Henri Matisse

We created some pictures that are like a picture called “The Fall of Icarus” by an artist called Henri Matisse.

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Matisse was born in France. He studied law in Paris and then he got very sick. His mammy bought him a paint box when he was sick. He loved painting. When he got better he went to art classes before work, during his lunch break and after work! He made lots of pictures out of paper cut-outs.

Money

In fourth class we are learning about money. Here is a great game to convert euros to cents and vice versa. CLICK HERE

There are a number of games on the EURO at TeachingMoney.co.uk

 

We have learned that there are many different currencies around the world. A currency is the type of money used for different countries.

Country Currency Image
Ireland Euro
Northern Ireland Sterling
Albania Lek Tirana
Northern Ireland Sterling
Poland Warszaw, Zlode
Romania Leu
Lithuania Litai
Australia Australia Dollar
Czech Republic Korun

We also learned that there are 20 countries that use the Euro.

Country Currency Capital
Ireland Euro Dublin
France Euro Paris
Italy Euro Rome
Germany Euro Berlin
Spain Euro Madrid
Austria Euro Vienna
Greece Euro Athens
Malta Euro Valletta
Latvia Euro Riga
Netherlands Euro Amsterdam
Luxembourg Euro Luxembourg City
Finland Euro Helsinki
Portugal Euro Lisbon
Estonia Euro Talin
Slovakia Euro Bratislava
Cyprus Euro Nicosia
Belgium Euro Brussels
Montenegro Euro Podgorica
Kosova Euro Pristina
Slovenia Euro Ljubljana

By having the same currency all of these countries have a close economic relationship. We can also travel to any of these countries and use the same money (currency).

Check out the Google map of it HERE.

Volcano Experiment

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We have been learning about the effects of heat. A few weeks ago we made play-dough in our school kitchen. Last week Tristan used play dough to make a model volcano. Ms. McGinley has been teaching 4th Class all about … Continue reading

Thomas Edison by 2nd class

We have been learning all about Thomas Edison in second class.
Thomas Edison was a famous inventor. He was born in America in 1847. Thomas went to school for a short time and then was home schooled by his mum. He did his inventions in the basement of his house. Thomas invented the light bulb, power plants, cine camera and the phonograph. He had very poor hearing. During his lifetime he created 3,000 inventions! Thomas Edison’s nickname was the Wizard.

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1916 Easter Rising Walking Tour

On the day of the walking tour we had to be in school at eight thirty am. We crossed the road over to the bus stop across the road from the school. We took the bus to the Bank Of Ireland building were we got of and walked over to Trinity College. After a few minutes we met our tour guide, Lorcan. First he gave us a copy of The Proclamation Of Independence and pictures of all of the leaders. Before we left Trinity College Lorcan told us that Trinity College was set up by Protestants in 1592 and for two hundred years it didn’t let Catholics attend the college.  Although Protestants let Catholics go to the college after two hundred years the Catholic Church didn’t agree with Catholics attending the college that was set up by Protestants and it took another 200 hundred years for big groups of Catholics to attend Trinity College. He then told us that the Bank of Ireland was the Old Parliament until it was taken out of Ireland with the Act of Union in 1801. He told us that there was a window tax so the Bank of Ireland has no windows an old saying came out of  the window tax,Lorcan said ‘Daylight Robbery’ was the saying. Lorcan then brought us up to Pearce Street where Padraig and Willy Pearce were born. He also showed us a building that the British army had files on the I.R A after 1916 wich Michael Collins broke into with two I.R.A members. From there he brought us onto the Rosie Hackett Bridge where we had a very good view of Liberty Hall. Liberty Hall has 16 floors above basement, one for each leader executed in 1916. The Rosie Hackett Bridge was named after Rosie Hackett who took part in the 1916 Easter Rising and the 1913 Dublin Lockout. He also showed us Isaac Butt Bridge. Isaac Butt died when he was 66 years old. He was an Irish Barrister and a M.P (member of Parliament). We then went to O’Connell Street to look at Daniel O’Connell’s statue. On his statue there are four angels or Nike, one standing for Patriotism, Elegance, Courage sand Fidelity. We walked down O’Connell Street to the statue of Jim Larkin who was a Labour Party leader. There he told us about about Rob Grey who brought clean drinking water into the tenements. We walked further down O’Connell Street to the G.P.O where he told us at the start of the rising the people in the G.P.O smashed all the windows and went down into the basement and got ledgers and blocked up the windows with them. He told us about Michael O’Reilly who wrote a love letter to his family on Moore Street. Moore Street was where six of the leaders of The 1916 Easter Rising surrendered. Before Lorcan left he said to us all ‘don’t do drugs’. After that Mr.Kelly brought us down Moore Street. We had a very nice time on the tour.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

 

 

This year sixth class went to St. Patrick’s Cathedral. We had two tour guides . Here are some of the main points of history we learnt. We went with Mr lynch and Ms Ryan.We made stain glass windows Here is an interactive timeline of the history of St. Patrick’s Cathedral: HERE Here are some of the main points of history we learnt.

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1) The Door of Reconciliation

In 1492 two Irish families, the Butlers of Ormonde and the FitzGeralds of Kildare, were involved in a small battle. This disagreement centred around the position of Lord Deputy. Both families wanted one of their own to hold the position. In 1492 this broke into a battle between the two families just outside the city walls.
The Butlers, realising that the fighting was getting out of control, took cover in the Chapter House of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. However, the FitzGeralds followed them into the Cathedral and asked them to come out and make peace. The Butlers, afraid that if they did so they would be slaughtered, refused.
As a gesture of good faith the head of the Kildare family, Gerald FitzGerald, ordered that a hole be cut in the door. He then thrust his arm through the door and offered his hand in peace to those on the other side. Upon seeing this, FitzGerald was willing to risk his arm by putting it through the door the Butlers reasoned that he was serious in his intention. They shook hands through the door, the Butlers emerged from the Chapter House and the two families made peace.
Today this door is known as the “Door of Reconciliation” .

2)The Knights of Saint Patrick

The Choir stalls of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral once served as a Chapel to “The Most Illustrious Order of the Knights of Saint Patrick.” This organisation was founded by King George III of England in 1783. It was an order of chivalry and the title of “Knight of the Order” was given to its members.

3)Burials in the Cathedral

Almost since the Cathedral was founded in the 13th Century people have been buried on the site. Today it’s estimated that there are between 600-700 bodies either in the building or in the grounds. Burials which occurred before the 17th Century are often undocumented and so it is difficult to estimate how many people were buried and where. It was considered very prestigious to be buried on the Cathedral’s grounds and burials were usually reserved for members of the nobility or high-ranking clergy.