I can’t believe that it is this time of year already.
The school year is flying by which is quite scary sometimes.
For Seachtain na Gaeilge there are lots of ideas for all classes. Here are some ideas for the infants which could also be used across all classes.
I tried to integrate Gaeilge across different curricular areas during Seachtain na Gaeilge. Beginning with Aistear I focused on what topic we were covering and then taught the children lots of vocab in Irish for the topic. I encouraged the children to use these words in Aistear and if I heard a group using them they got extra points in Class Dojo. I tried to link an Irish song or poem to the topic also. if you are following my termly plan my topic is the builders. An ideal song to link to this topic is cúigear fear ag tógail tí. You could also link directly to the Sa Bhaile theme in Irish.
In PE I liked to teach the infants an Irish dance. I like the Damhsa Mór reel. These videos from PDST are great to show the children on the whiteboard before beginning your lessons. Another option is to link with the Senior Classes to play playground games as Gaeilge. Games such as Cén t-am é a mhac tíre are ideal for break times and can be led by a Senior pupil.
For Music, I am going to explore Irish music, helping the children to identify the traditional instruments. Again you could link with pupils from Senior classes if they play the instruments to come and show the instruments to the younger classes and perhaps play a tune for them. In older classes, you could look at the History of Irish Music either.
These are only some ideas for integrating Seachtain na Gaeilge into your classroom. If you have any questions please send me a PM.