Activities

Activities

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History

History

  About Bram Stoker

This comprehension activity is based around the series of stamps developed for the centenary anniversary of Bram Stokers death where the pupils read the extract and answer a series of questions. The extracts focus on the life of Bram Stoker and his infamous work of fiction Dracula.

Curriculum links

English and Drama

The activity links to elements of the English Primary School Curriculum, for example, by allowing pupils to identify and evaluate the key points, issues and central meaning of a text and organise efficiently the information gained.

History

The activity links to elements of the History Primary School Curriculum, for example, by allowing pupils to study a person from the past in order to develop a balanced understanding local / national history.

  Irish Myths and Legends

This comprehension activity is based around the series of stamps developed to remember some of Ireland’s most famous myths and legends where the pupils read the extract and answer a series of questions. The extracts focus on the Children of Lir, Deirdre of the Sorrows, Fionn Mac Cumhaill and Cúchulainn.

Curriculum links

English and Drama

The activity links to elements of the English Primary School Curriculum, for example, by allowing pupils to identify and evaluate the key points, issues and central meaning of a text and organise efficiently the information gained.

History

The activity links to elements of the History Primary School Curriculum, for example, by allowing pupils to develop a sense of personal, local and national, identities through studying the history and cultural inheritance of local and other communities.  This fits in with the Stories Strand of the History Curriculum.

  The GPO quiz sheet

These are comprehension activities where the pupils read extracts from www.anpost.ie and answer a series of questions. The extracts focus on the history of The GPO and also its role in the 1916 Easter Rising.

Curriculum links

The activity links to elements of the English Primary School Curriculum, for example, by allowing pupils to identify and evaluate the key points, issues and central meaning of a text and organise efficiently the information gained.

  Getting a passport

This passport activity and questions will help pupils to develop reading and writing skills along with counting and addition skills. It will also help to develop awareness of other countries by completing the additional activities. The pupils create a passport for Rás Ruarí and then complete a series of mathematical problems.

Curriculum links

Mathematics

The activity links to elements of the Mathematics Primary School Curriculum, for example, by allowing pupils to recognise and appreciate measures in everyday use (money) and applying mathematical concepts and processes.

English

The activity links to elements of the English Primary School Curriculum, for example, by allowing pupils to write for different purposes and different audiences, to write in a variety of genres appropriate to school and outside needs. It also allows pupils to explore and develop ideas and concepts through talk, directed discussion and writing and to organise, clarify, interpret and extend experience through oral language activity and writing.

Geography

The activity links to elements of the Geography Primary School Curriculum, for example, by allowing pupils to acquire an ability to understand, develop and use a growing range of maps and globes.

History

The activity links to elements of the History Primary School Curriculum, for example, by allowing pupils to study a range of people and events in the past in order to develop a balanced understanding of world history.

English and Drama

English and Drama

  About Bram Stoker

This comprehension activity is based around the series of stamps developed for the centenary anniversary of Bram Stokers death where the pupils read the extract and answer a series of questions. The extracts focus on the life of Bram Stoker and his infamous work of fiction Dracula.

Curriculum links

English and Drama

The activity links to elements of the English Primary School Curriculum, for example, by allowing pupils to identify and evaluate the key points, issues and central meaning of a text and organise efficiently the information gained.

History

The activity links to elements of the History Primary School Curriculum, for example, by allowing pupils to study a person from the past in order to develop a balanced understanding local / national history.

  Irish Myths and Legends

This comprehension activity is based around the series of stamps developed to remember some of Ireland’s most famous myths and legends where the pupils read the extract and answer a series of questions. The extracts focus on the Children of Lir, Deirdre of the Sorrows, Fionn Mac Cumhaill and Cúchulainn.

Curriculum links

English and Drama

The activity links to elements of the English Primary School Curriculum, for example, by allowing pupils to identify and evaluate the key points, issues and central meaning of a text and organise efficiently the information gained.

History

The activity links to elements of the History Primary School Curriculum, for example, by allowing pupils to develop a sense of personal, local and national, identities through studying the history and cultural inheritance of local and other communities.  This fits in with the Stories Strand of the History Curriculum.

  Getting a passport

This passport activity and questions will help pupils to develop reading and writing skills along with counting and addition skills. It will also help to develop awareness of other countries by completing the additional activities. The pupils create a passport for Rás Ruarí and then complete a series of mathematical problems.

Curriculum links

Mathematics

The activity links to elements of the Mathematics Primary School Curriculum, for example, by allowing pupils to recognise and appreciate measures in everyday use (money) and applying mathematical concepts and processes.

English

The activity links to elements of the English Primary School Curriculum, for example, by allowing pupils to write for different purposes and different audiences, to write in a variety of genres appropriate to school and outside needs. It also allows pupils to explore and develop ideas and concepts through talk, directed discussion and writing and to organise, clarify, interpret and extend experience through oral language activity and writing.

Geography

The activity links to elements of the Geography Primary School Curriculum, for example, by allowing pupils to acquire an ability to understand, develop and use a growing range of maps and globes.

History

The activity links to elements of the History Primary School Curriculum, for example, by allowing pupils to study a range of people and events in the past in order to develop a balanced understanding of world history.

  Post Office Role play

These situation cards will help pupils to develop their language skills through role play and drama. It will help pupils to enrich their language experience and imaginative powers. The situation cards can be adapted to use in all year groups by keeping it as a simple role play or developing it further into a full dramatic scene with a written script.

Role play resources

Download all the resources you need for your Post Office role play!

Curriculum links

The activity links to elements of the English and Drama Primary School Curriculums, for example, by allowing pupils to develop the ability to enter physically, mentally and emotionally into the fictional drama context and discover its possibilities through cooperation with others and learning to understand the conventions of oral language interaction and use oral language in a variety of social situations.

Art, Craft & Design

Art, Craft & Design

  Pictures to colour in

 More pictures to colour in!

  My post box

These art activities will help pupils to develop their creative and writing skills as well as their ability to retrieve information about the Penny Black stamp from the internet. While making their own post box from a shoebox, pupils will also develop their fine motor skills through cutting and other construction techniques.

Curriculum links

The activity links to elements of the Visual Arts Primary School Curriculum, for example, by allowing pupils to explore the expressive and design possibilities of the materials within a range of two and three-dimensional media, including drawing, paint and colour, print, clay, construction, fabric and fibre.

Geography

Geography

  Money matters

These maths and geography based activities will introduce pupils to different currencies and help develop insight into the importance of saving. The students are asked to name the currency that is matched to a list of different countries.

Curriculum links

Mathematics

The activity links to elements of the Mathematics Primary School Curriculum, for example, by allowing pupils to recognise and appreciate measures in everyday use (money) and convert other currencies to euro and vice versa.

Geography

The activity links to elements of the Geography Primary School Curriculum, for example, by allowing pupils to acquire an ability to understand, develop and use a growing range of maps and globes and to extend, refine and apply mathematical skills.

  Getting a passport

This passport activity and questions will help pupils to develop reading and writing skills along with counting and addition skills. It will also help to develop awareness of other countries by completing the additional activities. The pupils create a passport for Rás Ruarí and then complete a series of mathematical problems.

Curriculum links

Mathematics

The activity links to elements of the Mathematics Primary School Curriculum, for example, by allowing pupils to recognise and appreciate measures in everyday use (money) and applying mathematical concepts and processes.

English

The activity links to elements of the English Primary School Curriculum, for example, by allowing pupils to write for different purposes and different audiences, to write in a variety of genres appropriate to school and outside needs. It also allows pupils to explore and develop ideas and concepts through talk, directed discussion and writing and to organise, clarify, interpret and extend experience through oral language activity and writing.

Geography

The activity links to elements of the Geography Primary School Curriculum, for example, by allowing pupils to acquire an ability to understand, develop and use a growing range of maps and globes.

History

The activity links to elements of the History Primary School Curriculum, for example, by allowing pupils to study a range of people and events in the past in order to develop a balanced understanding of world history.

  Counties and countries

These geography based activities will help pupils to locate counties and towns in Ireland as well as capital cities around the world by matching them. They will also look at maps of Ireland and the countries near it.

Curriculum links

The activity links to elements of the Geography Primary School Curriculum, for example, by allowing pupils to develop a sense of place and developing an appropriate cognitive map of the local area and extending the process to wider geographical settings.

  Stamps and flags of Europe

These geography activities will help pupils with European geography, languages spoken in some of the European countries as well as local to global geography. The students are asked to guess the names of countries on a map of Europe, by looking at and identifying the flag and a stamp from each country.

Curriculum links

The activity links to elements of the Geography Primary School Curriculums, for example, by allowing pupils to develop a sense of place and the acquire an ability to understand, develop and use a growing range of plans, maps and globes.

Mathematics

Mathematics

  Money matters

These maths and geography based activities will introduce pupils to different currencies and help develop insight into the importance of saving. The students are asked to name the currency that is matched to a list of different countries.

Curriculum links

Mathematics

The activity links to elements of the Mathematics Primary School Curriculum, for example, by allowing pupils to recognise and appreciate measures in everyday use (money) and convert other currencies to euro and vice versa.

Geography

The activity links to elements of the Geography Primary School Curriculum, for example, by allowing pupils to acquire an ability to understand, develop and use a growing range of maps and globes and to extend, refine and apply mathematical skills.

  The cost of post

These maths-based activities are an ideal way to convey the importance of maths in everyday life to pupils. The Cost of Post lesson plan has a number of questions that will test pupils' reading, cognitive and mathematical problem solving ability.

Curriculum links

The activity links to elements of the Mathematics Primary School Curriculum, for example, by allowing pupils to recognise and appreciate measures in everyday use (money) and record money amounts as cents and euros.

  Getting a passport

This passport activity and questions will help pupils to develop reading and writing skills along with counting and addition skills. It will also help to develop awareness of other countries by completing the additional activities. The pupils create a passport for Rás Ruarí and then complete a series of mathematical problems.

Curriculum links

Mathematics

The activity links to elements of the Mathematics Primary School Curriculum, for example, by allowing pupils to recognise and appreciate measures in everyday use (money) and applying mathematical concepts and processes.

English

The activity links to elements of the English Primary School Curriculum, for example, by allowing pupils to write for different purposes and different audiences, to write in a variety of genres appropriate to school and outside needs. It also allows pupils to explore and develop ideas and concepts through talk, directed discussion and writing and to organise, clarify, interpret and extend experience through oral language activity and writing.

Geography

The activity links to elements of the Geography Primary School Curriculum, for example, by allowing pupils to acquire an ability to understand, develop and use a growing range of maps and globes.

History

The activity links to elements of the History Primary School Curriculum, for example, by allowing pupils to study a range of people and events in the past in order to develop a balanced understanding of world history.

Role play

Role play

  Post Office Role play

These situation cards will help pupils to develop their language skills through role play and drama. It will help pupils to enrich their language experience and imaginative powers. The situation cards can be adapted to use in all year groups by keeping it as a simple role play or developing it further into a full dramatic scene with a written script.

Role play resources

Download all the resources you need for your Post Office role play!

Curriculum links

The activity links to elements of the English and Drama Primary School Curriculums, for example, by allowing pupils to develop the ability to enter physically, mentally and emotionally into the fictional drama context and discover its possibilities through cooperation with others and learning to understand the conventions of oral language interaction and use oral language in a variety of social situations.