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TV programmes with a learning focus 18 Feb - 24 Feb



The Irish Revolution

RTÉ One   Monday, 21:35 - 22.40  

Last in the series. A look at how the British government sought a political solution in 1921 when much of the countryside became ungovernable as rebels escalated armed attacks. Last in the series.

Classroom Activity: 

 1. Scoilnet has a dedicated collection page for the War of Independence.  Teachers and students could use the collection point as a starting point to their research on the War of Independence. 

2. History teachers with Transition Year and Leaving Certificate classes would enjoy this PDST in-service booklet on 'Teaching the period 1919-1923 in Irish history'. The booklet looks at applying the lessons of research on teaching emotive and controversial history to develop senior cycle student's ability to think critically. Access here.

Eco Eye

RTE One     Tuesday,  19.00 - 19:30

Anja Murray investigates the state of migratory fish in Irish waters, including the inland barriers to migration that are contributing to the collapsing population of salmon, European eels, and lamprey. She'll also explore conservation efforts and workable solutions to these problems.

Classroom Activity: 
1. Over 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihood. The Sustainable Development Goal 14 focuses on life below water. Get your class to read about this goal using the UN Fact sheet here.

2. Teacher, Tara Fitzharris, has shared her classroom discussion sheet on the topic of over-fishing. Download the document here.


Find me a Home

RTÉ One   Wednesday  20:30 - 21.00

The observational documentary about the housing market returns with a look at the pressures of rental, following a young family in Dublin who face homelessness when the landlord terminates their lease.

Classroom Activity: 

1. Focus Ireland have a teaching and learning resource for CSPE classes called Without your Home, your Life Develop Differently. Teachers can choose from the 10 different lessons available inside the resource pack.

2. Visit the Focus Ireland website to see the homelessness figures in Ireland, along with the number of people sleeping rough and the breakdown of people in emergency accommodation. 

Is Eolaí Mé

TG4  Friday, 17:00 - 17:30

Peadar rides the country's largest rollercoaster to help demonstrate the effects of gravity, while Una meets athletes at a trampoline centre.

Classroom Activity:

 1. Cula4 have lots of Do it at Home activities  to compliment their episodes. Why not try out the gravity activity here. Resource available in English and Irish.

2. Use the University of Colorado Boulder PhET simulations to help you teach/demonstrate physical science in your classroom. Choose from the following PhET files that are available in Irish.

Lessons to Accompany Clips from Programmes.

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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