- Science, Geography
- Curriculum Strands:
- Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science)
- Counties catered for:
- Carlow, Clare, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Meath, Offaly, Roscommon, Tipperary, Westmeath
- Classes catered for:
- 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
As an Environmental Scientist, I’m keen that children are engaged with the natural world around them and want to do their bit to protect it.
Edel wants her school visits to be about students engaging with the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan (https://pollinators.ie/schools). Children are encouraged to adopt some of the ideas in the Plan to their own school grounds and to the wider environment. This links in well with the Green School’s theme of biodiversity (https://greenschoolsireland.org/themes/biodiversity/).
Students become beekeepers with an educational hive that they can safely handle themselves to see what happens in a honeybee hive. Children handle beekeeping equipment and can taste local honey if they wish.
Field trips to Emo Court in Co. Laois. Emo Court is a SFI (Science Foundation Ireland) Discover Centre (https://www.sfi.ie/engagement/discover-primary-science-and-maths/discover-centres/find-a-discover-centre/laois/laois-outdoor-education/index.xml). The class first takes part in a guided tour of the house to discover how the Earls of Portarlington and its other residents lived there. This aspect of the field trip touches on the History and Art curriculum. After the tour Edel takes the class into Emo Court’s stunning gardens to explore its parkland habitats. Children study trees, wildflowers and some of the park’s animal life. Participation in this field trip gains the school credit towards SFI Discover Primary Science and Maths Awards (https://www.sfi.ie/engagement/discover-primary-science-and-maths/award/index.xml).
Fieldtrips count as a half day (3 hours).
"Children were very interested in pollinators and were well informed of the importance of bees in the environment by their host. They loved dressing up in a bee keepers suit." - St Patrick's N.S., Kildare
"Edel was well-prepared, knowledgeable and friendly. She interacted well with a very diverse group of children, and was very flexible about their range of needs and abilities." - Homeschool, Tipperary
"The students, teachers and ancillary staff really enjoyed the experience. Edel was excellent with the students and was very helpful." - Scoil Mhuire Muigheo, Laois
"Children really enjoyed their day" - Cosby National School, Laois
"Lovely visit and very safe re COVID" - St Brendans PS, Offaly
"The children really enjoyed the day. especially using the guide to identify the different plants and trees. They were all very interested in the educational bee hive and were delighted to taste the ivy honey." - Walsh Island NS, Offaly
"The children loved getting outdoors when they had a structure to it with their maps and clipboards!" - Maryborough NS, Laois
"Despite the wet weather we had an informative sessions with Edel who was very well prepared." - Scoil Bhríde,Laois
"The children loved getting outdoors and learning with their wellies! Looking forward to going to Emo in the new year!" - Maryborough NS,Laois
- Provides in-person visits
- Provides practical/ hands-on activities
- Provides field trips