Ballina Crest

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A Project Overview

Curriculum Link:
This project focuses on SESE Geography under the strand "Human Environments". It can be found under the stand unit of "People living and working in the local area".
The project is divided into five main subunits: People and Communities, Natural Environmental Features, Settlement and other buildings, People at work and Transport and Communications.

Target Age:
This website can be used with children from 3rd class - 6th class.

Aim of the Project:
It might not be always feasible to take children on field trips but many children do not know what lies around them in their own community. This website allows teachers in the Ballina area to cover the strand “People living and working in the local area” or teachers in any part of Ireland to cover the strand “People living and working in a contrasting part of Ireland”.
The strand gives the child a sense of place and space, develops their geographical skills of maps and globes. It is important to start with the local community and spread to regional, national, European and global.

Curriculum Objectives: (to download right click and save target as.)

Objectives 3rd and 4th class
Objectives 5th and 6th class

Ideas for using the website:
1 .
The road signs can be saved and printed off for use in an SPHE lesson.
2. The building pictures can be printed off and used for oral language discussion or simply laminated and used as a picture pack for identifying types of buildings in the locality.
3 .
Children can work in pairs and look at a picture. They can use their geographical skills to ask about the place, where is it? What is it like etc? They can gain a sense of place and space. Task cards with prompt questions can be downloaded.

4. Using the pictures from the various sub-units children could work in groups or pairs and report back to the other groups 3 pieces of information they have learned about Ballina under their assigned sub-unit. To make group work fair each child could have a different task e.g. reader, reporter, writer, timekeeper, person to hold printed sheets up.
5. The services document can be printed off and used to reinforce a lesson on local services. Children can work in groups to name and record the person who's involved with the service, the service they provide and an example.

For further information for implementation of this strand please visit the Primary Curriculum Support Programme Website and click on the Geography section.

For information on trails see


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Settlement and Other Buildings | People at Work | Transport and Communications | Teachers |

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