Picture by Ryan 

The Titanic sunk 100 years ago when it hit an iceberg. It was built in Belfast and took three years to build. Everyone said that the Titanic was unsinkable. It had enormous propellars. The top speed of the Titanic was 25 knots. The crew didn’t believe that there was a hole in the ship. 710 people survived and 1500 people died. The richest man at the time was on the Titanic and he didn’t survive. One person died launching the Titanic and nine people died building it. The Captain’s name was Edward John Smith and he died on the Titanic.

Seven people from Sligo were on the Titanic and only one survived. She was from the area near our school called Coolera. She had a penknife her friend had given her from Barton Smith’s shop (which is still open) and she used the penknife to cut the ropes when the lifeboats got stuck.

By Rang I

Picture by Mark 

World War II

 

We have just finished a class project on World War II. We divided up into groups of three. Each group had a different topic to research. We used the laptops to do our research and type it up. Then we presented our findings to the class. Finally we made a podcast of our findings. It was good fun!

 

Here are some of the most interesting facts that we learned:

  • The atomic bomb that was dropped onHiroshimawas called ‘Fat Man’ and ‘Little Boy’ was dropped onNagasaki.
  • Hitler’s Dad changed Hitler’s name to Adolf when he was 13 years old.
  • Albert Einstein was German but he advised the Americans on how to make the atomic bombs.
  • It wasn’t just Jews put in the concentration camps, gypsies, political prisoners, ethnic minorities… were put in also.
  • The Jewish spoke their own language called ‘Yiddish’.
  • Dublinwas bombed by accident instead ofManchester.
  • D-Day was delayed by a day due to bad weather.
  • 250,000 Jews leftGermanyand the rest were put into concentration camps.
  • There were only 5 midget-subs in the world. Four were destroyed atPearlHarbourand the other one was captured.
  • To make an atomic bomb you have to split an atom!
  • D-Day was also called ‘Operation Overlord’

Our Podcast!!   World War II podacst final

 

By 6th Class

 

2nd, 3rd and 4th class went on their school tour last Wednesday. we visited Parkes Castle, took a boat trip on Lough Gill, went for a forest walk in Dooney Wood and paid a visit to Tobernalt Holy Well. Here are some pictures taken before the batteries in the camera ran out!

2nd and 3rd class made a podcast about World War 2. Some people were recorded in the podcast. We had to be really quiet while people were recording. It was hard to stay quiet for so long. We used some sound effects that we found on the internet. We talked about the food that was rationed, children being evacuated and the bombings in Dublin and Belfast. We had a lot of fun making it. We hope you enjoy it.

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Ration Book

We are learning about World War II. Life during WW2 was very tough because food was very scarce. Food was scarce because supplies usually came to Ireland and Great Britain by ship and many supply ships were sunk by German U-boats, which were submarines. Because food was scarce it was rationed. This meant that you could only buy a certain amount of rationed food per week. Everyone had a ration book with coupons. You gave the ration book to the shopkeeper and then you got your food for the week. Foods that were rationed were eggs, bacon, lard, butter, tea, sugar, and coffee.

In Ireland during WW2 it was called “The Emergency”. Éamon de Valera, was the Taoiseach at the time and he made Ireland stay neutral during the war. That meant that Ireland was not on any side during the war. Two places in Dublin were bombed by German planes during the war. They were the Phoenix Park and the North Strand. The president’s house, Áras an Uachtaráin, was damaged in the bombing. 38 people were killed and 70 homes were destroyed. Germany apologised after the war and paid for the damages. Belfast was also bombed twice during the war.

Some children had to be evacuated from cities to the countryside because bombs were being dropped constantly in cities to destroy supply factories that made weapons for the war. Children were only allowed to bring whatever they could carry and their favourite toy. They also had to bring their gas mask. Sometimes children’s gas masks were called “Mickey Mouse Gas Masks” to encourage them to wear it. Mrs Breen brought in a gas mask from WW2 and we tried it on. It smelled very strongly of rubber. You put it on like a swimming hat. It was meant to be tight so that gas would not get in. You couldn’t take it off to get a drink.

Gas Mask A 

Gas Mask B

To end the war the USA dropped two atomic bombs on the Japanesen cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was the first and last time such a bomb had been used. The first bomb was called “Little Boy” and when it blew up it gave out a mushroom cloud. It killed 138,661 people in the first five days.

We watched a video about Antarctica in school today. We got into groups and we brainstormed what we knew about Antarctica. We then watched this video. We hope you like it.

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On Tuesday our teacher gave us a picture by Paul Klee. It was called “Woman in a Native Costume”. We had until Friday to colour it in. Then we went on to the internet to look at the real painting. The real one had four colours – brown, orange, yellow and white. Most people, when they were colouring the picture, used lots of colours.

Paul Klee was born in Switzerland. As a child he was good at music and drawing. When he was older he decided to become a musician but when he got into his teenage years he decided to become an artist. He was interested in Picasso’s paintings so he decide to paint ones like his. “Woman in a Native Costume” was painted in 1940 using oil paints.

By Sam and Caoilfhionn (Rang II)

Children at Play

Yesterday we looked at a website about games people played in Roman times. We tried to play one of the games called knucklebones using cubes. Originally the games was played with ankle bones of a sheep or goat. Today on Twitter we looked at our mentions and @fboss told us that he had seen a picture of children playing knucklebones. We found the picture, called “Children at Play” by Peter Brueghel, on Google Images. There are 200 children in the picture, playing over 80 games. The picture was painted in 1560. Some of the games in the picture are still played today.

By Rang II & Rang III

 

Yesterday we went to Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery. An archaeologist called Gretta showed us around. Our favourite part was when we went into a tomb. We did rubbings on the tombs.

Colm, Cliodhna & Ríon
 
The largest tomb we visited in Carrowmore is called Listoghil.  It is covered by a huge 4 metre cairn like the cairn that is on the top of Knocknarea.  People were cremated and buried in this tomb.
 

There are inscriptions on one of the stones, this is the only passage tomb art that is in Carrowmore.  Gretta told us that the people used flint stones to write on the stones. We did some rubbings of the inscriptions.

 It was raining, we didn’t mind the rain it was fun!   We found out all about what life was like for the people 6 thousand years ago.  The people ate a lot of fish, bears, cattle & berries.  The people used the leather skins of the cattle for clothes and beds. They made clay pots and bowls and these were preserved in the ground for thousands of years!  This gave us the idea to make clay coil pots as part of our project.

We would like to thank Gretta, Kim, Mrs. Timoney, Ms. Hynes and the parents who came with us on our trip to Carrowmore!

1st & 2nd Class

 
 

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