Irish Myths and Legends (also Ourselves and Our Place)

Age: 8,9,10
Project Year: 2012-13

Local Area Study and 2 classic Irish Myths

The project that we undertook between our two schools began with us creating the database, we created our fact files and compared and contrasted ourselves (Topic 1) and Our County (Topic 2). Through the individual log-in codes we posted our news, and quizzes in the open forum. We also involved our parents in designing our quiz questions. We got to know our partner pupils in the chat section. We blogged about our lives in school and at home. We also exchanged cards at important times of the year. Our Wiki projects included adding information about Topic 3: Irish Myths and Legends. The Westmeath school chose the Children of Lir and the Antrim School chose the Brown Bull Of Cooley, although we read many more legends. We also took part in web chats and saw our partners and their new classroom. We practiced typing and PC skills. We took part in Dissolving boundaries day online by watching the presentations and posing questions. We made a Newsletter to show the rest of the school community what we had been doing and created a noticeboard in a window to display our work along with our Children of Lir artwork.

Face-to-face meeting

Venue: Funtasia waterpark, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Tues 11th June 2013
We began with receiving our coloured bands for our schools - St Anne's were dark blue and St Coleman's had dark green, it was an easy way to identify each other. It was a safe location where both schools could travel to easily and meet up on the day - both schools had undertaken a swim/ aquatics programme so all children had basic swimming skills and were able to look after their own belongings. We finished up the day by taking a group photograph and having our lunches together upstairs in the disco room, Funtasia were extremely helpful for this part as we were given our own quiet area away from other school tours. We had labels printed out with the children's names to help them to identify those in their groups. eating lunch together was a very social occasion in itself- there was lots of what group were you in and I remember you from the web chat and wow your accent is nice. We chose the venue because it was convenient for both schools. The children were keen to mix in as they had already communicated within their groups. They were really excited and had a great day together.

Videoconferencing

We were joined by a facilitator to help us out on the first sitting which was very helpful to begin with. Both classes were extremely quiet and nervous, and described the experience as fun and exciting. They chatted and questioned each other in their groups and talked about the myths and legends that they were doing. They loved seeing what each other looked like.

Schools Involved

  • Location: Tyrrellspass Co.Westmeath
    Age Group: 8,9,10
    Type: Primary

  • Location: Queensway Lambeg Lisburn Antrim
    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.

 

School Participation

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