Captain's Quest: Parent and Teacher Notes

Be a Space Ace!

Zoom through space to find stories, songs and games for Irish learners aged between 5 and 7.

About the site

Captain's Quest is part of a collection of Irish language websites for children aged 5-7. Other resources for Key Stage 1 include:

In Captain's Quest you can zoom through space and discover stories, songs and games created especially for young Irish learners. Click on the rocket to access the activities. Once inside, explore the television screens to find:

Bliblob (an animated, talking language guide)

three colourful and entertaining stories

• three catchy songs performed by a group of very strange but friendly aliens!

You can customise your console using the various buttons and levers on it. Your main mission is to find three songs, three stories and Bliblob:


Most of the words and language patterns used in the stories and songs are also to be found in Bliblob. Bliblob is an animated, talking guide who morphs into the meaning of these Irish words. Bliblob can be used either with the stories and songs or on its own to learn new words and sentences in a fun way.

The Stories

Faoin Fharraige (Under the Sea)
An Crann Beag Fuar (The Chilly Little Tree)
Bulaithe (Bullies).

The Songs

Is banna ceoil iontach muid (We're a Fantastic Band)
Is maith liom rapáil! (I like rapping!)
Ba mhaith liom bheith sa bhanna? (Can I Be in the Band?)

After reading the stories, children can move on to:

Read the story (all stories)
Read the story at their own pace. The simple dialogue in the story provides an excellent opportunity to reinforce previously learnt language. Children will hear the correct pronunciation and intonation of the Irish words and they should be encouraged to re-read the story to consolidate and gain confidence in reading the language.

Watch the story (all stories)
This activity allows the children to watch the story with or without accompanying text. To watch it with text they can click on the book icon. The learning outcomes of this activity include listening to the story with or without the print and understanding the meaning of familiar words and sentence patterns by decoding them by means of clues in pictures, letter sounds and word forms.

Write a story (An Crann Beag Fuar and Faoin Fharraige)
Children can use the story maker to write and add pictures to their own story about characters and settings from the story they have just read. They can also add new words and pictures. This activity has two levels with different layouts. Each level has a selection of keywords as well as backgrounds, characters and objects from the story. There is also a selection of drawing tools, colours, shape tools plus an erase and move tool. Children can use this activity to re-tell a story, write a different story, design a front cover and develop dialogue between characters. The children can print their stories and read them to others.

Sequence the story (The Chilly Little Tree)
Two activities test understanding of the story:

• place pictures from the story in the correct order

• complete 5 or 9 sentences correctly (the number of sentences they are asked to complete will depend on how well they did in the previous game)

• the completed activity can be printed out.

Game (Faoin Fharraige)
After reading Faoin Fharraige (Under the Sea), children can create a boat by fitting together the three different parts hidden amongst the coral and seaweed. They will then be able to colour and print the boat.

Seoiní, Séimí, Connaí, Barra and Daire are a band of aliens who perform three songs. Children can sing along with the songs, perform the actions that go with the songs and even choose the words they want the band to sing.

Audio and visual help
Users can click on the Preferences button to:
• resize on-screen text and change text and background colours
• hear on-screen text being read out
• make captions available for most video and audio content.

The preferences are not accessible while you are in the Information for Parents and Teachers section.

Users can also navigate most content using the Tab key.

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