|Citywest ETNS Fourth Class|
Last week, we were lucky to have a virtual visit from a historian - Leon's Dad! Our focus this month was on Medieval history, and Leon's Dad Maciek knows lots about the time period, so he offered to have a Zoom call with us.
Before our call with Maciek, we did some reading and talking about Medieval times, so that we had a basic understanding. Maciek then brought the period to life for us, with a brief talk about some interesting aspects of life at that time.
He referred to a map of Europe quite frequently, as he explained what came before the Middle Ages, and the conquests that took place during the period - with special mentions for the Vikings and Normans.
We were so grateful to him, particularly for his patience in answering all of our questions! At first, we were a little shy, but once we got going, we had an endless supply of questions!
Thank you so much, Maciek, for sharing some of your knowledge with us. No doubt, we will be in touch with you again later in the year. We are so lucky to have an expert parent in our midst!
We spent the month of September getting to grips with a general overview of Irish history. We went back as far as the Stone Age - 7,000BCE - and came right up to modern times. We discussed the meaning of BC, and why we use BCE instead. The alternative we use for AD is CE.
We made a class timeline, and then individual ones too.
In Geography, we were considering the impact that human beings have on the environment, and we read a book called Window, which shows an area developing from a rural setting to a built-up town, over the course of one man's life.
We took a look at old maps of the Saggart area, to appreciate how rural this area used to be. Citywest didn't even exist 30 years ago - it was just fields between Tallaght and Saggart!
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