We recently completed group projects on various elements of Indian culture, following our teacher’s trip to Kolkata last summer. Each group researched and presented on a particular aspect of Indian culture such as food, religions and customs, clothing and festivals, animals, traditions, sports and languages, famous people. We learnt a lot of thing we did not know about India and how different some things are there, in comparison to Ireland. After researching, each group illustrated their findings on a poster before presenting it to the class. We peer and self-assessed the quality of our project presentations just before the Easter holidays. Some children mentioned they would love to visit India in the future. We can’t wait for our next group projects!
In geography we learned about France’s culture, religion, population, cuisine, famous landmarks such as the Eifell Tower and l’Arc de Triomphe as well as France’s lakes rivers and seas. We also learned about some of France’s history such as the Renaissance period, famous artwork such as the Mona Lisa which is in the Louvre in Paris.
After we learned about France, we worked with a partner to do research on our own European project. We used laptops to research information and then we made booklets to present all that we had learned to the class. It was great fun researching information and making our projects.
Here’s what they looked like!
We went to see The Geography Show today. We learned all about how the earth was formed and how it was shaped.
It was very interesting and very exciting. We learned a lot. We learned about mountains, glaciers, meteor showers, erosion, rocks, plate tectonics, volcanoes and lots more!
Then we watched the movie The Croods. We had a great day.
You can click on the link to play our geography map quest game. You have to find locations and collect gold coins.
Antarctica is the coldest place in the world .
Antarctica is a remote land situated over 1,000 km from South America and over 2,400 km from New Zealand.
Over 99 per cent of the island is covered by ice, and seventy per cent of the the worlds fresh water is frozen.
If all this ice melted the sea level would rise by 60 meters.
Antarctica is home to 22 million penguins especially the Adelia and Emperor penguins.
Walruses like to eat worms and clams from the sea bed.
By Kevin I,Daniel and Conor.
The population of Mexico is 112 million. The capital city of Mexico is Mexico City. The population is 8.8 million. The most popular sport in Mexico is soccer and Mexico held the 1970 and 1968 world cup. The Paricutin volcano in Mexico erupted on February 20th 1943. It continued erupting for eight years and grew to a height of 424 meters. The lava destroyed 10 villages. Mexico has a lot of food like Tacos, Nachos, Burritos, Fajitas, Tortilla, Enchiladas and Guacamole. Mexico was ruled by Spain for 300 years. Mexico got independence from Spain in 1846. Mexico went into war with USA in 1846 and lost large areas of land like California, New Mexico, Texas and Arizona. The Aztec stadium was built in 1960. It opened in 1966. The capacity is 104,000. It hosted the 1970 world cup final when Brazil beat Italy 4-1. A taco is a traditional Mexican dish composed of a com or wheat tortilla folded or rolled around with a filling. Mexico is located on the continent of North America. Most Geographers do not consider Mexico a part of Central America. Mexico is the 11th most populated country in the world with around 117 people. The main language spoken is Spanish. Mexico hosted the summer Olympics games in 1968. Mariachi is a type of musical group originally from Mexico. There is at least two violins two trumpets one Spanish guitar one Vihuela and one Guiarron. They are all in the Mariachi. Mexico introduced chocolate, corn and chilies in to the world. Mexico’s highest mountain is called Pico De Orizaba. It is 5,636 meters tall. Mexico is the the 14th largest country in the world. By Reuben & Josh
We presented our projects last week. We each did a project on a county from one of the four provinces.
We produced some wonderful projects on the country of Greece! All the children worked really hard and it was very difficult to pick a winner!! We all learned loads about Greece and are already looking forward to our next project after Christmas!
Before we left we learned about the plants and animals we might find on the seashore, such as seaweed, Marram grass, crabs and rag-worms. We got into pairs and walked to the North Beach past Bremore Castle.
When we got to the beach we worked in pairs to find all the things on our scavenger hunt. We found everything except a buoy. Angell and Logan found a huge Ragworm hole.Then we played football or played in the sand. We had a lot of fun and the weather was really nice.
We ate our lunch at the beach. It was like a picnic. We played a little bit more and investigated some rock pools where we found lots of crabs and fish. Molly found a big green crab. Some of us made sand mermaids from seaweed and shells. Then it was time to go back to school.
We really enjoyed our trip to the beach!
Rebecca’s blog entry
On Friday Ms Sullivan’s sister Lisa came over from Elko Nevada in the U.S.A.
We did morning maths and Lisa taught us how to do sums the American way. How Americans do sums are very different from how we do ours. Everyone thought it was hard at first but it was actually really easy once you got the hang of it.
We did an American circuit with facts, coins, books, and magazines all from Nevada.
Then Lisa went to pick up her brother from the airport, our teacher’s daughter came in for a few minutes, and then after a while Lisa came back and we got to meet her brother too!
Today we got our yard painted at last! We’ve been funding for almost a year but finally we have enough money to paint it. We’ve did Pitch Perfect, News Today and lots more. We have an adventure trail, chess, 4 corners, snakes and ladders and more!
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A visit from Nevada
On Friday we got a visit from Ms Turner, our teacher’s sister. Lisa lives in Elko Nevada USA. When we came in we showed her how we do Morning Maths then she showed us how American people do sums.
Lisa told us about the gold in Nevada and how it is microscopic and how you have to pay $48 for 25g of gold which is about the weight of a pencil! Then she showed us books on animals, plants, and gold mines in Nevada.
Then we had a circuit with books, magazines and even letters from kids in Nevada!! On the 3rd of June we wrote back and we also sent them Irish treats. We are excited to see what they think of them!! Teacher’s daughter also came in for a couple of minutes.
Then Lisa had to go and collect teacher’s brother from England. She then came back with Peter and he told us about England.
It was like a family reunion!!
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By Sophia and Warren J
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Firstly, we explored and discussed a map of Balbriggan town and identified landmarks such as Millfield shopping centre, Thatched Cottage, Carnegie Library, Courthouse.
We then used Google maps to map our route from our house to the school. Some of the children had an opportunity to direct us from their house to the school using clear, precise directions. While doing this, we listed landmarks we pasted on the way to school.
We found out how far and how close in some cases, the children live from the school.
Here are some of the maps we drew. The starting point was their home and the destination was St. Molagas…
We held another mystery Skype call yesterday. This time the school was in Georgia, USA. Their school is called Eastbrook Middle School, the link to their school is here https://sites.google.com/site/eastbrookmustangs/
This time they guessed where we were located, before we guessed where they were.
We had a lot of fun chatting to them about school, music, hobbies, sport, homework and TV.
We sang Man of the Bees for them.
We conducted another Mystery Skype today.
This time the school was in Canada. The school is in a town near Montreal, called Saint Lambert. Their teacher is Ms. Goulet.
We had great fun guessing, and took it in turns to ask questions.
We guessed where they were before they found us! We used our atlases to find which continent they were in, then we narrowed it down to the city, Montreal. We then used the computers and Google Maps, to find the town.