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You are a Pirate!*
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Resources: Primary history
1. Miscellaneous 2. St Brendan the Navigator
3. Who needs Florence Nightingale? 4. Irish Famine
5. Other possibilities5a. Book of Kells
5b. Brian Boru, Vikings & Alfred the Great5c. Using historical fiction

IR indicates that the resource was devised by teachers or curriculum authorities in Ireland but can be adapted to the curriculum in England, Scotland and Wales.
~ Please contact IiS for the resources thus marked.

1. Miscellaneous

Mythical Ireland

Introduction to Irish History (PowerPoint, 2007) Earlier versions of PowerPoint

Ireland's History in Maps

History around You: Local history in the North Mayo/West Sligo area IR
Using & Comparing Visual Sources IR

Using Key Questions in Primary History

2. St Brendan the Navigator

Irish textbooks
Brendan's Story, Footprints 3 - pdf & PowerPoint
St Brendan & the Whale, Time Traveller 1 - pdf & PowerPoint ~
Make Your Own Brendan Boat, Everything Irish - pdf ~

Literacy - narrative poem
Brendan & the Whale, an illustrated narrative poem - pdf & PowerPoint
The Brendan Voyage, Orchestral Suite for Uilleann Pipes

IiS resources
St Brendan's Story in Pictures - Pdf & PowerPoint

The Voyage: Matching Music & Mood (PowerPoint)

RE: People in Christianity Scheme of work: St Patrick & St Brendan at KS 1 & 2 - pdf & Opus Presentation ~
Notes for Teachers
Notes on the Voyage - pdf
Summary of Tenth-Century Text -pdf
Installable Celtic fonts ~

The Brendan Project at Sudley Infant School, Liverpool:

Telling a Story: Brendan the Navigator IR (NCCA exemplar)

3. Who needs Florence Nightingale?
Grace O'Malley as an alternative 'significant woman'

Texts for Children (PowerPoint)
Grace O’Malley, Granuaile Years 1-3
Who Should Control Ireland? Years 4-6
Aodh Rua's (Red Hugh's) Escape Years 1-3
Ireland & the Spanish Armada Year 4-6
Two Gaelic Poems (in English) ~

Presentation (Opus - not editable)
Introducing Grace O’Malley & Her Times ~
Sequencing the Life of Grace O’Malley ~
Slideshows (jpeg files - editable) ~
Sequencing the Life of Grace O’Malley ~ pdf version with captions

Grace O’Malley, Granuaile, & Her Times ~

Maps of Ireland pdf PowerPoint

Suggestions for teaching (*pdf format)
Who Needs Florence Nightingale? Grace O’Malley & Tudor Ireland in History at KS 1 & 2

Delivering the History Curriculum through Ireland*

Fact & fiction in the Literacy Hour – Grace O’Malley

Delivering the NLS through History* Year 3 & Year 5
Ireland & the Tudors

1. Texts for the Literacy Hour & Beyond* - pdf versions of PowerPoints above
2. Notes for Teachers - tasks previously set on texts; historical commentaries*
Granuaile – Weekly Planning for History & Literacy*

Was Grace O'Malley a Pirate? (KS1)

1. Study Unit- large file, with many pictures, please be patient 2. PowerPoint of Pictures

The Pirates Grace O'Malley & Francis Drake: Goodies or Baddies? (KS2)

1. Study Unit (pdf)  2. Pictures & Lyrics of Songs in Unit (PowerPoint)
Tudor Fortune Line (Y8)

Who Was Grace O'Malley
Grace O’Malley & Tudor Ireland – Resources & Background*
Granuaile – Songs Composed by Shaun Davey*
Tudor Images of Ireland *
Historical Novels about Tudor Ireland - PowerPoint
Click here for further resources on Grace O'Malley & Tudor Ireland.
4. The Irish Famine

Famine in Irish textbooks - pdf ~
Northern Ireland
Divided Ireland
Republic of Ireland
Living History 1
Ireland. A Graphic History

Reference works - pdf ~
Oxford Companion to Irish History
‘Epidemic Diseases of Famine ...’
British Policy during Famine
‘Food Exports from Ireland ...’
‘Mixing History and Fiction’

IiS teaching schemes - pdf
History - Famine

Irish Famine & Citizenship for KS2 & Professional Development
Year 3 Scheme of Work (Y3)
Famine in Ireland - cross-curricular unit for Years 3 & 4
Why Did Baby Bridget Die? (KS2 & 3)
State Aid or Self-help (Y9)
Great Irish Hunger (Y9)
Famine in British & Irish History (Y9) ~
Why Is the Irish Famine Important in British & Irish History? (Y9)
1. Notes for Teachers 2. Student Workbook
The Truth about Coffin Ships? (KS3) web pdf


History - Migration & Britain

Who has come to Britain, and when? An overview in one lesson
1. Lesson (pdf) 2. Images (PowerPoint)
Victorian Liverpool (Y3)

What was it like to be an Irish immigrant in 19th century Britain? (KS2)

1. Study Unit (pdf) 2. Visual Sources & Other Illustrations(PowerPoint)
Liverpool & the Irish Famine (Y9)
Irish Migration to Britain (KS2) ~
Irish in Victorian Britain (A-level)

English, drama, music
Under the HawthornTree - Famine Story (Y5 & 6)
Doolough - A Playscript (KS3)
Drama, Citizenship & the Irish Famine (GCSE - Y10)

Non-fiction texts for Literacy Hour & English
Famine in Ireland (KS2 & 3)

IiS resources - pdf
Famine Images
1. Starvation 2. English Press 3. Evaluation
Visual Sources: 'Death Stripped of All Dignity'
Children in the Irish Famine
Irish Countryside in Painting
Famine in Poetry & Song


IiS resources - multimedia

Famine in Ireland - PowerPoint ~ - collages of some slides

Full version - large file, please be patient.|_Secondary.ppt?wa=wsignin1.0
Famine songs - Opus (not editable) ~

An Integrated Approach: the Famine IR
Role Play: the Famine IR
Children of the Famine IR

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Following the Famine - an excellent Canadian site

'The latest revisions to www.irishfamine.cahave been completed through the efforts of The Jeanie Johnston Educational Foundation. We now have extended programs, streaming videos and new photos and lessons for students and guides and helpful methods for teachers to minimize their workload in teaching this course. This web site is part of the Quebec Ministry of Education curriculum for the Province of Quebec. The introduction by Premier Jean Charest on video is one of 23 streaming videos on the site which covers a vast range of subjects contributed by some of the most published historians from the Universities of Cambridge, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow, Australia, Ireland and our own McGill College, Canada. All members both old and young will benefit from this site. It is historically correct, unlike many publications on the market today.'

NB: All The KS3 schemes can be readily adapted for KS2, while the other secondary schemes contain useful resources and ideas for teaching.

5a. Other possibilities - the Book of Kells

Another Look at the Book of Kells - pdf & PowerPoint ~
1. About the Book of Kells                      2. Celebrating Christ
3. Joyous Christmas?                             4. Temptation of Christ
5. Celtic Lettering: Use or Ornament?      6. More Lettering
7. Animals in Book of Kells                     8. The Funny Side
9. Inspired by the Book of Kells               10. Celtic alphabet

5b. Other possibilities - Brian Boru, Viking Ireland & Alfred the Great

Whose Saga - Alfred the Great's or Brian Boru’s? - pdf

1. Study Unit (2.6MB) 2. Lesson Plans Only 3. Images Used (PowerPoint)
Viking Ireland (KS2) - pdf

1. Activities 2. Sources 1-5 3. Sources 6-8
Viking Ireland & Brian Boru (Literacy Y4) - pdf
Viking Age in Ireland - PowerPoint
1. Viking Attack 2. Settlement & Trade 3. Brian Boru & Clontarf

Click here for more resources on Brian Boru & Alfred the Great

5c. Other possibilities - Using historical fiction

Children as evacuees & refugees in the Second World War

1. How Far Does Reading & Writing Historical Fiction Help Us to Understand the Past? Yrs 5/6 /7, mainly History & PSHE
a. Evacuees - London to Co. Wicklow, Eire, using Safe Harbour O'Brien

    Drama Strategy for Lesson 2
b. Refugees - Vienna to Co. Down, N. Ireland, using Faraway Home, O'Brien
c. Notes for Teachers

2. What Was it Like to be a Child during WWII? - Yr 5, mainly History, but using Safe Harbour

3. Safe Harbour - Yr 6 NLS Planning Sheet

4. Evacuees in WWII: Dance Scheme of Work - Yr 6, based on Safe Harbour
5. The Holocaust: an Irish Response - KS3 RE, using Faraway Home and the Millisle Refugee Farm

6. Slideshows of images used in resources (IiS) (PowerPoint)

a. N. Ireland b. Éire c. Millisle d. Evacuees~ e. Refugees~