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:

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.

Organic Gardening for Primary Schools DVD

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

This DVD shows teachers and pupils how to plan, build, develop and maintain a school garden using organic principles. Along with the DVD disc, the pack contains 24 Worksheets/Bileoga Oibre to complement the video as well as a comprehensive document showing the curriculum linkages. The content is in English and in Irish and available free of charge to all Primary Schools.

Available from Bord Bia

Produced by By Kerry Earth Education Project for Bord Bia.

SEED - School Earth Education

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

SEED is a national network of educational centres with many years experience in Primary and Post Primary environmental education, specialising in all aspects of organic school gardening.

SEED's aims are to establish living classrooms in every school to demonstrate that school gardens have unlimited cross curricular potential, particularly tying in with SESE, SPHE, Art, Languages, History and Maths.

Feedback form

General

Your feedback is important to us and allows us to monitor your level of satisfaction both with the Scheme itself and with the Experts involved. The data collected will also allow us to identify and fill any gaps in the Scheme in terms of the geographic spread of visits and topics covered.

Take a few minutes to complete the following online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r.... or  download the attached form and post your response. 

Heritage Maps

Science, History, Geography

Find or identify heritage sites and explore heritage data sets anywhere in Ireland.

Ireland’s most comprehensive heritage resource, HeritageMaps.ie enables you locate a vast range of heritage-related sites and projects.

The HeritageMaps.ie viewer provides access to national heritage data sets in map form while incorporating additional contextual data from a wide range of online sources.

Pollinators: Actions to Help Pollinators

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

You may have heard that our bees and other pollinating insects are in trouble. The good news is that you can help by making your garden pollinator friendly. Every garden, no matter its size, can be a haven for hungry pollinators.

Register your school garden on with the 'Actions for Pollinators'  mapping system to track the build-up of food and shelter for pollinators in your school garden.

Use the mapping system to check out what other gardens in Ireland are doing to help pollinators.

The actions that this website tracks align with a series of pollinator friendly guidelines. For example, the guideline document for Gardens suggests 20 possible actions suitable for any type of garden. You can download the Garden Guideline from the Pollinator Plan’s website:

www.biodiversityireland.ie/pol...

Once you've identified the changes you'd like to make to your school garden register your garden on the mapping system. Instructions on registering and using the mapping system can be downloaded here http://www.biodiversityireland...

Insects of Ireland: A Field Guide

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

Over 11,000 species of insects occur in Ireland but most are very small and escape notice. Identifying them accurately can be difficult or impossible. This comprehensive compact guide to over 120 of Ireland’s most popular insects includes all Irish species of butterflies, bumblebees, dragonflies, ladybirds, grasshoppers and shield bugs. All are illustrated in colour with clear descriptions enabling accurate identification.