- Science, History, Geography
- Curriculum Strands:
- Story (History), Local Studies (History), Early people and ancient societies (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), Human environments (Geography), Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science), Materials (Science), Energy and forces (Science)
- Counties catered for:
- Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo
- Classes catered for:
- All Classes
Auriel grew up on a farm learning about nature and the land. She was introduced to sailing as a toddler allowing her to engage with the sea and marine environments. She grew up having an appreciation for built and natural heritage and acknowledged its need for protection. Her career has been focused around preservation of Ireland’s important heritage on land and by the sea. She believes in youth education to ensure future protection of that heritage.
In-person school visits
This topic covers learning about the marine environment within the coastal zone of Co. Sligo by the Atlantic Ocean. Auriel introduces the local coastal area and landscape pointing out the various mountains, sites, sand dunes, intertidal areas and beaches. She discusses local Spanish Armada history and archaeology. She teaches about shorelines, tides, features, biodiversity/nature, seaweeds, shells and fossils. She teaches about beach cleaning, SAC’s and SPA’s. She introduces the ancient past at a hidden megalithic tomb.
Auriel introduces the students to a local heritage site in Co. Sligo which is a very large impressive megalithic tomb called a ‘Giants Grave’ located in a wooded area along a way-marked trail. En route to the tomb, the students will learn about the forest and its nature, birds, and the surrounding landscape. They will walk for about 40 mins with stops before reaching the incredible megalithic site. They will learn about its structure, purpose and meaning and the importance of its ongoing preservation.
Auriel will lead a guided, informative mountain walk up ‘Knocknarea’ in Co. Sligo to a huge prehistoric burial site called ‘Queen Maeve’s Grave’. Biodiversity, geology, historic settlement and geographical features from the Ice Age will be discussed and pointed out on the way up. The students will pass an Irish Famine village en route. The myth and legend associated with Queen Maeve will be told at the top and the archaeology explained.
"We were delighted with Auriel's visit. She brought the children on a heritage trip to Roscommon Castle and facilitated a biodiversity workshop on Loughnennane Park having presented a workshop on Marine Habitats in the school. She was very well prepared, brought plenty of samples of fossils and seaweed and engaged really well with the children. It was a really memorable day."
"Children got to experience a completely new subject of Marine archaeology. Using the hook of wrecks off our shores Auriel captured the imagination of every pupil in the class. Great links back to Rathcroghan and Knocknarea."
"Auriel was a pleasure to deal with. Her lessons were well planned and structured and offered a variety of experiences for the children who thoroughly enjoyed the visit." - St John's, Sligo
"Field trip to the beach was excellent. It was very well planned out and action packed. The children gained a lot of insight into The Spanish Armada, the area surrounding Streedagh Beach, geological features associated with the sea, fossils, seaweed identification and use, flower and insects found near the sea and wedge tomb identification and features." - St. Patrick's NS
"Auriel Robinson is an excellent facilitator. The children learned a lot and engaged fully with the workshops presented, enjoyed learning and working with her." - Ballyleague NS, Roscommon
"This was a very worthwhile visit. The children enjoyed it very much and we would like another visit from this specialist." - St. Francis' NS, Donegal
"The children had an excellent day, Auriel delivered a fantastic day full of information. The children really enjoy the day and learnt loads." - St Aidan's NS, Sligo
"A very informative, engaging and enjoyable workshop with lots of interactive activities." - Bohola NS, Mayo
"A marvellous day, so educational. Auriel made the field trip so interesting and it brought together much of the work that had been done previously in the classroom." - St. Mary's NS, Roscommon
- Provides in-person visits
- Provides practical/hands-on activities
- Provides field trips