- Science, History, Geography
- Curriculum Strands:
- 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)
- Counties catered for:
- Carlow, Kildare, Laois, Offaly, Tipperary, Westmeath
- Classes catered for:
- All Classes
Our environmental heritage, today and through time.
My aim is to awaken and nurture children’s interest and appreciation in the natural environment, through direct engagement with it.
Through nature based activities such as games, nature crafts, bug hunts, awareness trails, species identification, scavenger hunts, learning about historical use of natural materials and many other Forest School inspired activities, I aim to support children in gaining a sense of belonging to their environment, in attributing value to their local environment and it’s significance through space and time.
I am a qualified Forest School leader, hold degrees in Geography and Archaeology and a long term volunteer for the Irish Wildlife Trust. It is my aim to combine my knowledge of the above fields to awaken children’s interest in the environment today and ‘way back when’ - something most successfully achieved through children’s direct engagement with natural things big and small, through building a relationship with elements of the environment and recognising their value to their own lives.
All elements of school visits will take place in the outdoor environment. Theme and core subject of individual visits will be planned according to the learning goals identified by the school staff, the age range of pupils, the season as well as physical outdoor environment available for the visit.
Please do not hesitate to contact me for details on the types of activities offered in relation to Geography, Science and History - these will vary significantly depending on season, local resources and age of children taking part.
All visits take place outdoors. Content is related to the local environment. Field trips to local natural or semi-natural environment can be arranged. Where this is not feasible, the available outdoor school space will be used, and in the case of complete absence of natural materials within the school grounds, I will source suitable local natural materials to bring into the school yard.
Duration of session
Day long visits will usually be divided into three sessions of 1.5 hours each, or two longer sessions upon request. Where visits to local parks or woods are possible, the day will be divided into two half day sessions.
Repeat visits during different seasons are encouraged, allowing activities to embrace seasonal developments and changes.
I hold a B.A. degree in Archaeology and Geography and my M.A., research and teaching background is in Archaeology. Through my extensive voluntary work coordinating the “Badger Club” (children’s nature club) for the Irish Wildlife Trust (Laois/Offaly), I have developed a strong background in nurturing children’s interest in the natural environment.
I am a certified Forest School leader and hold a QQI Level 6 certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (including after school care and SNA), making me very familiar with the Aistear Curriculum.
"The feedback from children at all class levels was fantastic. The week of workshops generated a whole school interest in pollinators and nature study and a gardening group project was set up to grow flowers and vegetables."
"We really enjoyed Barbara’s workshop. She has an excellent rapport with the children and her style of education is fun engaging and meaningful"
"The children had a wonderful week exploring nature and the environment."
"As always with Barbara a really fun and engaging way to learn about our natural world, past present and future." - Earth School Laois
"This was an excellent opportunity which all the children thoroughly enjoyed, learning through hands on experience and interacting with our natural environment brought so many different subjects to life for all the children that participated." - Longford , Westmeath Home Ed Co Op
"Very relaxed and enjoyable day. Barbara has a lovely relationship with the children and they had lots of fun while learning !!" - Rosenallis NS
"Barbara was absolutely brilliant with our special needs children. She was very patient and adapted everything to their level." - Holy Family Junior School, Portlaoise
"As always with Barbara a really fun and engaging way to learn about our natural world , past present and future" - Earth School Laois
"Barbara is an excellent forest school leader worked and responded well to all the children - this could be seen by the way the children interacted with her." - Longford , Westmeath Home Ed Co Op
"Barbara interacted very well with the children. They so enjoyed working outside with her. She exposed them to so much in their environment that they had hardly noticed before They especially loved the games the hunts and the art work etc." - Scoil Bhride, Offaly
- Caters for Special Needs
- Provides practical/ hands-on activities
- Provides field trips
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