhe. Bhí an sport againn.

Seo iad grainghraif do staisiúin traenach , an canál ,pairc imeartha.

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Ár mBaile – Na Solláin.


Rang a 6

Shiúileamar timpeall na Solláin inné (De Ceadaoin 20ú Nollag) .Bhíomar ag lorg ar na h-aiseanna inár gceantar. D’usáideamar táibléid riomhaire. Thógamar a lán grianghraif .Tá roint mhaith ais in aice lamha. Bhí an-spórt againn.

An Cánal Mhór.


C.L.G. Na Sollain.

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Our Budding Artist in Room 7!

Last Week, Seán in our class came second place in the County Kildare Credit Union Art Competition.                                                        Seán attended a lovely awards ceremony in Toghers where he collected his prize! Well done Seán! We are really proud of you!

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Room 3 – Christmas Play Day

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Christmas in Room 14

We have been having lots of festive fun here in room 14 in the build up to Christmas time. We would like to share some of the things we have been doing with our friends and families.

One of the things we love to do at Christmas time is to decorate the Christmas tree. We made paper ball reindeer as a decoration to take home to our Christmas trees. Another big tradition at this time of year is Christmas cards. We used finger painting and crepe paper to create cards with some of Santa’s reindeer on the front. We also made these fun elf envelopes to deliver our cards in.



As a festive treat last Friday and to warm up from all the ice, snow and cold weather we made some hot chocolate with Ms. Reidy. We poured our hot chocolate into the polar bear paper cups we designed the day before. We added marshmallows and chocolate chips to the top.  It tasted delicious.

We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas from all the boys and girls in room 14 and Ms. Reidy.

By Jack O’ S., Isabelle and Jack C.




6th Class Willow Weaving

Last Tuesday and Wednesday Beth Murphy came into our 6th classes and taught us how to weave with willow.She showed us different types of Willow.She also showed us how to make a small Christmas Tree.


Step 1:

She gave us a thick piece of Willow to start our frame. We made a triangle with the Willow.

Step 2:

We used thin Willow to make the top of the tree by weaving it around the frame and trunk of the tree.

Step 3:

We used new willow to continue the tree and add colour.

Step 4:



We used buff willow to complete the tree.


Step 5:

When we finished, Beth helped trim the tree. We decorated our trees with ribbon.



Beth showed us a video about willow weaving and some of here pieces.

We enjoyed it and we would like to do it again.



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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in 3rd Class!

The tablet camera and technology help us blog about Our School Art… to the world.

We use the tablet to take photos of ‘Corridor Art’ and then we connect the tablet to the classroom computer. We use the ‘EDUBLOGS’ programme  to make a new post and we follow the steps of ‘How To’ upload the pictures and create a GALLERY!


Photos and Blog by Davey and Evan: 3rd Class

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2nd Class: Room 25 Explore Materials In The Garden

We went to the garden. 

We looked at different materials and plants. 

We found lots of great things.

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On Friday 1st December, in Room 18, we made “Breakfast Bites”

We followed the DK:  COOK IT STEP BY STEP book! Delicious dishes you’ll really want to make!









See how we worked together to make this popular dish.

It is eaten in Portugal at Christmas.

You will need:

Eggs, one each is good!

240 ml milk

1/4 tsp cinnamon

Slices of white bread. We took two each!

2 tbsp sunflower oil

Fruit to serve: we had strawberries!

Whisk, mixing bowl, shallow dish, frying pan and a spatula


Blog by students in 3rd class.

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Make Your Own Mini Pizzas

Miniature Pizzas

Last Friday we made some tasty mini pizzas with Ms. Reidy!

This is the recipe we followed to make them:

1. We chopped the mushrooms and ham into slices (optional).
2. We rolled small handfuls of pre-made pizza dough into round pizza base shapes with our hands and two rolling pins.
3. We added a tablespoon of pizza sauce to the pizza bases and we spread it evenly around the centre.
4. We sprinkled some grated cheese (whatever cheese you like) on top and we layered our pizzas with your chosen toppings (We put ham. cheese and mushrooms on ours).
5. We placed them on a baking tray and put them in the oven for 25 minutes.

Now, we hope you enjoy our delicious home-made pizza recipe and recommend you try making them at home!

Posted by Jack C. and Conor (Room 30).





THANKSGIVING! American Style Pancakes to Share with the Family and Friends!

Hello from ROOM 18



Davey is really interested in reading about world histories!

Thursday was THANKSGIVING DAY in America.

Davey had read about the origin of this FEAST and told us all about the first THANKSGIVING of the pilgrims. We celebrated by making and sharing American Style Pancakes.

Firstly we watched this VIDEO! 

American blueberry pancakes:

You can watch it too! We read the instructions on the video and watched the steps!


  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder & a pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 300ml milk
  • Knob of butter
  • 150g pack of blueberries
  • Sunflower oil or a little butter for cooking
  • golden or maple syrup


  • Mix together the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt in a large bowl.
  • Beat the egg with the milk, make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients.
  • Whisk in the milk to make a thick smooth batter. Beat in the melted butter, and gently stir in half the blueberries.
  • Heat a teaspoon of oil or small knob of butter in a large non-stick frying pan.
  • Drop a large tablespoonful of the batter per pancake into the pan to make pancakes about 7.5cm across. Make three or four pancakes at a time.
  • Cook for about 3 minutes over a medium heat until small bubbles appear on the surface of each pancake, then turn and cook another 2-3 minutes until golden. Cover with kitchen paper to keep warm while you use up the rest of the batter.
  • Serve with golden syrup and fresh blueberries


Click on the picture to learn more about THANKSGIVING! We learn so much when we explore educational books and websites



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Rugby Season So Far


School rugby is back again for another year. We have four teams this year, A, B, C and D. The teams are made up of students from 3rd to 6th class. We have been training since Halloween and we have played two matches since then.


For our first match we travelled to Castleknock in Dublin. In this match it was only the A team playing because it was against 1st years. It was a very wet and windy day so the conditions were very hard to play in. After a tight first half Castleknock led by 5 points. We came back strong in the second half and pulled it back to a draw. They brought on their subs and that won it for them.


Training resumed on Tuesday and each team had a match against C.U.S the following week. Going into this match we were hoping for a win after losing our last match. The conditions were fine that day. The A team had a brilliant 1st half and by the time the whistle blew they were up 42-0. They kept their great lead in the second half and the game finished 75-0. We had the stronger teams on the day as three out of four teams won.

Well done to all the teams and we can’t wait for our next match!

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Mini Scientist: How Healthy Is Healthy Food?

Our idea was to find out how much sugar is actually in protein bars . We chose this idea because we have been told that obesity has become a problem in Ireland. What we wanted to do to help is to try to find a way to make protein bars healthier, we chose protein bars because most people think they are healthy but they are not.

We researched to find out how much sugar is in each store bought bar by looking at the table at the back of the packet.


Recipe for oat bar:


  • 350g of oats
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 180ml of almond milk
  • 2 eggs
  • Vanilla essence ( if wanted )
  • 1 tbsp of sweetener
  • A drizzle of honey


  1. Put oats into a bowl.
  2. Put wet ingredients into a bowl.
  3. Then stir.
  4. Add your dry ingredients into a bowl and stir.
  5. When done put the mixture into a tray.
  6. Put the tray into the oven for 12 minutes at 180 degrees.


Recipe for nut bar:


  • 150g of oats
  • Hand full of nuts
  • A drizzle of honey
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tbsp of sweetener
  • 180ml of almond milk
  • 2 eggs


  1. Put the oats and nuts into a bowl.
  2. Add wet Ingredients and stir.
  3. Add dry ingredients and stir.
  4. Put the mixture into a tray.
  5. Put into the oven for 12 minutes at 180 degrees.



Our report is based on sugar and which protein bar is the best one to buy. It is also based on making our own protein bars using ingredients that you might have at home. We compared the shop bought verses homemade. Our prediction was that the homemade protein bars would taste better than the shop made one and will have less sugar. We also predict it will cost less. We think that the shop made protein bar will have a high amount of sugar.


Mini Scientist School Exhibition

On the Mini Scientists Day we found out that people preferred the nut bar than the vanilla extract one. We also found out that people would buy our homemade protein bars instead of the shop bought ones.



Our conclusion is that the homemade protein bars have less sugar in them than the shop bought ones and costs less. We found out that the worse one you can buy is the Nature Valley Bar with 6.2g of sugar. The best one you can buy is the Lidl brand Meal Pro with 0.8g of sugar. Our conclusion is that the homemade protein bars are healthier than the shop bought ones.

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3rd Class PICTURES Room 28

I took some PHOTOS of pictures by our class. The pictures are like VINCENT VAN GOUGH!






pick ‘n’ mix to learn interesting facts!


Study this picture for 1 minute……………………………………………………


Now get a friend to ask you the questions! GOOD LUCK

No peeping at the picture!

Blog by: DAVEY & EVAN

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