As discussed at the curriculum meeting, we will be engaging in projects as well as alternating between traditional homework from the workbooks. They will vary between one-week and two-week periods where all guidelines will be specifically mapped out in advance.The children will be encouraged to take their time throughout the projects. We don’t want the children to become stressed or feel under pressure, it should be an enjoyable and personal experience. The children will be given choices on methods for presentation/research. If any issues should arise I ask you to get in contact with me.I will be asking the children to cover spellings in English and Gaeilge each night. Tables will be taught in school and at home.Each Friday there will be a tables and spellings test. Each fortnight or after we complete two/three topics there will be a Maths test so as to gauge conceptual understanding.Homework should take no more than 45mins as per the NCCA guidelines (again, if there are any issues in any area don’t hesitate to contact me)
Project: History Makers
Date given: Tuesday December 11h Due date: Monday 17th December
The children will complete a project on history-makers for this week. The project is due Monday December 17th. The children will be asked to select and discuss their chosen history-maker (from the list below or one of their own choosing), discuss their life, main achievements and contributions/how they impacted society.
This project must be presented via poster/booklet/spreadsheet (anything that can be hand-written or typed) and must include drawings and/or pictures. Each section has a due date for the work to be completed. No more than 40 minutes should be spent on each section each night. On the final date the project can be brought in and presented as usual.
Choose from –Nelson Mandela, Michael Collins, Eamon DeValera, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Martin Luther King, Linda Brown, Rosa Parks, Muhammad Ali, Barack Obama, Gandhi or another of your choosing.
Section 1: Life & Times – Tuesday Dec 11th
Discuss the life of this person; date of birth, place of birth, occupation, family information, any particular interests, how they got involved in the work they pursued, interesting facts you found.
Section 2: Main Achievements – Wednesday Dec 12th
Focus specifically on what their main achievements/discoveries/contributions to something monumental. Examine how they came to discover this/become involved, what/if there was a motive for what they did, how they became recognised for this achievement.
Section 3: Contribution to Society – Thursday Dec 13th
Focus specifically on how their achievement has contributed to the world we live in today. What has changed in our lives because of this individuals’ contribution to the world.
Any last piece of information that you would like to add to your project, whether it is funny/interesting facts about the person specifically or the chosen topic/genre.
Each child should spend time reading over every section and checking for correct spelling, adding and pictures/photos to bulk up the project.