Monday, 24 August 2015

All things Irish.... (September Thematic Planning)

Each month I choose a theme to teach the children. I find that it really helps me with time management, learning becomes more meaningful and connected for the children and it gives you time to explore a topic in depth.

For September, I usually choose a theme relating to Ireland. This year is fits in even better as the Rugby World Cup is on!

I have uploaded an outline of my thematic planning for free here is you want to download it. 

Here is a brief outline of ways to integrate 'All Things Irish' (or choose another suitable heading) for your class.


  • Study an Irish poet (e.g. The Lake Isle of Inisfree by W.B. Yeats)
  • Read an excerpt from 'Under the Hawthorn Tree' by Marita Conlon McKenna (It has excerpts in the Wonderland series if anyone uses these text books)
  • Write a set of interview questions for an Irish author/sportsperson


  • Mé Féin
  • learn words to Amhrán na bhFiann
  • Caitheamh Aimsire (a perfect time to do more about All-Ireland Final & Rugby World Cup)




  • Learn about my Skeleton


  • Learn Amhrán na bhFiann
  • Learn tin whistle notes to Amhrán na bhFiann
  • Learn Ireland's Call


Depending on the SESE you do, it could be linked to

  • Irish myths & Legends
  • GAA match commentary


  • Draw your impression of the Lake Isle of Inisfree using pastels
  • Self Portrait (could use Picasso as stimulus although not Irish!)
  • Design a Class or County Jersey (Download the template here)
  • Make a clay model of an Irish landmark/symbol (e.g. Dublin Spire)
  • Create a wall frieze of an Irish Legend 


Now would be a great time to introduce the children to Touch Rugby or develop their hurling/Gaelic Football skills

Project Work

Feel free to comment more ideas below!

No comments:

Post a Comment