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Thinking about the end of year school trip? ​Make a Memorable Yearbook!  

"Learning’s easy carried! The bag is light, 
Scuffed and supple and unemptiable…"   

From ‘The Schoolbag’
 By Seamus Heaney


Come along to Seamus Heaney HomePlace for your end of year trip to make a very special class yearbook!  Each pupil will take away their own yearbook entry and later receive their own copy of the class yearbook. 
  • Full Day Experience:   Create your very own class yearbook and visit our interactive exhibition space  - £5 per pupil  
  • 1/2 Day Experience:   Create your very own class yearbook  - £2 per pupil  

Blackberry-Picking – All Primary Key Stages
"Late August, given heavy rain and sun
For a full week, the blackberries would ripen."
‘Blackberry-Picking’ is a sensory learning experience that introduces the language of poetry through storytelling and includes an opportunity to taste some homemade blackberry jam on pancakes and scones.

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Foundation Stage
Special Educational Needs

A Kite For Aibhín – Key Stage 2

"And now it hovers, tugs, veers, dives askew,
Lifts itself, goes with the wind until
It rises to loud cheers from us below.”

'A Kite For Aibhín’ introduces pupils to Seamus Heaney’s touching poem for his granddaughter and makes links to the Key Stage 2 World Around Us curriculum area.  Pupils will make and fly their own kites in an experiment testing the factors that affect flight.     

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SEN 'A Kite For Aibhín’
KS2 'A Kite For Aibhín’

Churning Day – Key Stage 2

"After the hot brewery of gland, cud and udder, 
cool porous earthenware fermented the buttermilk 
for churning day, when the hooped churn was scoured’"

‘Churning Day’ introduces pupils to the poem of the same name. They will learn how butter is made and hear about what life was like in a 1940s farmhouse.  The day also includes the chance for pupils to churn and shape their own butter and a ‘taste test’ between real butter and margarine on homemade scones.

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SEN Churning Day
KS2 Churning Day
 Anatomy of a Poem – Key Stage 2

The ‘Anatomy of a Poem’ programme was inspired by the spirit of Shared Education and Seamus Heaney’s outstanding ability to paint pictures with words. The programme will introduce poetic techniques through an interactive creative writing workshop. By the end of the day, participants will have taken part in writing and performing a collaborative poem.

To find out availability of a programme please contact: 
Roisin Convery, Education Officer E: Roisin.Convery@midulstercouncil.org T: 028 7938 7444.