- Science, Geography
- Curriculum Strands:
- Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science)
- Counties catered for:
- Carlow, Kildare, Laois, Offaly, Tipperary
- Classes catered for:
- 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
The lesson would be conducted mostly outside and is based on the local natural environment.
Edel wants her school visits to be about students engaging with the All-Ireland Junior Pollinator Plan. Children are encouraged to adopt some of the ideas in the Plan to their own school grounds. To help them with this, Edel takes them outside to see how pollinator-friendly their own school grounds are before any changes are made. They use age-appropriate identification keys to identify trees, shrubs and wildflowers. They might even catch and release some minibeasts while they’re at it. Children are asked to record their observations in a habitat map of their school grounds. They’ll then use their maps to decide on recommendations that could benefit pollinators and other wildlife in the locality.
Students can become beekeepers themselves with an educational hive (no live bees!) that they can safely handle.
Finally they’ll build bug hotels using materials that Edel provides for their outdoor space or to take home.
Edel's visit can be adapted and developed to fit the specific needs of each class group or school. She is an environmental scientist with experience in delivering workshops on biodiversity to schools and other groups.
Field trips can be organised to Emo Court, Co. Laois. When the stately house is open (April – September), the class might first like to take part on a guided tour of the house to discover how the Earls of Portarlington 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 habitat.
"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
- Caters for Special Needs
- Provides practical/ hands-on activities
- Provides field trips