Topic: St. Patrick

Learning Outcomes

  • Become familiar with the story of Saint Patrick
  • Recognise the links to the Catholic faith as well as Irish history
  • Explore the story through appropriate use of play, music, art and drama
  • Utilise vocabulary associated with the St. Patrick’s Day festival

 

Introduction

  • Teacher ascertains prior knowledge from the children (KWL chart)
  • The children listen to the story of Saint Patrick and watch a video on YouTube

 

Development

Aistear Activities over four days

Drama: The children will participate in a role play station and act out scenes from the Story of St. Patrick and or hold their own St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Art: The children will create shamrocks, flags and shamrock shaped glasses as props for their St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Music: The children will use percussion instruments to form a marching band. They will sing Lá Le Pádraig as they march around the classroom and on the school corridor.

SESE (History): Sequence the story of St. Patrick using pictures. (Children will label each picture with a number, word or sentence).

Plenary

Aistear Reflection: Each group will reflect on their Aistear station at the end of the daily lesson. This will include a show and tell of each activity.

Teacher will bring the focus back to the KWL Chart and ask the children for information about St. Patrick following the lesson.

 

Other Resources for teaching this topic

This video walks through the history of St. Patrick’s Day and the life of St. Patrick. A short, fun, educational video to help you to teach your infants about the patron Saint of Ireland. 

 

https://youtu.be/LmNc-NTfmPc

(Aistear integration with SESE, Gaeilge, Music, Drama, English and Arts)

Children will write about St. Patrick in their independent writing copies and use words from the topic word wall to scaffold their writing.

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