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TV programmes with a learning focus 16  - 21 December



Expedition Volcano

RTÉ 2   Sunday  17:55 - 19.00

Documentary following scientists studying some of the world's most dangerous active volcanoes in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Classroom Activity: 
Tour the world's deadliest and most active volcanoes with this Esri Story Map. The volcanoes cluster densely along geologic boundaries where tectonic plates collide. Hundreds of volcanoes fringe the vast Pacific Ocean in a Ring of Fire. Students could complete further research on the topic of volcanoes using this teacher created project guidelines worksheet and volcano notes. For fun, students could even use this augmented reality volcano template to identify the parts of a volcano.

10 Things to Know About

RTE One     Monday,  20.30 - 21:00

The science behind cancer and research into treatments and potential cures, with Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabhái talking to Irish Cancer Society CEO Averil Power about what exactly cancer is and how people can reduce their risk of developing it. Jonathan McCrea hears from immunologist Luke O'Neill about hugely promising treatments that use the body's own immune system to identify and fight back against cancerous cells. Last in the series. 

Classroom Activity: 
Science and Technology in Action (STA) have many lessons that are industry led for Post-Primary teachers. Leaving Certificate Biology teachers could use this Teva Pharmaceutical Industry lesson kit on the topic of Understanding Breast Cancer or this Genzyme Biotechnology Company  lesson kit on the topic of Thyroid Cancer. The PDF includes background notes, student activities and examination questions. 


RTÉ Investigates

RTÉ One  Wednesday, 21:35 - 22:40

A report examining the accommodation crisis facing travellers in Ireland, two years after they were recognised as a distinct ethnic group.

Classroom Activity:
Post-Primary teachers could use this programme as a focus point to create greater awareness around the rich cultural heritage of Irish Travellers and to develop respect for and appreciation for the rich cultural diversity.

Explore the Scoilnet collection Travellers Community and their History with your class. This collection encourages students to further develop their historical consciousness.

Christmas Then and Now

RTÉ One   Thursday, 20:30 - 21.00  

Sinead Kennedy delves into the RTE Christmas archive, including Imelda May's appearance on the Late Late Toy show and actor Des Keogh discovering a 200-year-old festive tradition in North County Dublin. Plus, John B Keane's reminiscences on his Christmas childhood in Kerry, featuring an interview with his son Billy.

Classroom Activity: 
Take a look at the Scoilnet RTÉ Archives Christmas page to find lots of age appropriate video clips and lesson activities to support teachers in travelling back in time to see the the toys of the past, charity and events, Christmas shopping, Santa visits and Christmas entertainment! 

Lessons to Accompany Clips from Programmes.

Scoilnet has collaborated with the RTÉ Archives to bring together a collection of resources that relate directly to the Irish Curriculum. The archives provide an array of primary sources which students can use to hone their skills such as working as a historian, analysing evidence and developing an understanding of change and continuity.

RTÉ has partnered with Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) to bring radio documentaries into the classrooms around Ireland. Targeted at 12-15yr olds, the aim of this partnership is to educate students in literacy skills - and encourage a critical ear to radio. Each radio documentary is accompanied by a worksheet to enable both students and teachers to analyse, discuss and utilise these radio documentaries.

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has partnered with RTÉ Learn to bring media into junior cycle  classrooms. The teacher resource guide supports the delivery of the new Junior Cycle English and Science curricula. The materials are based around the successful TV programme ‘Tommy Bowe’s Body Check’ which was produced by Indiepics.

RTÉ Radio na Gaeltachta (2015) six part series that focused on various areas of the Higher Level Irish language exam - the oral exam, poetry, prose pieces and descriptions of the pictures. 

Building Ireland was a TV series broadcast on RTÉ that explored how Ireland's great building and engineering achievements came to be, and their impact on the development of Irish towns and cities.

The makers of the series, Esras Films, have made 18 short video clips from the programmes available to Scoilnet and subject editors have developed curriculum-focused lessons around the clips.

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