After a successful first season, the educational and inspiring programme Cúla4 ar Scoil returns to TG4 next week, and will broadcast from Monday to Thursday on TG4, beginning on Monday August 31 at 10am. The series will cater for primary school children who attend Gaelscoileanna and Gaeltacht schools as they return to school.
Orla Ní Fhinneadha will present the show with help from teachers Micheál Ó Dubhghaill, Caitríona Ní Chualáin, Joe Ó hEachtairn, Síle Ní Chonghaile and Caitríona McAtee at different times in the new series.
The second series will consist of a different theme each fortnight. The theme for the first fortnight of the new series is ‘An Scoil’ which will focus on returning to school and will help with the adjustment to some of the changes in classrooms and daily routines in the school environment. Múinteoir Micheál Ó Dubhghaill will look at the change and continuity of schools in Ireland. He will read an extract from ‘An Múinteoir Nua’ by Áine Ní Ghlinn and will show us how to compose classroom rules. Children will be asked to write five goals for this schoolyear and Micheál will demonstrate how old CDs can be used as a printing tool in an art activity. Múinteoir Orla will teach words and phrases associated with ‘An Scoil’, such as items found in school bags and contents in the classroom. She will read a story entitled ‘Ná Gabh ar Scoil’ (Don’t go to school ) and will investigate which school materials are magnetic.
The series will be funded by TG4, and advice on the educational content and curriculum will be provided by the Department of Education, Coláiste Mhuire gan Smál, An Comhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta (COGG ), The Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST ), and Gaeloideachas. The advice and experience of Tuismitheoirí na Gaeltachta will also be included in the production. Meangadh Fíbín will produce the series for TG4. Ethel Burke and Darach Ó Tuairisg are the producers, and recording will take place in Scoil na bhForbacha, in the Connemara Gaeltacht.