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Irish pathways through the curriculum

 

Approaches

Teachers approach Ireland in a number of ways:
 
  • Irish weeks, when the whole curriculum throughout school devoted to Ireland for
    a week
  • in the Literacy Hour & beyond and in secondary English, Irish texts provide the basis for cross-curricular work
  • topic-based blocks, when an Irish topic/text is basis for 8-10 week
    cross-curricular programme
  • self-contained single Irish topics/texts.

For a diagram outlining Irish pathways, please clickhere.


Main subject areas

While English & literacy and History are the most popular subjects, the following represents the range of subject areas drawn upon when teachers wish to add an Irish dimension to the curriculum.

Art

Food technology

Music

Design & technology

Geography

Numeracy

Religious education

English & literacy

History

PE/Dance







Key curriculum issues

In addition, key curriculum areas are addressed, including


Guides

The following guides show how Irish pathways can be, and have been, developed through the curriculum in primary and secondary schools.

Enriching the primary curriculum

Cross-curricular pathway, including Art, Dance D&T, History and Literacy

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Creativity within the Primary National Strategy
Literature inspiring Art, Drama and Dance

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Enjoying Irish books & poetry in the Literacy Hour & beyond

Myths & legends, historical novels, fantasy, contemporary realism, poetry and drama

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Enjoying History in primary schools

St Brendan, Book of Kells, Vikings , Tudors and Grace O’Malley, Famine, WWII

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Enriching English in secondary schools

Myths & legends, historical novels, fantasy, contemporary realism, poetry and drama

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Enriching History in secondary schools
Norman intervention, Tudor & Stuart conquest, Famine, 1916, Anglo-Irish War N. Ireland

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Using historical fiction in the classroom
For resources to support these pathways and to develop others, see the following pages.