Teachers' Resources

Teach your pupils how to build a giant nest, create a butterfly garden or make their own family tree!

The resources provided here have been submitted by Heritage Experts, teachers or prepared by other educational organisations. The resources are both fun and educational and are designed to inspire and develop an appreciation and curiosity about Ireland’s wonderful natural and cultural heritage.

Resources can be searched for under the following categories:

Water Explorer

Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science), Energy and forces (Science) / Science

What is Water Explorer?
Water Explorer is a fun, inspiring and educational programme that empowers thousands of students across the world to lead joint action on water issues for their schools and communities. Water Explorer is fully funded and supported in 11 countries and is free to all schools and groups taking part. Top Water Explorer teams could earn the chance to represent their country at the Water Explorer International celebration event in London. 

What do Water Explorers achieve? Water Explorer supports 8 -14 year olds on a student-led mission to rescue our waterful world. Water Explorers are supported to:

  • Complete water-based challenges on key water issues
  • Collaborate with other students across the world
  • Hold community water festivals and win points and prizes
  • Develop a range of transferable knowledge and skills

What impact will Water Explorer have? By the end of the two-year programme (Sep 2016), the programme will have resulted in the following (among other) benefits:

  • 1,400 Water Explorer teams
  • 9,000 Water Explorers trained
  • 90,000 students with increased water awareness
  • 475,000 students and community members engaged
  • 240,000 m3 water saved = 95 Olympic swimming pools

Learn about Bats with Bat Conservation Ireland

Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science) / Science

Bat Conservation Ireland has created a fabulous new website for Irish primary schools including Irish bat fact pages with associated worksheets, pages about art and craft activities, a bat presentation that teachers can download for use in the classroom and lots of things to do for Halloween!

Illustrations have been provided by children's author and illustrator Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick.

The website reviewed by primary school teachers.

All-Ireland Pollinator Plan - Junior version

Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science) / Science

How Can Schools Help Pollinators?

In 2015 bee experts in Ireland came together to produce the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020. We did this because our pollinators, especially our bees, are in big trouble. We need bees to grow our fruit and veg, and to make sure our countryside has lots of beautiful wildflowers. Now we need your help to make Ireland a better place for bees and other pollinators. We need you to tell everyone how important bees are. We also need you to make your school and garden a safe place for bees to live.

Visit the website of the National Biodiversity Data Centre for more information and guidelines on what schools can do to help pollinators http://www.biodiversityireland...

The Living Classroom

Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science) / Science, Geography

The Living Classroom is a huge educational resource for schools linking in with 70% of the curriculum.

A school garden is a great addition to your school. Children learn and have fun in a natural ever-changing environment where they get to appreciate nature, nutrition, and even how maths, reading, geography and history can be fun and how they fit into and influence our day to day lives. They get to learn in a new and exciting way.

Visit http://www.schoolearthed.ie/li... for a range of ideas, resources and links relating to the school garden.

Ireland's Biodiversity: Trees & Shrubs

Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science) / Science

Screw bound and printed full colour on both sides, this is a pocket-sized (85 × 125 mm, W × H) photographic guide to the 35 native and 8 of the more common introduced trees and shrubs in Ireland divided into winter and summer identification. Summer identification is based initially on leaf shape whilst winter identification is based primarily on winter bud structure and arrangement. Published by the National Biodiversity Data Centre and available to purchase at http://www.biodiversityireland....

Ireland's Biodiversity: Dragonflies

Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science) / Science

Screw bound and printed full colour on both sides, this pocket-sized guide (85 × 125 mm, W × H) is an aid to identifying the 11 damselflies and 13 dragonflies that are resident in Ireland and includes colour photographs and distribution maps. Published by the National Biodiversity Data Centre and available to purchase at http://www.biodiversityireland...

Ireland's Biodiversity: Bumblebees

Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science) / Science

Screw bound and printed full colour on both sides, this pocked-sized (85 × 125 mm, W × H) swatch should provide enough information to allow you to identify 18 of the Irish species of bumblebee that have been recorded from Ireland. True bumblebees are listed first followed by cuckoo bumblebees. The true bumblebees are grouped by tail colour as this is a key identification feature. Published by the National Biodiversity Data Centre and available at http://www.biodiversityireland...

Atlas of Mammals in Ireland

Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science) / Science

The first ever Atlas of Mammals in Ireland 2010-2015 is a landmark publication mapping Ireland’s terrestrial and marine mammals based on almost a quarter of a million records submitted by organisations, researchers, national experts and citizen scientists. There are distribution maps on 72 species with detailed species accounts from 42 leading authorities.

This is a beautifully produced publication with colour photos or illustrations for all species. Every classroom should have one!

Published by the National Biodiversity Data Centre and available to purchase at http://www.biodiversityireland...

Nature Detectives by the Woodland Trust UK

Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science) / Science, Geography

Build a giant nest, go on a mini beast safari, interview a tree, be a nature reporter, make mud pies and even investigate animal poo!

Visit the Woodland Trust’s ‘Nature Detective’ website for lots of imaginative things to build, create and discover in the outdoors. Great ideas for kids, but lots of fun for grown-ups too!

Irish Walled Towns

Local studies (History), Early people and ancient stories (History), Life, society, work and culture in the past (History), Eras of change and conflict (History), Politics, conflict and society (History), Continuity and change over time (History) / History

The history of Ireland can literally be found in its walled towns. You can find lots of information on them on the Irish Walled Towns Network website listed below and information on European walled towns on the other website listed.

Things To do
1.    Have a mini-medieval festival!
2.    Download the Shield worksheet below and design your own family shield, using icons and symbols to represent your family.

Countryside Classroom

Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science) / Science

Countryside Classroom helps teachers to find resources, places to visit and school support relating to the themes of food, farming and the natural environment. Their site contains a range of quality assured educational content from hundreds of contributors.

Countryside Classroom aims to inspire and enable teachers to use food, farming and the natural environment more often, in and out of the classroom, so that all children have the opportunity to learn about and experience these essential topics.