The Halting site
Class Group: Third and Fourth Class
Age Group: 8-10 years
Subject Area: English, Art, ICT, History
Goals/Objectives of the Project:
1. To provide a resource
of accurate material and information about the Travelling Community
that can be easily accessed by Primary School Children.
2. To give travelling children a sense of belonging and a sense of pride
in their history and traditions to help them establish their place in
the surrounding world.
3. To keep in touch with transient children who spend some time with
us each year and then move on to other schools around the country.
4. To open up lines of communication between teachers of Travellers
with a view to sharing materials and building up a store of resources.
5. The school page is intended to be a vibrant, exciting place where
the children can showcase their work, activities and achievements.
Objectives were met in:
English: Deciding on appropriate content,
drafting, editing and summarising.
Art: Deciding on appropriate design, selecting
backgrounds and graphics, drawing and colouring images when necessary.
I.C.T. Acquiring a familiarity with Hypertext
Markup Language, use of digital camera and scanner.
History: Children acquired a knowledge
and appreciation of their place in history.
Content of the Site
The site presents materials and information relevant to those who have
an interest in the Travelling Community. The Site Development Team decided
on four main topics: 1. A brief History of the Irish Travelling Community.
2. Work in our local travelling community.
3. Sport in our Local Travelling Community.
4. Our School.
Display: Holy Family Junior School Web Site
Pre requisite Learning
The children and teacher in this class had no HTML skills before starting
the project. However the teacher was attending a Web Design course given
by the University of Dublin as part of a diploma in Curriculum Studies.
This course provided her with basic HTML, book and Internet references
to guide her as she facilitated the design of this web site.
Pre- requisite Resources
1 PC and an Internet connection Scanner Digital camera Library/Internet
Management of the Project:
The class was divided into researchers, writers and graphic designers
with one child who showed a remarkable aptitude for writing Hypertext
Mark-up Language as the Junior Webmaster.
The children and their families were the primary content experts.
The teacher realised that, not being a member of the Travelling Community,
her role was not so much to impart knowledge to the children but to
provide guidance and support to them, to be the coordinator, helper
Evaluation: The children welcomed the creation and design of
this web site with an enthusiasm and an excitement, which continues
"Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognises before it
can speak. But there is another sense in which seeing comes before words.
It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world."
(J. Berger 1972)
This is what "The Halting Site" has done for these children.
For me, the teacher, the web site has given me a thorough understanding
of and familiarity with HTML.
For the children it was much more. It was an expression of their way
Family Junior School, Traveller Unit