Seachtain na Gaeilge runs from 1st – 17th March 2017. It is an international festival to celebrate Irish language and culture. Here are some ideas for integration across different subject areas;
- Choose a theme. The children then draw some pictures based on the theme and add 5/6 speech bubbles with key phrases and labels with key vocabulary.
- Try to use as much Gaeilge neamhfhoirmiúil as possible.
- Choose a Gaeilgeoir na Seachtaine
- Frásaí an lae – choose a different phrase each day/ every second day to teach the children
- Choose a section of the day/ a day during Seachtain na Gaeilge and only speak Gaeilge during that time. Encourage the children to do the same. (Set it as a class challenge!)
- Choose some ‘seanfhocal’ and get the children to illustrate them.
- Celtic art
- Design a poster/leaflet advertising a visit to Ireland
- Create a poster showing what it means to be Irish
- Choose a landmark – draw it, construct it.
- Teach the children songs as Gaeilge; Trasna na dTonnta, Beidh Aonach Amárach, Báidín Fheilimí, Oró Sé do Bheatha Abhaile, Amhrán na bhFiann or popular songs as Gaeilge – lots of options from Coláiste Lurgan here.
- Irish instruments – harp, pipe, tin whistle, fiddle etc. (Ask About Ireland – here.)
- Dramatise an Irish legend such as the Salmon of Knowledge
- Create a short drama based on one of the themes – children can use key phrases/vocab to create their own drama
- Teach a maths lesson as Gaeilge
- Can the children count as Gaeilge?
- Add, subtract, multiply, divide as gaeilge (Make a ‘tables champion’ type game!)
- Can the children tell the time as Gaeilge? Do they know the days of the week?
- Do the warm up as Gaeilge- Bígí ag …..
- Irish dancing – teach the walls of limerick, siege of ennis, shoe the donkey etc. (PDST link here.)
- Learn the counties as Gaeilge
- Give directions
- Choose an Irish landmark – write key facts about the landmark, design a leaflet advertising a visit to this landmark