The children in Year 7 have been studying An Gorta Mór (The Great Hunger) and they have now moved on to learning about how this tragedy influenced emigration in Victorian times.
Our Year 7 pupils have started by considering emigration today, to put their theme into a meaningful modern context. The tragedy of the migrant crisis has been examined and the children are now looking at their own families and where in the world their relatives have emigrated to. Our Y7 pupils are very IT literate and they have been emailing their relatives abroad, to find out about life in countries as far away as Canada, the Middle East and Australia. In literacy classes the children have been focusing on report writing and investigating the countries that Irish people emigrate to today. Through research (books and on-line) the children have been learning how to take notes and organise their information into Thinking Maps. Finally, the children have been writing reports about countries their relatives live in. Samples of the children’s work have been posted below.
Year 7 have also looked at the reasons for emigration in Victorian times; where the Irish went in the 1800s; and the emigrants’ experience. The children visited the Folk Park in Omagh, to learn more about the emigrants’ journey and life in the new world.
Information Communication Technology (ICT) is an important part of the pupils’ curriculum and the children have been learning how to code. They are very, very good at this! All of the children have used coding to develop a computer game based on The Great Hunger.
P7 & Mr Conlon