Useful Links

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National Arts in Education Portal

The Arts in Education Portal was one of the objectives of the Arts in Education Charter – signed December 2012 by the Minister for Education and Skills and the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. A major objective in the Arts in Education Charter, was the establishment of a National Arts in Education Online Portal for arts education in Ireland (4.12).  The Charter Implementation Group, established by both Ministers in 2013, has given detailed attention to the planning and design of such a portal. With the appreciated assistance of experts from a variety of partnership organisations much progress has been made and Ireland’s Arts in Education Portal was launched on 19 May, in Dublin Castle.

Please click on link below for National Arts in Education Portal website

Lifetime Lab

Lifetime Lab is a popular tourist attraction in Cork City at the site of the old city waterworks, where visitors can learn about different environmental topics including Energy, Waste and Water through a series of hands on exhibits and displays.

Lifetime Lab runs a highly successful Science Programme for Primary Schools developed from collaboration between Cork City Council and the Department of Education and Skills. An experienced teacher leads classes through activity based science workshops as well as delivering Primary Science summer courses for teachers. Lifetime Lab’s Primary Science Programme is supported by the Professional Development Service for Teachers, West Cork Education Centre and Cork Education Support Centre whose representatives serve on the programmes steering committee.

School groups from across West Cork regularly visit Lifetime Lab and participate in hands-on science workshops where they enjoy learning about energy, water, electricity and many other wonders of the science world. The primary science workshops focus on the skills, concept development and content objectives of the SESE curricula and are practically linked to classroom practice.

Lifetime Lab also partners with other organisations such as the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, Discover Science and Engineering and the Marine Institute to enable schools to access a wide range of other science and maths related workshops at Lifetime Lab.

See the Lifetime Lab website for further details.


Classroom resources

Classroom resources

Resource Flyer Autumn 2016 2.7 MiB

To book resources please contact West Cork Education Centre on 023 8856756/7



Who said maths can’t be fun?

Izak9 is an exciting new radical and immersive 3D maths based active learning concept – It comprises of one big cube 40cm high made up of 27 smaller ones.

The cube comes with a range of e-learning materials presented by two animated robot characters Abacus and Helix, who provide teachers with stimuli to guide children through their active shared learning experience. Recently launched in the Irish market – Izak9 was developed by Franz Schlindwein of Qubizm.

Izak9 enables children to learn and enjoy maths – builds self-esteem and self-confidence – it makes maths fun.

West Cork Education have 2 Izak9 cubes which are available for loan to schools on a rotational basis for a period of up to two weeks subject to availability.



Carry out your own K’NEX Challenge

K’nex building system consists of interblocking plastic rods, connectors, gears, wheels, and other components which can be pieced together to form a wide variety of models, machines, and architectural structures.

K’NEX kits available now

The K’nex kits are available for loan to schools on a rotational basis for a period of up to two weeks subject to availability.



Have you got the rhythm?

Early in 2009 West Cork Education Centre purchased a number of 20 piece samba drumming kits. These are being made available to schools on a rotational basis for a period of up to three weeks.

To apply for short-term use of these kits, at least one teacher from the school must have completed a basic samba drumming classs.



Explore a world of pretence, play & fun

In 2010 West Cork Education Centre purchased a number of puppets as part of a Play Methodology Initiative.

Puppets are available for loan to schools on a rotational basis for a period of up to two weeks subject to availability.



Take a step back in time

The Bronze Age Handling Box Project arose an ambition at the National Museum of Ireland to enable young people to learn about the past through the study and handling of objects.

It enables young people to work as historians and archaeologists and encourages them to engage with the past in a thought-provoking and fun way. Using an enquiry-based approach, it provides opportunities to develop literacy, language andhandling-box problem solving skills and appeals to a range of learning styles and ability levels.

The Boxes are available for loan to schools on a rotational basis for a period of up to two weeks subject to availability.


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West Cork Education Centre is endeavouring to meet the ever growing needs of the teachers in West Cork.

We have a well-stocked Reference Library.

Teachers are welcome to visit the centre to borrow resources from the library. Please click on link below to view our list of books. 

List of books

Station Teaching in Junior Classes book

Station Teaching in Junior Classes book

Station Teaching Resource

Station Teaching in junior classes provides a practical guide for teachers and student teachers on the implementation of Station Teaching by offering: - Guidance for teachers on setting up Station Teaching in classes including organisational issues, a list of useful resources and planning sheets. - Advice on literacy activities at the Stations. - Detailed instructions for teachers running Stations in Junior Infants, Senior Infants and First classes. - 2 training DVDs for teachers. .

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