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 did projects on WW1 and WW2. Some of them were about the Nazi Party, Adolf Hitler, Anne Frank, Eva Mozes Kor, D-Day and Concentration Camps. When we were finished we presented them to the class and we answered questions. Everyone enjoyed learning about WW1 and WW2. The people who did the best projects got prizes. The projects that won were on Concentration Camps, WW1 and WW2.
We have been working on our Circus Projects for the last two weeks.
We started presenting our projects today. They are fantastic.
As part of our projects we had to complete a variety of tasks. Some were easy and some were hard. They included some of these:
- made circus themed cakes, cookies and buns
- built models of the circus
- worked out the cost of keeping animals
- made clothes for a teddy
- compared the zoo to the circus
- looked at the history of the circus
- interviewed members of the circus
- designed posters for the circus
- created jingles
- designed surveys
- created modes of transport
- compared the acts in the circus
- investigated the most popular musical instruments in the circus
- devised advertisements for circus acts
- painted our faces
- and lots more.
Many thanks to all the mammies for their help with the projects.
Here are our projects on 1916 that were up around the school!!
we worked very hard on our 1916 project. We constructed key buildings from the Rising, The GPO, Kilmainham Gaol, Bolands Mills, Sackville Street and the Garden of Remberance.
We had a great opportunity to meet with some of the teachers and students from transition year in the Community College. We had a chance to ask questions and get some insight on what subjects to choose next year! We all made projects on what subject we wanted to find out more about! It was a great day and a big thank you to the Community College!!
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!
As we were looking at animals in our science books, we decided to pick our favourite animal and learn some more about them. We all stood at the top of the class and presented our research!
A few interesting facts taken from these projects:
Beavers use their tails to communicate
There are over 300 breeds of pigs
Chipmunks have large pouches in their cheeks for carrying food
Ferrets have very bad breath!
Gray wolves are the biggest dogs in the wolf family
Foxes have really good hearing and are nocturnal animals
Wild chinchillas can be found in South America
Bats can eat all night!
Male rabbits are called Bucks and female rabbits are called Does.
Below are some extracts from our history projects which are displayed on the notice board outside our classroom.
My grandad was born in 1947. He had 3 brothers and 3 sisters. He lived in sandy mount. He is a cool dude . he is nice. He is pretty old. He is 68. We have lots of fun together. I love my grandad. And i love my granny too!! By Adam s
My Grandad had to walk to school every day. His favourite subject in school was Irish. His last job was as a librarian. Adam
My Grandad’s dad worked on the railway and his mum was a school teacher .He had four sisters and three brothers. He worked as a plaster. Bethan:]
My Nana was not in any clubs. Her favourite sweet was a macaroon bar. When she was older she worked as a nurse. She got to school on a bike. Ellie-May
My grandad Williams history. Williams parents owned a shop. It was very small and dull. Jamie
My uncle works at the same place as my dad. My dad worked in a farm before. Kevin
My Grandad. His favourite subject was Irish. He lived in Rush. His favourite meal was beef stew. J Robert
My aunt Jan’s Mother worked in a shop. She had three brothers and no sisters. By Ruth.
My nanny lived in Seapoint in Swords. She lived in a big farm house. Her dad was a herdsman and her mam was a house keeper. Her favourite subject was maths. Her least favourite subject was Irish. Callum T.
My grandad lived in Leitrim. He lived in a house called Foxwood house. Seán
My nanas best friend was Jacinta Mulligan. Her favourite teacher was Ms. Fultan. Her best game was hop scotch. Her favourite Christmas present was a red and white bike. Her best dinner was sausage, beans and mash. Her school was called St. Raphales. It was a five minute walk. By Callum J
My Nana Dolores. My nana worked as a house wife and my grandad worked at the paper mills. Her favourite games were hopscotch tag and sometimes she played on the swing. By Adam M
My Nana Rita. My grandma Rita had a very hard time in school there were very bad punishments when someone did something to someone like kneeling down on hard beanbags. By Rita.
These are the projects that we presented about our chosen beautiful places in Ireland. Click on the links to read them.