Our Primary 3 and Primary 7 have engaged in a very exciting project with our friends from St. Joseph’s Primary School, thanks to the Shared Education initiative. Before the project began, both year groups met in the Racquets Club to get to know each other.
The Primary 7 theme was ‘Conflict’, both schools worked together over a period of 4 weeks taking part in a variety of activities relating to the theme. The children also collaborated online using the 'Schoology' programme and shared examples of work.
1. Drama - activities linked to The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
2. Art - work on Banksy
3. Music - learning the song 'Where is the Love?'
4. PDMU - Fair Trade Game
What P7 children thought.....
"It's a new experience that I haven't had before, meeting boys and girls from other schools. I loved the trade game where we had to interact with others and see the unfairness of how much money some people have in comparison with others" Adam (Harmony Hill)
"I enjoyed getting to know new people, I discovered we had a lot in common. I loved all the activities but drama was my favourite, because we really interacted together" Shannon (St. Joseph's)
"I liked the Shared Education days because we got to do a lot of fun activities and meet new people. I loved working together to make the word 'Lisburn' with our bodies. You need to see the picture of it!" Ruairi (Harmony Hill)
"I enjoyed the Shared Education days, I really liked meeting new people and making new friends. I keep in touch with Kiaran and Nicholas who I met on the activity days" Eoin (St. Joseph's)
"I liked the range of activities and meeting some people I hadn't met in a while. I actually went to Nursery with some of the boys that were in the other school and I hadn't seen them since. I loved the drama linked to 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas'. We were all studying the same book which was cool!" Josh (Harmony Hill)
"I enjoyed meeting new friends from the other school, I learnt a lot about the artist Bansky and discussed his artwork with my new friends" Beth (St. Joseph's)
Primary 3 explored the joint topic of Animals and Minibeasts. To begin with Primary 3 teachers from both schools met to plan the project. The children then met together over a 2 week period to take part in a variety of activities including:
1. Drama - activities linked to animals and minibeasts
2. Art - making clay minibeasts
3. ICT - creating eBooks using the Book Creator App
4. WAU - Minibeast Hunt in Castle Gardens
Primary 3 will continue online collaboration for the rest of the year through Video Conferencing and a Fronter course. The children will upload some examples of their work and take part in online discussions together.
What Primary 3 thought......
”I loved all the activities but drama was my favourite. It was great to meet my friend Evie from Harmony Hill, I had lots of fun” Rose (St. Joseph’s)
“I really enjoyed working with St. Joseph’s because I made lots of new friends!” Claire (Harmony Hill)
”I liked making new friends from a different school. I can’t wait to see them again!” Eve (St. Joseph’s)
”I really enjoyed the iPad activity, I loved finding all the pictures of different animals and working with different children from St. Joseph’s” Sophie (Harmony Hill)
”I loved making new friends, we had lots of fun together and liked lots of the same things” Finagh (St. Joseph’s)
"I loved making friends and playing outside in the sun with St. Joseph's. I loved making the bugs because I like art and talking about minibeasts!" Adam (Harmony Hill)
”I enjoyed taking taking part in the activities and meeting lots of new friends” Cara (St. Joseph’s)
"It was nice to meet new friends and I hope I see them again at the park!" Jessica (Harmony Hill)
”I enjoyed meeting new boys from another school who were fun to talk to” Andrew (St. Joseph’s)