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TV programmes with a learning focus: 22 - 28 Nov

The Wild Gardener

BBC 2  Wednesday, 22.35 - 23.05

Inspirational programme from the renowned Irish wildlife photographer as he attempts to transform an acre of land in Co Wicklow into a wildlife garden. See the official website.

Learning Activity:

Learn more about wildflowers in Ireland with Wildflowers of Ireland and get to grips with the A to Z of wildflowers.

Earth: The Power of the Planet

BBC Four   Wednesday, 20.00 - 21:00

Dr Iain Stewart examines the role of oceans in the formation of Earth as it is today. Looks specifically too at what will happen if global warming intensifies. Official website.

Learning Activity

Scoilnet gives access to World Book Online and Encyclopaedia Britannica - both of which have outstanding resources covering the topic of oceans. Check them out.

Ear to the Ground

RTE One   Thursday, 19.00 - 19.30

Looks at how the future looks for Irish agriculture as farmers grapple to come to terms with emissions reductions on Irish farms and also meets a couple nurturing a little bit of the Far East on their Offaly farm. Official site.

Learning Activity:

Scoilnet's Ag Science section was created to support the new specification for the subject at senior cycle.



Seachtan na Cásca

TG4  Thursday, 20.00 - 21.00

The life of Seán Mac Diarmada from Kiltyclogher, Co Leitrim, who became involved in politics at an early age, and soon became a major player in Sinn Féin and the Easter Rising. Full film available here.

Learning Activity

Discuss how the execution of the leaders of the Easter Rising changed the course of Irish history.

Home School Hub -  an educational television programme which was created in response to the closure of all schools during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Republic of Ireland

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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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