First, second and third class got an insight into the work of an archaeologist thanks to the visit of Donna Gilligan to the school.
This visit was secured through the Heritage in Schools programme.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!