A fascinating interview with an 83-year-old fisherman in Castletownbere, Ireland.
Watch this video with your children, and then try some of our teaching and activity ideas below.
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Imagine that you were able to interview Pat. What questions would you ask him? How might he respond?
- Write a biography about Pat’s life.
- Create a story using the title ‘The Oldest Man in the Sea’. What might happen?
- Finish the title ‘The Oldest Man in the…’ and write a story based on it.
- Pat’s boat is 23 feet long. Can you convert this measurement into different units?
- Find out about different types of fish. What fish might Pat catch in his boat?
- Plan an investigation to see which materials float and sink. Which would be best to use when you are making a boat?
- Design a new boat that Pat could use when fishing.
- Can you find Castletownbere on a map? Could you work out where he might go fishing?
- How far could he travel in his boat each day? Where might he be able to reach by boat?
- Find out about fishing and the impact that it has on the environment. How can we encourage responsible fishing?
- Pat explains that, because of the weather, fishing is one of the most dangerous occupations on earth. What types of weather might be dangerous for fishermen? Why?
- Make a timeline of Pat’s life using the information shared in the video.
- How can Pat keep himself safe when he is out at sea? What equipment might he need?
- Pat really enjoys his fishing. What are your hobbies? What job would you like to do when you are older?