Shonagh Gray

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Subject(s):
Science, Geography
Curriculum Strands:
Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science)
Counties catered for:
Cork, Kerry
Classes catered for:
All Classes

Shonagh currently works at Killarney National Park Education Centre where she has six years’ experience in delivering outdoor ecology programmes to children of all ages. She believes that providing children with meaningful, engaging outdoor learning experiences helps develop a child’s innate sense of curiosity and sense of wonder of the world around them. This in turn leads to a greater sense of environmental awareness and a need to protect Ireland’s wonderful natural heritage.

Shonagh provides workshops with an ecological theme, varying depending on the season and the schools surroundings. Visits can be tailored to meet the school’s needs and aim to be outdoors wherever possible.

Outdoor activities can include:

  • Mini-beast survey (searching for invertebrates with pooters and identifying them) using microscopes and ID charts

  • Scavenger hunt

  • Ecology based games & nature based arts & crafts

  • Exploration of habitats surrounding the school (e.g. sensory, animal tracks and homes, animal & plant ID)

  • Tree activities (e.g. Tree ID, measuring the height, estimating the age, myths and legends)

    Indoor activity (where being outdoors isn’t suitable):

  • Let our collection of stuffed mammals visit your school. Children receive an informative and engaging presentation “What is a mammal?” learning all about their adaptations that help them survive. Children are allowed touch and examine the extensive collection adding to the excitement

    Forest School:

    Shonagh is currently training to be a Forest School Leader and from Autumn 2018 will be able to deliver single Forest School “taster” sessions or a series of sessions in your school. However it should be noted that such visits would be restricted to one class. To learn more about Forest Schools and for more details please contact Shonagh directly.

Testimonials

  • "The pupils had a fantastic learning day and they reported that it was "so cool" and that they had learned so much in a fun way! The teachers were very impressed with the respect shown to the pupils and the interaction between facilitator and students, the organisation of the lessons and the hands on learning."
  • "Fantastic!" - Naomh Charthaigh Boys NS, Kerry
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  • "Shonagh is just fantastic and is full of energy. She gives the children all of her attention and the lessons she has are always so engaging and hands on!" - Kilgarvan Central School, Kerry

Additional Information

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

Contact Details

Phone (Work):
064 663 5960
Mobile:
0857232082
Email:
shonaghgray@hotmail.com

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