St. Brigid’s GNS, Cabinteely

3rd Class – Ms Mc Feely

Session 6 February 1st

Today was a great day! Not only was it St. Brigid’s Day and the first official day of spring but it was time for Tunde to come in to us again. We wondered if today was going to be as ‘sweet’ as our last session.

We began Session 6 by chatting about maps. We discussed what maps were used for and the kinds of maps we had seen before. We said that maps were for people to find their way. We listed all kinds of maps like: google maps, the map of the school, maps of the world and globes. We looked at Tunde’s map of the classroom she made and we realised that it was not for finding her way at all but for finding us! This was a very different kind of map to the ones we were suggesting.

We split into two groups and each group studied a different kind of map. One group studied an ordinance survey map of the west coast of Waterford and the other group studied a tourist map of London. We identified all of the types of things we could see marked on the maps. Group 1 listed: mountains, sea, beach, hospitals, post offices, standing stones, rivers, lakes, roads, walking trails, cycling trails, sea banks and much more. Group 2 found: tourist attractions, buildings, parks, roads, bridges, rivers, ponds, castles, public transport, offices, restaurants etc. We then compared the similarities and differences of the maps.

After that, we moved on to drawing some of the marks we saw on the maps that we had been looking at. We drew all sorts of lines, symbols and shapes. We realised that maps were full of different markings.

Tunde showed us one more map. She showed us a map of the London Underground. There were lots of intertwining straight, coloured lines on the map. We soon realised that this map reminded us a lot of the work we did last week. Last week, we used coloured wool and pins to create constellations on a pinboard. Our constellation map looked very like the map of the London Underground. Tunde secretly began to mark some roads and places on the pinboard using marker. Soon, Ms Mc Feely called us up to the board 3 at a time to add our own marks. We turned our constellation map into a very different sort of map altogether.

While some of the girls were busy marking the board, others were away in another land…………….. Ms Mc Feely made us close our eyes and imagine we had jumped out of an airplane and landed in an imaginary land. We imagined what the ground felt like under our feet as we landed, what the buildings looked and felt like and the sounds we could hear around us. We could see strange natural things growing in our imaginary lands and unusual things flew overhead. After we had explored our imaginary land in our heads we began to make a map of our lands. It was really fun drawing these amazing imaginary places.

And even though we didn’t get to taste anything sweet this time, a lot of our imaginary lands ended up being quite ‘sweet’ indeed!

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