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Amazing Animals: Workshops for Schools

9 November, 2020 , 10:15 am 12:15 pm GMT


With Sarah Webb and Alan Nolan

In Partnership with The Ark Children’s Cultural Centre

Suitable for 2nd – 4th class

Writer Sarah Webb and illustrator Alan Nolan present two online workshops for schools based on their book Animal Crackers: Fantastic Facts about your Favourite Animals (The O’Brien Press). Focusing on animals who can survive in extreme environments and other interesting scientific facts about animals, the workshops explore through writing and drawing what we can learn from them for our future survival on Earth. Animal Crackers workshop will be full of fun facts and engaging activities – from how to draw your favourite animals to suggestions on how you can help save the planet! Join in for an interactive mash-up of crazy animal facts, drawing and book fun.

Alan Nolan

Alan Nolan has written and illustrated many brilliant books for children including Fintan’s Fifteen, Sam Hannigan and Conor’s Caveman.

Sarah Webb

Sarah Webb’s books for young readers include Blazing a Trail: Irish Women Who Changed the World (Illustrated by Lauren O’Neill), Dare to Dream: Irish People Who Took on the World and Won (Illustrated by Graham Corcoran), The Songbird Café Girls series and Emma the Penguin.

Curricular Links

These online workshop will explore and link to aspects of the Science, English and Visual Arts curricula. Children will develop the ability to apply STEM learning in creative ways in particular through linkage with the drawing and design strands of the Visual Arts curriculum. The creative writing elements link to English curriculum strands such as receptiveness to language; competence and confidence in using language; emotional and imaginative development through language.

Requirements for Participation

For safety reasons, a teacher must be present in the room throughout the workshop and be available to assist the children as needed.

Additional requirements:

A computer/laptop with internet access

A digital whiteboard (or alternatively a white wall and projector).


Each child will also need pencils and paper

To ensure a smooth and successful workshop, The Ark staff and the artist will also need to arrange an advance preparation phone call with the class teacher.

Online platform: The workshop will be delivered using the Zoom video call software.This will be a private Zoom session which will only be accessed by the teacher whose class is booked into the workshop, the artist and The Ark’s staff. The session will be recorded for the safety and security of all participants, however this recording will not be shared publicly and will be deleted within 30 days.

Please note that this event will take place over Zoom. Booking is essential and places are limited.

These workshops are being offered by lottery to members of ArkEd, The Ark’s free membership scheme for teachers, principals and parents home-schooling their children. Sign up for ArkEd here by Tuesday 20 October to receive details of how you can enter your class in this draw. If your name is chosen, you will be contacted no later than Friday 23 October to book your class into the workshop.

This is a LIVE online event.

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