Gilnahirk Primary and the NDNSP
2004/2005 The History of our Schools
Gilnahirk Primary in Belfast and the North Dublin National School Project in Dublin have been doing joint project work since January 2000.
Our shared project work continues this year, 2005/2006 school year. The children in 4th class write to P6 using web-crossing, email and letters.
Our very first project in January 2000 was to create a joint website on 'The Victorians'. This earlier project work can be seen here.
In May 2000 the next phase of our project work began. Through dramatisation and discussion of the story of 'The Wildflower Girl' by Marita Conlan McKenna the children began to explore their common cultural heritage through web based activities. Click here to see all this work.
In September 2000 and during the school year to June 2001 we worked on 'Our Living Book Project'. Click here to read about this project. We achieved two awards for our work on this project. Childnet Cable and Wireless Awards gave us a commendation and we were selected as one of the top school websites in the ESchola Awards.
Videoconferences played a major part in this project and we are in contact again this year. These conferences are often related to the work we are doing. Sometimes they are so everyone can get to know each other better. Other times they are fun and we play games together. You can see all the links to these conferences if you click here.
During the school year beginning 2001 the children created a 'book on the web'. The theme for the stories was 'Mother Earth and Father Sun'. The children in each school explored this theme in a variety of ways. One example of this was in Baronscourt when the two schools came together. One group of children, while on an environmental walk through the woodland and open fields, selected a twig, examined it carefully, got to know it and then set it free into the river. They watched it flow through the air and then followed it as it was taken under the bridge by the river. Afterwards in an idyllic log cabin, beside an open fire they wrote stories and poems about the twig and tried to include all five senses in their writings. The results were magnificent. The children wrote their own stories in school and published them on the web.
Videoconferencing gave a wonderful audience to the children for their work and you'll see from these conferences the brilliant stories written and read by them.
The most exciting part of the project is that we swopped stories and the children produced artwork for their partners' stories. These are also published on our website. They wrote to each other to talk about what inspired the artwork. A lot of the work was done by post and the children took great delight both in reading stories from their partner school and also in drawing up illustrations and sending them back. A random sample of poems and stories is published here.
Read about the NDNSP and Gilnahirk Primary in Baronscourt which was jointly funded by Dissolving Boundaries Project and the Pushkin Awards
During the School year 2002/2003 children aged between 8-10 in both our schools read The Gold Cross of Killadoo by John Quinn and sharedideas, artwork and writing by email, videoconferencing and by post. They also joint project work on Kenya and on the solar system. The children met up in Armagh and visited the Planetarium and the Trian Centre. You can read all about this here. They did studies of Dublin and Belfast and shared their findings during videoconferences. A full descripition of all this work can be found here.
The Principal of Gilnahirk Primary and one of the teachers involved in the project spent a day in the NDNSP on Friday 26th November '04. This gave us all a chance to spend some time together planning for this year's work and learning more about our schools.
Our shared project work continued during the year, 2004/2005. The children wrote to each other using web-crossing, email and letters and had videoconferences. 5th Class NDNSP and P6 Gilnahirk Primary shared pupil profiles and have penfriends. These two classes did a project on the history of their two schools and shared their findings during videoconferences. Read about this project here. 6th Class and P7 have exchanged pupil profiles and worked on a project on 'The Victorians'. Gilnahirk Primary made wonderful brochures about Belfast which they sent to Dublin. It certainly inspired us all to want to visit their beautiful city. We got the opportunity in April and you can read about this trip here. 5th Class made a tourist trail of Dublin and the chldren from P6 were able to look out for the sights and read about them during their trip to Dublin.
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