Alannah Ní Cheallaigh
- Science, History, Geography
- Curriculum Strands:
- Story (History), Local Studies (History), Early people and ancient societies (History), Life, society, work and culture in the past (History), Continuity and change over time (History), Human environments (Geography), Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science), Materials (Science)
- Counties catered for:
- Clare, Cork, Dublin, Kerry, Kildare, Laois, Limerick, Meath, Offaly, Tipperary
- Classes catered for:
- All Classes
I'm an environmental educator with a cross-curricular approach to learning, which spans history, geography and science strands of the SESE curriculum. I work in a variety of educational contexts, indoors and outdoors, with groups of varying ages, interests and abilities. My speciality is blending a rich mix of hands-on approaches to learning and adapting to suit the learners.
I have an MSc in Outdoor, Environmental and Sustainability Education, with a focus on using Irish folklore in experiential education. My previous studies were in life sciences through a BSc in Zoology (with Archaeology). Since then, I have run Ecology-based workshops throughout Ireland and abroad. My sessions will incorporate the science and geography of the natural world through active exploration, experimentation and hands-on challenges. Rocks and glaciation, flora and fauna, soils and people, and how these interdepend on each other, are all open for inquiry by budding scientists during my sessions!
I also share the skills of the archaeologist, historian and storyteller, providing children with the means to understand their past, place and community better. Together we'll bring knowledge of ancient Ireland and its peoples, activities and legacies to life through storytelling, drama, art, and games. These ignite imaginations and catalyse interest in history. Artistic and sensory experiences develop connection and thinking about what values we want to have today.
If preferred, I'm happy to focus a visit on one subject or curriculum strand. However, my area of special expertise is actually combining these subjects and approaches in the exploration of a particular topic. For instance, how can we explore trees/rocky shore/birdlife in hands-on scientific/geographical/historical/artistic contexts?
This cross-curricular approach gives children multiple entry-points for interest in different subjects, developing a well-rounded understanding and connection with our heritage. It's also playful, meaningful, exciting and lots of fun!
- Caters for Special Needs
- Provides practical/ hands-on activities
- Provides field trips
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