Harold Boys National School 5th Class, Dalkey
Eighth Dance Session, 8 May – Of worms and mice
“On the 8th of May my class and I went to Killiney Hill with an environmentalist called Turtle. At first we did something called a worm dance, this involves stamping your feet on a patch of grass like blackbirds do to get worms. The reason why the worms come up is because they think it’s raining. They would drown if they did not come up. We then went into an area off the path. We played a game like baby mice, because they can’t see very well when they are babies, they have to use all their other senses. We did this with blindfolds and we were brought to a tree and then brought back to where we started and we had to find the tree.
We were then put in groups of three and pretended to be red squirrels moving from tree to tree. We did this using mirrors to look up at the branch, go as far out as you can and pas the mirror to the next person on a branch close to you. Then we went in the same groups and had to build a nest using the resources around us. Our nests were tested as Turtle brought a chicken egg, put it in the nest and shook the tree for 10 seconds.
We then went back to the patch of grass to look for worms, unfortunately we could not find any worms. Finally we played a game similar to British Bulldog. Two people started off as foxes and the rest of us were rabbits. The first rabbit to be caught by a fox would become a fox. Then if you were caught by a fox you became a buzzard who started at the side and could only run in a straight line. If you were caught by a buzzard you became a stoat who started behind the rabbits. That concluded our day at Killiney Hill with Turtle.”
By Oisín Jones (Harold Boys National School 5th Class)