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TV programmes with a learning focus 15 - 21 October



Claire Byrne Live

RTÉ One   Monday, 21:35 - 22.35  

Claire is joined by presidential candidates for a debate ahead of the forthcoming election, in front of a live studio audience.

Classroom Activity: Delve into the history of Ireland's presidents by looking at a presidential timeline or research the job and powers of the president of Ireland here.

Tribes, Predators & Me

RTÉ Two   Tuesday  20:00 - 21.00

Last in series. Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan travels across Ethiopia to find out how people can live so close to hyenas, powerful carnivores that weigh up to 14 stone and are capable of killing lions in packs.

Classroom Activity: Look at ecological relationships of predators and preys with these sample resources shared by teachers on Scoilnet.

How to Live Longer

RTE Two     Wednesday,  20.30 - 21:30

Nutritionist Amanda Hamilton and Professor Ian Philp try to change people's unhealthy habits.

Classroom Activity: Use the Scoilnet nutrition collection when teaching students about macro-nutrients and micro-nutrients. 


Great Lighthouses of Ireland

RTE One  Thursday, 19:30 - 20:30

The role played by lighthouses in both world wars, when keepers acted as unofficial coastguards and submarine spotters, coming to the rescue when ships were torpedoed.

Classroom Activity: Challenge your class to the World Book Online webquests for WW1 and WW2. Afterwards, get your class to test their knowledge by completing World Book Online quizzes for WW1 and WW2.

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.

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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