Your mini project will be based on Schools in the Past and you are being asked to look at one Primary Source and one Secondary Source as part of your research. A Primary Source gives information from the time, such as an interview with someone who was there, or a newspaper article from the time. A Secondary Source is something that was written afterwards, such as a book or a project about school life in the past.
You may like to interview an older person about school life when they were younger. When deciding what questions to ask, you might think about your own school day, and the things that you do everyday. (Don’t forget to say ‘thank you’!)
Remember that a photograph can be a wonderful source of information. Look at the amount of children in the class. Are they wearing uniforms? Are they all the same age? This could tell you a lot about the class.
Here are some links to sites that may help and, girls, remember to ask permission from an adult in charge before using the Internet and do not move off a site without asking.
http://www.askaboutireland.ie/reading-room/culturenet/museums/dublin/plunket-museum-of-irish-e/ (this has a lovely picture of a classroom from 1900 that you can enlarge to look at)
http://www.laoisedcentre.ie/Dreamemo/schoolssection/SchoolLife.htm (a project based on schools in Laois – some interesting information)
Here are some school photographs from the past to help you.