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TV programmes with a learning focus  13 - 20 July

Is Eolaí Mé

TG4   Wednesday, 10.26 - 10:55

Peadar Ó Goill turns his attention to states of matter, identifying the properties of solids, liquids and gases. Plus, Úna Ní Fhlatharta visits Gaelscoil Dara in Galway for a Mad Scientist workshop.

Classroom Activities:

1. Learn how to grow borax crystals overnight with the Solids/Liquids/Gases Do It At Home experiment guide.

2. Have a look at the atomic nature of solid, liquids and gases using this nice animation by the University of Colorado.

Building Ireland

RTÉ One   Thursday, 20:00 - 20:30 

Geographer Susan Hegarty discovers how the success of the Shannon Airport Free Trade Zone sparked the building of Ireland's first new town in 300 years.

Classroom Activities:

Esras Films shared short educational clips from the above Building Ireland series with Scoilnet. Scoilnet has created lesson activities to support the short video clips for Junior Cycle Geography, History and Science classes.

National Treasures

RTÉ Two  Wednesday  19:00 - 19.30

The roadshow reaches its final stop in Galway, where finds include a woman's voting slip from 1918 and a piece of the first aeroplane to cross the Atlantic.

Home Activities:

1. Explore the 100 objects collection and navigate through the 5th & 6th Class Lesson Plans or Post-Primary Lesson Plans here.

2. Encourage students to become active ‘researchers’ or ‘oral historians’ who collect and reflect on stories and history about their locality and the experiences or memories of living people within these localities. Students can record their project work on


Earth from Space

RTE Two    Saturday,  20:00 - 21:00

Cameras in space tell stories of life on our planet from a brand new perspective, to reveal new discoveries and explore Earth's most remote habitats. In the first episode, satellites follow an elephant family which is struggling through a drought, reveal previously unknown penguin colonies, and discover mysterious ice rings that could put seal pups in danger.

Home Activities:

Begin your space adventure using the space themes and space resources highlighted by the in-house Scoilnet team as follows:
1. Rockets
2. Planets
3. Space Crafts

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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