Egypt/ Materials

Age: 8,9
Project Year: 2012-13

Looked at Egypt, Famine, rainforests

Google Earth: To see where each school was. Pupil Profiles: We put the pupils into groups and then completed the profiles. The children then got to read and know who the people were in their group. They saw them each week on V.C and became very familiar with their faces and to learn more about them. We exchanged the profiles and we have theirs up in our school and they have ours up in their school so they can look at them and learn more about them all the time.
Christmas: Each group exchanged a card with a pupil in their opposite group and wished them a Happy Christmas.
We tuned into the V.C with Marita Conlon McKenna and they loved this and we read her book in class.
Ancient Egypt: We allocated each group a topic from Ancient Egypt to work on. We wrote in two colours to make it easier on the wikis. They also included clip art to illustrate their project. We went on laptops on a Wednesday and they went on to work on wikis. As our laptops are not great we found it difficult sometimes to get everybody on but did our best.
Rainforests---- we did a project on this topic and we had a V.C with a parent from Forge coming in to talk about working in Chile and his time in the rainforest which Rush tuned into.
Materials Project: We gave them the same project sheet and they made what they wanted from junk materials. They did a plan, Do and Review and then on V.C each talked about their project and how it turned out etc and the changes they would make next time, if any.
We did a V. C on a Friday morning at a set time so it became a part of our school day and they talked in groups to each other about what was going on in each others school and lives for the week.

Face-to-face meeting

Venue: Castlewellan - One Great Adventure Centre. It was held in April and it was a brilliant day where everybody had a ball. We picked it because it was cheaper than a lot of others and it was nearly half way between us. We wanted a place where they would have fun and be able to mix in their groups. We did canoeing, orienteering and the maze. We put the relevant pupils from each group together ie ants, bears etc and as they each knew their groups from September they worked really well together . A lot of the activities involved co-operation and this was great as each had to help one another.

Videoconferencing

We set a time each Friday and built it into our school day. This happened almost all the time unless there was a technical hitch or the other school were off. We discussed what was going on in school all week and what we were learning and what activities we were having fun doing. They certainly loved seeing their friends on the screen and became more relaxed talking into the microphone. They also learnt a lot about what different things went on in each school-- eg Gaelic in Rush and how we have football skills training. As Rush and Forge have been twinned together for the last 5 years there are a lot of connections between the schools and they feel very much at ease with one another and eager to learn and find out about each other.

Schools Involved

  • Location: Rush Dublin
    Age Group: 8,9
    Type: Primary

  • Location: Carolan Road Belfast BT7 3HE
    Age Group: 8.9
    Type: Primary

Media Gallery

For Dissolving Boundaries Day 2014 we invited schools to send us short video recordings that show what DB means to them. We've pieced these together into a movie!

A documentary about linking schools through ICT; case studies of cross-border links between Northern Ireland and Ireland in the Dissolving Boundaries programme and in Israel through the TEC program.

 

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