The pupils from Third to Sixth class has compiled fantastic projects on the theme of the Gorta Mó or The Irish Potato Famine. They worked in groups to research online their projects in depth. They integrated their work across the curriculum including making Art modals of Strokestown House, a labourer’s cottage, lazy beds, a landlord’s house and a famine ship replica. They are busy learning famine ballads “The Fields of Athenry” and “Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears”. The following are the project titles presented:
Group 1. Anthony & Ruairi – Strokestown House and the Irish Famine
Group 2. Michéal, James & Anna – The effects of the famine on Kilgefin Parish
Group 3. Jasmine & Emma – Evictions, Blight and the role of the Landlord in 1840’s & 1850’s Ireland
Group 4. Niamh, Jacob & Rebecca – Effects of the famine – population, emigration & coffin ships
Group 5. David, Emily & Tristan – The functions of workhouse & soup kitchens.
Group 6. Áine, Ava & Sophie – Dwelling types during the famine years