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Key Stage 2 Education Programme

Using HomePlace's interactive exhibition and creative zone as a foundation, our Key Stage 2 education programme takes the poetry of Seamus Heaney as a catalyst for learning.


Theme One: A Kite for Aibhín

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


When were kites invented? Who first flew them? How do they stay in the air? How many types of kite are there? Why did Seamus Heaney write about kites? Who is Aibhín?
Answer all these questions – and more! – during your class visit to Seamus Heaney HomePlace.

Starting with the poem A Kite for Aibhín which Seamus Heaney wrote to welcome his granddaughter to the world, the new Key Stage 2 education programme at HomePlace helps children to:
  • Listen and respond to the poem (Language and Literacy)
  • Explore and develop understanding of what makes a kite fly, with specific focus on key terms - wind, gravity and lift (The World Around Us)
  • Investigate and evaluate the impact wind, gravity and lift have on the flight of a kite by making and flying a Sled Kite (The World Around Us).
Teachers receive pre-visit packs, as well as suggested activities for post-visit activity back in the classroom.

To find out more and to book, contact Sheila Fullerton, Education Officer at Seamus Heaney HomePlace.
Tel: 028 7938 7444, E: [email protected]