Category: Primary 7 2015-16 Archive
Published: Thursday, 16 June 2016 12:20
Primary Seven enjoyed a visit to the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh this week to conclude the study of the Irish Famine and emigration.
The children heard much of the poverty and famine conditions as well as seeing the harsh living conditions in the 1800's. The guide explained how traumatic the crossing to America would have been with such cramped space below deck. It's hard to believe that 8 - 12 weeks could have been spent crossing the Atlantic in a sailing ship whereas today we expect a similar crossing to pass within hours on a luxurious aeroplane whilst snacking and perhaps watching a movie.
After the 'sailing' on a full scaled emigrant we arrived State side and saw the log cabins and ranch fencing of the American Frontier.
All in all, despite the rain, this fabulous visit brought the whole topic to life and complemented the classroom studies perfectly.