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 Junior Cycle 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 learning outcomes from the Junior Cycle specification. We are primarily focussing on the Geography specification, 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 curriculum information is correct as of April 2020. Only the learning outcomes that apply to the geopark project are mentioned here.
1.2 Distinguish between different categories of rock type, referring to composition and formation
1.3 Analyse the processes and effects of weathering and mass movement on our landscape
1.5 Explain how the processes of erosion, deposition and transportation shape our fluvial, marine, and glacial landscapes
1.7 Investigate the formation and behaviour of a significant weather event
1.10 Investigate a range of physical processes active in a chosen location and the connections between them
2.3 Identify how the physical landscape influences the development of primary activities
2.9 Assess the interrelationships between the physical world, tourism and transport
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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.