4th/5th Study the Industrial Revolution

4th/5th class have been working hard at home in many subjects and this past week saw attention turn to the Industrial Revolution.

One particular area of focus here was the growth of the city of Belfast thanks in so small part to the ship building industry there.

Please see the gallery below for some posters designed by 4th/5th class advertising work in the Harland and Wolff Shipyard.

Busy Times in 3rd & 4th Class

3rd and 4th have been busy on many fronts in recent times, here are two of the activities they have been working on.


Last October, the class harvested seeds from the classroom Jack o’Lantern. In the last few weeks they have planted the seeds and watched them sprout into shoots and grow leaves. Today, they moved the plants into bigger pots to give them more room.


The Normans

They also continued their study of the Normans and castles through their artwork. They used a foam/glue/paint combination to create a 3D effect castle.

This followed a previous art activity where they created a Norman knight. The excitement now builds ahead of their school tour to King John’s Castle next week!

The Wooden Horse of Troy

2nd and 3rd class were very interested in learning about the 10 year war between the Greeks and the Trojans. They were very opinionated on the actions of Menelaus and Paris! The pupils worked in groups to create illustrations of characters from the story. They also wrote letters from Helen’s point of view and shared them with their classmates.

Limerick City Walking Tour and the Hunt Museum

Earlier in the year Aisling produced a prizewinning picture of King John’s Castle in an art competition ran by Limerick City & County Council. The prize was a walking tour of Limerick for her class as well as a visit to the Hunt Museum.


On Tuesday, the children of fifth & sixth class enjoyed a very informative tour of the oldest part of Limerick City, taking in sights like King John’s Castle, the last remaining part of the old city wall and the Treaty Stone. Thank you to Hayman Harris of Limerick Civic Trust for being our Guide.


Following lunch, the children were given a guided tour of the Hunt Museum and saw some of the many interesting artifacts and pieces of art which are on display.

Roman Battle Herbertstown Style

The yard in school was turned into the coliseum for one day only last week! 3rd and 4th class designed their own shields and took part in a mock battle just as the Romans would have done. The children became true gladiators decorating their shields, practicing moving with their legions in the turtle formation and attacking the other legions with bean bags. Unfortunately, the rain brought a swift end to the gladiator battle but everyone had lots of fun!


Third & Fourth Class Herbertstown Projects

Exploring Herbertstown


The 3rd and 4th class have been very busy for the past 2 weeks collecting and presenting their group work projects on Herbertstown. We found out some really interesting facts about our local area, carefully drew maps of the main street and even made some models of different parts of the village! The projects are now on display in the school corridor – feel free to have a look when passing.


Tree Planting

Tree Planting Ceremony to Mark the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising.


As part of our final WOW walk this year, a tree planting ceremony took place to mark the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The young oak tree which was planted had grown from an acorn which was found nearby on a nature walk in the autumn of 2015.


A big thanks to Pat Barry for facilitating the planting of the tree. We look forward to watching its growth on future WOW walks!


1916 Exhibition

Easter Rising 1916 Exhibition

An exhibition of Easter 1916 themed projects and art pieces went on display in the community hall over the June Bank holiday weekend. The children had been working on these projects for a good number of weeks and the exhibition offered an opportunity for the local public to see their work. Some of the work exhibited included profiles of individuals who took part in the Rising, a portrait gallery called ‘Faces of the Rising’  and interpretive paintings and drawings of the events. A replica of the 1916 Proclamation was also on display alongside the children’s own Proclamation for 2016.


Thank you to everyone who took the time to view the exhibition!