Posted on Leave a comment

Summer Solstice

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

Topic:

Summer Solstice

LT focus: Examine the links between religious rites and ceremonies and their beginnings in older traditions such as the Summer Solstice.

Introduction

Using Padlet, the children recall some celebrations that are date related? What are the celebrations and on which dates do they fall?

As the celebrations appear on the IWB, quickly discuss the religion in which they appear or what significance they hold.

The children will be learning about the Summer Solstice. Highlight that the Summer Solstice is celebrated by humanists, agnostics and atheists (Can the children recall what these terms mean?)

Since prehistory, the summer solstice has been seen as a significant time of year in many cultures, and has been marked by festivals and rituals. Traditionally, in many temperate regions (especially Europe), the summer solstice is seen as the middle of summer and referred to as “midsummer”. Today, however, in some countries and calendars it is seen as the beginning of summer.

Also, Summer Solstice (June 21st) is also World Humanist Day.

Development

Day 1: Focusing on the sun, the children will access

http://solar-center.stanford.edu/folklore/#nativeam

These stories are culturally significant and focus on the sun.

In groups of 2/3 the children are to create short playscripts using Google Docs with the story of their choosing as a base for their play.

Plenary

Day 2: The children will practice and rehearse their play with a view to performing these and/or recording them. Children can organise their own props and costumes id they so wish.

Day 3/4 : The children perform their short plays for the class/ assembly

Other teacher resources for teaching this topic:

Some of the stories from the website are aimed at children, whilst others are reflections of cultural beliefs. Some stories may be deemed inappropriate and it is important that teachers review the stories beforehand.

Posted on Leave a comment

Humanism – Summer Solstice

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

Topic:

Humanism – Summer Solstice

LT focus:

  • Recall various celebrations studied to date and their corresponding religions.
  • Discuss some common ways in which we celebrate.
  • Investigate the school surroundings using the five senses.
  • Compose a question for explanation writing prompted by the outdoors.

Introduction

In class:

  • Recall various celebrations studied to date and their corresponding religions.
  • Discuss/note on the board some common ways in which we celebrate.
  • Highlight the summer solstice as a day celebrated by many people, including humanists, agnostics and atheists. Note that the 21st June is also World Humanist Day.
  • Discuss what the children already know about non religions such as humanists, atheists and agnostics.

Development

Outdoors:

  • Introduce the sensory wheel to the children and explain how the class will used their senses to fill the wheel.
  • For the tasting segment of the wheel set up some bowls of summer fruits at the picnic area for the children to taste.
  • Encourage the pairs to close their eyes and guess the fruits their partner gives them.
  • Tell the class that you would also like them to look around the outdoors for something that they would like explained.
  • Give examples of questions to clarify what is being requested.

-Why are leaves green?

-How do bees make honey?

-Why are birds beaks pointed?

-What species of butterflies do we have in Ireland?

  • Allow the children to freely explore their surroundings to fill their wheel and to inform their question.

Plenary

Outdoors:

  • Listen and respond to some examples of what the children’s senses discovered for each of the five senses.
  • Listen and respond to some examples of questions the children would like to have explained. (These will be researched and explained by the children in a follow up English lesson.)
  • Celebrate the day by having a class picnic with the children’s lunch outdoors.

Other teacher resources for teaching this topic:

Differentiation:

  • Activities – Pupil A can draw instead of writing on the senses wheel.
  • Resources – Question sheet will include examples to aid pupil A.
  • Assistance – Peer assistance/Cooperative task.
  • Product – Variance in the complexity of the questions for explanation writing according to abilities.

Resources:

  • Clipboards
  • Senses wheel worksheet and paper to compose a question
  • Variety of chopped summer fruits
  • Children’s own lunch for a picnic
  • Class camera

Linkage

  • Ethics and the Environment – Knowledge and Awareness of Environmental issues – A lesson on waste management in our school surroundings

Integration

  • English – Writing – Explanation writing
  • S.E.S.E. – Science and the environment/Human Life/Plants and animals/Caring for the environment
  • S.P.H.E – Developing citizenship/Knowing about my body/Food and nutrition/Environmental Care