Myself and my Family

Third Class have spent a lot of time over the last couple of weeks learning about themselves and their families. They have been looking at their strengths, weaknesses, uniqueness. They've identified their likes and dislikes. From this sprang their art, where the children drew all their favourite things inside their silhouettes. Then we guessed who?

We also spent a lot of time talking about our families. We talked about the people who live with us and also people who are family that might not live with us. We discussed that the children can have different family structures but the important thing that ties a family together is love. We also talked about lots of ways to show love to our families and how they show love to us. Here are some pictures of the family trees.

We also spent a lot of time researching family names. Irish surnames have all have a coat of arms to describe the family traditions. We looked at all the surnames that we could find. As not all the children had a coat of arms, we decided to create our own. We used the information we learned; different meanings for each colour, different animals have different meanings and certain shapes in the crest mean different things. It was a very interesting project listening to the chlldren talk about the things that represented their families.