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TV programmes with a learning focus: 10 - 15 May


TG4  Monday, 19.30 - 20.00

Examines Ireland's birds and other wildlife in six different habitats over a six part series.

Classroom Resource:

Explore the island of Ireland at home on a phone, tablet or computer using the Wildlife of Ireland Map. Available in English and Irish.

Super Garden

RTÉ One   Tuesday, 20.00 - 21.00

A graduate architect designs a retreat and restorative-themed garden.

Classroom Resources:

School gardens are a wonderful way to offer hands-on, experiential learning opportunities. Visit the Engage with Nature website to find month by month instructions, videos and resources for working with the seasons in your school garden.

Open for Business

RTÉ One   Thursday, 19.00 - 19:30

Examine the big themes affecting both businesses and consumers over the past 12 months by exploring what it takes to mass produce vaccines and looking at the contribution of Irish manufacturers in the fight against Covid-19.

Classroom Activities: 

Students could use the Irish Newspaper Archives to read articles on how Covid-19 has impacted businesses around Ireland.

Fomhuireán na bhFininí

TG4  Monday, 17.35 - 18.05

Did you know that the submarine was invented by an Irish teacher from Clare? Discover the story of John Philip Holland, the Clare-born inventor of the submarine. He was born in Liscannor in west Clare and emigrated to USA.

Classroom Resources: 

Learn about the submarine, what submarines are used for, how big submarines are, what shape a submarine is, how submarines work, and what it is like to live on a submarine with Scoilnets' sample Submarine Learning Path.

Home School Hub is back to help keep everyone busy and engaged with learning over the new lockdown. It will air every weekday, for two hours from 10am on RTÉ2 starting this Monday, 11 January.

Tá TG4 chun sraith nua de Cúla4 ar Scoil a chraoladh ón Luan 18 Eanáir 2021 de bharr cinneadh an Rialtais go bhfanfaidh gach bunscoil dúnta go dtí deireadh Mí Eanáir faoi shrianta Covid-19. Craolfar an tsraith ón Luan go Déardaoin ag 10am agus beidh athchraoladh den chlár gach lá ag 4pm. Is féidir breathnú ar na cláracha ar nó ar agus tá ceachtanna ar fáil ar youtube Cúla4. Físeáin Eile

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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