Áine Ní Fhlatharta
- Science, History, Geography
- Curriculum Strands:
- Continuity and change over time (History), Natural environments (Geography), Living things (Science)
- Counties catered for:
- Clare, Kerry
- Classes catered for:
- All Classes
Áine has been teaching environmental education for the past fourteen years and is a former student of An T-Ionad Gl, Organic College. She is presently the Education Co-ordinator with the Irish Seed Savers Association. Aine has developed a vibrant education programme for The Irish Seed Savers which focuses on biodiversity and all aspects of Environmental Education working with primary and post primary schools.
Áine is one of the authors of The Year Round Organic School Garden a gardening resource for schools. Aine is passionate about biodiversity and encouraging children to engage with nature.
School visits (virtual)
Topic: The story of pollinators, seeds and food
Classes: 3rd to 6th
Materials: Camera, identification sheets, Flower-Insect Timed Count (FIT) recording sheets (provided by tutor), clipboards, pencils.
Session 1 (pre-recorded, 15 mins):
The children will be introduced to common pollinator species, important wild flowers and why plants produce seed and food. The class teacher will be provided with advice/guidelines on how to carry out a practical Flower-Insect Timed Count (FIT Count) to encourage citizen science actions.
Session 2 (live, up to 1 hour)
In the live visit Áine will give advice on how to carry out practical outdoor sessions in the school grounds with advice on how to carry out a citizen science survey and how to begin seed saving in a school garden and at home - from food crops and wild plants. Áine will introduce simple actions to encourages pollinators into the school garden/grounds. The live session will include a quiz and a question & answer session.
Worksheets & teacher's notes:
Teacher's will be guided on how to carry out two practical actions
- A simple citizen science pollinator survey in the school grounds - that takes 10 minutes once a week.
- How to begin saving seeds in their school garden - and why saving seeds is important for biodiversity and conserving food heritage.
The workshop will link to the SESE science curriculum (Living things – Plant and animal life) and SPHE (Myself and the Wider World – Developing Citizenship)
School visits (on-site)
*On-site visits are temporarily suspended
For the past five years, Aine has been delivering biodiversity workshops to schools in County Clare, Limerick City and County and Galway City and County. These workshops take place both in the school grounds, and at the Irish Seed Savers beautiful heritage gardens, these workshops support the schools in achieving their biodiversity green flag.
A one day visit to a school acts as an introduction to biodiversity using fun activities to engage the children in the outdoor environment. A series of five visits can be used to help create and support a long-term biodiversity plan for the school grounds. Áine helps the children develop the school grounds into a beautiful, stimulating, biodiverse garden. This includes an audit of the school grounds, and developing a garden plan with the children. The garden plan includes a biodiversity wish list of projects that can be implemented over a period of time. Projects can include vegetable, herb, flower and soft fruit beds; native hedgerows; a small woodland; a heritage orchard; pond; willow fences; willow domes; bug hotels; scarecrows; plant nursery; polytunnel and composting area. Activity sheets are included.
"We thoroughly enjoyed our virtual school visit with Áine. It was really well organised and Áine was fantastic with the children." - Mid West School for the Deaf, Limerick
"It was a great experience and the children were very engaged" - Scoil Mochaomhog Naofa, Tipperary
"The children had a very enjoyable visit and learned a lot about their local, immediate environment through nature walks and plant identification."
"Fabulous experience for both students and teachers. Will be booking Aine to return to our school on an annual basis."
"Fantastic visit, pupils really enjoyed it." - Scariff NS, Clare
"We had a wonderful day and received lots of good advise about high end pollinators for our school grounds and surrounding areas." - Kiltiernan NS, Galway
"Aine, was extremely informative the session led to huge appreciation from the children on the knowledge that Aine had on pollinators." - Bodyke NS, Clare
- Caters for Special Needs
- Provides practical/ hands-on activities
- Provides field trips
- Offers visits as Gaeilge
- 087 1626760