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TV programmes with a learning focus  21- 27 Jan



Eco Eye

RTÉ One  Tuesday  19:00 - 19.30

Clinical Psychologist Dr Clare Kambamettu discusses how dealing with the threat of climate change presents psychological challenges as well as technical and political ones.

Classroom Activities:
1. In Arctic regions, landscapes are changing fast. This has profound effects on their biological systems, but how are communities and their traditional lifestyles affected? Read the Science in School article with your class.

2. The effects of climate disruption are already visible. Meeting the challenge will require radical change in the way we think, the way we work and the way we live. An Taisce Green-Schools team has a Climate Action resource pack to educate, encourage and inspire students to take action on climate change.


Storm Front in Mayo

RTÉ One     Thursday,  22:15 - 23:15

On the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, this documentary reveals the story of Ireland's critical role in the Second World War and how the timing of the landings came to hinge on readings taken by a 21-year-old woman in Blacksod weather station in Mayo.

Classroom Activities:
1. Explore the RTÉ Archives exhibition on World War 1 with your class. The exhibition covers the following areas; Call to Arms, In Action, Life in the Trenches, Casualties, Easter Rising, and the Aftermath.

2. Use the World Book Online webquest to learn about World War I and understand why the war was so devastating.

Rise of the Nazis

RTÉ Two   Sunday, 20:00 - 21:00 

The final episode examines the infamous Night of the Long Knives in late June and early July of 1934, when Adolf Hitler - urged on by Hermann Goering and Heinrich Himmler - ordered a series of political executions on those seen as a threat to the Nazi regime.

Classroom Activities:
1. Hitler and the Drift to War, 1933-39 is a PowerPoint presentation created by teacher, Anne-Marie Ryan and is aimed at students studying Hitler's foreign policy. A supporting document containing keywords related to Hitler's foreign policy (1933-39) and World War II (1939-1945) is also available.

2. Why was Hitler appointed Chancellor of Germany in 1933? Students can use this hexagon planning tool to help students categories of their choice.

Crainn na hÉireann

TG4   Monday, 19:30 - 20:00 

Manchán Magan tells the story of the yew, which is associated with eternity, the other world and often found in graveyards around the country. He visits the only yew wood in Ireland at Kilarney and reveals the story behind a tree in Co Fermanagh.

Classroom Activities:
1. Identify native and common non-native trees in Ireland using leaves, bark, twigs, buds, flowers or fruit. The Tree ID app is very helpful at identifying trees.

2. Visit the Tree Council of Ireland website to learn more about Ireland's native tree species.

3. Brainstorm the different uses for different types of trees. Poster available here.

Lessons to Accompany Clips from Programmes.

Aviator Lady Mary Heath (Illustration: Sean Branigan)

Herstory, the Irish women's storytelling movement, in partnership with RTÉ, has announced the Herstory 20/20 Project - an ambitious storytelling platform devoted to uncovering forgotten but fascinating women's stories from history, mythology and contemporary culture.

Lesson plans are available in the form of a Herstory Treasure Hunt, with exercises that help children and young people to uncover lost heroines and awaken their own inner heroines or heroes. Plus, there’s a special exercise around the heroines of the Northern Irish Peace Process who will be honoured at the forthcoming 2020 Herstory Light Festival.

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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