Family Junior School
Saoirse - The Holy Family Junior School Goat
Class Group: First Class
Age Group: 6-7 years
Subject Area: An integrated project involving Civics, Geography, Religion
Goals of the Project:
- That the children would
participate in a third world development project that was real and tangible.
- That an atmosphere of co-operation
and team spirit be created in the school.
- That the children appreciate
the on-going benefits of sending a live goat to Africa can have.
- That a Lenten Campaign like
Bóthar na nGabhar should create positive images of third world development
and African culture.
- That the younger child's
concept of distance and place may be developed.
- That the children learn
about African culture and develop a curiosity about cultures that are
different to their own. This is especially relevant to our school as
we have many children who have travelled from all over the world and
are now living in Ennis.
- That the children learn
about farm animals and appreciate the environmental significance of
sending a goat to Africa.
- That the children enjoy
writing and reporting about Saoirse.
- That the children's reading
and writing skills may be enhanced during the project. 3.Information
and Communication Technology
- That e-mail would be used
to communicate with the Bóthar organisation.
- Research and information
concerning the project may be carried out on the Internet. http://www.bothar.ie
- Children would use a word
processor (MS Word) to present their stories. Clipart and MS Paint may
be used to enhance presentation and encourage individuality.
- Children may use the digital
camera to take photos of the farm visit and to photograph their own
special goat Saoirse.
Project Outline: As an alternative to the annual Trocaire Lenten Campaign
Collection, our school decided to participate in the Bóthar na nGabhar
Project. During the forty days of Lent the children collected over £250
and thus our school was able to adopt a goat, which we called Saoirse.
With the help of Bóthar we sent this goat to live with a family in Tanzania.
When this goat has a kid it will be donated to a neighbouring family.
Thus many families should benefit from the project.
Display: Accounts and photos of the school trip to the goat farm are
available in chart form and on the school web site. Microsoft Word and
clipart were used to present the work. Some of the photos were taken
with the digital camera.
- Background work on Africa's
culture, climate and people was necessary.
- Organisation plan for fundraising
in the school needed to be developed by teachers.
- The teachers involved required
skills in using the digital camera, searching the web, sending e-mails
and using MS Word.
- Teacher time to co-ordinate
fundraising and to communicate with the Bóthar organisation was essential.
- A map of the world/globe
- Library books about Africa
- Internet/e-mail access
- A Digital camera
- A computer
- Microsoft Word
Management of the Project:
Work in the classroom
1. Fundraising to purchase the goat
2. Research on Africa-library books and Internet - Geography,Culture,People,Problems
3. Study of farm animals
4. Drafting and editing of stories
5. Design of final presentations including photos and graphics
Organisation of the class
- The children worked in
pairs to draft, edit and present their work. In certain cases a weaker
child was paired with a more able child.
- The class teacher reviewed
each child's work to ensure accuracy and to encourage and direct the
Presentation of the work
- The children's accounts
of Saoirse were written in Microsoft Word.
- They used graphics and
digital camera photos to illustrate their work.
- Page design and layout were
developed by the children themselves, thus ensuring unique and individually
Time Scale: The project ran from February '99 -June '99
Support: The ICT Teacher assisted the class teacher with any technical
Training: The children and their teacher learned simultaneously how
to use the digital camera and Microsoft Word. They were supported by
the ICT Teacher.
Evaluation: We feel that our social and ICT objectives were well achieved.
Because of time limitations a few learning opportunities, which the
project presented us with, were neglected. We have great plans for expansion
of the project next year. We hope to maximise on these learning opportunities
by beginning earlier in the school year. The children in our school
(aged four to seven years) responded well to the ideas behind the project
and understood it. Hence we feel that there are many more integrated
learning experiences which could be explored.