The primary-level lesson plans associated with the A History of Ireland in 100 objects, a selection project have been designed by a teacher to be both stimulating to students and integral to the relevant school curriculum.
The material has been double-blind reviewed by academics and teachers, and piloted in five schools.
The lesson plans support cross-curricular learning, helping schools to meet their requirement under the Education Act (1998) to promote the development of the arts and raise awareness of cultural heritage; issues which are also specifically referenced in the Arts in Education charter jointly launched by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, TD, and the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn, TD, in January 2013.
Making this material available via the ‘Education Resources’ pages of the website also assists with the delivery of the National Digital Strategy (2013), Phase 1, Strand 3, Technology in Education – primary level.
The Royal Irish Academy gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the authors, peer reviewers, partners, rights holders, supporters and funders who have made it possible to make this resource freely available for use in the classroom. In particular, the RIA would like to acknowledge the support of Educate Together, Scoilnet and the Professional Development Service for Teachers.
Fionnuala Ward – primary lesson plans designer