The pupils in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class have been busy exploring their local area in the past few weeks, getting to know the geography of Blanchardstown, Castleknock and the Royal Canal. Daniel Lane and Ciaran McLoone in 5th Class wrote reports about the class walks along the canal as far as Ashtown.
The Fifth Class Canal Walk
by Daniel Lane in Room 18
On the 21st of June Rm. 18, 19 and 20 from Scoil Thomais did a walk down the Royal Canal, all the way from Scoil Thomais to Ashtown. On the way we learnt about the canal, locks and plants. We had to sketch the tallest tree in Laurel Lodge Green.
When reached the 12th lock we had to count the boats parked there and count the ducks. We had a tour guide at the 12th lock. He told us about the history of the lock and facts about many plants such as duck leaves which can help heal stings. We also had a chance to close the lock on both sides! Further on we made it to the 11th lock where we had to sketch the lock keeper’s house.
On this walk we saw a lot of wildlife such as ducks, dragonflies, some fish and a few herons. We had lots of fun on this walk. It was very tiring, but it was fun.
Eventually we made it to 10th lock which is where we started entering Ashtown. In Ashtown we stopped to rest and eat some food after the long journey. We found a spot beside the canal with a view. Some of us were talking or reading books while others were challenging each other on how far we could throw stones into the canal. Some of us also did some bird watching. We saw some kingfishers, stock doves, wood pigeons, red – footed swallows, tree sparrows and some red buntings.
The way back felt shorter and less tiring than the journey to Ashtown. On the way back, we saw lots more dragonflies. We also saw a grey heron standing like a statue at one of the bridges.
When we reached the school, it was around 10 to 1. We were all so exhausted when we got back to school and all we wanted to do in yard was just rest!
Thank you to all our teachers for bringing us on such an amazing walk.
Walk in my Locality
Written by Ciaran McLoone in Room 20
On the 21st of June our class went on a geography walk along the Royal Canal. We set out on our walk at 10:00 am. The first place we stopped was Laurel Lodge Green. When we were there we sketched the tallest tree on the green. We then spent a few minutes in Castleknock train station. Next we went to the twelfth lock on the Royal Canal. There we talked to a lock keeper about the history of the canal and water safety. From there we walked all the way to Ashtown train station, where we had our lunches. After we were finished our lunches we walked the same way back to the school.
It was a great day and I hope for many more in the future!