Unlocking the curriculum for Years 5 & 6
At Birkdale Primary School, Sefton, David Jessop 'unlocked the curriculum' by using Irish materials for a ten-week unit for Years 5 and 6 to encourage creative learning.
|The hub of the unit was a range of Irish texts - myths and legends, historical and contemporary fiction and poetry - in the Literacy Hour |
Myths & Legends
‘The Quest for Aideen’, Celtic Magic Tales by Liam Mac Uistin, O’Brien Press, 0-86278-341-0
‘The Giant’s Causeway’, Irish Fairy Tales & Legends by Una Leavy, O’Brien Press,
Finn & The Fawn: Narrative Poem by Neil Williams, IiSUnder the Hawthorn Tree by Marita Conlan-McKenna, O’Brien Press, 0-86278-206-6
ResourceThe Battle Below Giltspur by Cormac MacRaois, Wolfhound Press, 0-86327-356-4
The Moon King by Siobhán Parkinson, O’Brien Press, 0-86278-573-1
ResourceCherokee by Creina Mansfield, O’Brien Press, 0-86278-368-5
Wishes & Dreams, based on W B Yeats ‘Had I the ...’
The spokes - the Foundation Subjects - drew upon the texts to inspire, with the assistance of visiting artists, an impressive range of creative work in Art, Dance and Drama.
Click here for examples of this work.
Pen & Ink Designs
Celtic Knots/Historic awareness - shape & form & use of colour/Step-by-step process
Banner Design - ‘Celtic Rotunda’
Finn McCool the Legendary Giant
Celtic tales/Knot design/Folk songs
Based on events from historical novel Under the Hawthorn Tree
Created two authentic sets to perform within
Original music compositions inspired by Irish myths & legends
The culmination of the unit was a presentation in which the performers stayed in place as the audience took a journey through Irish history and culture in song, dance and prose.