This page has been designed to give ideas to teachers on how to link the Joyce Country & Western Lakes geopark project region with the Irish curriculum.
We have also developed some resources which can be viewed in our dedicated resource section, so please check them out!
Using the JCWL geopark project region as a case study for the Geography Leaving Cert curriculum
Below are suggestions and ideas for teachers on how the Joyce Country & Western Lakes geopark region as a whole, or specific sites within it, can be used as a case study/ as case studies to teach specific core units from the Leaving Cert syllabus. We are primarily focussing on the Geography syllabus, but hope to expand this to other subjects soon.
This can either be done in the classroom, or by going on a fieldtrip to visit these places. We want to encourage using the geopark region as an outdoor classroom, as a case study area, and for the people living within it to realise what a special area it is and be proud of where they live.
We hope to design resources in conjunction with teachers, so if you are interested in working with us, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from and working with you.
Please note, the syllabus information is correct as of April 2020. Only the learning outcomes that apply to the geopark project are mentioned here.
1.1 The Tectonic Cycle
1.2 The Rock Cycle
Finny as an example of landslides. Lots of recorded landslides in area. Go in to why that area is susceptible to mass movement.
Human interaction with rock cycle and mining/ extraction e.g. Connemara marble, the old lead and silver mines, quarrying for aggregates and building material.
1.3 Landform Development (i)
Examples of deformation structures = the mountains and the folds in the marble.
Examples of any sedimentary structures in geopark area e.g. ripple marks, clearly defined bedding planes, cross-bedding etc.
Examples of volcanic rocks and pillow basalt at Finny.
1.4 Landform Development (ii)
Karst landscape features e.g. around the loughs are particular to the limestone in geopark area.
1.5 Landform Development (iii)
Use glacial features in geopark area to explain the glacial processes that happened there. Also the opportunity for fieldtrips to see these.
1.6 Landform Development (iv)
1.7 Human Interaction
2.1 The Concept of a Region
Geopark area as a case study for a region associated by language – the Irish language.
2.2 The Dynamics of Regions
2.4 The Complexity of Regions (ii)
Suggestions/ ideas for Core Unit 3
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This page is still a work in progress, so please bear with us! If you have any suggestions, we’d love to hear them.