- Science, History, Geography
- Curriculum Strands:
- Continuity and change over time (History), Natural environments (Geography), Living things (Science)
- Counties catered for:
- Clare, Galway, Limerick, Tipperary
- Classes catered for:
- All Classes
Sinéad is a botanist and herbalist with a love of nature and the outdoors. With many years experience working in nature with adults and children she believes that hands on creativity and outdoor activities are central to developing an awareness and a love for the natural world.
Virtual school visits
Sinéad works with David McGrath in delivery of sessions. Both Specialists will need to be booked.
Classes: 3rd to 6th class
Materials: Paper, pencils, crayons, hand lenses, clipboards, cut flowers
Session 1 (pre-recorded, 20 mins)
- to explain the concept of pollination and how this leads to the formation of seeds and fruits.
- to exam various fruits and vegetables and how these are the outcome of pollination.
- to show how important pollination is for human lives and the decline in pollinators.
- to outline what we can do to enhance our schools and homes to support pollinator populations.
- to set up a project to determine the value of the school grounds for pollinators.
Follow-up activity: Guidance will be given on how to assess and map pollinator friendly habitats, using a prepared field work sheet (teacher led)
Session 2 (live, 40 mins)
- to examine the structure of flowers by dissection and artwork.
- to describe pollen and pollination using a Powerpoint presentation.
- to review the school grounds survey and how habitats may be created or enhanced to support pollinators, how to link to the national pollinator plan.
Worksheets & teacher's notes:
Notes and resources for the teacher to support the tutorial and fieldwork will be supplied in advance.
Preview of Sinead and David's virtual workshop:
In-person school visits
Choose from the following or contact Sinéad for further information:
Native Tree Identification; hands on leaf identification using fresh material, keys and hand lenses, followed by an outdoor trip to identify trees in nature, finishing with a creative activity for each child. This workshop starts with an interactive PowerPoint presentation with the class entitled we LOVE trees.
Native winter twig identification; hands on winter twig identification using fresh material, visual keys, and hand lenses. This is followed by an outdoor visit to discover and identify local trees. This workshop finishes with a fun filled creative activity where each child makes their own magic wand. This workshop includes an interactive PowerPoint entitled ‘Trees in winter'.
This workshop engages the whole school and involves the identifying and creation of a nature trail on the school grounds, this project is pupil lead and each class is assigned a point on the nature trail.
Tree planting, bulb planting, creation of herb garden, wildflower/meadow establishment, school veg garden, setting up bird feeders are some of the activities undertaken by pupils during this programme.
"Sinead and David were a pleasure to deal with from the get go. They were fantastic with the kids and sparked interest through on hands engagement." - Castleconnell NS, Limerick
"Dave & Sinéad were brilliant and have visited us in person many times & hope to welcome them back in the near future." - Letterfrack NS, Galway
"The heritage experts Sinead & David were engaging warm & professional. The children in my class loved the virtual visit, have learned a lot & have a new appreciation for green spaces and the school garden. We all really enjoyed it." - Moyderwell Mercy, Kerry
"The specialists were excellent. The amount of teaching and learning content that I got from their first lesson to after the virtual one was incredible!!!!!" - St Teresa’s NS, Kerry
"Sinéad and David communicated well with the children and the activities engaged the children." - Moyasta NS, Clare
"Sinead was very well organised for her visit to our school. She arrived last week to give a preliminary visit to explore the surroundings and speak to the class teacher and organiser. Her lesson was very informative and pitched well. She interacted very well with the children. Each child was thrilled to have a 'magic wand' of their own to design and bring home! We were extremely pleased with her visit and would like to invite her to our school in the New Year!"
"We had an excellent day surveying our local river and investigating the plant and animal life in the habitat and surrounding area."
"Sinead is an excellent Heritage Expert who has being coming to our school (under this scheme) over the last number of years. She interacts exceptionally well with the children at all class levels and instills her knowledge in a natural fun manner. She is extremely well prepared and is a joy to work with." - Scoil Mhuire Corofin, Clare
"We have booked 5 visits in total and are working on a whole biodiversity themed project it is going great so far and the children are thoroughly enjoying it." - Tubber NS, Clare
"Sinead gave an excellent workshop to the children. I would highly recommend her to others." - Anon
"A very enjoyable experience and great learning for pupils and teacher." - Anon.
- Provides in-person visits
- Provides virtual visits
- Provides practical/hands-on activities
- Provides field trips