Francesca (Frankie) Callaghan

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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), Continuity and change over time (History), Human environments (Geography), Living things (Science), Materials (Science)
Counties catered for:
Clare, Cork, Dublin, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Meath, Wicklow
Classes catered for:
All Classes

Frankie is an archaeologist, working in field and research archaeology in both Ireland and Britain. She holds a PhD Track (MPhil) and BA (Hons) in Archaeology, and is also a qualified QQI National Guide with Fáilte Ireland. She has co-facilitated archaeological camps and events for primary-school children across Ireland, in addition to archaeology workshops for post-primary school students. She is the founder of Explore Archaeology; encouraging the exploration of archaeology by all – through experiential, active learning.

Linking the SESE Curriculum strands, Frankie’s engaging workshops are unique – with life in the past explored through the eyes of children. Her ‘Children in the Past’ workshops are practical and interactive – combining archaeology, living history and ancient craft activities – enabling children to discover the past for themselves through hands-on learning.

Tailored to individual class-groups/schools, these workshops are divided into 4 main time-periods;

  1. Children in the Past: Explore Prehistoric Ireland

  2. Children in the Past: Experience the Roman World

  3. Children in the Past: Discover the Viking World

  4. Children in the Past: Investigate Medieval Ireland

Each of Frankie’s workshops combine the following, customised to the period chosen for the visit;

  • Interactive Presentations
  • Artefact & Ecofact Handling
  • Living History Display
  • Ancient Craft Activities
  • Worksheets/Quizzes

Frankie’s visit will bring the past to life, connecting children to the cultural heritage that surrounds them in a meaningful (and fun!) way. Place-based learning in the outdoor classroom is encouraged, with guided field-trips to local archaeological sites and monuments welcomed, and tailored to each school visit.

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  • "Frankie was absolutely fantastic with the children. She was so well organised and her resources really brought the lesson on archaeology alive for the children. The content of her lesson was very child centered and the children were highly engaged and involved at all times. It was a highly educational lesson and the children thoroughly enjoyed it. They described the lesson as 'really cool and fun'. I would definitely recommend Frankie to other teachers and would love to have her back for another visit." - Scoil Mhuire Lakelands, Dublin
  • "Frankie gave a superb presentation to the children starting with an explanation of what archaeology is and what an archaeologist does. She had a super audio visual presentation on this. She then went on to talk about the Normans, their origins and their coming to Ireland. She then elaborated further by explaining to the children what life would have been like in Norman Buttevant and had lots of interesting artefacts for the children to handle and examine to give them a deeper insight into what life was like for a child in Norman times. She had a lovely activity for the children to complete involving designing a family shield/ coat of arms. She had the children enthralled from the time that she came into the classroom until she left. She remembered individual children's names when interacting with them and analysed each child's surname to tell them whether it was of Irish/ Viking/ Norman etc which the children loved. All in all a fabulous presentation from an engaging and passionate presenter. I would give Frankie 110% if I could and we will certainly book another visit from her in the not too distant future." - Scoil Mhuire na Trocaire, Cork

Additional Information

  • Caters for Special Needs
  • Provides practical/ hands-on activities
  • Provides field trips

Contact Details

083 8733869