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TV programmes with a learning focus  03 - 09 Feb




RTÉ One     Monday,  20:30 - 21:00

The stories of six remarkable Irishwomen, beginning with Lady Mary Heath. The Co Limerick native was the first woman to hold a commercial flying licence in the British Isles and the first to parachute from an aeroplane, and also was one of the founders of the Women's Amateur Athletic Association of England

Classroom Activities:
1. Secondary schools in Ireland are invited to participate in the Herstory Treasure Hunt workshop to discover lost women's stories in their families and local communities.

2. Primary schools in Ireland are invited to participate in the Herstory Treasure Hunt workshop to uncover their heroines.

Eco Eye

RTÉ One  Tuesday  19:00 - 19.30

Dr Lara Dungan looks at the environment and health implications of different diets, and whether environmentally foodstuffs can be produced sustainably in Ireland.

Classroom Activities:
1. Science teacher, Aoife McDonnell, created a variety of lesson activities around the theme of global food production. The lesson activities examine the factors that affect food production and investigates the meaning of sustainable sustainable food production.

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.


Creative Company

TG4   Thursday, 21:30 - 22:30 

Placing an artist within a company, workers within 10 different Irish organisations have been set the goal of making a fantastic piece of art together. Judged by a team of art critics, one company will come out on top and claim the title of Ireland's most creative. In this episode, Big O Taxis compete against Donegal ETB for a place in the Grand Finale.

Classroom Activities:

1. Visit the Arts in Education website to find a full listing of arts education organisations in Ireland.

2. The I am an Artist website provides a stimulating collection of curriculum-mapped resources for empowering and supporting the delivery of the visual arts in Ireland.

Déithe na Spéire

TG4   Monday, 19:30 - 20:30 

Documentary exploring the religious and mythological significance of Ireland's most hallowed sites, from the majestic passage tomb of Newgrange to the enigmatic stone circles of Beaghmore in Co Tyrone. Following extensive research into the relationship between meteors, comets, sacred sites and religion, Patrick McCafferty discusses his belief that events in the sky helped motivate great changes in religious practice

Classroom Activities:
1. Archaeology in the Classroom resources created in collaborative between Limerick Education Centre and the Department of the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht are perfect for engaging students in archaeology in an interesting and interactive way.

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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