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TV programmes with a learning focus 15 - 20 April



10 Things to Know About

RTÉ One   Monday, 19:00 - 19.30  

The science behind soil, with Jonathan McCrea finding out the importance of retaining, protecting and restoring Ireland's few remaining peat bogs in the battle against climate change. Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin travels to Teagasc's research centre in Wexford to find out about some of the 213 different types of soil in Ireland and Kathriona Devereux take a closer look at DNA analysis of soil.

Classroom Activity: 

1. Agricultural Science teacher, Rory McShane, has shared his PowerPoint presentations on soil chemistry, soil texture, and soil profiles.

2. LCA Agricultural and Horticulture teacher, Geraldine Walton, has shared lots of booklets relating to soil types, soil formation, and soil management. Access her resources here.

Éire na Nuachtscannán: The Emergency

TG4   Tuesday  20:00 - 21.00

A look at the vastly different wartime viewing patterns in the north and south and how the newsreels at one point seemed to be preparing neutral Eire for invasion.

Classroom Activity: 

1. Explore primary source documents through national and local newspapers covering hundreds of years of Irish history. Schools on the Schools Broadband Network has access to the Irish Newspaper Archive.

2. In the 1960's, one significant instrument in bringing about change was the new television service. The case study, The Impact of RTÉ, offers students the opportunity to see how developments in communications media can trigger significant social and cultural change.

Brexit - The Clock is Ticking

RTÉ One Thursday, 22:15 - 00:00

Cameras follow the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier on his travels across Europe as plans are made for the UK to leave. The Frenchman's goal is to manage the interests of the remaining 27 member states, which includes finding a solution for Ireland as, all of a sudden, there will be a border between it and the UK.

Classroom Activity:

1. Leaving Certificate Irish students could read this Brexit comprehension which is available on the Irish Study website. The vocabulary and specialist terms within the reading comprehension will greatly enhance students' ability to write essays on politics and current affairs.

2. What is your position on Europe and the EU? Where can you position yourself politically? Test yourself  with the Goethe-Institut Egometer and find out!


Seoidíní Staire

TG4     Friday,  19.30 - 18:00

An edition focusing on Connemara, featuring objects that reveal stories about local communities, including vintage cooking utensils, personal belongings from local residents who fought in the Second World War and traditional sports equipment.

Classroom Activity: 

1.  Become the historian of your local area by collecting stories that thread the past to the present. Students can present and store their collections and project work on the website. Threads is all about encouraging students to become active ‘oral historians’ and to engage in the collection of stories and history about their locality and to gather living people’s testimony about their own experiences and memories. A sample lesson to introduce students to this project is available here.


Lessons to Accompany Clips from Programmes.

The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra proudly presents Music In the Classroom, its hugely popular series of tailor-made concerts for primary and second level music students, live at the National Concert Hall.
RTÉ will be live-streaming one concert in each of the series (music for primary schools, music for Junior Cert & music for Leaving Cert) via RTÉ Culture

For Leaving Certificate students, Tom Redmond presents a step-by-step guide to Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, highlighting key themes and sections, with excerpts, and concluding with a full performance by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.

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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