- Science, Geography
- Curriculum Strands:
- Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science), Materials (Science)
- Counties catered for:
- Donegal, Kilkenny
- 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:
School visits (virtual)
Topic: Seed Stories - Autumn trees and seed dispersal
Classes: Junior infants to 6th class
Materials: Paper, pencils, crayons, camera. Magnifying glasses /magnifying jars would also be useful as would tree ID books or sheets but these are not necessary. Older classes could also use computers or tablets for further research.
Session 1 (pre-recorded, 12 mins)
- Short video introduction on trees and seeds to be shown in the classroom with prompts to pause for discussion and guidelines on what to do and what to look for outdoors (9 minutes)
- Teacher PowerPoint with tips for running the outdoor session and links to further resources
- Practical outdoor session in the school grounds or surrounding area led by the teacher (approx. 1hr)
- Video to introduce the follow up activities (3 minutes). A range of options will be given for follow up activities covering science, art and language. You can pick one option to complete together in class or let the children choose their own option for a group or individual project
Session 2 (live, approximately 1 hour)
Follow-up live session where the children share what they have learned and get to ask questions.
Worksheets & teacher's notes:
- PowerPoint document for the teacher with further ideas on how to run the outdoor session and links to relevant websites and supporting resources
- Lesson outline with curriculum links
If there aren't enough trees to do the outdoor investigation in school, the children can investigate trees at home and share their findings in class. You don’t need to have any particular knowledge of trees to run the outdoor session. The format of the virtual visit can vary and will be arranged in consultation with the school.
School visits (on-site)
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
"The children learned a lot about the wildlife in our school grounds and interdependence of species, in an enjoyable way." - St. Patrick's NS, Clogh, Co Kilkenny
"The children were so excited about this visit and brought in their materials for Una to check. She checked all of them at the end of lesson which they really appreciated. Una brought plenty of samples and resources to aid her talk. The visit today was an excellent introduction for a project I'll be doing soon." - Jonathan Swift NS, Wicklow
- Caters for Special Needs
- Provides practical/ hands-on activities
- Provides field trips