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Topic: Grandparents day

Learning Outcomes

To appreciate the role of grandparents in a child’s life

To make comparisons between school life in the past and the present

To celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of senior citizens

 

Introduction

Show photos / video clips of past school classroom items, uniforms etc. Ask children to compare this to our own school and classroom, what are the similarities and differences? Ask children how we could find out more about what school life was like in the past. Elicit that we could interview our grandparents.

Development

Create a KWL chart with the children about school in the past. Use this to choose questions that they would like to ask their grandparents on grandparents day.

 

Plenary

Children write and share their favourite things to do with their grandparents.

 

Other Resources for teaching this topic

Photographs and videos of past classroom items.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxTzU7tGqYw

Use of I-pads to record questions or favourite memories to show grandparents on Grandparent’s day.

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Topic: Grandparents’ Day

Learning Outcomes

The child shall be enabled to:

  • become aware of and appreciate diversity in the school, e.g. culture, religion, different families, lifestyles etc
  • begin to explore how people are interconnected and depend upon each other-the concept of interdependence, e.g. the postal worker, the school nurse, the doctor, the dentist, the garda, the fire officer, the traffic warden etc.

 

Introduction

Stimulus: photographs of older people from around the world and samples of family trees.  

Whole class discussion: Who are grandparents?

Opportunity for children to name their grandparents (with sensitivity around children who may not know their grandparents/whose grandparents may be dead).

 What is the role of grandparents in your family?

What jobs do/did your grandparents do (paid or unpaid)?

What do your grandparents like to do? 

Development

Family tree: show the samples of family trees, emphasising the grandparents position in the families.

Children draw/create their own family tree.

Children narrate their family tree using iPads.

Grandparents’ Visit:

Before the visit: think, pair, share questions for visiting grandparents.

Invite grandparents in to talk to the class about themselves, their interests, their jobs and stories from their lives.

Ask grandparents to bring in a photograph/object to show the children, as a stimulus for a story.

Small groups record a grandparent telling a story or their group interviewing the grandparent using the iPads.

Plenary

Whole class discussion:

What did you learn from our visitors?

Compare and contrast the lives of grandparents and children, identifying similarities and differences.  

Recreate stories told by grandparents using the Puppet Pals app.

 

Other Resources for teaching this topic

These activities will need to take place over the course of two-three lessons.

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Grandparents' Day

LT focus: To recognise the special role of grandparents in our lives and in society

Introduction

Introduce the topic of Grandparents Day

Pairwork: Talk to their partner about their grandparents

Development

Whole class discussion on upcoming Grandparents Day

What does Grandparents Day mean to them?

What do they think Grandparents Day means to grandparents?

Why is it important to honour grandparents?

Discuss the different roles grandparents may have in family life and in society.

Prepare for upcoming Grandparents Day – brainstorm the different jobs that will need to be undertaken by 6th class – welcoming Grandparents at the door, bringing grandparents to the correct classroom, giving tours of the school.

Groupwork – Work in groups to design Welcome posters to display around the school for Grandparents Day.

Plenary

Revise the main points discussed about the special role of grandparents in family lives and in society.

Assign roles for upcoming Grandparents Day.

Set out the criteria for a homework project based on a Grandparent.

Other teacher resources for teaching this topic:

Homework projects may be presented using technology – powerpoint, typed work, video, voice recorded interviews, photo slideshow