Activities

Activities

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Mathematics

Mathematics

  Maths at your local post office

This Maths based activity focuses on activities related to your local Post Office. The activity features a series of questions for students to answer. These are based on measures of money and weight.

Curriculum Links

The activity links to elements of the Junior Cycle Mathematics Curriculum, for example, by allowing students to engage in applications of numeracy to solve real life problems and to devise, select and use appropriate mathematical models, formulae or techniques to process information and to draw relevant conclusions.

  John the An Post Postperson

This Maths based activity follows the daily activity of John the An Post Postperson. There is an extract describing his day with reference to a variety of measurements followed by a series of mathematical problems related to the information in the piece.

Curriculum Links

The activity links to elements of the Junior Cycle Mathematics Curriculum, for example, by allowing students to use distance, time, weight, volume and money in an everyday context and to communicate mathematics in written form.

  An Post Rás na mBan 2013

This Maths based activity focus on information from the 2013 Rás na mBan sponsored by An Post. The activity features a table with statistics from the various stages of the race and a series of questions for students to answer. These are based on speed, distance and time.

Curriculum Links

The activity links to elements of the Junior Cycle Mathematics Curriculum, for example, by allowing students to use every day examples of distance, speed and time and developing the ability to apply their mathematical knowledge and skill to solve problems in familiar and in unfamiliar contexts.

  About An Post Rás 2012

This Maths based activity looks at the An Post Rás. There is an extract discussing the An Post Rás followed by a series of mathematical problems related to statistics and data handling.

Curriculum Links

The activity links to elements of the Junior Cycle Mathematics Curriculum, for example, by allowing students to collect, organise and represent data in a real context as well as looking at using a variety of summary statistics to describe data: central tendency – mean, median, mode, variability – range.

Geography

Geography

  Understanding geography

This Geography based activity focuses on the importance of geography to An Post. There are examples of Ordnance Survey maps and questions related to them as well as questions on distance and direction.

Curriculum Links

The activity links to elements of the Junior Cycle Geography Curriculum, for example, by allowing students to use and interpret maps (reading and working with both small scale and Ordnance Survey maps).

History

History

  The GPO in 1916

This History based activity focuses on the significance of The GPO in relation to The 1916 Easter Rising. It looks at an image from inside The GPO during Easter week 1916 and asks the students a series of interpretive questions.

Curriculum Links

The activity links to elements of the Junior Cycle History Curriculum, for example, by allowing students to develop the skills essential to the research and writing of history whilst looking at the political developments in Ireland in the late 19th Century and the 20th Century.

  The 1913 Lockout

This comprehension activity is based around the series of commemorative stamps developed to celebrate the centenary of the 1913 Lockout. The extract focuses on three individuals who feature on the stamps: James Larkin, James Connelly and Countess Markiewicz.

Curriculum Links

The activity links to elements of the Junior Cycle English and History Curriculums, for example, by allowing students to develop the skills of reading with understanding and discrimination whilst looking at political developments in Ireland in the late 19th century and in the 20th century.

English and Drama

English and Drama

  An Post Rás na mBan 2014

This comprehension and writing activity is based on An Post Rás na mBan 2014. It is followed by a highlights video of the cycle race, which the students can use to write a report on the race for print or online media.

Curriculum Links

This activity allows students to use a wide range of reading and comprehension strategies as well as understanding how word choice and grammar can vary with context. The activity demonstrates that there is a clear purpose for all writing activities and the benefits of drafting and editing their own writing.

  The 1913 Lockout

This comprehension activity is based around the series of commemorative stamps developed to celebrate the centenary of the 1913 Lockout. The extract focuses on three individuals who feature on the stamps: James Larkin, James Connelly and Countess Markiewicz.

Curriculum Links

The activity links to elements of the Junior Cycle English and History Curriculums, for example, by allowing students to develop the skills of reading with understanding and discrimination whilst looking at political developments in Ireland in the late 19th century and in the 20th century.

Art, Craft & Design

Art, Craft & Design

  Creativity and An Post

These Art based activities focus on how art and creativity are used within An Post, for example the statue of Cúchulainn that features in The GPO and the design of commemorative stamps. These activities are: block printing, etching, model making, stamp design and cover art.

Curriculum Links

The activity links to elements of the Junior Cycle Art, Craft and Design Curriculum, for example, by allowing students to give a personal response to an idea, experience or other stimulus and to use a variety of materials, media, tools and equipment.