Family Junior School
Teddy on Tour
Class Group: First Class
Age Group: 6-7 years
- Scoil Chríost Rí, Cloughleigh,
- Holy Family Junior School,
Station Road, Ennis
Subject Area: English, Geography
Project Description: Two school teddies were sent on holiday
to a neighbouring school. A different child entertained the teddy each
day. At school the following day, the child described teddy's adventures
orally and in written form. At the end of each week e-mails were swapped
to inform the participating schools of their own teddy's well being.
Goals of the Project:
1. That the children would develop an understanding of distance and
place by sending their teddy to another school, just a few miles away
- a place that they know exists and that they have seen.
2. That the children's oral language would improve as they relay to
their peers the adventures that teddy had on the day that they were
3. That these young children would become more fluent in writing about
4. That the children write their stories for the benefits of others
and thus the art of writing is embraced in a meaningful context.
5. That the children enjoy communicating with their peers in another
6. That the children understand the use and benefit of e-mail.
- E-mails with text and photos,
which were printed and displayed on classroom notice boards.
- Web site
- Summary poster which is
displayed in the computer room.
- Basic reading and writing
skills (First Class standard)
- An ability to tell a story
- Familiarity with a word
processing package that both schools can work with.
- A Teddy
- Internet/e-mail access
- A Digital camera
- A computer
- Storybookweaver Deluxe
Management of the Project:
The two teachers involved had a meeting to discuss a time
line for the project. They also decided on
- A Word Processing Package
- Content of stories (visit
of teddy to each child's home)
- Use of digital camera
The teachers then arranged an interim meeting
to discuss how the project was progressing and to make any necessary
adjustments to their outline.
Organisation of the class
- One child brought teddy
home each night. He/she talked about and wrote his/her account of teddy's
adventure in school the next day.
- On each Friday of the 5
weeks the stories and digital photos were e-mailed to the partner school.
Time Scale: 5 weeks Oct./Nov.1999
Support: The ICT Teacher assisted the class teacher with any
Training: The children and their teacher learned simultaneously
how to use the digital camera and school e-mail. The ICT Teacher supported
- The children thoroughly
enjoyed hosting the visiting teddy and during his stay, he was the centre
of classroom attention.
- Children gained confidence
in oral language and their writing skills, spelling and reading were
put to meaningful use.
- Teachers felt that the
project content was highly relevant to the children's educational needs
and as a result that it was worthwhile.
- The project demanded a
lot of class time and teacher dedication in ensuring that e-mails were
sent on time and that each child had equal opportunities.