Ballagh NS learns all about The Irish Potato Famine

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

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Dentist Visit

For the month of January, the Junior Room have been working on the theme “The Dentist” through Aistear.  Last week dentist Dr. Eleanor Keaveney along with Eileen Mannion visited the Junior Room. The displayed sugar boards and talked to the children about the various amounts of sugar in different foods. The children were then shown how to brush their teeth correctly.  Each child received their own pack with a toothbrush and toothpaste and all children are now going to make a great effort to brush their teeth for 2 minutes in the morning and again for 2 minutes before bedtime.  This was a great informative visit and we would like to say a big thank you to Eleanor & Eileen for their visit.

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