Unlocking Series - Overview

Unlocking Series

A complete programme for Primary SESE

A Discovery Learning Programme for Primary SESE

The ‘Unlocking’ series responds to the curriculum and teachers’ needs for SESE in a way that has never been done before. Content is integrated thematically from Junior Infants to 2nd Class, whereas from 3rd to 6th Class you can choose whether to use individual books for History, Geography and Science, combined books for SESE (History and Geography only) and an individual book for Science (or indeed a core-curriculum digital programme, ScienceFusion). 

Every element in this series places emphasis on the development of key skills pertinent to each subject. The series supports lesson planning and delivery of content that will captivate students and enhance the learning experience. This programme reflects the latest teaching  methodologies in Primary education, and the fresh approach meets the needs of the 21st century classroom.

 

Unlocking SESE (Combined Textbooks)

Junior Infants - 6th Class

  • Curriculum links and integration throughout
  • Discovery-led learning opportunities: The key focus of, Unlocking, is ‘be a historian/geographer’ – children will be encouraged to actively develop an understanding of each topic
  • History: Emphasis on documents and photo-led discovery learning activities to develop historical skills
  • Geography: Emphasis on map work and photo-led discovery learning activities to develop geographical skills
  • Many and varied activities: A mix of group and independent activities including traditional questions/activities and self-directed learning activities to cater for all teaching and learning styles

Features include:

  • Geographical Investigation Skills/Map Skills provide the opportunity to use resources to develop mapping skills
  • Date It/History Detective allow children to practise sequencing and investigation of past events

 

Unlocking History

3rd - 6th Class

  • Checkpoints for recap
  • Date It/History Detective allow children to practise sequencing and investigation of past events
  • Review focuses on recalling information and vocabulary, critical thinking and developing the skills of a historian
  • Timeline fold-out gives an overview of the historical periods covered in the book

 

Unlocking Geography

3rd - 6th Class

  • Checkpoints for recap
  • Geographical Investigation Skills/Map Skills provide the opportunity to use resources to develop spatial awareness skills
  • Review focuses on recalling information and vocabulary, critical thinking and developing the skills of a geographer
  • Map section helps foster the child’s understanding of interconnectedness

Unlocking Science

3rd - 6th Class

  • Challenges students to ask questions, think critically and make informed decisions
  • Engages students through visual elements which draw pupils from images to emphasised text
  • Provides opportunities to take notes, make sketches, and record data
  • Visually rich design which integrates images fully with the text

 

ACCOMPANYING Teacher's Resource Books

At the heart of the ‘Unlocking’ programme is the Teacher Resource Book. This will support the teacher in planning lessons that are fun, encourage active learning and develop key skills that respond to the curriculum objectives.

Features include:

  • Yearly and chapter-based lesson plans
  • Strands, strand units and lesson objectives
  • Assessment strategies
  • Localisation activity suggestions, templates and worksheets
  • Extension worksheets, templates and suggestions for digital activities

 

Accompanying Digital Resources

Our Unlocking SESE series offers a range of varied Digital Resources to accompany the use of textbooks in the classroom. Each digital activity applies an approach best suited to the content, the age group and the overall learning objectives. A variety of instructional approaches have been adopted, including: 

  • Basic simulation
  • Interactive tutorial
  • Digital game-based learning
  • Digital storytelling
  • Drill and practice
  • Quiz (closed questions)

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