Archive for November, 2019

Found Words

Sunday, November 10th, 2019

Inspiration From a Visit to Sculpture in Context at the Botanic Gardens.



School: Our Lady of Lourdes, Goldenbridge

Teacher: Mr. Dillion

Class: Fifth

The artist and printmaker Aoife Dwyer’s art work called “Kept Words” depicted a series of relief metal plates with words from an old addition of the Junior Oxford Dictionary with their meaning.

(This work I presume is in response to the loss of words associated with the natural world from the current Junior Oxford Dictionary.)

The writing on one of the metal plates encouraged the viewer to take rubbings from these. The words named the natural world and explained their meaning. The children took rubbings and brought these back to the classroom.

The following session I brought in my book “The Lost Words” to show them and read out the first paragraph.

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“Once upon a time, words began to vanish from the language of children. They disappeared so quietly that at first almost no one noticed – fading away like water on stone. The words were those that children used to name the natural world around them: acorn, adder, bluebell, bramble, conker – gone! Fern, heather, kingfisher, otter, raven, willow, wren … all of them gone! The words were becoming lost: no longer vivid in children’s voices, no longer alive in their stories.” The Lost Words, Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris. Hamish Hamilton 2017.

I chose the words from the book that named plants, animals and birds that we have in Ireland and wrote them up on the board. Children were asked to put up their hands when I called out a word if they thought they knew what it was. This is the score from 24 children.

Acorn                  20

Bluebell              12

Bramble               0

Conker                19

Dandelion          22

Fern                      2

Heather                0

Heron                    1

Ivy                        15

Kingfisher             0

Lark                       0

Magpie                18

Newt                      2

Otter                     11

Raven                   14

Starling                  2

Willow                   2

Wren                     3


I then showed slides of each plant, animal and bird and they took turns to describe what they saw.

I brought in plain t-shirts and suggest that we make these words known by printing them on the t-shirts. They were very enthusiastic. We added some more words from their rubbings taken in the Botanic Gardens.

I showed how we would have to do mirror writing to make the word the right way around when printed.

This was hard work and many had to redo their words several times and even still letters escaped and came out back to front. I think it worked very well – makes the word catch you eye even more.


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This was our last session. The following day the children were going to wear their t-shirts out in the playground.

We looked at the slides again and each child who had that word on their t-shirt introduced the plant, animal or bird to the class. Hopefully they could tell others on the playground what their word meant.




Nature Connections in Inchicore N.S.

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

Welcome Inchicore N.S. to Creativity in the Classroom.

Teacher Ms. Rooney.

Fourth Class


Apple Seeds.

We began with free drawing and getting to know what we could do with soft pencils and rubbers. The children tried different lines, tones and pattern and then to use a runner to draw on undraw into their work. Then I told this story. They were given apples to cut and look for the stars where the seeds were. They were so excited to find them. They noticed that each apple has a different star pattern. They drew their stars into their drawings.

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Apple star story

 Once upon a time, a very long time ago, there was a baby apple tree, a seedling with small roots and no branches to speak of.

One night, the little apple sprout looked up into the night sky and admired the beautiful stars. The little apple sprout wanted so badly to reach up and touch them, so it stretched and stretched and stretched… until it was a great apple tree.

But as much as the great apple tree stretched, it still could not reach the stars. The great apple tree began to cry, it was so sad that it could not touch the beautiful stars. A star fairy heard the great apple tree cry, and flew down to ask what was wrong.

The great apple tree cried, “Oh, star fairy, I want to touch the stars! But I am way down here and they are way up there!” The star fairy thought for a moment and said, “Great apple tree, I will bring you back a star, but the stars live very far away so it will be awhile before I return.” And with that, the star fairy flew back up into the sky, leaving the great apple tree in wonder.

With spring, the great apple tree had beautiful green leaves and pink flowers, but still could not touch the stars.

And then with summer, the pink flowers grew turned white, just like the bright stars, and began to turn into tiny apples, but the great apple tree still could not touch the stars.

And then with autumn, the tiny apples grew bigger and bigger and bigger… until they were ready to eat! The great apple tree was so proud of its apples that it forgot all about the stars, until one day when the star fairy came back.

“I brought you a basket of stars,” said the star fairy, “but your branches are full of apples! How would you ever hold them?”

“Oh, thank you, Star Fairy,” exclaimed the Great Apple Tree, “but I no longer need the stars. My apples fill up my branches and are so pretty, I couldn’t bear to part with them.”

The Star Fairy thought for a moment and then said, “I will give each of your apples a star, hidden deep within, and every time a child cuts open an apple, she will see a beautiful star!”

And with that, the Star Fairy touched her wand to every apple and planted deep within it a star

Observational drawings of Seeds


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The children did a lot of work about trees during the week throughout the curriculum which I could see from their interest and information.

Where do the seeds come from?

A visit to the local park Lansdowne Valley Park.

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Finding and observing creatures found in plants.


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Nature’s Containers

The children gathered treasures and made containers for them.

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Blended Colours


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Leaf prints


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A visit to Memorial Park

I showed the children a slideshow of Mandalas before we visited the park.

  • A mandala is a circular structure with radial symmetry, meaning that the design radiates out symmetrically from the centre. It is one of nature’s more wonderful and perfect configurations.
  • You can find mandalas in flowers, tree rings,, eyes, snowflakes, spiderwebs, sea shells, seeds, fruits and more. Our star in the apple is one

The Gatherers, the Sorters and the Creators

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We marked out the points of the compass with sticks to begin our Mandala, North, South, East and West.

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We finished with making a group poem. We faced each point of the compass and used this as a structure for our poem.

To the east I….

To the south I….

To the west I….

To the north I ….

Above I ….

Below I ….

Inside I feel ….

Altogether I am ….

I give thanks for all that is.

Paper Mandala

  • Group Work
  • Cutting multiple shapes
  • Cutting symmetrical shapes.


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Fairy Houses

Natural materials, and clay.

I showed a slideshow of fairy houses to inspire.


I demonstrated a simple tripod/teepee structure to begin. Children were encouraged to come up with other structures and share what worked and what didn’t work.

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Some children chose to work in pairs or groups.

Children’s Response

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The Fairy Treehouse

We enjoyed using our imagination to create a lovely fairy treehouse. We loved trying to figure out how to make the treehouse stand up. When we finished we were so proud of what we had made. We were so carfalle with it. We hope you like it as much as we do, by Maebh, Alizé, Thaila.

The Fairy Treehouse

We made this fairy treehouse on stilts. Inside the fairy treehouse we had a kitchen with pans and berrys, in the dining room we put plates with food. In the living room we made a tv with a table under the table there was a fireplace, in the bedroom there was a bed. In the garden we had a hammock, a seesaw and a fire with a chair around it. We also had grass on the floor. The bark is a bridge. Made by Maebh, Alizé and Thaila.

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The Fairy Treehouse

This art piece was constructed using natural materials like clay, bamboo, sticks, a big bark piece on top. We used stones as couches and a big stone as the tv. We used reeds, we used bracken sticks. The last thing we used was berries. That is all we used! By Alizé, Thalia and Maebh!!


The materials we used: berries, sticks, bamboo, clay, pinecones and seeds.

This art piece was created by natural materials

I really enjoyed making the try-pod lift, I also enjoyed construction the tee-pee.

From Erin and Freya.

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Fairy Fort

The materials I used were…….

  • Bamboo(other sticks for me)
  • Stones and pebbles
  • And reeds
  • Clay
  • Pincones
  • Acorns

Fairy Fort

I built my fort in the TP shape out of three skiny sticks and used clay to hold it together and I made a male box too., and I used a lot of pine cones, plus I made a camp fire as you can see here. I hope you like my fairy fort.

The Fort of life

On Monday we made fairy houses, they were made out of berries, stones, reeds, bracken, pinecones, twigs, clay and acorns.

The Fort of Life

With Lizz we made fairy houses out of nature, Our one looked like a real triangle shape house and we used reeds, bracken, stones, pinecones, twigs, clay, acorns and lastly we used a lots of bamboo it was fun.

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Fairy House

I made my fairy house out of a handful of sticks a handful of clay maybe more. I used 7 acorns. I used a couple of stones and pebbles and some grass.

The Treehouse

This is the treehouse I created. In my design I used bamboo sticks, clay, rocks and a small log. I really enjoyed making this, by Assia

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The Broken House

(Fairy House)

I used clay and natural items. As you can see it broke but it’s natural they say….

You don’t need to know the date. All of my art broke anyway that’s all no you didn’t waste my time but your time that’s all

Peace Out

My Treehouse

Hi my name is Gloria this piece of art is made by me! It took a very long time! I tried to put as much detail as I could but I hope you liked it! Enjoy! I made it out of bamboo, sticks, leaves, clay, pine cones and stones!

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Fairy Fun by Katie

The materials that were used to make out fairy houses were….

  • Leaves
  • Sticks(bamboo sticks which Layla appeared to be allergic to!)
  • Clay
  • Pebbles and stones
  • Large pieces of bark (very large!)
  • Grass (also reeds!)



Exhibition of Work and Sharing skills.

We invited parents and guardians in the week before Halloween to see what has been happening in fourth class since the beginning of term. Work was exhibited and I showed a slideshow and the children explained what was happening in the photographs.

Children and parents made masks together.The children were able to show the parents to cut symmetrical shapes.

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