- Science, Geography
- Curriculum Strands:
- Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science)
- Counties catered for:
- Clare, Kerry
- Classes catered for:
- All Classes
School visits (virtual)
Topic 1: Revealing animals' secrets
Learning (mostly!) about the badger and fox from signs they leave behind.
Classes: 3rd - 6th
Materials: Paper, pencils, printer, playdough or similar
Session 1 (pre-recorded, 20 mins)
The video will introduce you to the badger and fox and guide you through practical detective tips to understand what animals live around us (tracks, feeding signs, burrows, etc.). Children will be asked to look for various signs of animals at home and bring drawings and/ or photographs back to school. Alternatively, teacher may organise a field trip to look for tracks and other signs in the vicinity of school grounds.
Session 2 (live, 40-60 mins)
The follow-up live session will give children an opportunity for Questions & Answers, further discussion and show and tell.
Worksheets & teachers notes:
- PowerPoint for teachers with accompanying notes and links to further resources.
- Worksheets to help children take notes and record what they find.
School visits (on-site)
On a visit from Goska, children have an opportunity to re-discover their natural surroundings while exploring wildlife in their school yard, as well as have a peek into real wilderness thanks to curious items brought to school by Goska. Discussion and working in groups (with worksheets provided by Goska) follow the hand-on activities.
Children learn to understand the principles of ecology and to value biodiversity. Workshops enable children to notice wildlife around them, regardless of where they live. They learn what habitats are, why some of them are endangered and why we should be concerned about it. Goska always emphasises the need for re-connection with nature and encourages children to spend more time outdoors and develop their observation skills.
Here are just some examples of more specific topics Goska can cover, depending on a teacher’s requirements:
Biodiversity in the school yard
Creepy-crawlies around you
... and any other subject within the curriculum strands listed above.
Goska can accompany students on field trips to local places of interest (woodland, bog, lake, park, museum). This will allow children to experience more diverse environments.
Goska is a qualified biologist and ecologist and has worked with primary school children since 2014.
"The facilitator presented the topic Climate Change in a child friendly and well thought out method."
"We hope to have Goska back many times!" - Balbriggan Educate Together, Dublin
"Everything ran smoothly and we all learned lots and enjoyed it thoroughly." - St.Michael's NS, Monaghan
"Goska was really engaging with the children and they really enjoyed the virtual visit with her." - Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Kilkerley NS, Co Louth
"The children really enjoyed the Zoom meeting and Goska was very knowledgeable and there was plenty of interaction with the kids." - Scoil Phadraig Naofa, Kildare
"Pupils really enjoyed the entire process, from the initial video, worksheets, resources and the live lesson. They were all very engaged and learning outcomes were achieved by all." - Killinkere NS, Cavan
"The children really enjoyed this workshop. Goska interacted really well with the children in a virtual environment. She had great resources to show the children. She used a variety of media to engage the children in participating in the workshop. This can be challenging online on Zoom but Goska did an excellent job." - Scoil Mhuire Heronstown NS, Meath
"This was a fantastic experience anf the children thoroughly enjoyed it. It captured their imaginations and they were very engaged throughout." - Castlerahan NS, Cavan
"Goska was excellent. She spoke at the children’s level and had them engaged all of the time. The children really enjoyed the talk and learned so much. Thank you so much" - Ballyshannon NS, Kildare
"The children really enjoyed the virtual visit and learned a lot about badgers from Goska" - Anon.
"Fantastic workshop. The pupils really enjoyed the Virtual Visit and were fully engaged in the process. Goska presented the content extremely well and at the correct level for the age group involved. Goska's use of evidence e.g. animal skulls, hair etc excited the pupils. They learned a lot about Native Irish Mammals from the presentation and lots of new vocabulary. Overall a very worthwhile, educational workshop which was very professionally presented. Thank you Goska!" - Anon.
- Caters for Special Needs
- Provides practical/ hands-on activities
- Provides field trips
- 086 8957258