- Science, Geography
- Curriculum Strands:
- Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science)
- Counties catered for:
- Carlow, Kildare, Laois, Offaly, Tipperary
- Classes catered for:
- 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Edel wants her school visits to be about students engaging with the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan (https://pollinators.ie/schools...). Children are encouraged to adopt some of the ideas in the Plan to their own school grounds and to the wider environment. This links in well with the Green School’s theme of biodiversity (https://greenschoolsireland.org/themes/biodiversity/).
Weather-permitting, Edel takes a class outside to see how pollinator-friendly their school grounds are. They use age-appropriate identification keys to identify trees, shrubs and wildflowers.
Back indoors, students can become beekeepers with an educational hive that they can safely handle themselves to see what happens in a honeybee hive. Edel brings microscopes with her so that children can take a closer look the bee’s anatomy. Children handle beekeeping equipment and can taste local honey if they wish.
Edel's school visit can be adapted and developed to fit the specific needs of each class group or school.
Field trips can be organised to Emo Court, Co. Laois. Emo Court is a SFI (Science Foundation Ireland) Discover Centre (https://www.sfi.ie/engagement/discover-primary-science-and-maths/discover-centres/find-a-discover-centre/laois/laois-outdoor-education/index.xml). When this stately house is open to the public (April - November), the class first takes part in a guided tour of the house to discover how the Earls of Portarlington lived there. This aspect of the field trip touches on the History and Art curriculum. After the tour Edel takes the class into Emo Court’s stunning gardens to explore its parkland habitat. Children study trees, wildflowers and some resident animals in the park. Participation in this fieldtrip gains the school credit towards SFI Discover Primary Science and Maths Awards (https://www.sfi.ie/engagement/discover-primary-science-and-maths/award/index.xml). Fieldtrips count as a half day (3 hours) for the purpose of the Heritage in Schools scheme.
"Children were very interested in pollinators and were well informed of the importance of bees in the environment by their host. They loved dressing up in a bee keepers suit." - St Patrick's N.S., Kildare
"Edel was well-prepared, knowledgeable and friendly. She interacted well with a very diverse group of children, and was very flexible about their range of needs and abilities." - Homeschool, Tipperary
- Provides practical/ hands-on activities
- Provides field trips