Aengus Kennedy

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Subject(s):
Science, History, Geography
Curriculum Strands:
Local Studies (History), Early people and ancient societies (History), Continuity and change over time (History), Human environments (Geography), Natural environments (Geography), Living things (Science)
Counties catered for:
Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo
Classes catered for:
All Classes

On his visits, Aengus assists the children in surveying the plant and animal life in the vicinity of the school grounds. He also guides the children in designing their own nature trail or with any environmental initiatives such as the Green Flag for Biodiversity. Visits include a guided tour of local nature areas such as woodlands and the seashore where child-led, practical activities immerse the children in the outdoors. Back in the classroom, Aengus facilitates art workshops to record what the children have spotted while out and about! Visits can include a number of shorter workshops with a number of class groups or longer sessions with one class. Longer term projects can also be facilitated through the five-series visit.

Aengus has been working with children in the outdoors for over twenty years and has been part of the Environmental Education Team at Glenveagh National Park for the last five.
Aengus' areas of expertise include:

  • Birds of the North West
  • Bog Studies
  • Garden Habitats
  • How to Survey Nature (incorporating maths)
  • Minibeast Days
  • Natural History of the North West since the Ice Age
  • River Studies
  • Seashore Studies
  • Woodland Days

Testimonials

  • "Aengus worked very well with the children and the staff, he has great enthusiasm which is very refreshing."
  • "The classroom lesson before going outdoors was very important. Aengus differentiated the lesson really well across the whole school. The children thoroughly enjoyed the lesson and were completely engaged for the whole day. Pupils were stimulated to the extent that they did lots of follow-up work with their families on the beach in mid-term break bringing all sorts back to school for sorting and discussion in the classroom (after mid-term). The pupils now have a great understanding of the biodiversity and the importance of the sea and the seashore."
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  • "Aengus was very enthusiastic and the children really enjoyed the visit and learned and gained a lot of knowledge"
  • "Aengus had a great rapport with the children. He was very enthusiastic and the children were really engaged and enjoyed every minute of the day"
  • "Fantastic visit. Aengus brought a variety of stuffed birds and eggs/nests. Pupils enjoyed a talk and fieldtrip. Aengus linked in with 'Something Fishy' project with a fieldtrip to the lake. A wonderful, practical learning experience for pupils"
  • "The children really enjoy Aengus' visits and always look forward to the next one."
  • "Super engaging for the children, enjoyable workshop with info geared for both the junior and senior end of the school."
  • "Aengus Kennedy is excellent at explaining things and working with children."
  • "Aengus was excellent, he had a great range of resources and gave opportunity to children to work in groups."
  • "Fantastic learning experience as usual!"
  • "Fabulous!"
  • "OVERALL A VERY INFORMATIVE DAY AND THOROUGHLY ENJOYED BY ALL - DAY NOT LONG ENOUGH! AENGUS HAS A WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE TO IMPART AND IS SO PASSIONATE ABOUT HIS WORK."

Additional Information

  • Caters for Special Needs
  • Provides practical/ hands-on activities
  • Provides field trips

Contact Details

Mobile:
086 812 3019
Email:
naturenthwest@gmail.com
Website:
naturenorthwest.ie/

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