Story Archaeology, under the title of ‘Stories in the Landscape’ has been busy in the last two years designing schools projects and creating a wide variety of support materials for teachers.
The old and wonderful Irish Stories are iextremely popular with a primary age group and their ‘super-skilled’ heroes and heroines supass the adventures of any Marvel Hero. Most people might be familiar with one or two exploits of Finn MacCumhail or Cú Chulainn yet so many heroes are almost unknown. There was Fergus who battled a terrible ‘péiste’ or the how Aithirne the Unsociable learnt a sharp lesson about hospitality. There are so many wonderful,, funny, dramatic stories to share and when set in in their pre-Norman context they just come to vivid life. The stories make an excellent starting point for a wide variety of cross-curricular class projects involving local history, creative writing, art, design drama and much more.
The stories make an excellent starting point for a wide variety of cross-curricular class projects involving local history, creative writing, art, design drama and much more. The need to be creative during the Pandemic have allowed me to think creatively, creating highly interactive video presentations as well as a wide variety of support materials as verll as plenty of lively video and audio story telling.
From this page (or the drop-down menu) you can access:
examples of my favourite Schools’projects
Find out more about the Táin March Project
Before the Pandemic, The Táin March was launched on Rathcroghan Mound each year in late May. By May, 2019, eighteen Roscommon schools were involved in the project. I shared lively workshops with each class before them so that they could prepare poetry, stories and art-work before the launch. On the day, they all met up with Medb and her warriors to celebrate her with their poerty and banners.
As part of these annual project, abook of their poetry was published as well as a short animated film, ‘The Cats of Cruachan‘.
- Read about the Roscommon Schools’ Project
- Find out about the annual Tain March Festival
Take a look at what happened at the ‘first ever’ On-line Roscommon schools Óenach Projects.
- What was an Óenach?
- How did the project work?
- Join us in the Óenach Feasting Hall gallery
- View the film about the 2021 on-line Óenach
- Explore a range of activity ideas.
Find out about the Longford Project ‘If Trees Could Talk’.
Discver some of the old stories in versions perfect for a Primary age range.
Enjoy a wide range of audio and video stories all in new versions, told by Chris
Explore cross-surricular activites and projects based on the stories
Download a simple ‘whole class’ project pack based on the old Irish stories
Download a choice of class plays based on old Irish stories.
And… if you would like more.
Find out how to contact Chris, to book on-line or in-person workshops, projects or story-telling sessions