Discover Primary Science and Maths

Winning School Profiles.

Derrylamogue N.S, Derrylamogue, Rosenallis, Co. Laois

Derrylamogue first got involved in the SFI Discover Science and Maths Awards when one of their teachers, Emer Doyle, attended a Discover Primary Science course in Birr castle 9 years ago, and thought that this programme was a great way of ensuring that a variety of science would be carried out at all levels. Emer explains that, ‘As a school we are far more involved in carrying out hands-on practical science work in our classrooms. I like to see the videos of the experiments with my class before we carry them out and then I show it again after our own efforts. Children love things that might explode or have some form of movement e.g. flying rockets, bursting balloons.’

Over the years, they have invited in various speakers from engineers to retired local teachers who have a great knowledge of their local flora and fauna. They have also visited Lullymore, Clara bog, Birr castle, Castlecomer along with many trips to their local Slieve Bloom Mountains. Every year Derrylamogue National School hold a science display where it’s supported by their parent body and local community as well as past pupils. Emer also adds that they ‘have visited several Discovery Centres over the years and all have been successful – Birr Castle, Castlecomer, Lullymore and Clara bog’. They hope to visit Cloncannon Biofarm or Recreate in Clough Jordan, or bring a different class group to Clara bog this year.

Emer along with her school feels that participating in this programme ensures that science is covered in all areas at all class levels. Our children are involved in science and being scientists for 8 years. We work as a whole school body, everyone cooperates by participating in this programme and all classes have partaken since day one’.

Top tips for success in the SFI Discover Science and Maths Awards:

  • To involve all classes.
  • To do it continuously over the year.
  • Build up the log gradually covering all the sets.