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TV programmes with a learning focus 16 - 22 September



Laura Brennan: This is Me

RTÉ One   Monday, 21:35 - 22.35 

Laura Brennen: This is Me is an exclusive one-off  heartwarming and heartbreakingly sad documentary following the final chapters in the life of Laura Brennan. Laura actively campaigned for young women to take the vaccine - after her death, the HSE said her work and activism in highlighting the vaccine led to a huge surge in young women taking it.

From September 2019, boys will be offered the HPV vaccine in their first year of secondary school. The vaccine has been offered to girls since 2010.

De Valera i Meiriceá

TG4   Thursday, 21:30 - 22.30 

Part two of two. The story of de Valera's tumultuous trip to America in 1919 and the bitter feud that erupted between him and the leaders of Irish-America. What follows was a political baptism of fire for de Valera the novice politician - but the experience helped mould him into the politician he would become - a man who would go on to shape modern Ireland for the next 50 years.

Maps: Power, Plunder and Possession

BBC Four   Thursday  20:00 - 21.00

Professor Jerry Brotton explains how maps encouraged the plunder and conquest of far-off lands as fabled riches drove explorers such as Christopher Columbus and Walter Raleigh to the New World. He examines the founding of America and the myth of Eldorado, before discussing how cartography made international enterprise possible through the Dutch East India Company and similar ventures.

Inside the Vatican

BBC Two     Friday,  21.00 - 22:00

A film crew gains exceptional access to Vatican, afforded a year to examine its inner workings. Cameras capture everyone including Pope Francis himself, his head of security, the nuns who cater for the homeless, the choristers of the Sistine Chapel, the papal gardener and the chief of the diplomatic corps to gain a unique and exclusive insight into the lives of those who live and work in this independent City State. The first of two programmes follows the build-up to Easter, when tens of thousands of pilgrims arrive and Pope Francis takes centre stage in the world's biggest theatre of faith.

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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