Today, Múinteoir Clíona introduced us to the Swingin' 60s - a hugely important decade in terms of political movements, civil rights, culture, fashion and music!

Let's travel back in time again now and remind ourselves of this amazing period in history! The 60s saw the peak of The Space Race.

In your own words, what was the Space Race?



We learned lots of famous dances from the 60s today. Which of the following are famous 60s dance moves?

The Floss / The Twist / The Worm / The Locomotion / The Hand Jive / The Headspin




Which was your favourite and why?

Agus as Gaeilge ANSEO!

The 60s

The fashion of this decade was extremely colourful, fun and also progressive. Look at the two images on the left.

Picture 1: Explain why women wearing trousers was so significant.

2. What iconic items of clothing can you see in this picture?

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Junior.

The 60s was a decade of people protesting, especially in The United States of America.

There were mass marches and sit-ins all through the decade, that aimed to get fairness and equality for African-American people.

What kinds of rights were these marches trying to get for all people?

Were these violent or nonviolent protests?

What impact did these marches have? (hint: law)

The music of the 60s has certainly stood the test of time and is still widely heard today!

Which four of the following are 60s musicians / bands that Múinteoir Clíona mentioned in today's class?

Do you know this group?

The Beatles / The Killers / Beyonce / The Supremes / Bob Dylan / Etta James / Westlife / Bob Dylan





Tie-Dye Paper

One of the biggest fashion trends in the 60s (which is back in fashion again now!) is tie-dye fabric.

Back in the 60s, you would see this on all types of clothing - t-shirts, dresses, headbands and trousers.

It is usually created by tying a garment into knots with string, and then dipping it into a basin of multicoloured fabric dye.

Did you know you can easily create a tie-dye effect on paper, just using markers and some water?

This kind of paper is especially great as unique wrapping paper or can be used to make cards, gift tags, notebook covers - the list is endless! Here's how….

And here's some inspiration...

Did you know?

One of the most iconic events of the the 60s was a huge music festival called Woodstock.

It took place in the US over the course of three days in August in 1969, on a dairy farm in the state of New York.

Far more people than predicted turned up - at one stage during the three days, a whopping 450,000 people were in attendance! If you compare that to music festivals in Ireland today, the biggest festival only lets 70,000 people attend.

Woodstock is now considered a pivotal moment in pop culture history. Photos from this festival are like a time capsule of the 60s! Why don't you see if you can find any?