- Science, Geography
- Curriculum Strands:
- Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science), Materials (Science)
- Counties catered for:
- Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Waterford, Wexford
- Classes catered for:
- All Classes
Una has worked in the field of Environmental Education for many years including vast experience with all classes at primary school and currently manages her own company Wildways Adventures specialising in programmes that get children and families outdoors, exploring and engaging with the natural world. Una generally works with up to 3 classes separately within the school day. Workshops can include the following:
Rocks, Minerals and Fossils:
A geologist by training, Una specialises in the area of rocks, minerals and fossils, teaching children about the formation of the Earth and the rocks and landscape of their locality. This is generally an indoor workshop which is very hands-on and practical where children get to ask their own questions about rocks and then work to find the answers through examination and testing of a wide range of rock, mineral and fossil samples. The workshop can also be run completely or partially outdoors examining rock outcrops or even building stones if there is a suitable area close to the school.
Biodiversity workshops can be held in the school grounds or a local park, forest, river bank walk or other suitable area. Workshops can focus on a specific them such as trees, wild flowers, mini-beast or water ecology or incorporate a number of themes. All workshops are enquiry-based, hands-on, practical and fun.
Custom Designed Workshops and 5 Series Visit:
All workshops are completely flexible. Una can provide a standard workshop or can work with the class teacher to design a programme to meet any particular needs or to tie in with a school project or a Biodiversity or Water flag. Una can also work with one class or more over a series of 5 visits exploring different aspects of the geology and biodiversity of an area or looking at a habitat through the seasons incorporating different outdoor science investigations.
"Úna made the content relevant to each class level and everyone thoroughly enjoyed her visit."
"Una had a fantastic manner with the children. She shared her in depth knowledge at all times during our visit and facilitated some superb hands on activities that really motivated the children to learn independently. Thank you." - Portlaoise ETNS, Laois
- Caters for Special Needs
- Provides practical/ hands-on activities
- Provides field trips