Aine Brosnan

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Subject(s):
History, Geography
Curriculum Strands:
Local Studies (History), Early people and ancient societies (History), Continuity and change over time (History), Human environments (Geography)
Counties catered for:
Cork, Kerry, Westmeath
Classes catered for:
All Classes

I love coming into schools, opening a little window for the children on the history and archaeology of their locality and getting them inspired! I always encourage the children to make their own enquiries about their local area from the older generations, to collect stories from their own communities, which always helps in their developing a sense of appreciation and pride of their own place.

My workshops are tailored to suit the school I’m visiting, depending on the size of the school, number of classrooms, particular interests of the teachers and pupils.

In general, a one day workshop consists of an introduction, where I find out what the children know about archaeology, then I give the children some information on what an archaeologist works at. how we gather our information etc.

I then like to show the children the school in its wider Geographical/archaeological location using the interactive online data base of archaeological monuments to see what ancient or historic monuments are in the locality. Looking at other various online resources, like google maps or the historic maps we can see how there place has changed over time, or the architectural archive and census info if its an urban/historic area. Once we have identified some monuments we will explore these placing them on the time line and expand the story surrounding them. Who lived worked there? What did they eat, hunt farm, etc.

Alternatively, if your school has a particular interest like, for instance, the Bronze Age or the Vikings we can focus in on that particular era.

I also have some costumes and some artefacts to show the children.

Time permitting we can do various activities including some exercises in creative writing and drama which I can mix through the session.

As the heritage in schools scheme is very much geared towards outdoor learning it is really great to spend the morning in the classroom and the afternoon on a field trip or even better have two visits with a workshop followed by a field trip as there is nothing like taking children out into the countryside to see feel and smell these places to create memories that will stay with them through their lives.


Testimonials

  • "Informative, interactive memorable visit. Pupils were made aware of little nuggets of information about their main street, areas that they pass everyday."
  • "We were delighted with the 5 visits from Aine. She was absolutely fantastic! Very well informed and weaves so many genres into the lessons." - St Joseph’s N.S., Castlemaine
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  • "Excellent workshop from start to finish" - St. Michael's N.S.
  • "We were blown away by the fantastic visit from Aine yesterday. The boys were fully engaged with the talk in the morning, absolutely enthralled when they discovered parts of their own city that they see regularly. They also thoroughly enjoyed creating the song at the end." - Scoil Cholmcile, Blarney St
  • "We visited a local fort, the pupils really engaged with the folklore and history of the fort. It awakened their imaginations and developed their appreciation of their local environment. The pupils were very actively engaged and working collaboratively." - Scoil Chrochan Naofa
  • "Very enjoyable day." - St Colman’s NS, Cloyne

Additional Information

  • Caters for Special Needs
  • Provides field trips
  • Offers visits as Gaeilge

Contact Details

Mobile:
086 175 1580
Email:
ainebrosnan.ie@gmail.com

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