I’ve just finished a three-day lab for a large school in Wicklow. I delivered the workshops from junior infants to sixth class over three days. The time allocation were 40 minute time slots – this worked like a dream with all age groups. I had six classes per day….
Pictures of birds, spiders…loom bands, microscopes, leaves, tadpoles, feathers and even glitter!!
Glitter looks really good under the microscope, hey hang on a minute – what’s that got to do with biodiversity…..well nothing – it rather happened by chance & the children found it fascinating and even better scattered over the birds feathers, quite a work of art….What I found amazing is that this is a material that children know and use quite frequently – if anything it helped them to understand magnification….if they were really interested they could study the actual task of studying the feathers locking mechanism.. What prey have we here? Bees, Habitats of Wicklow, Map of Wicklow and loom bands…
The star attractions – tadpoles ‘the wet table’ or ‘messy table’ where we prepare to roll up sleeves….
January – Winter lecture series – From the Amazon to Wicklow
February – Signs of spring
March – Signs of spring
April – Signs of spring
May – Flower – pollinators
June – Flower – pollinators
September – Trees – Autumn colours
October – Trees – Autumn colours
November – Trees – Autumn colours
December – Snowflakes
General – All about the bees in trouble, habitat awareness, ecology orienteering, planting for nature, let’s take a hike, nature walk to the local park…