Grace Garde

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Subject(s):
Science
Curriculum Strands:
Living things (Science)
Counties catered for:
Carlow, Dublin, Louth, Meath, Wexford, Wicklow
Classes catered for:
All Classes

Grace's school visits focus on the Primary Science strand - plants & animals/ plant & animal life. The class examines the variety and characteristics of living things and the processes of life. Grace aims to stimulate the children's scientific and creative skills, making her visits both exciting and useful experiences. Her visits encourage engagement, direct experience, confidence, hands-on activities, and stimulation of all the senses. Pupils will learn about ecosystems through site visits to local habitats using simple scientific sampling and interactive nature-based games. Grace has worked with the National Parks and Wildlife Service and has guided with private companies such as Eco-Adventure Ireland since 2009.

WORKSHOPS

Detective Flower
Look for flowers, study the parts of the flower, and ask questions, such as - why does the plant produce this flower? What pollinators like them?
Equipment: Line transects, quadrats and ID charts.

Detective Beetle
The class sets bug traps and studies the insects found, examining their bodies with magnifying glasses.
Equipment: Pooters, beating trays and ID charts.

Detective Butterfly
Study the life-cycle of the butterfly, look for butterflies and look at the common 35 species in Ireland.
Equipment: Sweep nets, ID charts and magnifying glasses.

Detective Acorn
Study local trees and seeds.
Equipment: ID charts and magnifying glasses.

Nature Investigator
Now that the pupils are qualified nature investigators, the class can go outside and look at all of the nature in their environment.
Equipment: Nature investigator map.
(*There is a materials charge depending on the visit chosen.)

5-series visit programme
Depending on the weather conditions, the class studies a particular area of nature i.e. flowers, beetles (bugs), butterflies, plants or trees. The fifth visit combines all of the knowledge from the previous visits. The children get a stamped certificate to say they have qualified as a nature investigator.

Points to note:
Grace needs a 1:10 ratio for the outdoor programme - this can be parents/ volunteers/ teachers. Grace can adapt her teaching to your curriculum as required with a few days notice.


Testimonials

  • "Grace brought the topics alive for the pupils in our school. She referred to the curriculum and she used level-appropriate language to communicate with the children. She had a great rapport with the classes and she made the work relevant to the their experiences. Grace used interesting and very suitable resources and the staff and pupils learned much from her expertise in the area."
  • "Grace has a superb way of working with the children and they learn a lot from her knowledge of nature."
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  • "Very successful visit."
  • "Grace provided a very interesting and age-appropriate programme of work for each group with which she worked. The children were outdoors and very physically active during the workshops and Field trips. Pupils (of all levels of ability) and staff delighted in, and benefited from Grace’s expertise."
  • "Grace put her heart into our school project. She organised local people to come and speak with the children & she provided great resources including reading material and sample materials. The children explored the village with Grace and learned about landmarks they walked past daily but hardly noticed. Both children and staff learned a great deal from her. It has been a marvelous learning experience and a lovely Heritage Trail map of our village has been produced. Thank you to Grace Garde and to the Heritage in Schools Scheme." - Newtownmountkennedy P.S., Wicklow
  • "Grace makes the lessons very interesting and level-appropriate to the children. Her lessons are hands-on where appropriate, and she has a good selection of good quality science-equipment. The children asked many questions (and received informed answers) and really enjoyed their learning experience." - Newtownmountkennedy P.S., Wicklow

Additional Information

  • Caters for Special Needs
  • Provides practical/ hands-on activities
  • Provides field trips

Contact Details

Phone (Home):
01 281 9275
Mobile:
087 147 7507
Email:
grace_garde@hotmail.com

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