Paula Farrell (Irish Peatland Conservation Council)
- Science, Geography
- Curriculum Strands:
- Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science)
- Counties catered for:
- Carlow, Kildare, Laois, Meath, Offaly
- Classes catered for:
- All Classes
Paula Farrell is the Conservation and Education Officer for the Irish Peatland Conservation Council. Paula provides virtual and in-person visits.
Virtual school visits
Equipped with pre-recorded materials, you and your class will explore the wonderful world of peatlands in combination with engaging activities (both for Junior and Senior Classes). The class will then have the opportunity to interact with Paula virtually, where the fascinating world of bog minibeasties will be explored.
Classes: Junior infants to 6th class
Materials: Photocopied resources (all); colouring pencils/crayons (juniors); scissors, glue stick and paperclip (seniors)
Session 1 (pre-recorded, 15 mins)
This workshop will guide you through an introduction to the bogs of Ireland. Themes explored within the presentation include types of bogs in Ireland, location of bogs in Ireland, their formation, values of Irish peatlands, a selection of bogland plants and animals and the archaeology associated with Irish bogs. For senior classes a hands on activity to make a bog plant identification dial and a follow up quiz are provided. While for the junior classes a bogland plant match game and bogland landscape colouring sheet are provided.
Session 2 (live, up to 60 mins)
The follow-up live session to discuss peatlands further through questions & answers.
Worksheets & teacher's notes:
Resources will be provided for students to complete during the presentation as well as a follow up activity to complete following the pre-recorded session.
Further activities and links to the curriculum can be found in Discovering the Wild Boglands Primary Education Packs available on http://www.ipcc.ie/discover-and-learn/resources/ . Four packs are available including Junior & Senior Infants, 1st and 2nd class, 3rd and 4th class and 5th and 6th class.
In-person school visits
Paula provides an opportunity for children to explore peatlands in a classroom setting or on their local peatland habitat through engaging activities. Students will walk away with a better understanding of peatlands and their value in our communities.
Classes: Junior to 6th Class
Materials: Scissors, glue stick and paperclips (seniors only).
Bring Ireland’s peatlands to your school or visit your local peatland with your Heritage in School Specialist. Visits are curriculum linked, fun and hands-on. Students will explore the different types of peatlands in Ireland and make their own ‘bog in a bottle’ to demonstrate peatland formation. Peatland wildlife will be introduced through a bog plant identification activity where students will make their own bog plant dial and a live freshwater mini-beast discovery. The role peatlands have as climate change champions, as a living history book and water regulators will also be introduced in brief. General biodiversity related workshops are also available on request.
"Excellent resources and videos for kids to do beforehand. The online session was very interactive and both pupils and teachers really enjoyed it." - Lyreacrompane NS, Kerry
"This was a thoroughly enjoyable educational experience for all." - Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, Kerry
"Super! Kids really loved it!" - Raheen NS, Kerry
"Paula was excellent. The children really enjoyed the zoom call and found it very interesting. I would highly recommend this workshop." - Anon.
"Excellent virtual workshop. The children really enjoyed learning about the two types of bogs in Ireland. Paula gave a great insight into the flora and fauna found in the bogland habitat." - Anon.
"Paula was brilliant with the children. My pupils loved talking to her and she appreciated their work and they felt great. Thank you." - Scoil Naomh Eirc, Kerry
"Excellent job from Paula. Just the prefect amount of information to absorb. Children were very engaged and enjoyed learning." - S.N. Cianog Naofa, Kildare
- Provides in-person visits
- Provides virtual visits
- Caters for special needs
- Provides practical/hands-on activities
- Provides field trips